Enchanting BBC America "Wild India" feature on Karnataka to premiere July 25
Ricky Kej, it's a not-to-be-missed visual and aural treat. This hour-long film will premiere next Saturday, July 25, on the nature-focused “micro-net,” Wonderstruck. You will have a lot to look forward to: "Wild India" follows creatures that live in the mountains, deserts, jungles and oceans of Karnataka, where three months of the year monsoon rains make life there livable the rest of the year. The variety of animals made me dizzy, whether I was looking at otters or herons, frogs or tigers. Filmed over three years in 15,000 hours, a huge team of photographers (too many to count in the credits as they rolled by) beautifully captured the variety of species. According to the press release, although the state of Karnataka, which lies in Southern India, absorbs just 5% of its country's land mass it boasts a quarter of its animal species. This includes the deadly, such as the King Cobra, and the more docile, such as (presumably) any of 100 varieties of frogs (really!) Karnataka comprises the Deccan Plateau, the Western Ghats Mountain Range and the Coastal Plains. In the film we see the variation in vegetation and landscape of Southern Karnataka, where this was filmed. Having lived in London for 15 months, I know what a national treasure Attenborough is so I hope that Americans will come to appreciate his gifts. When he says "the animals here must always be on guard" it is a voice that commands attention, matching the gorgeous cinematography that swoops in to take in canopies of luscious trees one minute, ancient rock formations the next and lumbering elephants with their babies still the next. He tell us "this land is ruled by the largest cat on the planet" and that "Karnataka is home to more tigers than any other place in the world, making up 10% of the global tiger population ... The thickness of these jungles in Southern Karnataka allows tigers to co-exist with the largest of land animals, elephants."
Note, the photos published here are indicative of but not excerpted from the documentary: 1) A tree frog. By Kalyan Varma - Own work; 2) Photos of rock formations in Hyderabad, India. By Stephen Chin - Flickr: JavaOne India