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Satyendra Kumar Tiwari

Satyendra Kumar Tiwari first came to Bandhavgarh in 1982 when Madhya Pradesh Tourism employed him as a Lodge Manager. This career was relinquished as his interest grew in wildlife and in 1987 he resigned and began as a Wildlife Tour Guide and Naturalist across India and Nepal, concentrating in Bandhavgarh and Kanha two National Parks he had come to know so well. He later developed an interest in wildlife photography and now pursues this in addition to his main business as a Wildlife Tour Operator in Madhya Pradesh.

Satyendra is a keen and accomplish wildlife photographer who has work published in many books and magazines both in India and Internationally? His photograph of a tiger cub appeared on the front cover of the BBC Wildlife Magazine in May 2004. He is a knowledgeable birder and naturalist, organizer and guide and can tell a great tale of tigers from his early years in the business. Satyendra has worked and does work with many Photographers from India and abroad including Rajesh Bedi, Steve Bloom, Nick Garbutt, Jeremy Woodhouse and Iain Green.

Kay joined Satyendra after a tourist visit of India and Bandhavgarh in January 1994. Someone who had always yearned for wild places she took a year off as a lecturer in glass at Staffordshire University and spent ten months in Bandhavgarh the following season. This extensive visit confirmed her love for the place and its people and she gave up her secure post as a lecturer in February 1997 to spend much of her time in Bandhavgarh assisting Satyendra in his business while pursuing a career as a wildlife artist.

Both Satyendra and Kay spend a considerable amount of their time gathering information and data on the flora and fauna of Bandhavgarh and Kanha Tiger Reserves and the surrounding area in which they are located. Together they have produced a tourist guide to butterflies of Central India, checklists of snakes and birds of the area and much more! Satyendra is presently working on a book on Tigers. Kay also keeps Tiger identification papers and visual and written diaries on the every day events inside and outside Bandhavgarh National Park.

The combination of Kay and Satyendra will give any visitor a thorough and honest view of Bandhavgarh, as it is today and the experience of a lifetime.

Kay Hassall, Wildlife Artist

Kay was born in the tiny hamlet of Worms Ash near Bromsgrove, England. She was educated in the Bromsgrove area and attended Stourbridge College of Technology & Art where she gained a first class honours degree in Glass Design. Later she studied at the Royal College of Art, London completing her M.A. in 1980. Kay has lectured in Glass at various institutions throughout the U.K. and was employed for ten years in the School of Art & Design Staffordshire University. From 1980-94 Kay exhibited her glasswork in many galleries in the U.K, Europe and worldwide. She has also produced designed for the Ceramic industry both in UK and India. Some of these designs are still in production on Tea Mugs and other giftware. In 1994 Mr. Keith Cummings (Prof. University of Wolverhampton. U.K.) rated her position in the top five percent of practitioner in glass. He said "she has consolidated the teaching of Kiln-working and passed it in an improved form to the next generation." In the same year Liz Swinburne, Head of Glass Design, Staffordshire University stated "Her sculptural glass and paintings internationally brings status to the University and the Glass Department. Her draughtsmanship is extremely individual. She has painstaking eye to every detail which requires extensive research using photography and sketching from like."

In 1991 Kay fulfilled a life-time ambition and traveled to Africa on safari. Later she traveled to India - Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where she spends much of her year with her husband Satyendra Kumar Tiwari. Always possessing an interest in wildlife & conservation, Kay is a self-taught wildlife artist. Her watercolour paintings and mixed media pictures are in many private collections. A guide book on Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve by Hashim Tyabji is illustrated by her. Since her first visit to Bandhavgarh Kay has endeavoured to keep a visual record of the park in her diaries. These tell stories of day to day occurrences in the park, mostly personally observed but some simply recorded for their importance or fun. Kay can be commissioned to paint both Tiger and other wild animals of India and Africa and also pets such as cats, dogs and horses. She can produce a diary page according to persons sightings of the day as visual memories of an individual’s trip through which one can appreciate all the beauty of the Indian Jungle. Kay can be contacted on email or by post at H.NO. 129, P.O. Tala, Dist. Umaria. M.P. India Postal code 484-661