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Enjoy Musical Journey During Cold & Cough

Music Heals!

Recently, like three days back, I suffered with severe cold, thankfully not cough. Precisely, it was not an English ‘suffer’, but certainly it was aHindi wala safar i.e., journey, in fact an intense musical journey. I explored how it become musical pleasure for you. You must be wondering how can illness serious cold or nasal infection becomes pleasure? Imagine the headaches, blocked nose, sleepless nights, lil feverish… Hell? Well! Wasn’t this time.

I feel catching cough is a real hell but not cold and there are a few ways when you can avoid suffering with cold or enjoy cold-stacked singing instead. As long as the throat-cough is not interrupting and only nose issue is there, you should not suffer.

During severe cold, my voice actually reached the deeper root notes. Real Bass voice was reverberating throughout the body this feeling give me a push to practice more daily and make the voice go deeper and deeper. I practiced Raga Bhairava notes in the Mandra (Lowest) C chord.There was an ambrosial touch in my voice. I simply loved my voice and wanted to sing more. My classical tessitura (comfortable range) is normally G#, but I practiced in G during cold: a half way down. And I could go to the Mandra Sa i.e., an octave lower. I was fascinated by the lower notes and I all the more played around only from the lower to the Unison because my throat was allowing me that much only; that was perfectly fine. It was bliss! I could feel the centre of the body reverberating; a kind of resonance, conformity, tranquility was penetrating through the body. I could feel the healing within.

In addition, this was an appropriate voice texture for the Ghazal genre. The practice of the base-driven Ghazals like Koi Ye Kaise Bataaye by Jagjit Singhwas scintillating to vocalise in this condition. Now the voice took a little shape, got heated after Mandra Riyaz and this Ghazal so tried the Begum Akhtar types: Door Hai Manzil Raahein Mushkil, Aalam Hai Tanhaai Ka…. wow! I can dive deep in this Ghazal anytime. Another my favourite one and I think everyone’s favourite by Farida Khanum:

Mere humnafas mere Humnawaa mujhe Dost Ban ke Dagaa na de.

Also tried these in Baritone voice-G scale- and extreme nasal infection rushing to the sink to blow in between… much much fun!

Phir le Aaya dil …. Awaargi…. Chhupa lo yun dil me pyar mera so on….

I found myself transcending in immense ecstasy I realised that I could emote these Ghazal with the way they may be perceived as if all these ghazals are traversing from the mooladhara to sahasraar subtly, effortlessly, superfluous. I genuinely like the voice quality which has little base like Farida Khanum begum Akhtar so maybe it was all the more scintillating for me.

Not only this, I explored some science behind achieving this joy in cold, of course without acquiring cough.

Anyways, one should suffer one of these more often so that the toxins and dirt in our body is removed in the form of phlegm or cough. Often we catch cold in the change of weather or exposure in extreme low temperatures, when body produces heat to fight the winters. Artefacts of that heat is mucus from congestion which gets accumulated and the body wants to trash it in the form of cold and cough for that matter loose stools or motion. Therefore, catching cold or congestion in the chest is the process of cleansing which is essential.

There are few points by which we can heal ourselves and we can enjoy this process of toxins removal through music without much suffering.

  • Never take medicine: Medicines often compresses the cough down and results in the temporary healing. it’s like you sweep the floor and collect the garbage in the corner of your room, you have cleaned the room but the trash still exist. So you might wanna trash it permanently in which medicines fail.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keep sipping warm or hot water. As I stated earlier, throat infection and chest congestion makes life hell unlike nasal infection. We can prevent the throat-cough by staying hydrated. Water keeps the phlegm thin and watery and keeps your nose blowing and fluent constantly, through which it is not assimilated in the throat in the form of congestion or throat infection. When you drink water you have a naturally flowing nose or throat which might be irritating at times but actually it helps trashing or removing all your cough.
  • Never Inhale the Phlegm in, Always throw it: I know it embarrassing and agitating as well but you may keep a towel or a handkerchief for constantly blowing and flowing. It really works and heels within in 3 days. Logic behind this is in three-four days all your junk is out of the body. All you are left with is heavy, bass, nasal voice and a towel.
  • Sit with your eyes closed, relax: We normally suffer a lot of headaches during the nasal or throat infection. most of the headaches are towards the forehead, over the brow area which is our prefrontal cortex. we also experience the watery Eyes. Watering of the eyes during flu indicates lack of relaxation or sleep of our body. We have not blinked the eyes for longer period. We should sit with our closed eyes more often to relax which helps in curing headaches. For that matter, we should get more sleep to heal ourselves these are some of the steps with which we can avoid the sleepless nights.

In terms of enjoying musical session with the nasal infection applying these tricks we can refrain from any bigger congestion problem and explore the nasal bass, baritone voices in ourselves.

Believe me! The nasal voices do have certain feel and emotions like the voices of Udit Narayan or that of Mukesh Kumar. Similarly do not get agitated with the cold instead find pleasure in thinking that you are a ghazal Maestro. More importantly, as a musician do not miss the opportunity to vocalise the root chords as they will help you in prolonged and enhanced singing when you recover.

Hope this articles helps. Stay musical!

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.”

How a Therapist creates Music using Heart-beats

Music therapist and a guitarist Brian Schreck creates emotional music involving the heart beats of terminally ill children especially for soothing the grieving parents who lost their kids.

Schreck, who works at Starshine Hospice and Pallative Care, believes in the power of heartbeats creates genuine music using the heartbeats as the rhythms.

“Internal rhythm is so personal and I thought it could be used as a way to really help families feel connected to ones they’ve lost,” Schreck says. “By having the parents engage in the creative process of making the songs, it brings them together, preparing them for the grief and the pain they may soon encounter.”

Brian Schreck, 35 and the father of two, records the heartbeats of the terminally ill patients with the help of stethoscope and microphone, uploads in the computer and works with the parents for providing original scores. He collaborates with the parents acknowledging the child’s favorite songs and synced with the child’s heartbeats as rhythms.

When the child dies, he provides the completed track to the parents/family.

This is indeed a wisdom to pacify parent’s heart after their kid’s death and Schreck is upgrading his karmic account by keeping the child in the songs.

“This intervention is a coping mechanism and a way for parents to remember their kids when they’re gone,” says Schreck, who has created over 100 tracks inculcating heartbeats rhythms in the past two years.

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