Event: Conservation Express by Friends of Elephants and Let Poetry Be

With diminishing forests and increasing extinction of several precious animal and bird species, Friends of Elephants and Let Poetry Be brings to you Conservation Express.

There is no better way to show love and concern for our natural habitat, environment and wildlife, than, through the lyrical, rhythmic form of poetry. Arts and Literature have depicted wildlife through ages. Be it age-old civilizations depicting elephants carrying kings, tigers fighting humans or mythology which depicts each God in an animal or bird form. Folklore abundantly uses animals as metaphors to convey the deepest of meanings.

Tune in to Active Bangalore and listen to Vikram Sridhar,wildlife enthusiast and the curator of Conservation Express speak about the Conservation Express

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The event will start at 11:30am with a fun and engaging session with Arthi Anand. She is a popular author. Her aim is to teach children about wildlife conservation through storytelling and folklore as it is a very powerful medium. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favourite animal and talk about them. The session will end with a Wildlife quiz.

From 3:30PM “Let Poetry Be” has organised an hour long poetry session where everyone from amateurs to published poets can present their poems on wildlife. Throughout the day, a photography exhibition has been set up which will showcase photographs by renowned photojournalist Selvaprakash Lakshmanan. His subject is elephants in the temples of South India.

The last event is a talk by Suparna Ganguly, founder of Compassion Unlimited. She will talk about the condition of captive elephants in India. She will be joined by Arthi Anand and Selvaprakash Lakshmanan for a panel discussion on conservation of wildlife in general.

These events are a great way to make children aware of wildlife issues from a young age so that they can learn to be empathetic towards animals when they grow up.

Venue: Atta Galatta, #134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore, India

– RJ Pavithra ( Transcribed by Indrani Bhradwaj)

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