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Wild India – ‘A Call in the Rainforest’

Wild India – ‘A Call in the Rainforest’


A Call in the Rainforest is now available for viewing online. In an effort to spread the message about the plight of the Lion-tailed Macaques, I have uploaded the complete film “A Call in the Rainforest” which is still doing the rounds in International film festivals. I hope we can raise awareness and bring positive change.

Synopsis of the filmA Call in the Rainforest”:

The Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) is an endangered species according to the IUCN Redlist. It is endemic to the wet evergreen forests of the Western Ghats. The total number of mature Lion-tailed macaques is estimated to be less than 2500 and no sub-population in an area has more than 250 mature individuals. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary holds the largest population of the Lion-tailed Macaques.

The fragmentation of habitat, due to tea estates, human habitations and clear felling of trees has led to very small groups with often only one mature male. This leads to reduction in genetic diversity and increases their susceptibility to diseases.

Lion-tailed Macaques cannot digest leaves and depend on fruits, berries and insects provided by the rainforests. The clear felling of trees to make way for plantations and fuel wood has resulted in lack of fruits, berries etc in major parts of the year. This has led them to scavenge for their food requirements.

This film documents and examines the impact of tea-plantations, rapid growth of Valparai town, and its associated ills like boom in tourism, expansion of roads through the forest on one Lion-tailed Macaque sub-population in the Valparai Range of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary; and calls for action.

Part I of the film “A Call in the Rainforest” :

duration of the part one of the film “A Call in the Rainforest” is 17.5 mins


Part II of the film “A Call in the Rainforest” :

duration: 1 min


Awards and Screenings:

Awarded Vasundhara Puraskar by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra on June 5th 2012.

Screened in Haida Gwaii Film Festival Canada in Feb 2012

Screened in Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, Pune, India in Feb 2012

Screened in Biodiversity Film Festival, Hyderabad, Oct 2012

Nominated for Special Awards in Wildlife Vaasa Film Festival, Finland, Nov 2012



Direction, Narration, Cinematography, Sound: Sabyasachi Patra

Production Manager & Stills: Mrudul Godbole

Editing: Vinish Vinayan

Music: Anil Nallan Chakravarthy



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Sabyasachi is an award winning Cinematographer and shoots for international broadcasters, feature films and corporates to make a living. He is a passionate wildlife filmmaker and photographer and has won awards and accolades for his documentary 'A Call in the Rainforest'. He has been striving to make his films and photographs full of life and emotion and write articles to educate and evangelise the need for conserving the last tracts of vanishing wilderness and wildlife in our country. He hopes that his wildlife films, photographs and writings force people to pause, look, ponder and ultimately take action.
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