Actress and the brand ambassador of Wildlife Trust of India Dia Mirza, who has been associated with conservation of elephants and is part of the ongoing Gaj Mahotsav, says the only way one can bring about change in the society against animal abuse is by helping people recognize the deep connection between man and nature. All pictures/Pallav Paliwal
As a brand ambassador of WTI, Dia says that their efforts through the Gaj Yatra are to convey this message in a manner that inspires love and respect for our elephants. "I am a believer that what one learns to love, one protects," she said. Dia Mirza unveiled a 'wild anthem' titled "Mere desh ki zameen"
Talking about the wildlife anthem "Mere Desh Ki Zameen" that she launched at the event, the actress said: "We launched India's First Wild Anthem at the Gaj Mahotsav on World Elephant Day with the intention to inspire love and awe for the incredible natural heritage India has. The anthem is for our children and we hope that it reaches every citizen."
The track is produced by WTI along with Dia and her husband Sahil Sangha's production company Born Free Entertainment. It is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal and Vishal Dadlani with CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi penning the lyrics. Clinton Cerejo has composed the tune. "As producers, I and my husband Sahil Sangha feel proud that we could make this happen for WildLife Trust of India who have spent the last 20 years in service of nature," she said
Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu (in picture with Dia Mirza) said the man-animal conflict was an "existential crisis for humans" rather than animals. Pointing out that protection of wilderness and forests was a must for preserving wildlife, the minister said there was a need for optimising conservation efforts. Suresh Prabhu was addressing a gathering to celebrate 'World Elephant Day' as 'Gaj Mahotsav', after presenting the 'Best Elephant Warrior Award' to late Mani Kandan
Prasoon Joshi (in picture with Dia Mirza) has penned the lyrics of the song that celebrates India's biodiversity by showcasing visuals of animals in the video of the track."At times, we take the most important things in our life for granted and they almost merge in the everyday backdrop. We forget to count our blessings and feel the sense of gratitude for them. The same is true about our wildlife and this anthem tries to strike that chord with all of us reminding us about how mother nature has bestowed her love upon us," Joshi said
According to the Environment Ministry, as per the 2017 census, there are about 30,000 Asian elephants left, confined to South Asia and Southeast Asia. About 60 per cent of the global population of Asian elephants is found in India. Special Secretary Siddhanta Das in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that if elephants were confined to one place, nature's linkage will be broken and pointed to the need to protect the habitat and corridors of elephants
In 2010, elephants were declared a National Heritage Animal. The day focused on improving enforcement policies to prevent illegal poaching and trade in ivory, conserving elephants' habitats, providing better treatment for captive elephants and reintroducing some captive elephants into sanctuaries, an official statement said
Gaj Mahotsav celebrates the grandeur of our national treasure, the Asian Elephant, and encompasses its salient role in ecology, as an integral part of our religion, mythology and literature. As a brand ambassador of WTI, Dia says that their efforts through the Gaj Yatra are to convey this message in a manner that inspires love and respect for our elephants
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is organising a four-day long celebration of the majestic Asian elephant at the Gaj Mahotsav in association with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Partnered by the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) and United Nations Environment (UNE), the festival will go on till Wednesday at Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts, New Delhi
On the ocassion of World Elephant Day, actress-producer Dia Mirza, also an activist for clean and green environment, unveiled a 'wild anthem' titled "Mere desh ki zameen" at an event in New Delhi. We have pictures
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