Tulasi Gowda in her village in Karnataka, Southern India
Gowda wearing traditional halakki garments
Tulasi Gowda in her home
Activist Tulasi Gowda overlooking the growth of plants in Karnataka forest, Southern India
Tulasi Gowda, 83, of southern India’s Halakki tribe, is known as the “encyclopaedia of the forest” thanks to her profound knowledge of seeds and plants.
She is a recipient of the 2020 Padma Shri Awards – India’s fourth-highest civilian honour – for her invaluable environmental contribution.