Carnival of animals other than being reminiscent of a circus, brings to the mind a humorous piece of music composed in 1886 by Camille Saint-Saëns. In the short composition of less than half-an-hour, the range of animals start with lions and capers on to kangaroos, elephants, donkeys, fishes, swans and even fossils! Peeking into our treasure trove, we found gems frolicking with animal-based humour from creatures addressed in the composition of Saint Saëns to frogs, pandas and even cockroaches. So, we decided to do a special dedicated to Carnival of Animals on the Animal’s Rights Awareness Week, June 20-25. May we live in harmony with all animals and see ourselves as part of the same kingdom!
Let us begin with poetry in the lighter vein.
We conclude our poetry ensemble by dedicating a few lines to the most learned and privileged of animals — the human — and his other friends.
PhD thesis By Mitali Chakravarty The elephant with its pink nose, Flung up his trunk and with outstretched toes, Danced a little stutitu In a violet pink tutu. The lion stood on its tail And did a jig on the rail. The giraffe twirled its forked tongue And sang a song with a guitar strummed By an Orangutan in purple pyjamas With a gold tooth from Bahamas. The music pranced. The animals danced. The future PhD stood entranced And did a thesis on the hippo's glance. The lissome 'potamus batted its lid And solved problems by Euclid. The future PhD stood entranced And did a thesis on the hippo's glance.
Our next movement is prose. We have much starting with humorous retellings of cats — I wonder why these felines were left out of the musical composition of Saint Saëns! Our stories make up for it with multiple humorous telling of cats.
As we come to the end of our ensemble, listen to the grand finale of the Carnival of Animals and tell us if you could trace resonances of the frolicsome spirit of the composition of Saint Saëns in this selection.
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