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14 May 2005 @ 08:07 pm
Land of the Tiger  
Animal Planet is airing the famous "Land of the Tiger" series on saturday nights and have been watching it for the last few weeks. It's a superb documentary with very good and rare videos of India's vast and vanishing wilderness. I especailly loved the shots of the Lammergeiers soaring over the Himalayas. The series is fantastic except for the narration by Valmik Thapar. He's a well known naturalist and conservationist, but somehow I feel this series would have been much better had someone else narrated. Does anyone else feel the same, or is it just me?

Peacock at Kabini
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Harirattle_snake on May 14th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
No idea about Valmik Thapar, but the "Land of the Tiger" series that came on National Geographic channel was narrated by Richard Kiley and he did his job very well.
kruthikruthi on May 14th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
As usual .. wonderful pic :) .. sometimes i feel theres no point in commenting, sayin the same thing over n over again :P
Deepakdeepix on May 14th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
That's why I stopped after 2 or 3 times! ;-)
kruthikruthi on May 14th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
I have decided to go on commenting nevertheless :) whether i make a point or do not .. i am sure yathin wont mind ;-)
teemus on May 14th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Does anyone else feel the same, or is it just me?
Yep, agree with you. Saw just one episode, but his commentary doesn't do justice to the film.
Jennyjennyn on May 14th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
It seems to me that wildlife shows are often botched by the voices of narrators.
Yathinyathin on May 15th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Not always. I love hearing David Attenborough's narrations.
shandeegoddess on May 14th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is so beautiful! :-)
Shandee ♥
Yathinyathin on May 15th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
and this one one of the most beautiful peacocks I've seen ... maybe the dull background enhanced this one's beauty.
Swati Saniswatisani on May 14th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
We have that series on VCDs with us and this time when we visited Kanha we had the guide who worked with them for 3 years - he had several interesting tales to tell about how some stuff was not really what it appears... that said - it indeed is a very impressive documentary.

Thanks for the tip on the Handycam - got myself a HC42E yesterday. Selected it for the 1MP CCD instead of just .48MP of HC32E.

BTW - Do peacocks in Kabini dance for the monkeys or just the peahens?
Yathinyathin on May 15th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
BTW - Do peacocks in Kabini dance for the monkeys or just the peahens?

I've seen them dancing in front of rocks as well. Maybe they were practising. so that they are perfect when the lady approaches! :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on May 16th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Heh! So sweet of them:-)
(Anonymous) on May 16th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
Valimk Thapar was awesome

There are two documentaries named "Land of the Tiger". Both happen to be very famous and did a world of good at popularizing Indian Wildlife. One was made in 1985 by Belinda Wright and narrated by Richard Kiley. It won an Emmy award and contained the famous clip of a tiger fighting with a mugger (crocodile) for a sambar prey that the tiger had killed. This was on the Ranthambore Lake. LoT 1985 was based on Kanha and Ranthambore. This was one made by Nat Geo.

The other one (made by BBC published in 1997 in 6 parts) is even more famous and has Valmik Thapar in direction and narration. This one gives a full national history tour of India and is easily one of the best and most accurate wildlife documentaries ever made. Valimk Thapar won several international awards for his narration. The documentary accompanies a book by the same name written by VT. Imo, Valmik's presence in the documentary is one of its highlights. His understanding of India's national history, wildlife and people is second to none and his passion is infectious. His dramatized, unorthodox style is just what is required for a wildlife documentary. It makes people sit up and listen. Besides, he looks wild himself :)

~Pritam Baruah.

ps: A friend of mine - Ashwin B (from PESIT) directed me to your website and Kalyan's too. Nice work. You will remember me if you see me. I met you during PPR and in countless PESIT fests. Imo, your best photo is the Changeable Hawk Eagle. I also liked Kalyan's photo of the dholes attacking the leopard in BRT (it was purely a natural and wild moment).

Yathinyathin on May 17th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: Valimk Thapar was awesome
Well, I dont know about the awards Valmik Thapar got. I'm not saying he's bad or anything, it's my personal opinion that I dont like his narration. :D

And of course I remember you! ;)