Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My first blog

A heady fragrance arrests your step during an evening walk. You take deep breaths and fill your lungs with the enthralling smell of the Ratrani in full bloom. Or on a crisp morning in March the spontaneous song of the male Koel (Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea) announces the arrival of Rutu Vasant- Spring, the king of seasons. Although these sound colours and smells delight the human senses, primarily they are not meant for us. Flowers bloom and spread fragrance in order to attract insects that achieve cross pollination leading to bearing of fruits, ultimately producing seeds the raise next generation.

Same is true of the Koel’s song. On one hand it allures the female, on the other hand warning opponent males not enter the singer’s territory. Nature has specially bestowed on birds the heavenly voice that fills her garden with sweet melody.

Mr Sharad Apte, an ornithologist, has recorded these calls with sophisticated equipments at tramping forests, mountains, rivers and lakes across the country. He has spent 20 years of leisure time and resources studying birds and bird songs and has spent almost 10 years recording them.

Bird’s song and call are roughly classified; by their purpose; such as breeding songs and calls, alarm call, rising and retiring call as well as calls for communications etc.

Legends from folklore are also a part of information. It is said that the call of grief produced by the Male Crounch (The Saras Crane) on the loss of his partner inspired Maharashi Valmiki to compose his epic Ramayana. Even today thousand of spoken languages across the country are oriented with such folklores and songs. This is perhaps the only blog that will carry such folklores.