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M. D. PARASHAR (MuraliDharParashar), born 8 July 1961) is a famous Indian wildlife photographer and painter. He is famous for his tiger paintings and lampblack or soot art work. Parashar was born and brought up in Ranthambhore, a part of SawaiMadhopur district in state of Rajasthan in western India. Parashar is a graduate of Rajasthan School of Art (1978 – 1982). Parashar is often considered Ranthambhore's first son. Some may attribute this to his brilliant artistry, and despite its unarguable genius, Parashar's popularity arises more from the pride he has evoked in the people of Ranthambhore. Born and raised in the towns flanking the Ranthambhore forests (Ranthambhore National Park), Parashar's earliest memories involve treks through the forests to catch glimpses of the elusive tiger. 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” in 1982. With the word 'fee' being taboo to each of the 400 art students trained every year, the school provides livelihood through vocational training to most of Ranthambhore. Despite being taught by some of the greatest scholars of art at the Rajasthan School of Art and his former training in folk 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. This award winning photographer draws inspiration from the photographs of the graceful big cat he clicks himself. M.D.Parashar's works are on display at The White House, USA , President House of India, the residence of the Prime Minister of India, Chef Minister of Rajasthan, Chief Minister of Panjab, The Offices of the Reliance Group, ESSO Petroleum Co., WWF India, Taj Hotels, Oberoi Hotels Etc.
1. Silver Certificate, The Wildlife Art Society International 2003 at Bristol Zoo Garden U.K.
2. Master Craft Award, Governor of Rajasthan, India 2003
3. National Wildlife Photography Award 2003, First Prize for 'Tigress on Crocodile'
• ‘Glimpses of an Indian jungle’ - I’ : Ranthambhore Foundation New Delhi, May 1991
• ‘Glimpses of an Indian jungle’ - II’: Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay, December 1991
• ‘Development and Environment in India : Crisis and Hope’: Exhibition with INTACH at Bremen Ubersee Museum, Germany, April 1992
• ‘The Life of the Tiger’: Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, September 1992
• ‘Save the Tiger’ : Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, October 1993
• ‘Trails of the Tiger – An Exhibition of wildlife Art from India’: Taronga Zoo Sydney, Australia, May 1994
• ‘Save the Tiger’: C.P. Art Center, C.P. Ramaswami Aiyer Foundation, Madras, September 1994
• ‘Save the Tiger’: M.D.Parashar, India International Center, New Delhi, February 1995
• ‘Help to Save The Indian tiger’ : American Community support Association’s Center, American Embassy, New Delhi, December 1995
• ‘Tiger Tiger Burning Bright…..’: The Brighton Center, Brighton, U.K., November 1996
• ‘The Eye of the Tiger’: The Habitat Center, New Delhi, November 1998
• ‘Esso Art For Tiger Conservation’: Y. V. Chavan Prathisthan, Mumbai, February 1999
• ‘Esso Art For Tiger Conservation’: India International center, New Delhi, March 1999
• Art For Survival Wildlife Auction’: Christie’s South Kensington, London 28April 1999,
• Organized by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
• Save The Tiger ,‘India International center’ New Delhi : January 2000
• ‘Esso Art For Tiger Conservation’: Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore, February 2000
• Art For Survival Wildlife Auction 2nd ’: Christie’s South Kensington, London SW7 3LD
1st May 2002, Organized by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
• The Wildlife Art Society 12th Exhibition’: Bristol Zoo Gardens, U.K.
14th – 21 September 2003
• Art For Survival Wildlife Auction 3 ’: Christie’s South Kensington, London SW7 3LD
1st June 2004, Organized by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
• Auction of Contemporary Indian Art & wildlife Art : Mall Galleries, Mall, London SWI
5th October 2006
• art.indiatimes.com Huesday April : India Times Gallery, New Delhi, 30 April 2008
Huesday april – New Dehli , 30 april 2008
• Art For Wildlife Conservation; : Switzerland - May 2010
• INDIA- JAPAN Global Partnership Summit, Japan - India Festival October 2011
• ND TV Save Our Tigers Telethon – 15 July 2012 Ranthambhore. 15 July 2012