The elephant shaped award recognises accomplishments in storytelling and advocacy that promote coexistence.
Jul 15, 2023
The Academy Award-winning documentary ‘The Elephant Whisperers,’ has won the Tara Award presented by Elephant Family which is a part of The British Asian Trust, a UK-registered charity, that is devoted to protecting Asia’s magnificent wildlife. The Tara Award, inspired by the profound connection between elephants and humans, honours exceptional accomplishments in storytelling and advocacy that promote coexistence.
The elephant shaped award was presented to Kartiki Gonsalves, the director of the documentary. Dedicating the award to Mother India and the concept of coexistence, Gonsalves highlighted the significance of honouring indigenous communities and fostering empathy towards all living beings.
“As Kartiki Gonsalves, a true champion for wildlife and nature, receives this esteemed award, Elephant Family honours her unwavering dedication and unyielding enthusiasm towards the preservation of our natural world,” an official release read. About the film it stated, “This globally acclaimed documentary stands as a testament to the beauty of India’s wilderness, the wisdom of tribal communities, and the empathy that exists between people and animals who share the same space.”
Elephant Whisperers delves into the deep bond between humans and elephants, narrating the heartwarming journey of Raghu, an orphaned elephant. It captures the inspiring journey of an indigenous couple as they nurture and care for Raghu, forming an unbreakable bond with him. It won the Oscar for the Best Short Documentary film at the 95th Academy Awards.