J. K. Dhobi , Kuruba camp chief mahout in India
Born ? in India
J.K. Dobi, the head of the mahouts, belongs to the Jainu Kuruba
tribe and learnt the art of being a Mahout
from his father, who learned it from his father before him.
“We will continue this profession by handing over the baton to the next generation for as long as mankind survives,” said J K Dhobi, the Mahout
of elephant Cauvery.
While Dhobi’s son J. D. Shari is the Mahout
of elephant Gopi, his 12-year-old grandson Sanjan is now learning the art of tending elephants.