'The Elephant Whisperers' director Kartiki Gonsalves receives Rs 1 crore cheque from Tamil Nadu CM Stalin
Kartiki Gonsalves, the filmmaker of 'The Elephant Whisperers', arrived back in India on Monday with her Oscar. On March 12, she received the 95th Academy Awards' Best Documentary Short prize. The documentary follows two native elephant carers at an elephant camp in Tamil Nadu as they raise orphaned elephant calves and develop close relationships with them.
Kartiki also met with MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, who congratulated the director on her historic Oscar and announced a monetary prize of Rs. 1 crore for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
In a statement to the media, Gonsalves honoured "Tamil Nadu, women, conservation, and indigenous people" with her 95th Academy Award victory. "Bringing this Oscar back to Tamil Nadu, its native state, is certainly an honor," she continued. Being here makes me really pleased to be from Nilgiris.
Gonsalves was welcomed in style at the Chennai airport earlier in the day after arriving with the prized statuette. She eventually arrived at the secretariat to see Stalin. Also, Assistant Chief Secretary (Environment, Climate Change, and Forest) Supriya Sahu was present in addition to Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu.
By giving the duo a shield and a check for Rs. 1 lakh apiece, the chief minister honoured them. To commemorate the momentous event, he also declared that the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund would award grants totaling Rs 1 lakh to each of the 91 elephant caretakers employed at the two elephant camps at Theppakadu, Mudumalai, and Kozhikamuthi, Anaimalai.
- PTC PUNJABI