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Significance of Listening to Appropriate Music on the Appropriate Time

Have you ever thought that most of the time you’re in music intervention, but it doesn’t heal you actually? Or you do feel joy and bliss listening to the certain tunes but it’s not actually healing you from within? Well in that case you must understand the logic behind the listening to the particular at the suitable time. Yes! It is exceptionally essential to listen/play/sing the right kind of music at the right time for healing purposes and better brain functioning.

Let’s come to the logic behind this before merging the emotions with sound vibrations and then with time cycle. I will start with the human emotions because thoughts and emotions are the origin of all stress and anxiety. Bliss, joy, euphoria, tension, stress, self-esteem: all emotions are the advanced stage of thoughts. Inner healing begins with balancing or directing these origins in a better way, without suppressing it. Most often we notice that we perceive and react to the petty situation which don’t need much attention like being overstressed on what to wear for the party, or spouse is not helping to wind up the kitchen. On the other hand, we should perceive the situation little more than we do such as laid back or extra-cool while fetching the flight thinking, “its okay! I have time.”

Scientific researches state that the direction and positioning of the moon rules the flow of fluids, as well as the individual’s body’ fluids, mucus, phlegm and affects the unconscious mind, dreams and thoughts.[1] Thus, possibility is that our stress levels, reactions and deep perceptions may depend on the celestial body’s movements.

Emotions and thoughts are deeply triggered by sounds vibrations. Author of The Universal Sense and auditory neurologist, Seth Horowitz says that sound is in the background and often taken for granted, yet it developed to trigger deeply-held emotions.

It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognise emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to researchers from McGill.

Day and night time sphere have a great deal of impact on the emotions caused by the subtle and suitable sound vibrations. Therefore, it’s highly essential to give your body right tunes on the right time.

Day-Night time with Ragas

Ancient Indian musical heritage has already scripted and documented the suitable pre-defined sound templates, (which we call ‘Ragas’) according to the time cycle or the Kaal-Chakra. One person who has executed the widespread research in this Raga-samay padhhati (Raga-time theory) is Pandit V.N. Bhatkhande. Pandit Lalmani Mishra has also documented a few stuffs on this topic.

Indian musical tunes or ragas are defined into 12–12 hours within 24 hours having 8 time-zones (Prahar); 4–4 zones in each meridian. Fours zones of 12 midnight to noon being: 12 am -3, 3am-6am, 6–9 and 9–12 respectively and the cycle is repeated from noon to midnight.

Sound vibrations and reverberates our chakras constantly. Thus, there is an interesting reasoning behind why one should listen to the correct tunes at the correct time cycle.

Read the full list of song recommendations here.

Delving Into Spa Sounds

Ancient people regularly initiated body massage so as to make healthy and vigorous lifestyle. As Karen Olsen stated in a blog, “Healing retreats have their origins in places such as the asclepieia of ancient Greece, temples where ill people told their dreams to a priest who then recommended treatments, often including a visit to baths or the gymnasium.”

Spa is a sophisticated and trending name for massage. Today’s stressed and exerted lives of masses need spa for their relaxation and temporary rejuvenation, but ancient people required it for the permanent inner strength and vigor. This make their attitude more solid and workaholic.

Including spa with sounds or ‘spa-music’ is not a modern technique too. It has been coming since the sounds of ocean, chirping birds, rivers or rain sounds have been discovered. This is the real music which tends to keep us grounded and closer to nature. Overtime, the nature interactions faded away that results in the purposeful company of sounds and nature, not the natural. However, the trending word today is ‘relaxing music’ but it was suppose to be far beyond relaxation earlier. Spa sounds like ‘rushing river’, rhythmic ocean waves, Harmonious heartbeats, Inspirational water drips adds the spiritual and veridical flavour while spa sessions.

How Spa Music Serves

Treatment with musical spa is beneficial, in fact essential for embellished lifestyle and wellbeing. To state a few benefits:

Heightens positive hormones: Serotonin is considered as the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter by the experts, which feeds better mood, sleep and cognitive abilities to the body. Spa sessions along with natural/environmental tunes increases the level of pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine in the bloodstream. Activated positive hormones keeps us more grounded and attached to our roots and gives a secure, blissed feeling.

