The Forest Man of India — Jadav Payeng, whose lone efforts in planting trees and protecting what has become a small forest area filled with birds and animals in a remote sandbar near Majuli in Assam, has drawn global attention.
His small budget 30-minute documentary made last year by Canadian William Douglas McMaster, entitled Forest Man, has received the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (IFFCA) for short film documentary award 2013.
According to The Telegraph, “Jitu Kalita’s Forest Man of India, another documentary on the life of Payeng, was screened at the Jawaharlal Nehru University recently.”
On November 15, Payeng will be conferred with the Royal Bank of Scotland Earth Heroes Award in New Delhi. He has been also invited by the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership, New Delhi on November 18 and 19 to share his innovative thoughts and experiences before a large audience from top Indian companies at the 6th Donors and Doers programme at the India International Centre in New Delhi.
During the just concluded 1st North East Festival 2013 held in New Delhi, Payeng was handed a certificate of recognition by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki for his contribution to the environment.
(Picture: Bijit K. Dutta)