Nirupa Rao is a botanical illustrator based in Bangalore, India. Her work is inspired by regular field visits into the wild, and informed by close collaboration with natural scientists to achieve accuracy.

 

National Geographic Young Explorer, Nirupa received a grant to create her book Hidden Kingdom—Fantastical Plants of the Western Ghats (published in 2019). She has also published Pillars of Life—Magnificent Trees of the Western Ghats (2018), a debut project in collaboration with naturalists Divya Mudappa and TR Shankar Raman of the Nature Conservation Foundation. She illustrated the cover of Amitav Ghosh's latest novel, Gun Island, and re-jacketed four of his older novels for Penguin-Random House. 

In 2019, she participated in a Plant Humanities program at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Centre. She has also been named an INK Fellow, one to 'watch out for' in Forbes India's annual 30 Under 30 issue, and one of Harper's Bazaar India's 'Indian Women to be Proud Of'. 

CONTACT

< niruparao211@gmail.com >

For product-related queries, write to < hello@nirupa-rao.com >

ADDRESS (Products can also be purchased in person here. Please note opening hours)

Bangalore

Bhumiputra Architecture

SNC House, 3rd Floor

#7 Residency Road

Ph: +91-80-2222-8000 / +91-80-2222-9000

Mon-Fri, 11 am - 5 pm (hours may vary on public holidays)

INSTAGRAM

@niruparao 

PRESS

FELLOWSHIPS
Plant Humanities fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, USA, a research institute of Harvard University (2019)
INK Fellowship (2018)
National Geographic Young Explorer (2017)
PRESS
Edex Live (2019)
The New Indian Express (2019)
The New Indian Express (2019)
Paper Planes (2019)
Bangalore Mirror (2019)
Forbes India (2019)
The Times of India (2019)
Scroll.in (2018)
The Hindu (2018)
The New Indian Express (2018)
Deccan Chronicle (2018)
Vijaya Karnataka (2018)
Earthamag (2018)
Harper's Bazaar India's list of 'Women we are proud of' (2018)
Beej Living (2017)
The Deccan Chronicle (2017)
Chickpea Magazine (2017)
National Geographic Young Explorer (2016)
Medicor, a publication of the Karolinksa Institutet, Sweden (2015)
SPEAKER AT
National Geographic Explorers Summit (2019)
The Bangalore Club (2019)
INK Conference (2018)
Woman Up Summit (2018)
Nature in Focus (2018)
Bengaluru Bird Day (2018)