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The sound of nature’s music
Hindustantimes.com
New Delhi, July 03, 2013
First Published: 18:00 IST(3/7/2013)
Last Updated: 18:05 IST(3/7/2013)

How many of us pay attention to sounds nature spurs? Not many and that's the reason why people like A J Mithra are a rare breed. A music teacher in Chennai, Mithra has been composing music using natural bird and animal sounds.

A J Mithra has been recognised by the Limca Book of records and Cornell lab of ornithology for his work.

According to him, it is because of our lack of concern, that we have lost sparrows and now are on the verge of losing frogs. He feels the absence of their chorus during monsoon in many urban areas is an indicator of either a dry water body or a degrading water body. The increasing sound of kites are a clear sign of raising garbage dumps in the urban, says Mithra.

The understanding of zoo music could help a lay person conscious of the ecological environment around him. Mithra stresses on the fact that we should develop a habit of listening to wildlife sounds like our forefathers did, in order to preserve nature.

Credited to be the first zoomusicologist in India, Mithra has been making music in this vein since 2008.


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