Pianist Uses Music to Comfort Elderly, Sick, and Blind Elephants

Bach on Piano for Blind Elephant

Lam Duan is the name of an old blind elephant, her name means “Tree with Yellow Flowers”. Lam Duan has been blind most of her life.

Posted by Paul Barton on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Paul Barton is a classical pianist born in Yorkshire and currently living in Thailand. He has been using his talent to comfort blind, sick, and elderly elephants at the Elephants World sanctuary founded by his wife just outside of Kanchanaburi. Barton said the first time he played for the elephants, an elderly male stopped eating breakfast and started listening as soon as Barton played Beethoven. “[He] was often in pain. I like to think maybe the soothing music gave him some comfort in the darkness.”

Learn more about the elephants on the sanctuary’s website.


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