Reduces Stress levels: spa sounds are the great way to disconnect from the day-to-day complicated lives and welcome the serenity and peace of the night. One can alleviate the stress levels, anxiety and agitation in petty things imbibing these relaxing and calming tunes.

Improves Creativity: A study was conducted on a 7 years old dyslexic, unfocused, boy in which his mom applied a body massage playing the sounds of tidal waves with honch at the background. She did this for half an hour till 6 days when the researchers observed the boy meticulously. Rest of the day after the massage, the boy spend innovating lego boats, ships, castle, star-fish and other stuffs related to water and waves. Good news is that he could explain about every single part he used. He literally left the researchers amused and his mom, emotional. Spa sounds reinforces the brain functioning and blows the creativity balloons in a child’s unfiltered free mind.

Lowers The Heart Rate: People in waiting rooms, hospitals and other clinical environments show a decrease in heart rate when relaxing non-percussive music is present, studies say. Listening to this rejuvenating music with spa helps lower the blood pressure and heart rate. A lower heart rate renders a calmer self and can gives inner peace to focus and achieve our goals easily.

Reiki : A Spiritual Tranquilizer

Kay had an ample of silent heart attacks and he was diabetic too. In 2000, his condition deteriorated that doctors had to recommend heart catheterisations. He had one and there was a gap for the next. Being a rural dweller he had travel miles towards New York for the treatment, until he met a lady, a reiki teacher in his graduation party. She insisted on taking a session for he loses nothing. He took an hour session, which was a life changing experience for him. He felt absolutely healthy and blissful. The other day, he had to take the medical heart sessions for which he was so scared that he began to cry. Doctors went spellbound to see his reports which demonstrated his heart as normal.

“He then told me what he saw, and didn’t really understand. He said there was a very healthy heart on the screens, very healthy. There was no evidence of a heart attack, just a small valve problem…” Says Kay about the doctor, “He didn’t understand it, he said. I said I did.”

We are undeniably familiar with the terms reiki, or reiki-spa as the actress Hema Malini has popularized it by expressing about her lifestyle, but we certainly do not know its power of healing.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe Japanese technique of mind healing and self-improvement applicable for all. It has been effective in curing almost all the diseases and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Reiki with Music

Combining reiki with a suitable music are considered to make a person delve into the inner bright light trashing all the worldly sorrows and ailments. Tunes like Chiryo (Tunes with flute and bells), Reiji Ho (Asian flute with a Tibetan instruments), Palm Healing (Metal warmer and knells), Warmth, Monk’s Healing Tones etc. treats the neural hormones through it’s sonic electric currents and heightens the spirit. The sounds of bells, flute, honch, metal-bowl, when intermingled to make meditative tunes have 60% greater therapeutic effect on the patient.

 

Ragas: My new course

Namaste,

Indian classical music mainly concerns about Ragas. The more you dive deep down in this ocean, you attain some valuable ambrosia of new knowledge and perceptions. But before that, we need to understand some basic knowledge of the fundamental Ragas, which are the stepping stones in this journey of bliss.

Welcome to my new course on udemy, which introduces Ragas. In this course you will be able to master five Ragas which belongs to the Thaat Kalyan: Yaman, Kedar, Bhoopali, Nand, and Hansdhwani. Here is the introductory video. Please have a look.

Music Traditions Or ‘Gharana’ System In Indian Classical Music: An Analysis

Traditions or Gharana system play an essential role in Indian Classical music. Tradition refers to Gharanas of music or the stylization of singing. Here is how Gharanas are conceptualized: Its like a person who is known as Kaushik, sings and his style, note-treatment, raga-treatment, techniques of voice production becomes popular and liked by everyone. That style or ‘gayaki’ is picked up and imitated by many musicians including his disciples, siblings and kids. When 50 people assemble to sing and share a specific common style, which is exclusive, popularized and appreciated by the masses, the style is eventually called ‘Kaushik Gharana’. Though there is no Gharana as such. Moreover, Gharana are nomenclated by the places from where the musician and their descendants belong to, such as Agra Gharana, Delhi Gharana, Patiala, Bhindibazaar, Rampur-Seheswan, Atrauli, Gwalior, Kirana, Mewati, Jaipur. As you observe Gharana names are based on the places where the root musicians settled and opened their musical start-up.

