International Wetland Day
The film wonderfully depicts the rich wetlands of Gujarat, the foreign birds that visit the Kutch region and the four RAMSAR sites of Gujarat
Gandhinagar, Thursday: Today, On the occasion of ‘International Wetland Day’ Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel in the presence of Minister of Forest Shri Mulu Bera , Minister of state for Forest Shri Mukesh Patel launched a film based on the theme of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ produced by well-known music director and playback singer Shri Roop Kumar Rathod. This films very nicely depicts and highlights the rich wetlands of Gujarat.
Chief Minister Shri Patel congratulated Shri Roop Kumar Rathod and said, A short musical film showcases the birds that visit the four RAMSAR sites of Gujarat and areas like Chhari Dhand in Kutch and the rich wetlands of Gujarat. Our government is committed towards conserving and breeding of millions of migratory birds that visit Gujarat every year. On this occasion, a ‘coffee table’ book presenting pictures of birds was also released by the Chief Minister.
Birds from countries like Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Europe, Australia are found in the state’s wetlands like Chhari Dhand , Thol Lake, Nal Sarovar, Little Rann of Kutch, Vadhvana, All of them are well covered in this film, which will be very useful for ornithologists and citizens also.
It is worth mentioning here that, It is these birds that make the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” written in the Upanishads come true. Birds from all corners of the earth come to India through the Central Asian Flyway.
It is noteworthy that,
As India is the host of G-20 this year, every year 300 species of birds from 18 countries out of 20 countries of G-20 visit the wetlands of Gujarat which is a pride for India.
Shri Roop Kumar Rathod himself is a great musician as well as a nature lover and a keen wildlife photographer. He has a strong connection with the National Parks of Gujarat. He has also taken lot of photographs pertaining to wildlife and birds extensively in various National Parks of Gujarat. It is because of his connection with nature that he composed this latest tune depicting the lakes and birds of Gujarat.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat