Birdsong is an exhibition curated by the Indian Music Experience Museum (located in J.P. Nagar, Bangalore) that spotlights the contribution of birds to our ecological and cultural wealth. The exhibition features stunning photographs and illustrations, a display of musical instruments inspired by birds, audio-visual kiosks showcasing bird calls, computer interactives, and graphic panels that highlight the connections between birds and humans, and the significance of coexistence.
When the Early Bird team was approached by IME in February 2022, we jumped at the chance to collaborate on this exhibit with them, to bring the magic of birds and birdsong to a wider audience. The initial conceptualization and design of the exhibit had been done by IME, and we came on board as their knowledge partners to provide content and media support. The next month and a half was a flurry of hectic activity as we put together text, visuals and videos for two of the four sections of the exhibit – songbirds and backyard birds. The Early Bird team put out a call for video contributions, and separately also contacted photographers for image contributions to the exhibit. Our gratitude to all the contributors who so generously gave their photos and videos!
The exhibit was launched on 1st April 2022, and will run for the next 4 months, until the end of July 2022. The online version of the exhibit will be launched in June. The location, timings, ticket price and other details can be found on the museum’s Birdsong page. For the duration of the exhibit there will be a number of online and in-person events organized by the museum, around the theme of birds. There will be bird walks, talks, webinars, workshops and more. We will add the upcoming events here, watch this space!
Saturday 9th April: “Birds and Cities: Balcony Birding” by Garima Bhatia [watch the recording]
Sunday 10th April: Open Day at the Museum (special event for educators only) [completed]
Saturday 16th April: Nature Journaling Workshop by Abhisheka Krishnagopal [completed]
Saturday 23rd April: Nature Walk at Puttenahalli Lake by Vishnupriya Hathwar [completed]
Sunday 24th April: “Birds in Culture: Company Paintings” by Dr. Giles Tillotson [watch the recording]
Saturday 7th May: “Birds and Cities: From Birdwatching to Nature Watching” by Karthikeyan Srinivasan
Saturday 14th May: Nature Journaling Workshop by Sangeetha Kadur [completed]
Sunday 22nd May: Soliga Spotlight at the museum [completed]
Thursday 26th May: “Birds in Culture: The Influence of Birds in Hindustani Music” by Aneesh Pradhan
Those of you not in Bangalore, you can watch a live walk-through of the exhibit that we did on the day of the launch, on Facebook or Instagram. If you are in Bangalore, do drop by the museum with your family and let us know how you enjoyed the exhibit!