Written and Documented by IIPian Abhilash M.S, Student of Diploma in Photography
The relationship between an Elephant and his/her Mahout is full of complexities. Like us, Elephants are highly intelligent, emotional and social animals. They are capable of forming a relationship, whether positive or negative with their care takers. How that bridge is built and how stable is its construction depends on many factors, including welfare practices, economic situations, personal attitudes, and behavior.
A broad stroke is often painted over this complex relationship. It is often looked upon as a traditional, cultural interdependence with roots in compassion, respect and love or it is harshly judged as abusive, cruel and neglectful. In reality every mahout -elephant relationship is unique.
Whatever the relationship may be, “Mahoutmanship” is rapidly changing. Emotion Foundation Applauds the Mahouts whose still do their work with heart, understand their elephants better than themselves, and to give everything to provide and care for their elephants. These mahouts do exists even though it seems they are harder and harder to find.
Name of Elephants and their Mahouts are:
Assam Aana – Sajan
Bihar Aana – Aneesh
Nattaana (Kerala Elephant ) – Biju
I have spent five days for completing my project. Three Aanas and anapappans in three different locations. From the interview came to know about their daily routine, lifestyle, their struggles and their interactions with elephants.Abhilash M.S.
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