Aptly perceived by the Sitar Maestro Purbayan Chatterji, “A gharana is a place where a great Ustad or a great Pandit settled and started teaching his students,”

Music Traditions Or 'Gharana' In Indian Classical Music: An Analysis

Music Traditions Or ‘Gharana’ In Indian Classical Music: An Analysis

During the Muslim invsion in India, the veteran court musicians made a respected place in the kingdoms. They used to pass on their Gayaki to their descendants and disciples and the tradition emerged through generations. This is how Gharanas or ‘singing style’ of a particular place sailed their own musical cruise. Gharanas, even today, has maintained the reputation and dignity of music by its immense innovation in ragas, bandish (composition), Talas and music-genres and what not.

According to Purbayan, “The patronage of the Mughal rulers to arts brought forth many talents from different parts of North India. Musicians would travel around, performing in different courts, until they find popularity in one region and settle there. In order to carry on his fame, these maestros would then invite students to live with him and learn his techniques and style. Thus, a gharana was formed. It was widely accepted that the status of gharana was given to only those who had had at least three generations of students. The gharana becomes famous by the name of the place or the founder guru.”

Gharanas, however, are bound to a certain rules and regulation of Gayaki in which one has to be chained, but are significant for uplifting the age-old Guru-Shishya Parampara.

Gharanas are based on the same concept of Guru-Shishya parampara, as a disciple (not descendant), ones taken in, or ties a dhaga (Ganda) takes a gregarious, formal training staying with his/her Guru, tolerating all his tantrums, executes all his households happily till he becomes an elite stalwart. The disciple exceptionally respects his/her Guru like God and this element is purely, sacredly an Indian culture which is been followed in no other field except in musical heritage. And the credit goes to the Gharanas.

Today, the maestro disciples of the early musicians, touch their ear in respect while speaking out the name of their Guru. Competent personalities like Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Pt. Niladri Kumar, Pt. Rakesh Chaurasiya, Pt. Srinivas Joshi are known to be the disciples of Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasiya, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi respectively and then as a musicians.

Lets discuss how Gharanas own their special characteristics and how they are different from each other:

The most famous Gharana: Jaipur Gharana (जयपुर घराना)

Jaipur Gharana emerged as two singing/playing styles thus it divided into two: Jaipur Daagar and Jaipur Veena Gharana (Instrumental). King of Jaipur Ramsingh was a great music lover and appointed many skilled musicians with respect and honour. Jaipur Daagar Gharana is said to be started by one of them known as Mangal Pandey and his descendants which was eventually continued by the Muslim disciples Haider Khan, Behram Khan etc. and the gharana emerged as Muslim Gharana but its cultural and creative panorama never changed by religion. Jaipur Gharana is popular for exceptional innovations in Music world.

Dilli Gharana (Delhi दिल्ली घराना )

Started by Allahbaksh, this gharanas inculcated the raga purity and abide by the rules properly. Dilli Gharana style represents the rhythmic raga elaboration and improvisations; it demonstrates the short rhythmic swaras innovative sequence and weighty tenor voice. Ornamnetations like Sut, Meend, gamak, lehek, etc. are performed in an astounding manner in fast tempos too. Prolific Khyala Bandish like paalki, suhaag, khanapuri, Taan-bandhaav are vocalized with overwhelming ease by the great early stalwarts like Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Ust. Naseer Ahmed Khan. Present eminent personalities of Delhi Gharana are Dr. Krishna Bisht, Dr. Bharti Chakraborty, Ust. Sayeed Zafar etc..

Gwalior Gharana (ग्वालियर घराना)

Again, Gwalior gharanas introduced two different styles of singing thus it emerged as : one started by Ghulam Rasool, another by Vishnu Pandit. Current maestros Pt. L.K Pandit, Madan Rao, Meeta Pandit belong to this style. Earlier legendary musician and musicologist Pt. Omkar Nath Thakur, Pt. S.N. Ratanjhankar, Pt. D.V. Paluskar, Dr. B.R Devdhar share this Gharana.

