Black Panther


Author: Aravind Krish Bala
Illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan

9788181469885 | Centre Stapled | pp. 28 | 2011 | Tulika Publishers

A thrilling book based on a true story of an encounter with the endangered cat in the Western Ghats in India. Stunning pastels bring to life the majestic black panther.

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Arvind Krish Bala and his friend, Natarajan, an Irula tribesman, were perched on a treetop at a waterhole in the Parambikulam reserve forest in Kerala. They were waiting to sight a tiger. This was when Natarajan told him the story of his first encounter with a black panther in the Anamalais, ‘elephant hills’, in the Western Ghats running through Kerala and Tamilnadu. Natarajan had been roaming the Anamalais for more than forty years and he knew every bird there, and everything about it. But the one he had never seen in all those years was the black panther. “It was my son who first sighted the magnificent black beast,” said Natarajan proudly.

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Aravind Krish Bala
Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan




Tulika Publishers


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About the Author

The author used to trek in the Western Ghats and bring back stories and pictures for his little daughter, Spatika. She thought her father owned those forests. Now, she knows that we all own the forests. His first tale for her from the wild was about the black panther. So, it is special. Aravind used to be a teacher, and is now a journalist writing on environment, wildlife and conservation.

The illustrator is also a storyteller, animator and writer. He has illustrated several books, as well as written and illustrated the very popular Gajapati Kulapati series about a lovable elephant.


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