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Music Composer: Turning down an entire hill into a sanctuary

Wildlife and birds at Sitabani
image courtesy :- Abhishek
Wildlife and birds at Sitabani image courtesy :- Abhishek

Wildlife is an area where one can get close to the nature and can feel more of freely like environment. A music composer named Abhishek Ray is taking wildlife more seriously than music. According to him forest is having its own sounds and not understanding why man should monopolize land and water resources in the forest.

The number of resorts which is around the Kosi river at the Corbett Tiger Reserve has gone up by means of some of the great numbers. The main thing which this resort is doing is sanitizing the grounds and making it animal proof. They are then capturing water banks and making it exclusive for case of humans.

Music composer making bamboo houses. (Image Courtesy: Google)
Music composer making bamboo houses. (Image Courtesy: Google)

Music Composer: A wildlife lover

A music composer has bought an entire hill and converted into a wildlife sanctuary. (Image Courtesy: Google)
A music composer has bought an entire hill and converted into a wildlife sanctuary. (Image Courtesy: Google)

Abhishek Ray is an Indian music composer, playback singer, instrumentalist, music arranger, and producer. He is well known for having composed the music and done playback vocals on popular and award winning Bollywood films, such as: Paan Singh Tomar, Welcome Back, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, I Am Kalam, Shagird, Chaar Din Ki Chandni,Premmayee, Thoondil, Yeh Saali Zindagi, and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny.

Apart from feature films, Ray has composed and sung on solo albums like Udaas Paani and Raat Chand Aur Main with the legendary poet Gulzar and has other exclusive world music albums including Ritu: The Magic of the Six Indian Seasons and Raga Rendezvous.

The very successful music composers Abhishek Roy has volunteered for tracking the tigers and leopards for the government for India since he was of age 12. His main job was moving to the remote areas and wanting to invest into the forests. He is finding opportunities for investing in the wasted agriculture lands.

This land was found ten years ago by him and there had been a lot of the hoof animal activity over it which has resulted in degradation of it over the years. He quite loved it from the day he observed the land. It was been quite next to the forest area and is considered as a part of the tiger corridor with having one side of the hill.

Ray has invested all of his savings of life in buying the lands from families of villages. The forest seems to be taken on life by a name Sitabani. This name came from the fact that local villagers believe that Sita has spent some years here after leaving Ram for raising her sons. The main thing that Ray focused that villagers don’t use the land which is unsustainable which they had been doing.

Wildlife lover and music composer Abhishek Ray. (Image Courtesy: Google)
Wildlife lover and music composer Abhishek Ray. (Image Courtesy: Google)

Protection of forest

He is taking great care of maintaining the forest by protecting it from the various kinds of parasites and building a natural pond which can help the local animals living there to have a better and natural life style. When he succeeded he planted several varieties of grass and endemic fruit plants which includes amaltas, sycus, jackfruit, mango in the drier portions.

His consistent efforts over the years has greatly helped in giving newer lease of life to the land consisting of big cats, deer, monkeys and even over 600 species of birds which are visiting the reserve.

The Indian Pita, Forest Owlet, Asian Bard Owlet, Brown Fishing Owl, Grey Hooded Warbler, Crest-Serpent Eagle, Steppy Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Long Legged Buzzard apart from the many different kinds of Flycatchers, Bee Eaters, Woodpeckers and Orioles are being among the frequent visitors of the reserve.

The careful and painful process of regeneration if almost complete but he doesn’t want to open the doors to everyone. He wants to hold out to the nature for taking its own course for another six months to about a year before letting people inside Sitabani.

Abhishek started setting up bamboo homes for the birds and turning them for use of local cotton flax which they can use for making their nests warmer.

It has been 30 years since the accident and the region from which humans were removed owing to the mishap which has now become the hotspot for the case of European wildlife.

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