Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-02-08 15:00 Bengaluru: Doyen of nature and wildlife photography and mentor to many wildlife photographers, Thanjavur Nateshacharya Ayyam Perumal better known as TNA Perumal (85) passed away in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Perumal led the Indian team to four consecutive world cup victories in photography. With careful planning, composition, enormous amount of patience and clinical precision of light and angle, Perumal – as the team captain – got us the coveted Nature Photography World Cup. Teamed with YM Ghorpade, former Congress leader and Sandur royal family member, BNS Dev, erstwhile maharaja of Koriya (a princely state in Madhya Pradesh and now in Chhatisgarh) and others, they had won the trophy for four times between 1981 and 1988. Perumal began his photography in 1955 with a special focus on wildlife and nature and added several coveted international awards to his credit. However, he graduated into macro photography and the result was his book "A field guide for butterfly". A celebrated photographer – renowned and respected by one and all – Perumal had mentored several photographers. He always insisted that he was an artist who created his works with his camera. Several noted wildlife photographers recalled Perumal’s love for camera and his ever-readiness to share his expertise, “He was a man, who preferred to work in the early morning light and in the dusk. He never preferred harsh light for photography. As a tribute to his passion for such lights – two hours after sunrise and evening light during sunset – we nicknamed it as Perumal lights," says MN Jayakumar, former forest officer and well-known wildlife photographer. MN Jayakumar with TNA Perumal Jayakumar who has travelled with Perumal on many occasions, mentions that he was an expert in processing and printing black and white photographs, during the days when digital photography had not even seen the light of the day. "It was Ghorpade recognised his talent and offered him a job in Sandur Manganese Company then," recollected Jayakumar mourning Perumal. Dr SR Jayaprakash and Dr Pramod Shanbag well-known wildlife photographers who were associated with Perumal, say that he has left a vacuum in wildlife photography that cannot be filled. "He was our mentor. All our pictures are dedicated to him," the duo say. Born in November 15, 1932, Perumal has not just influenced the older generation, but also the young photographers who speak about his organisation skills with great respect. "Perumal Sir always looked for good backgrounds along with the subject. His pictures showed nature along with animals in a pleasant light. He used natural light as a brush to paint a beautiful picture," M Shankar Ganesh said. Leopard was Perumal’s favourite animal to photograph – its colour, patterns and activities inspired many of his pictures. An avid reader of Kannada literature, Perumal was a man of few words. An ardent lover of literary works of Kuvempu, he was penning his biography and has left behind his unfulfilled wish to visit the famous Jim Corbett national park.