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Hemlata Pradhan is a gifted Botanical Illustrator, who paints Orchids and other plants and immortalizes them on paper. She was born on 3 December 1974, in Kalimpong, Darjeeling District, West Bengal into a family already renowned in the horticultural circles nationally and internationally. After her schooling at St. Joseph’s Covent and then later on at Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, she went on to pursue her dreams in the world of painting, completing her B.Fine Arts (Hons) Graphics, from Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan,
West Bengal in 1998.

She then did her Diploma in Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England through scholarship from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada. In the year 2000, she was sponsored by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London, U.K. to do her Master’s in Natural History Illustration and Ecological Studies from the Royal College of Art, London, U.K. She is the winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal as well as the 18th world Orchid Conference Gold Medal for her paintings of Indian Jewel Orchids and the Indian Wild Orchids in habitat.
Most of her works are housed at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England.
 

Hemlata’s commissions have included painting a set of 6 postage stamps for the country of Bhutan to celebrate the ‘International Year of the Mountains’ and the Third Meeting of the Indian sub-Continent Regional Orchid Specialist Group-IUCN/SSC, and illustrations for numerous botanists, including cover illustrations for books like the ‘Orchids of Bhutan’ by Dr. Phillip J. Cribb and Dr. Nicholas Pearce, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, UK and line illustrations for“Hundred Beautiful Himalayan Orchids and How to grow them” by Mr. Udai C. Pradhan and Satyam C. Pradhan, Kalimpong, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, West Bengal, India.
Hemlata is currently working as a Freelance Botanical Illustrator.

She is passionate about the conservation of endangered Orchids and other Indian plants.

At present, she is deeply involved in setting up a Natural History Art Institute in Kalimpong, District Darjeeling, West Bengal, and getting Natural History Illustration recognition as a Fine Art subject in India. She is the First Honorary Secretary and Member of the ISROSG- Indian Sub-Continent Regional Orchid Specialist Group of the IUCN-International Union for conservation of Nature and Natural Resources/SSC-Species Survival Commission and the Trustee President of the Himalayan Trust for Natural History Art, Kalimpong, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, West Bengal, India.
She has also been recently chosen as member of the Education Committee of the Orchid Specialist Group-IUCN/SSC.


“My aim is to highlight India’s Wild Orchids and other plants in Nature to bring about
an awareness of what we are unwittingly loosing so that it can compliment and enhance
the crusade to save these wonderful heritage of our planet.”









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