Gharanas are still and will always be the backbone and ambrosia of Indian Classical music, as it organizes, analyze and provides a unique, transcended standard to the field. It will continue to emanate the new forms, elements, intonations by its invention and of course great musicians and keep the Ragadari sangeet cognizant and culminating.

Acknowledging “Rabindra Sangeet” on the Tagore’s 155th Birthday

 

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It’s worth cherishing to ponder what an amazing Indian culture, people and heritage we have achieved as born in India. For example, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. I pay him a grand tribute on his 155th birthday and salute his various contributions towards music, dance, literature, drama and so on.

Rabindra Sangeet is one of his precious gift. Distinctive songs authored by Tagore in Bengali language is Rabindra Sangeet. It is absolute a unique genre of semi-classical music which involves a significant amount meend, murki etc. Rabindra Sangeet is usually a blend of classical variations and folk music. Hence it’s very popular in the nation especially in the areas near Bengal, Bangladesh, Assam etc. Some of the songs are like: Sei Bhalo sei bhalo, Aaji Godhuli lagone ei, Swapne Amar mone holo, Aaj Sobar ronge rong etc..

Rabindra Sangeet primarily depicts the shringar rasa or rati bhava in its composition. Sringara rasa incorporates the expression of romanticism and beloved’s affair. In some of the songs, moppet’s playfulness and mischief is also demonstrated. Apart from these the base themes of Rabindra Sangeet are worship, (bhakti Rasa), and the description of six seasons etc.

He composed songs in Yaman raga, Poorvi, Kedar, Todi, Asavari, Desi, Hameer and in various mishra-ragas. He somehow disliked the stylization of Khayal gayaki as the lyrics are pretty much dissected in that genre.

Sitar, Esraj, jag jhampa, nakkara instruments are much common in Bengal and are said to be accompanied in the rabindra Sangeet. According to the great musicologists Shri K.D Banerjee and Sir Surendra Nath Tagore, Bengal is said to be the land of instruments and Rabindra sangeet is bestowed with most of them while the recitals.

Many of the bollywood songs has been influenced by rabindra sangeet. For instance, the movie Parineeta songs especially phool phool bhawra dole man me gooje teri yaad. The soothing, gentle, natural notes-oriented intonations fulfills the aura of romanticism and defines rabindra sangeet. In the same movie, a popular track rabindra-influenced pihu bole piya bole also reverberates the soul  and represents a unique era of music.

Photo Credit: By Unknown – State Archive, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47866012

Why Raga Therapy is more effective than other music

Like many valuable stuffs, our Indian heritage comprises of a treasurous element called ‘Shastriya’ or Ragadari sangeet. Our ragas, primarily ancient ragas, had been derived  considering a rational aspect relating to mind and health issues.

There are 72 melakarta ragas (parent) from which other numerous ragas have been created.  An ancient text, Swara Shastra states that 72 melakarta ragas (parent ragas) control the 72,000 important nadis or nerves in the body. “Neural research proves that the 72 ragas can control 72 nerves in the human body. Singing or performing a Raga, when bound to its specifications (lakshanas) and with purity in pitch (swara shuddhi) gives the performer complete control on the corresponding nerve.”

Indian ragas are modal or tonic : Indian musical system stands at one tonic note which is called swarit throughout a particular raga performance. All the subsequent notes gravitize on the swarit. This longevity at one chord for hours instills stability and peaceful mind hence more active brain. Also, this shadaj gravity imbibes groundedness and humility.

Exhibits specific note structure and nature: Ragas are the specific set of notes formed by the combinations and permutations of twelve notes in 22 shrutis. Listening to specific set of notes framework for a longer period plays a vital role in healing.

“The sonic patterns of musical currents are recorded with the help of oscilloscopes and the pitch, amplitude and wavelengths of the constituent sound waves are analysed in the laboratories of Brahm Varchas, which helps in studying the effect of music in stress management.”

