For Madhaviah Krishnan, 82, preservation of nature has always been an overriding passion. Since 1949, he has made his living variously as an artist, writer, naturalist, and nature photographer.
Madhaviah Krishnan's fortnightly nature column "Country Notebook", published in India's premier newspaper, The Statesman, is perhaps the longest running personal column in the history of the Indian Press. It has run without a break for the last 45 years. Through this column, Mr. Krishnan has tried to stimulate the interest of ordinary citizens in India's unique heritage of plant and animal life. He has tried to instill in the younger generation a love for nature while at the same time telling them that preservation is not the duty of the Government alone but is theirs too.
He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1968 for an ecological survey of larger mammals in India. He has been a member of diverse Central and State Government Committees on Wildlife. He has published books on India's flora and fauna, including a survey of India's wildlife for the Bombay Natural History Society. He has also undertaken field surveys on wildlife for the Central Government.