Kalyan studied mechanical engineering from P.E.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore South Campus and right after joined Yahoo!in 2001. He headed the security division of Yahoo and at that time was active in open-source software and Linux communities in India and was active in pushing these technologies in the society. He was one of the core members of the annual conference FOSS.IN. He won the superstar award in Yahoo, given to ten employees globally each year. At the end of 2004 he quit his job in order to pursue nature photography. He worked in Biligiriranga Hills for more than a year before he took up full time wildlife photography and filmmaking as a profession.
Kalyan is involved in fostering community among photographers and wildlife conservationists since his early years.
In 2004 he, along with a team of photographers, founded India Nature watch, an online community which now has become the largest platform for wildlife photographers in Asia. This community was involved in pushing conservation of wildlife in India via visual media.
In 2015, he co-founded the slow-journalism initiative the Peepli project, which delves deep into the unreported, under-reported, themes that public discourse currently abdicates. Kalyan undertook a year long project to document human-elephant conflict in Karnataka.
He is one of the co-founders of Nature InFocus, an annual festival, portal, contest and a documentary production company which is one of the largest in the world, focussed on nature photography and conservation.
Kalyan is best known for directing and producing the film Wild Karnataka which was the first nature film to be released in Cinema in India and was produced by a team of natural history filmmakers.
- 2008 BBC The Mountains of the Monsoon
- 2009 BBC One million snake bites
- 2011 National Geographic Secrets of Wild India
- 2012 BBC Life Story (TV series)
- 2014 BBC Wonders of the Monsoon
- 2015 BBC India: Natures Wonderland
- 2017 ORF sky river : Brahmaputra
- 2017 BBC Big Cats
- 2019 Wild Karnataka (2019 film)
- 2019 Netflix Our planet
- 2020 BBC Primates
- 2015 Sanctuary Asia – Wildlife photographer of the year
- 2013 NHM photographer of the year – Biological Realms
- 2015 Asferico international nature photography contest
- 2015 Por el Planeta – First place in Animal Behaviour
- 2017 Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation award