Director: K. Premsinh Varma; Producer: K. Premsinh Varma; Cinematographer: Mohan Jain, K. Kanti; Editor: Madhu Naik, V.L. Waghdhare
Summary: A film drawing an autobiographical sketch of the world renowned
ornithologist, Dr. Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali (Dr. Salim Ali).Dr. Salim Ali
was born in Bombay on November 12, 1896. His interest in birds began at
the age of ten when he shot a sparrow. His shikariuncle Amiruddin Tayabji
directed him to the Bombay Natural History Society where its secretary WS
Millard identified the unusual sparrow and kindled the young Salim Ali's
interest in birds. Salim Ali then devoted his entire life to the study of birds.
For his great contribution to ornithology, he received the Order of the Golden
Ark from the Prince of Netherlands in 1973, while President of India had
already conferred upon his Padma Bhushan way back in 1958. He was also
the first non-Britisher to receive Gold Medal of the British Ornithologists'
Union in 1967. Following birds, Dr. Salim visited the remotest corners of the
country, often on foot. The Bharatpur sanctuary near Agra, the centre of the
Bombay Natural History Society's migration study was under Dr. Salim Ali's
direction for many years. When this film was made Dr. Salim Ali had been
watching birds for nearly fifty years.