On one sunny morning, as Sarah recited the morning prayer, she excitedly remembered yesterday’s announcement at her school. She was one among the top five swimmers selected for the Dolphin show at the Music Fest.
The Annual Music Fest in her school was about to begin in a week’s time. The teachers of the school encouraged every child to take part in at least one musical event. Yesterday, the teachers suggested events for each child, based on their school records. For her extraordinary swimming ability, Sarah was chosen for the Dolphin show. In a Dolphin show, a Dolphin and a child will pair to make a synchronous performance with the music played in the background.
It was Sarah’s first day at the practice. Ms. Diya arranged a small classroom for the five children, near the huge swimming pool. She explained a few interesting facts about dolphins.
“Dolphins are lovable and intelligent animals like dogs and cats. They live in the seas. They live in groups. A female dolphin is called a cow, a male dolphin is called a bull and a young one is called a calf.”
“Like the cow family!” exclaimed Tenny.
“You are right Tenny,” said Ms. Diya.
“What do dolphins eat?” asked Sarah.
“Dolphins feed on fishes and squids. And they use a method called as echolocation to find their food,” answered Ms. Diya.
“What’s echolocation?” inquired Shikha.
“Dolphins are intelligent animals. They send out sounds into the water. When the sounds hit on an object, say a group of fish, it will reflect back as echo. Listening to the sound of the echo, dolphins can judge where exactly the group of fish is,” explained Ms. Diya.
“And they move towards that exact place to catch their prey,” reasoned Bala.
“Exactly, Bala. Do any of you have more questions about dolphins?” asked Ms. Diya.
“Yes. Dolphins must be drinking a lot of water from the sea. How much water do dolphins drink in a day?” asked Naseem.
“Ha,” chuckled Ms. Diya, “Dolphins do not drink water from the sea because the sea is made of salt water. The water they need comes from the fishes they eat.”
When there were no more questions for Ms. Diya, she took the children to the pool to introduce Mr. Aamir. “Sarah, Bala, Naseem, Shikha and Tenny, here we have Mr. Aamir, the dolphin trainer. He will help you with the practice for the dolphin show.” During the rest of the practice hours, Mr. Aamir helped the children to slowly feel comfortable with their respective dolphin mates.
Merry was Sarah’s mate. She enjoyed watch him dive and jump in the waters merrily. In a couple of days’ time, Sarah and Merry bonded well. After every swimming session, Sarah and Merry would come out of the water and Sarah would gently pat oh his head.
Now it was time to begin the practice along with the music. A peppy music with rhythmic beats began to play.
Mr. Aamir instructed, “The music has a set of 20 beats that will be repeated 5 times during the show. Now listen carefully to the order of the movements:
- For the first 5 beats, the children will swim under the water while the dolphins will make a dive.
- For the next 5 beats, the children will come out of the water to wave their hands while the dolphins will swim under the water.
- For beats 11 to 20, you will hold one of your hands with your dolphin mate and swim along a circular path.
We will repeat this five times. Isn’t it simple? Let’s begin now.”
The music began. All were busy practicing their moves. Merry did the first dive perfectly. But Sarah failed to get out of the water at the exact time to wave the hand. The music was played several times but still she couldn’t keep pace with the music. By the end of the day, all the children except Sarah could do their moves synchronously with the music. Sarah felt down. It was difficult for her to keep a count of the beats. No matter how much she tried, she was late for all her moves.
The next morning, Sarah sat sadly near the pool. She wondered why understanding the rhythm of music was so difficult. Merry came near Sarah and gave an understanding look. He suddenly whistled at her. Sarah was amused to hear him whistle and that made her feel good. The practice began again. And Sarah failed again to keep track of the music.
During the resting hour, Sarah again sat sadly starring at the waters. Merry, for another time, came to her and whistled. Sarah suddenly understood the cue that Merry was giving. Immediately both dived into the water. Noticing their sudden move, Mr. Aamir played the music. This time, when it was exactly time for Sarah to come to the water surface, Merry whistled. Sarah, with the help of his whistle sound got the clue when to push herself upwards. After repeated practices in this way, Sarah finally absorbed the rhythm into her body. She felt over-joyed at the inspiration that her newly found music sense gave her.
After the resting hour, the practice resumed. To everybody’s surprise, Sarah followed the music perfectly. She thanked Merry at the end of the practice and he gave an understanding nod.
Thus on the day of the Music Fest, Sarah, Merry and the other children with their Dolphin mates made a stunning show.