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Dhritikanta Lahiri Choudhury (September 1931 – 1 March 2019) was an Indian Bengali author and expert on Indian elephants.


Lahiri Choudhury was born to Dhirendrakanta and Renuka Debi in 1931 in village of Kalipur in the Mymensingh district. After the partition of Bengal his family shifted to Kolkata. He passed M.A in English literature from Presidency College and completed Ph. D from the University of Leeds. He served as a professor of Rabindra Bharati University. Lahiri Choudhury travelled over seventy years in the forests of Assam, Barak Valley, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Orissa as well as Uttaranchal, Bandipur and Periyar. He gathered huge experiences with elephants and surveyed the status and distribution of elephants, studied man-elephant conflicts and analysed the problems of elephants in India. His books The Great Indian Elephant Book and A Trunk Full of Tales: Seventy Years with the Indian Elephant are considered as guidebooks on managing elephants.[1] [2] Lahiri Choudhury wrote two Bengali books Hatir Boi and Jiboner Indradhanu.[3] He also researched on Architecture of Calcutta.[4] In 1977 he became a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) specialist group on elephants and of the advisory committee of Project Elephant under the Government of India in 2004.[5][6] Lahiri Choudhry received Ananda Purashakar in 2007 for Hatir Boi.[1]

Lahiri Chouhudry died on March 1, 2019 at the age of 87.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Dhritikanta Lahiri Chowdhury". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dhriti Kanta Lahiri Choudhury". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Tanika Sarkar, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay. "Calcutta: The Stormy Decades". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Trends in Calcutta Architecture, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol I. Lahiri Choudhury, Dhriti Kanta. Kolkata: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-563696-1.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Gajah: Journal of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "The elephant warriors". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Elephant expert Dhriti Kanta dies at 87". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-03-02.