Ragas That Heal

Sonic effects of the different combinations of swaras are the key factors in music therapy. Therapists and researchers are still analyzing the logic behind which ragas can really become instant healer for a particular disease. However, common day to day problem has indeed found solution in raga healing.   

Ragas do heal when rendered properly with correct pitch, balanced use of vadi-samvadi, addressing the proper feel and emotions. To name a few, Bihag and Bahar are used for sonorous sleep, Hindolam raga improves digestive power, Shivaranjani treats memory power. According to Mittal (2003) and Dr. Sairam (2006), Ahir Bhairava cures arthritis and hypertension, Darbari Kanhada cures headache; Yaman and Bhoopali increases concentration.

“Dr. Herbert Spencer experimented with the people suffering from high and low  blood pressure and found that fast melodies having sharp notes are effective in normalizing the blood pressure while slow melodies having soft or komal swaras are helpful in lowering the BP.” Thus, Ragas like Asawari and Malkauns works as a heeler for BP patients.”

I would conclude my paper by a logical statement by Sairam Sir,

“It has now been recognized that ragas are not just mere commodities of entertainment; the vibrations in their resonance can synchronize with one’s moods and health. By stimulating the moods and controlling the brainwave patterns, ragas could work as a complementary medicine.”

Facebook Craze

The other day when I was coffeeing in Starbucks, when I heard a man next to me, received a call, may be informing about his wife’s sudden death. He vociferated in a shattered voice. He shivered badly and his body was loosing control.  Watching this, some girls came to pacify him. People at their best offered to accompany him to his vehicle. He tiredly scotched and stood but halted, “Wait!” Guess what !

He took his iPhone out of his pocket for posting an FB update… “My wife’s expired”.

A girl who came to console her reprimanded sarcastically, “Hey, why don’t you wait for the likes and RIPs before leaving”.

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Facebook likes

Overly affect and attention to Facebook likes and dislikes and liking others pics so that they will click the same for me, parties on their extreme, night-outs on weekends, illogical drinking, gossiping, with frequent smokers, noon wakeups on the Sundays thinking five days will anyways go busy, purchasing items without even a thought of its feasibility… Lifestyle maintain its hyper decline for the youngsters and then we claim there’s no good in life.

People lack even a speck of contentment in their life. We perpetually want people around us. We cannot even spent a day midst of our own self with the best of our company. It becomes hard to accept even a single week that I’m alone and nobody is there with me.

My apartment mate, Neeley, constantly demands ultimate privacy with her boyfriend. She is always vexed with the unexpected doorbells, calls or even work when she is fully charged with Tom, her fifth and so-called forever soulmate. At times, she is annoyed with her own sensuous sounds while the process. After half an hour, she bangs in my room to show me  a couple of her intimately romantic photos just updated and received 800 likes too. Some pics are crossing their obscenity and makes me shout at her, forbidding to show me. I keep wondering when did she do that; a few minutes back I was trying to focus and ignore the weird, devilish sounds coming from her room and now it has been published before the world.

So confused, right ? People want privacy; however, they want to show those private pics to the world. Where’s the privacy ? What do they really want ? Privacy or publicity ? Or publicized privacy … Or may be unclear what they want ?

Simplicity has been implicitly overshadowed by glamour and show. People want to share/reveal and seek comments, “nice comments” on each moments of their life, which actually they feel should not be intervened or don’t want to accept they’re not being personal at all. Lack of self approval and appraisal was anyways in the aura of the society when these inter-personal sites are adequately successful having put the icing on the cake.  The day is not far-off when the FB alerts and friends will remind gals about the arrival of their menstruation date. Nice, attractive app will be displayed to remind them to go for change as she has already spent 15 hours on FB.

I often visit a nearby park to take music classes of my 80 years old student. We both enjoyed a lot being together. My satisfaction and bliss quotient transcended with the feeling that I’m able to soothe an ‘old‘ guy  with my company and music. I visited the park on a fine Sunday and noticed his absence. I waited there before I called him up to find out that he was suffering with depression and has been taken to a psychiatrist. Few weeks later, we resumed the lesson in the same park and I obviously inquired the cause of his depression. I wanted to faint after hearing it….why did I ask  dammit? I thought.  Reasons were two:

“My wife remarried”, he sobbed.

