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Books and dust jackets featuring orchid artist Hemlata Pradhan's illustrations and artwork.

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Hemlata is an RHS gold medalist, who has gained many commissions and made appearances on national television. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Printmaking from Kala Bhavan, ViswaBharati, Shantiniketan,West Bengal, India. Soon after this, with sponsorship from the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, she studied with distinction in the UK at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and the Royal College of Art, where she went on to complete a Masters Degree in Natural History Illustration and was awarded the Princess of Wales Award.

Hemlata’s commissions have included painting a set of 6 postage stamps for Bhutan to celebrate the ‘International Year of the Mountains’ and the Third Meeting of the 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.

Hemlata is currently working as a Freelance Botanical Illustrator in India as well as deeply involved in setting up a Natural History Art Institute in West Bengal, India with the support of Lady L. Sainsbury, U.K.

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, West Bengal, India.

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

“ 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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Hemlata PradhanbornBorn 1974