OBJECTIVES

Music Therapy through Indian Classical Music


The work of an artist is to heal the soul. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to bring the body into a natural state of balance. The ancient Greeks had observed that a blend of musical notes is very effective in achieving such balance. Extensive research has now established that the use of music and musical interventions can restore, maintain and improve emotional, physical, physiological and spiritual health and well being - This is Music Therapy.

Music Therapists have been known to be effective with the physically handicapped, those who have been physically or mentally abused, the elderly including those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, the terminally ill, the mentally retarded or those with speech problems and learning disabilities.

As a natural extension of my study of Indian classical music, I have established that the combination of certain notes which create different Indian Ragas, have distinct impact on people with different problems and bring about distinct mood swings. This has a curative power. In fact different melodies can be effective for different maladies. Thus Indian Classical Ragas are capable of not only influencing human beings but also have brought about larger yield of fruits and flowers from trees and increased supply of milk from cows.

Music is capable of wondrous effects on human mind, body and soul, while on one hand it can infuse courage in the hearts of the soldiers; on the other it has the power to induce sleep in an individual.

The human being today is under going suffering of different kinds. On one hand there is poverty and hunger and on the other hand modern society is craving for material comfort-they are terribly stressed - they have lost their inner peace.

Now Music Therapy can provide this inner peace to everyone.

Why does music have tremendous effects on your physiology? This is because the roots of the auditory nerves are more widely distributed and have more connections than any other nerves in the body.
1. Sustained chords lower your pressure
2. Crisp, repeated chords raise your blood pressure.
3. Music having the tempo of a normal heart beat (60-80/minute) soothes.
4. Rhythm which are slower than heart beat build suspense, since the body tends to anticipate that the
    music will speed up.
5. Fast rhythms raise the heart beat and excite the whole body.


Relationship between Chakras and musical notes.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. They are the fast moving vortices of energy containing colors. These dynamic centers of energy make the aura brighter or dimmer depending on their activities.

Each of the chakras has a characteristic frequency of vibration. It is associated with a musical note that corresponds to the frequency of its basic vibration. Color and sound can have therapeutic effect, because they can help to stimulate and balance the activity of the particular chakras. The chakras are interrelated with the endocrine glands and they should function in a balanced manner to maintain normal bodily functions.