M D Parashar
M. D. Parashar, a wildlife photographer and painter is best known for his paintings of tiger with the medium of lampblack or soot. Parashar was born and brought up in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan and graduated from the Rajasthan School of Art. Raised in a town flanking the Ranthambhore National Park has had significant influence on his choice of subject and medium.
His passion for Ranthambhore and all its inhabitants, quadruped, biped and stationary inspired him to found the Ranthambhore School of Art and Wildlife Conservation Society. The school provides livelihood through vocational training to most of Ranthambhore. Despite being taught by some of the greatest scholars of art, Parashar’s art is grounded, unpretentious, and honest. Over the years, Parashar has developed a style to suit the natives of Ranthambhore who lack easy access to sophisticated art supplies.
With domestic lampblack or soot and a crumpled newspaper used as a nib, Parashar creates intricate imagery of his preferred muse: The Tiger. He has received several awards including the first prize in National Wildlife Photography. M.D.Parashar’s art has been exhibited in various countries and are on display at The White House, USA, President House of India, the residence of the Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Chief Minister of Punjab, offices of the Reliance Group, ESSO Petroleum Co. and WWF India, Taj and Oberoi Hotels amongst others.