“As far as I know, Mr. Ted, you had been divorced  back in your 40s?”, I couldn’t resist asking him on his illogical, unreasonable cause and statement.

“Yes! but you know, you feel really shattered, when you see someone close to your heart with someone else…that day I could believe my eyes when I saw the romantic pics of my wife on FB …she got 500 likes. Can you believe it ? …..you won’t get my feelings kid…. blah blah blah.”  He was reciting all of it with his broken and fragile voice and watered eyes.

I tried to console her; however, I had nothing to say on this stupid act. Someone feeling low or slight detrimental thoughts broke down for few hours in such situations can be digestible. But depression and meeting psychiatrist for the woman you’ve left long ago was something I wanted to punch that pervert.   For the first time, I was repenting to visit the park. These are the negative consequences of being addicted. Here is the scientific study on how Facebook is making people paralyzed and frangible.

Basant Panchami: Its Significance

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Basant Panchami is a festival to indicate the arrival of the spring season. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and is celebrated in the fifth day of Magh shukla (Hindu Month). Since the festival is related to the Goddess of Art, music and knowledge, Maa Sarawati, it is also known as Saraswati Puja and even more auspicious and loving day for the musicians and music lovers. It is believed that this is the birth time of the Goddess.

Since it symbolizes the spring season, Basant Panchami is dominant by the yellow color celebration. Yellow depicts the ripening of fruits and crops; The yellow mustard crop is extensively spread in the lands, making the environment peaceful and vibrant. The puja and festivities are performed wearing yellow color. Mata Saraswati is decorated by the yellow sari and ornamentation. The prasad or other worship eatables are also made yellow by using saffron or turmeric  in order to depict the festival properly.

Kids are especially taught to read Sanskrit shlokas and mantras in order to imbibe positive and intellectual vibrations in them, as Sanskrit is the soul language of all the modern ones. It is said that if one can speak, read or write Sanskrit, he has mastered his brain 70% more.

 

 

 

Twelve Notes In An Octave

We all know that there are seven natural/primary Notes in Indian Music system:

S R G M P D N

Apart from the seven notes there are five other notes which are the flat and sharps of these natural ones.

So, please remember, there are 12 notes (7+5=12) in total.

Let’s talk about these Five Notes

We can also consider them the cousins of the seven natural ones.  We also call them Komal or Teevr.

When we lower the notes half step from their exact location, the notes turn to be called as Komal or flat. Indian Scenario, there are Four notes RE GA DHA NI, which are lowered/flatted/komal from their locations.

They are symbolized as underline the note: R (r Komal)

Similarly, what are Teevr swaras? Teevr means Raised or sharp. When a note is raised half step from their natural positions, they are teevr swaras. There is only one note MA, which go higher. The symbol is ‘a vertical line on the note’.

Therefore, four and one sharp in totality become five cousins of the natural ones.

Vikrita Swar

These five Swaras which have moved from their places are also called Vikrita Swar. Vikrita means not natural.

Now you are wondering what about SA and PA! Don’t they move? Yes, you’re right … they  do not move from their exact places. They are immovable or ACHAL swaras (achal means jo chalet nahi.)

Thus, seven natural notes + 5 vikrita notes adds up to make 12 notes from sa to SA

S  r  R  g  G  M m P  d D n N SA = 12

Music Class Weekly Recap – 30 Jan 2016

This week, we vocalized the Classical Raga’s like

1. Raga Bhoopali – A pentatonic Raga
2. Raga Bhairava – A Morning Raga (just an intro)

Inspirational songs

1. Waving Flag
2. Teri Hai Zameen
3. Ae malik tere bande hum

Raga Bhoopali is a pentatonic raga which consists of only FIVE notes: SA RE GA PA DHA SA –
Where Penta means five (as in Pentagon) and Tonic means having tones

In Indian classical, pentatonic words is known as ‘Audav’; Audav means five.  Therefore Raga Bhoopali is an Audav Raga.