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December 1 - December 7, 2021
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Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Environmental enthusiasts gathered at the Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, Zallaq to celebrate art and photography and raise awareness about the preservation of nature.

A group of 25 nature-lovers of all ages took part in the ‘Live: ECO-ART’ event, the brainchild of educator and self-taught artist Dr Anamica Bhattacharya. They either captured the beauty of wildlife and greenery in picture form or expressed their fondness for flora through art.

“My aim was to raise awareness about the environment and how it is important to all of us,” said Dr Anamica, a science teacher from Umm Al Hassam who has conducted a series of workshops, demonstrations and talks over the year to inspire and motivate people during the pandemic.

“Our environment is precious and we need to keep it safe. To appreciate every bit of it, I thought why not incorporate people’s love of nature by taking pictures or drawing different plants, birds and animals while exploring the park?”

Prominent nature photographer Dr Ajay Kumar Singh, known for his award-winning images of flamingos in Bahrain, snapped up more picture-perfect moments of the pink birds while also mentoring five participants on the day.

Artists Subho Sarkar, Niju Joy, Anil Sharma and Pallavi Jain showcased their colourful creations and guided child participants as well with their work.

Animal science expert and passionate photographer Alexandria Andrews was also present alongside Shampa and Shantanu Chowdhury.

Jameela Mohanna and her daughter Aiisha, the ladies behind an informative recycling website in Bahrain, participated as well and shared the importance of recycling and the process of it all.

Art supplies were provided by Baloo’s Buddies and the RIA Institute Bahrain. At the end of the event, everyone received an e-certificate.

For details, follow @anamica_b on Instagram.

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