Throughout lockdown, Kobita Dass Kolli and Lakshmi Prabhala documented birds, bugs and crops of their backyards in Hyderabad and the result’s a digital exhibition that opens for viewing on Earth Day 2021
In 2020, when India went into lockdown within the early phases of the pandemic, Hyderabad-based nature lovers and pictures lovers Kobita Dass Kolli and Lakshmi Prabhala started paying shut consideration to wildlife of their backyards. What started as a leisure exercise will now culminate in an exhibition titled ‘Biodiversity within the Yard’, which could be seen digitally and on the Goethe Zentrum-Hyderabad premises from April 22, earmarked as Earth Day.
On view will probably be pictures and a video set up of bugs, birds, crops, flowers, mushrooms, butterflies and moths. Kobita and Lakshmi name it their ‘on a regular basis gorgeous discoveries’.
Kobita had all the time been a Nature fanatic, conducting gardening and nature consciousness courses for college kids of Vidyaranya Excessive College. Lakshmi is an avid photographer whose lenses seize Hyderabad’s heritage monuments, metropolis life and tradition.
When lockdown restricted actions past the neighbourhood, each of them explored biodiversity of their neighborhood. It wasn’t a coordinated train. “We checked out one another’s posts on Instagram and realised we have been on comparable paths,” Lakshmi remarks.
For Kobita, the proximity to Gandipet lake and the inexperienced areas in her gated neighborhood facilitated sightings a number of birds and bugs. “It’s been my long-standing dream to do that. However work and life obtained in the way in which. Lockdown gave me the chance to pause and go searching. There’s a lot we don’t learn about our personal neighbourhoods,” she says.
This strategy of observing Nature’s bounty started throughout her days on the College of Hyderabad when she would stroll from the hostel to the category, observing totally different bugs and birds within the scrubland. “Hyderabad with its rock formations and water our bodies, has a wealthy and distinctive ecosystem,” she factors out.
Lakshmi had been collaborating in month-to-month ‘Tree walks’, which got here to a halt through the pandemic. She turned to the backyard in her residence advanced and the scrubland close by to find one thing new every day: “I’m a novice and have been having fun with the discoveries and learnings.” Kobita helped her establish among the birds and bugs she photographed.
2020, Kavita displays, was yr for sightings of birds, bugs and flora, given the copious monsoon showers. She noticed frequent birds of Hyderabad such because the magpie robin, Indian white-eyes, vivid blue babul, Tickell’s blue flycatcher, Asian koel, brahminy starling, wagtail, frequent iora and yellow-eyed babbler.
From November 2020 to January 2021, she sighted migratory birds reminiscent of golden oriole, rosy starling, Jacobin cuckoo (4 sightings throughout her morning walks) and the paradise flycatchers.
Each of them found mantises and liken them to pets that they might comply with and hint the progress: “I additionally watched caterpillars rework into moths and butterflies and see how particular person species have totally different hosts for meals,” says Lakshmi.
For the exhibition, Lakshmi and Kobita are curating pictures from 120 pictures. The video set up, they state, is designed such that it wouldn’t be overwhelming for viewers: “There’s a lot we documented, however we don’t need viewers who’re new to this to get bored,” says Kobita.
Lakshmi is glad that the biodiversity-themed exhibition coincides with Earth Day celebrations: “It’s a related theme, since we share the planet with all these dwelling creatures round us, every one enjoying their half in preserving the ecosystem.”
(Biodiversity within the Yard is on view at Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad until Might 15; to view the exhibition digitally, test Goethe Zentrum’s social media pages)