Indian Music Therapy

Indian classical 'Ragas' have been acclaimed By Vedic science to have healing effects. Music has frequently been used as a therapeutic agent from the ancient times.

In India, music is a kind of yoga system through the medium of sonorous sound, which acts upon the human organism and awakens and develops their proper functions to the extent of self-realization, which is the ultimate goal of Hindu Philosophy and religion.

Melody is the keynote of Indian Music. The 'Raga' is the basis of melody. Various 'Ragas' have been found to be very effective in curing many diseases Related with Central Nervous System. Before using music as Therapy, it must be ascertained which type of music is to be used.

The concept of Music Therapy is dependent on correct intonation and right use of the basic elements of music. Such as notes rhythm, volume, beats and piece of melody.

There are countless 'Ragas' of course with countless characteristic peculiarities of their own. That is why we cannot establish a particular Raga for a particular disease.

Different types of Ragas are applied in each different case. When the term Music Therapy is used, we think world -wide system of therapy.

Literature of Vocal part of Indian Classical Music is not sufficient in that case. Classical music with its unique swara/note structure ensures calm and cozy mind by exposure and subdues the emotion provoking situations.

Music plays an effective role in subduing the so-called emotional imbalance. India's First Music Therapist Dr. Bhaskar Khandekar is a well known practitioner of Indian Music Therapy (Since 1993). Dr.Bhaskar has obtained his Masters degree in Music and had Ph.D. in very rare subject called "Music Therapy". He is a Classical Violinist. The Music Therapy Day is celebrated on 13 May of each year in India.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2011

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