Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult based out of Bangalore, India. I have a keen interest in the natural world, and hope to work towards its preservation.

I am an avid reader, exploring books across genres.

Skills and Interest

Writing (2020 – present)

Every week, I publish an article on my blog. These are my insights and experiences with Nature, Photography, Art, Urbanity and Society.

Art (2015 – present)

Art, in various forms, is how I express emotions that words can’t convey. I dabble in multiple formats—sculpture, sketching, painting and woodwork.

Photography (2016 – present)

Wildlife, People, Street and Abstract photography help me show the world as I see it to everyone. I see it as an art form, and treat it as such.

Piano (2020 – present)

Mostly self-taught, I lose myself playing the piano, its melodies being incredibly therapeutic for me. My tastes range from western classical to Japanese compositions.


  • Certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver since 2016.
  • Volunteer at Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology(KCRE), Agumbe Karnataka.
  • Part of school delegation to BNHS Bird Migration Study Centre at Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu.
  • Documented the construction of an Artificial Glacier in Ladakh, India.
  • Taught English to class 1 & 2 students of Rural Education Centre(REC) attached to Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Trekked to Chandrashila peak(13,000 ft) in Uttarakhand and Chandarkhani peak(14,500 ft) in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Visited and interacted with leprosy patients in Community Rehabilitation Programme in Anandawan, Warora Maharashtra.
  • Documented the activities of the Milk Cooperative and Madamvaripalli, a village in rural Andhra Pradesh (neighbouring Rishi Valley School).
  • Documented lake regeneration and a Cooperative Forest Management project at Salem, Tamil Nadu.
  • Visited and analysed the working of rural schools in Majuli, Assam set up by Aayang, an NGO working rural education in North-East India.
  • Attended ERDS ‘’Nature Conversation Warriors’’ online Workshop.
  • Did “Ecology and Wildlife Conservation” online course from the University of Leeds through Coursera.
  • Did ‘Getting started with Essay Writing’ course offered by University of California, Irvine through Coursera. 
  • Did ‘Grammar and Punctuation’ course offered by University of California, Irvine through Coursera. 

Languages Known

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Kannada


  • Member of School Photography Club.
  • Member of School Library, Newsletter and Fieldwork Committee.
  • Member of School Bird Watching Club.
  • Played the lead role of Mortimer in Class 11 Production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Rishi Valley School. 
  • Played role of Lord Adrian in Class 11 Production of ‘Macbeth’ and was part of backstage crew at Rishi Valley School. 
  • Part of set design team for Class 11 Production of ‘Macbeth’ at Rishi Valley School. 


Sishu Griha School
(2006 – 2017)

Rishi Valley School
(2017 – 2021)

Ashoka University
(2021 – Present)


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