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.

15 comments:

Amogh Karmarkar said...

Congratulations for the blog!

Catwatcher said...

Beautiful design of blog and Web site captures the essence of birds in the Indian environment and excites the imagination to know Indian birds better through their melodious calls. Your hard work is most appreciated.

subhash said...

lovely initiative..

Anonymous said...

Excellent work! thank you for compiling them - its a valuable resource for birding enthusiasts!

kdchitnis said...

It is most heartenin to find the untired efforts of Mr Apte, who is a lover of bird songs of western ghat which is full of variety. I wish I could accompany Mr. Apate, while he were recording these tounges and twitters! The famous Panchatantra stories or may be it is, Arannyaka, which is, I believe, is part of Upanishad, of the guy,who knew the languages of birds and animals wrote the stories which got no recognition and hearing, and hence, frustrate soul, started burning them in the midst of the jungle, while all the animals and birds of the forest, meekly weeping besides him, gave him the company, by witnessing and giving the patient hearing to his unheard soties, the "LOVES LABOUR LOST" type tragedy of the lost treasure! Thanks to the modern times which is no short of the listeners and patroners, which values to the labourious efforts bestowed upon for the great cause and learning to the mankind! However, we the Indians, fond of past glories, still praise and worship the bygone days and our so called learned(!)predecessors and their times, who left no trace of their so called inventions and discoveries(!) alas! I would like to buy the cds in question. Please let me know where can I get them in Pune, and oblige. Thanking you, Yours KDCHITNIS.

VIshwas said...

Great Work!!!
Best of Luck for future endeavors!!

Shilpa kelkar said...

Hello Sharad,
Thanks to the Loksatta article that I bumped into your website address and then the blog. It is so wonderful to see the collection of the bird songs on your website. Aai-baba are here and I showed them the website too and they were really happy.
Hearty Congratulations and all the best wishes to this effort.

Shilpa Kelkar
(from Scottsdale Arizona)

Anonymous said...

The website which you have created is simply wonderful....but all the names of the birds are typical bookish or say english so it is difficult for common person like me to correlate the birdcall or say voice to a typical bird which we know. Also the pictures of birds are also availble so it was difficult for us to correlate the voice with the bird.

Pankaj said...

congrats sir for your blog release! It would be helpful to us if you could provide amateur bird song recorders with the details of "bird song recorder making"

Thank you sir.

Adwait Welankar said...

great work sir ! hats off to you !

renuka said...

I truly enjoyed reading your blog .

RAHUL said...

great work boss,

lokesh said...

great job done

Prasant said...

very good website and great content too... Prasant

Alpesh said...

Nice web Sir,
I am based at Jamnagar (Gujrat) Khijadia Bird Sanctuary.
Let me know if you r visiting the place.
DR. Alpesh Agrawat