Endalakurji Abraham David Kuttappan is a legendary mahout, naturalist, and wildlife photographer in Bandhavgarh. His
Endalakurji Abraham David Kuttappan is a legendary mahout, naturalist, and wildlife photographer in Bandhavgarh. Hisjourney began in 1976 when he and four other mahouts were asked to come to this park to take care of elephants. While Kuttappan has looked after many different elephants during his tenure, his special 16-year-long bond with Gautam (an elephant in the park) is legendary.
On a visit to his home, Kuttappan shared stories of his close encounters with tigers, and how he got interested in photography after watching all the tourists in Bandhavgarh. He started small, buying a simple camera, which was half of his monthly salary at the time. When one of his black-and-white images of a tiger was published in Navbharat Times, he felt encouraged to continue his passion for photography. His work has been published all over the world, and has also featured in some wildlife documentaries. Now retired as a mahout, 64-year-old Kuttappan still lives in Bandhavgarh, and voluntarily helps park officials on part-time projects.
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