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Is there Science behind Indian Classical Music? Here is how Sounds have Different Effects on Human Body!
December 10, 2016: Do you remember the story of the competition between Tanasena and Baiju Bawara? A small flock of deer came to Tanasena while he was performing and he put a garland round a deer fascinated by music. In response to this Baiju sang in the Mrgaranjani mode to bring back the same deer that had a garland around his neck.
These stories are hard to believe but Science has proven that different sounds have different effects on the system. So, the tale of Tanasena lighting up the lamp with his music is just another science experiment.
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Indian music is one of the oldest musical traditions of the world. The first available Sanskrit text, completely about dance, music and theater is the Natya Shastra, also known as the Fifth Veda. Wrote by sage Bharata Muni between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D, it has 36 chapters with around 6,000 sutras incorporated. It is believed that it is inspired by Lord Brahma.
During the Vedic times, Rishis would study different sound vibrations and the effects of it on the human body. They would practice tonal patterns and its connection with human mind, body and soul. In temple, priests would chant Vedic shlokas.
For the modern science, music is all about vibration. Where there is sound, there is bound to be vibration. For a person who cannot recognize the completeness of the sound, music is just a noise as he is just hearing bits and pieces of vibrations. For a person who listens and understands the wholeness of the sound, everything is music. The chirping of birds is music, the sound of the flowing water is music and the sound of a baby laughing is music. There is no sound in the world that is not music.
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Indian classical music can be quite complicated. Unlike western music, Indian music has a loose structure. It is a creation of the moment. But even with all the ragas and complicated rhythmic cycles, one does not need to know the science behind it to appreciate the beauty of this art form. It’s all about the feelings and effects on the listeners from the experience. The music is more about the creation of the performer who creates an experience of meditation for the listener. The Indian classical music is more than just entertainment. It is a spiritual experience.
It is expressed in the one dimension of yoga, that human body is Shiva’s damaru, which is a symbol for the rhythm of the life. The sound that you hear when you are excited or scared is the rhythm of the body. It is not just the voice you hear when your heart is beating fast. Every pranic nadi in the body has its tune. Every chakra in our body has a sound. Sound and our body are related to each other.
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Every sound is different and it has a different impact. When you hear a certain kind of music, you love it. It makes you joyful. Some other sound makes you upset. Sounds have a deep impact on human emotions. You cannot remember the number of times when you have listened to a kind of music and got to reminiscing. Sounds also change the chemistry of our system. The kind of music you listen to reflect your personality.
India has a great number of stories about the legends in the field of music. The most famous among these is Tanasena, who could light lamps with his music. Two brahmin girls, Tana and Riri, sang and that caused the rain to pour down and relieved Tanasena of the pain from the heat of the en-kindled lamps. Some musicians could fill a dry garden with greenery and fruits and flowers. .This might be true or just an exaggeration. Whether it is true or not we might never know, but science believes that sound can do some unexpected things. In the program, Samyama, chanting Shiva would take people to an entirely different dimension of experience.
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There is tale of Baiju Bavara where he melted the heart of Humayu. After conquering the city of Campanera, Humayu ordered slaughtering in the city. The army would just indiscriminately kill everyone. Baiju Bawara sang and it made the emotion of mercy flow in Humayu’s heart. Humayu was filled with pity and mercy and he stopped the slaughtering and released the prisoners.
The Malakaumsa mode has such an incredible potential that it can melt a stone into a liquid. If the vibrations of this mode can melt a stone, what effect will it have on the human heart? The Malakaumsa mode delivers such emotions that it is capable of changing the hearts of the greatest men. This is the reason why Tirthankara Paramatmas use only Malakaumsa mode to deliver their discourse.
Muni Sri Nandisena of Jain Svetambara sect compiled Si Ajitsanti Stotra. In this, he has mentioned the importance of chanting stotras in the morning and evening. The person chanting or listening to these stotras develop a strong immune system against various diseases.
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Music has been an integral part of every culture on the planet. It is not just a tuneful arrangement of sounds; it is a stepping stone in the spiritual process. One can see the importance of music in every culture, every religion in the world. Especially with Indian culture, music is not just a form of entertainment; it is a way to connect with God. With Indian classical music, it is possible to walk through the creation of the music.In Indian culture, if you get deeply involved in the ragas, the tunes, it will help you in meditating.
Music opens up many doors. It does not matter if you prefer cinema music, classical music or any other form of music; it will give you a whole other experience of life. If you have an interest in music and you have got ears to hear, the whole existence of the humans and the world is just music.
