Pradip Krishen

Pradip Krishen (b 1949), is an Indian filmmaker and environmentalist. He has directed three films, Massey Sahib in 1985, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones in 1989 and Electric Moon for Channel 4, UK in 1991. His films have won significant Indian and international awards, and In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones acquired cult status in the years after it was made.[1]

He subsequently gave up filmmaking, and since 1995, has worked as a naturalist and environmentalist.[2][3]


Pradip Krishen is born in New Delhi in 1949 and educated at Mayo College and St. Stephen's College, then at Balliol College, Oxford. He taught history at Ramjas College of University of Delhi, New Delhi.[4]



Before becoming a documentary filmmaker (Krishen made popular science documentaries).

Krishen began work on a 21 episode television series intended for Doordarshan called Bargad / The Banyan Tree,[12] a project Krishen was forced to abandon before completion, due to interference from the production house he was working for.

Environmental work

Starting in 1995, Krishen began studying trees[13] and spending time in the jungles of Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh, with the help of a forester friend.[14] Krishen taught himself field botany and began identifying and photographing Delhi's trees, extensively exploring the city's green habitat. In the course of his work, Krishen led numerous public "tree-walks" on Sunday mornings[15] and became a keen ecological gardener. Krishen has created "native-plant" gardens in Delhi, west Rajasthan, and Garhwal, and is currently working on a large rewilding scheme at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park near Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was briefly associated with the Aga Khan Trust in an eco-initiative in the Sunder Nursery in New Delhi.[16] In 2014, Krishen began work on a new gardening initiative at Abha Mahal in Nagaur Fort, Rajasthan. The following year, he took over as Project Director of the gardens of the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, and most recently, leads a team of horticulturists and landscape architects to restore an extensive set of sand dunes in Jaipur city, Rajasthan.

Krishen's book Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, published by Dorling Kindersley/Penguin Group in 2006, met with popular and critical acclaim, and became a best-seller in India.[17][18]

Krishen's second book "Jungle Trees of Central India", published by Penguin India, was released in 2014.

Personal life

Pradip Krishen was married to the Booker prize winning novelist Arundhati Roy. He has two daughters, Pia Krishen and Mithva Krishen, from an earlier marriage.



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