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World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies
Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, died at OI Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on 19th of March. He was 45 years old (97 in human equivalent age). A team of veterinarians decided to euthanise him due to his agerelated problems and several infections. He is survived by two female rhinos: his daughter Najin, aged 28, and granddaughter Fatu, aged 17. White rhinos comprise of two subspecies: the northern white rhinos, which are nearly extinct and the southern white rhino. During the 1970s and 1980s, the poaching crisis largely destroyed the northern white rhinos in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad. The poaching crisis was the result of the growing demand for rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine to cure various ailments and to use them as dagger handles in Yemen. The remaining wild population of last few rhinos were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the beginning of 2000s, and by 2008, World Wide Fund, the global environment campaign considered the northern white rhinos extinct. To save the species from complete extinction, researchers have pinned their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). They intend to use Sudan’s genetic material, and the eggs of the last female rhinos to preserve the subspecies. However, IVF has never been attempted with rhinos before. Better Photography magazine and Panasonic India conducted wildlife masterclasses for winners of Wildlife India Photography Awards, and twenty other participants from 25 June-1 July 2017, in Kenya. During this period, the winners and participants were able to meet Sudan in OI Pejeta Conservancy. A video was also shot featuring Sudan, which stressed on wildlife conservation. The film is title Sudan - Last Male Standing, and is available on Youtube. Having known the team that looked after Sudan so carefully, we offer our condolences from India. “We had the singular honour, to meet and touch the very last living male northern white rhinoceros on the planet. We are the very last generation to see this truly magnificent sub-species alive. We could not help feeling a sense of shame that humans killed them off with poaching, just as we do with so many other species. By being bystanders, our responsibility in all this does not diminish,” said Madhavan Pillai, Editor of Better Photography magazine.
The Air is a Mill of Hooks – Bikaner House, New Delhi
From February 7 to 17, 2018, Vadehra Art Gallery presented a solo exhibition of artist Anju Dodiya’s recent body of works titled The Air is a Mill of Hooks at the Bikaner House in New Delhi. At the exhibition, Dodiya experimented with paintings rendered on shaped mattresses, fabric combines and unbleached cotton. Fraught with psychological perplexity and set to confront viewers with a poised theatricality, with some of the mattresses contoured into blood or teardrops, a sail, or a cross, the works on display simultaneously reminded viewers of the warmth of domestic interiors – making them feel as if they have entered a Renaissance pageant that has been interrupted by a torture scene.
BenQ Launches Two New Monitors
BenQ has launched two new monitors in its popular line of SW and E series. The SW240 is a 24.1-inch monitor supported by AQ colour technology, especially designed for photographers. It features a 99% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB colour gamut, and a 14-bit 3D LUT. SW240 has 16:10 ratio, a10-bit color display, Delta E ≤ 2, and hardware calibration. It also has two modes: Advanced Black and White Mode, and Color Mode HotKey. BenQ’s EW277HDR is a 27-inch full HD monitor with brightness intelligence plus technology, a 3000:1 ultra-high native contrast, 93% DCI-P3 colour gamut, and a 16:9 ratio.
Liquid Lake Mountain – Talwar Gallery, New Delhi
On February 8, 2018, the Talwar Gallery in New Delhi inaugurated Liquid Lake Mountain – a solo exhibition of new works by artist Alwar Balasubramaniam. The works reflect the shifts in pace and perspective that have accompanied Bala’s recent move from Bengaluru to the countryside in South India. The natural world comes to occupy a central role in all these works – not only as subject matter or even material but also as a kind of collaborator in their creations. On view till May 12, the exhibition portrays a sense of diversity, both in its use of materials and in its interpretations of the concept of transformation.