– by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53
Every child who grew up in the 90s and the early 00s has certainly grown up around Tom and Jerry, the adorable, infamous cat-chases-mouse cartoon. The idea of naughtiness and playing mischief had the standards that this particular series set for children and defined how much wreckage was funny enough.
The show's creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera initially named their characters Jasper and Jinx. They did not plan for the fame that Tom and Jerry brought them when they released a movie by the name of "Puss Gets the Boot". This movie featured a certain cat and mouse who were a notorious pair, named Jasper and Jinx. When the movie became a hit, the names of the characters were changed and the show shot to fame.
Tom and Jerry became a go-to cartoon for children in the early 00s, and it was one of those shows with a firm foundation, that had already been in the running for decades. The original template had been planned nearly 80 years ago, and the makers did not change it. The music that was played in the many episodes, made a breakthrough in its own way. It is the most easily recognizable melody with utterly nostalgic associations.
Today, Tom and Jerry is still a household name in homes where children love cartoons Image credit: wikimedia commons
A set of supporting characters were defined for the show, to occasionally take the focus off the original pair. There was a large, black woman named Mammy Two Shoes and a bulldog who took Jerry's side. Mammy Two Shoes was discontinued because her character portrayed racist tendencies. A tall white woman replaced her, who was kinder and loved mice. Either of the women's faces was never revealed.
Today, Tom and Jerry is still a household name in homes where children love cartoons. There are a host of other shows besides this that aim to replicate the same aspects of the cartoon but do not come close at all. Despite the immense amount of violence in the show, it is a beloved pastime of parents and children alike.
Keywords: Tom and Jerry, Cartoon, Hanna and Barbera, Television
One of India's leading private museums, the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) Bengaluru, has released new primary research conducted by the ReReeti Foundation, on audience behaviour in India's cultural sector. While more than half of the respondents thought the arts and culture are essential, they rarely manage to make time for it. The majority (60.6 per cent), mostly young people under 30, felt Indian museums could present more engaging content, and most perceived culture as anthropological/ sociological. Of the diverse categories included, music emerged as the most popular cultural activity.
The report is based on a survey of 500 people, which included school and college students, professionals across sectors, homemakers and senior citizens. The first initiative of its kind in the cultural space, the report shares valuable insights into the behaviour and expectations of Indian audiences engaging with a broad range of cultural activities. As part of MAP's mission to foster meaningful connections between communities and the cultural sector globally, which includes its innovative digital programme Museums Without Borders, the report shares a wealth of insights that can help museums across the country understand their audiences better. As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.
As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities. | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Speaking on the recent report, Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), said, "MAP is focused on changing the notion of a museum in India, by enabling more relevant and inclusive programming, both online and in our space in Bengaluru. The audience research commissioned by MAP, and conducted by the ReReeti Foundation, provides valuable, and actionable insights which we hope will help museums across the country better understand their consumer base, improve decision making and deepen social impact." As much as 62.3 per cent college students and 47.6 per cent professionals/homemakers perceive culture as anthropological and sociological. Music was the most popular cultural event likely to be attended, followed by heritage tours and plays/comedy shows for Indian audiences.
Over 70 per cent of college students visit museums with family and friends; working professionals, homemakers and senior citizens also predominantly visit with groups/ spouses (indicating a need to focus on increased group programming/facilitation). As much as 68 per cent of people were optimistic about going outdoors for activities and events in 2021. As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.(IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Art, Culture, India, Museum, Music
What is the best way to save Goa from deforestation?
Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
Best way to keep Goa green is to grab yourself a glass of feni. | IANS
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Vaz also said that the promotion of feni was also in sync with the Prime Minister's vision for India to go "vocal for local". "There is no conglomerate, multinational company owning the drink. So every time we sell feni, it is a direct cash injection into Goa. If you sell a feni cocktail in Calangute (a popular beach village), it makes a direct impact in Valpoi and Bicholim, because this money is going down there," the Association official said at a press conference in Panaji.
The Association held the media briefing to announce a road map ahead for the feni industry, especially vis a vis streamlining aspects related to production, standardisation and marketing of the brew to make it popular in other Indian states and abroad.
The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. | Photo by Ishvani Hans on Unsplash
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. "We request the government to allow the sale of feni in duty free stores in airports and cruise liner terminals. The government should also support us through the department of Tourism, so that feni can be promoted in its programmes. iIf you go to Scotland, they promote Scotch. Goa should promote its feni to Goa," Haldankar said, adding that traditional distillers should also be given subsidies and other measures should be taken to standardise feni, which he said, "would require further subsidies and financial assistance from the government".
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: deforestation,cashew,distillers,association,government, goa, feni, India