Khoshoo Memorial Award

About the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award

The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was instituted in 2004 to honour the legacy of the world-renowned environmental scientist, Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo. Dr Khoshoo was first Secretary of the Indian Government’s newly created Department of Environment, in 1982. He played a significant role in the development of India's environmental policy. In the year 1996, along with Dr Kamaljit S Bawa, Dr Khoshoo founded ATREE.

The annual T N Khoshoo Memorial Award is given to an academician or a practitioner whose work has had an impact in the fields of environment, conservation, or development. The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was started by the Khoshoo family and ATREE to honour Dr Khoshoo’s legacy. Through the TN Khoshoo Endowment Fund, the awards, each year, encourages and promotes individuals for outstanding achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable development. The fund is sponsored by Dr Khoshoo’s family, ATREE, the Ford Foundation, the Institute of Rural Research and Development (an initiative of the SM Sehgal Foundation), and other philanthropists. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 100,000.

The award presentation and lecture event took place at the Bangalore International Centre and was centred around the theme of Science Communication. The awardee was artist Meena Subramaniam and the keynote speaker was Jonathan Baillie, the executive vice president and chief scientist of National Geographic. 

Meena Subramanium, artist and conservationist was awarded the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award, 2019 for her pioneering work in ecological artistry.

Instituted by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) the award was presented to Meena in recognition of her work which portrays different aspects of the forested landscapes of the Malabar region and a scientific approach to detailing. Through her work, Meena has shown that artistic endeavours can appeal to one’s inner aesthetics while keeping intact the integrity of the subject.

Meena’s work brings out the fantastic dimensions of both flora and fauna of the western ghats by using an immersive technique. At the same time, her precision in rendering the subjects make it an important scientific document as well. 

Talking about this Meena said, “My paintings are cohesive and associated with a particular area. The flora and fauna I paint are representative of that area.” 

Accepting the award, Meena urged the audience to engage with the natural world and eco-systems and to ‘create more space in our hearts to preserve, regenerate and restore what has been handed to us’. She also greatly believes that all education today should be focused on conservation.

Khoshoo Endowment Committee

    Mr Rajiv Khoshoo (Chair), senior vice president, Portfolio Management, Siemens PLM Software

  • Dr Kamal Bawa, Founder Trustee and President, ATREE; Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • Dr Sharachchandra Lele, Senior Fellow, ATREE
  • Dr Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Senior Fellow ATREE
  • Mr Joss Brooks, founder, Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants
  • Dr Nitin Pandit, Director, ATREE