SAVE was set up in 2011 and, although we are still faced with many challenges for vulture conservation in South and south East Asia, there is so much that has been achieved.
To mark the considerable progress and achievements we wanted to find a way to celebrate. We have great pleasure in presenting the SAVE vulture song by talented songwriter and composer Anisha Uppal of Savera Charitable Trust.
We invited Anisha to give some background on the development of the song.
Presenting the Vulture Song, co-produced by independent artists from across India
We have musicians from New Delhi, sound engineers and vocalists from Gujarat, and visual artists from Bangalore. All of us have come together to pay tribute to the work of SAVE.
As the songwriter-composer, I wrote the Vulture song while remembering my own childhood in New Delhi when there were always hundreds of vultures flying in the sky. My friends and I would be amazed by the sheer number and size of these majestic birds. Their decline was so rapid, that it feels as if overnight they have all disappeared. By 2021, I can say that it has now been over a decade since I last saw a vulture and I believe people, like myself, want to understand the causes and support the organisations worldwide that are dedicated to bringing them back.
With this song, I would like to thank you for your commitment and hope that, through the power of music, we can bring about greater awareness of the cause of declines and the important role that vultures play, and reach a wider audience.
by Anisha Uppal
Head Communications & Special Projects, Savera Charitable Trust
Download and listen here.