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Aravalli west thorn scrub forests, Thar desert


Researcher, Artist

Malini Saigal

I’m a Botanical artist exploring the native trees of Delhi and the biodiversity of the Thar region. I received the UNESCO-Sahapedia fellowship to do an ethnobotanical survey of the Thar Desert, examining the relationship between plants, human communities, and art forms.

In addition, I developed and taught a course ‘Art Plantae’ at Ashoka on the cultural significance and depiction of plants in Indian art, and am a mentor at the Botanical Art Workshop at Rao Jodha Desert Park.

I also have an editorial consultancy and take on book projects from publishers, museums and cultural institutions where I have the full responsibility for coordinating and planning content, design and images, and print production.