Soul of the Nilgiris is an ode to the Blue Mountains situated in the Western Ghat region of southern India. It is the story of a place told through oral narratives, conversations, writings and over 300 photographs – taken over nine years by photographer Ramya Reddy. The book traverses the cultural, ecological, colonial and the now drastically altered landscape of the Blue Mountains, while attempting to draw attention to the lives of its indigenous people and the synergistic way in which they were attuned to the natural world. Their lifestyles are based on a respectful, reciprocal orientation and a sacred relationship with their land. All profits from this book will be donated to Keystone Foundation, a registered not for profit Trust based in the Nilgiris. Born from a simple ecological principle of the interdependence of natural systems, it has completed 25 years of field-based implementation on Conservation, Livelihoods, Enterprise and Environmental Governance with indigenous mountain communities of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve.
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Awards & Acknowledgements: AIGA & Design Observer (2018): 50 Best Work in Book and Cover Design D&AD Awards: Shortlist Book Design (2018)