Paul Barton is an English artist, pianist and an animal lover.
In 1996, he decided to embark on a new adventure by moving to Thailand. He initially went only for three months but everything changed when he met the love of his life and his future wife, Khwan.
Khwan is an animal activist and a wildlife artist and together they got more and more involved in the wildlife of Thailand with Barton developing an interest in helping Thailand’s elephants.
Thailand underwent rapid deforestation from 1975 to 1986 as there was a high demand for Thailand’s teak wood.
Elephants suffered the most in this transition as they were forced to carry heavy logs due to which they would often get scratched by sharp branches and twigs leaving them wounded and bloody.
In 1989, Thailand’s government banned commercial timber logging.
Many animal lovers set up sanctuaries for neglected elephants. Paul Barton visited one of these sanctuaries, named as Elephants World, and immediately fell in love with the elephants there.
When he saw how emotional the animals were, he came up with an idea to ease their pain. He started playing classical music for the elephants and he named his program Music for Elephants.
Barton told Coconuts Bangkok, “The first time I played piano at Elephants World, a blind elephant called Plara was closest to the piano by coincidence. He was having his breakfast of bana grass, but when he heard the music for the first time, he suddenly stopped eating with the grass protruding from his mouth and stayed motionless all through the music.”
He now shares videos of his concerts on Youtube and one such video went viral due to the overwhelming reaction of the elephant.
In this vide, Barton plays Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” for an elephant Amphan, who is 80 years old and is blind in one eye. Amphan absolutely loves Barton’s beautiful playing and gave the most beautiful yet emotional reaction.
Source – Animal Channel