Padma Shri Deepa Malik Launched 12-year-old's Photography Book to Raise Funds for Free Cleft Surgeries for Children in India

NEW DELHI, January 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Photography Book 'Wild at Heart: Animal Encounters Through my Lens' will support Smile Train India

Over the weekend, Padma Shri Deepa Malik launched a photography book titled 'Wild at Heart: Animal Encounters Through My Lens', published by 12-year-old, London-based photographer Ameya Kulkarni capturing his encounters with wildlife from across the world. The proceeds from the sale of the book will help fund free cleft surgeries to children across the country, through NGO Smile Train India.

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The book includes pictures taken in various destinations, over the years, based on Ameya's travels, from Iceland to South Africa, India to Belgium, and at his home in England.

Of the voluminous collection of the photographs he took, Ameya chose those for the book that he felt 'had a story to tell'. He says some pictures had scenes that fascinated him, "like the camels in the Thar desert"; while sometimes he found themes around which he, "actively took pictures such as with urban cows in India."

Speaking about why he decided to donate all the proceeds from his book, Ameya said, "We need to give back to society and no contribution is too early or too small." Further talking about why he chose to support clefts, Ameya shared, "Through my continued partnership with Smile Train, I would like to contribute towards improving access to better medical facilities for children with clefts earlier in their life, so that this simple surgery can be done when they are very young."

Speaking at the event, Padma Shri and Arjuna Awardee Deepa Malik shared, "I am delighted and overwhelmed to see young supporters like Ameya coming forward to dedicate their work to charitable causes. Children born with clefts live a life of shame and isolation, unable to make friends or go to school, and support like this will go a long way in providing them a second chance at life. I congratulate Ameya for this initiative and wish him the best!"

Sharing more details about clefts and Smile Train's operations, Vice President and Regional Director, Smile Train - South Asia, Mamta Carrol said, "Hundreds of thousands of children continue to live a life of isolation just because they were born with clefts. However, a surgery transforms their life and many go on to pursue education, learn a trade, build a family. We are humbled by contributions of young supporters like Ameya who come forward and support the cause."

More information: The book is available for purchase on Amazon and Flipkart at

About Smile Train India: 

Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. In India, over 35,000 children are born with clefts every year and hundreds of thousands of children with untreated clefts live in isolation; but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since the year 2000, Smile Train's sustainable model has provided training, funding and resources to empower local doctors and hospitals across India to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. This 'teach a man to fish' strategy has enabled Smile Train India to provide over 4,90,000 free surgeries through a network of more than 160 partner hospitals.

To learn more about how Smile Train India's sustainable approach has both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit:

Media Contact:
Neeraj Bali
Smile Train India

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