Reuben David’s Website Launch

This year, 23-3-2016, on the 27th Death Anniversary of my father; zoologist Padmashree Reuben David (1912-1989) his website was formally launched at Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden at 11 a.m, exactly four years after his centenary celebration (104), which was held at the same venue on his birth date 19-9-2012. During this occasion, Esther David felicitated young naturalist Viral Joshi, who hails from a village near Amreli, with her book MY FATHERS ZOO, as, on his own initiative Viral Joshi has collected innumerable bird songs.

As Reuben David had lost his voice in 1968 after a surgery for cancer of his voice box. His voice was not heard till 1989, as he spoke with an electro-larynx. So, during this event, the audience comprising wild life enthusiasts, people of Ahmedabad, school children, civic authorities and others heard his original voice, which had been taped and then transferred on a CD, was played during the function. In this CD, he is heard teaching song birds like Canaries and other birds to sing to the tune of his dilruba; a stringed musical instrument, which he often played. The audience was thrilled to hear his voice.