Note and Acknowledgement
The conversation on the painting “Coucal and Dancing frog at Chingara Waterfalls” was specific to my current second year Masters students who are doing their capstone project. However I also shared parts of the conversations with other friends, colleagues and five other batches of masters’ students, some of them merely highlights. All of them have contributed immensely in participating, being inspired and painting with me, sharing their memories of time in nature and just encouraging me to share and not feel shy or that I might be disturbing them, celebrating both my creative spirit and my relationship with nature and art along with me.
While the ten students who are an active part of this discussion are acknowledged here, others, I thank deeply for their time, space and affection. Additionally I would like to thank two young people I mentored, Sreelekha between 2009 and 14, Ramnath between 2012 and 2016, both of them now, accomplished creative practitioners in their own right. I have taken these conversations back to them as well, as our early explorations and forays into birding, environmental issues, creative practice, teaching and learning happened together. It has been wonderful tracing back our memories, while building new conversations together. I appreciate their time and engaged discussions with me.
Many thanks to my students - Ashwin Suresh, Hia Banerjee, Kaushik Kannan, Monica M Chandak, Mridul Verma, Nupur Agrawal, Pranav Sharma, Samridhi Pandey, Sonal Choudhury, Surabhi Singhai, for this participatory conversation and the contributions of their reflections in part 3.