S. Theodore Baskaran Indian film historian and wildlife conservationist and an activist has won the Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award for 2020. This award was instituted by the Sanctuary Nature Foundation.

Why Baskaran won the award?

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran was chosen for the award in the light of his dedication to the wildlife conservation. Baskaran won the award for his writing prowess in English and Tamil contributing towards the conservation discourse. Baskaran was also chosen for the award in the backdrop of inspiring the young naturalists.

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

  • Baskaran was born in the year 1940 in Tamil Nadu.
  • He is an Indian film historian and wildlife conservationist.
  • He completed his school at St. Johns College, Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu. Baskaran obtained his BA (Hons) Degree in History from Madras Christian College in 1960.
  • Baskaran worked as Researcher in Tamil Nadu State Archives.
  • Later, in 1964, Baskaran joined the Indian Postal Service as Divisional Superintendent.
  • Baskaran also served as the “Special Officer for War Efforts” during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 in Shillong.
  • Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran is prolific in Tamil. His Tamil works include Vaanil Parakkum Pullelam and Kal Mel Nadandha Kaalam.

Theodore on Conservation

Theodore is of the view that any conservation initiative should be in local language in order to gain momentum as a people’s movement. Theodore Baskaran was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award (Iyal Virudhu) for his writing on nature in Tamil. The award was given by the Canada Literary Garden in 2014 at Toronto, Canada.


Theodore Baskaran debut book was- Dance of the Sarus: Essays of a Wandering Naturalist; Book of Indian Dogs and A Day with the Shama: Essays on Nature.

Theodore Baskaran won Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award for 2020