Hindustani Classical Music Is Best In Therapeutic Processes By Kunal Sutar

16 December 2017 Art ≈ Poetry

Musician, human rights activist and therapist, Nigel Osborne talks about some amazing effects of Hindustani Classical Music.

Musician, human rights activist and therapist, Nigel Osborne talks about some amazing effects of Hindustani Classical Music. In this article, you can learn about how Hindustani Classical Music can be utilized best in Therapeutic Process, ie, for the physical & emotional healing in individuals.

How does music therapy help heal trauma-affected children?

I think from the commencement of my interest in Hindustani Classical Music, I was keen in the effect it had, why it let me feel the way it did. Well ahead, I decided on to performing in untried settings and contexts - so we played in hospitals, psychiatric centres, schools and all kinds of situations where we felt that the experience was actually transforming. I have begun understanding music as something that could have a collective mission. I saw how influential music could be personally, socially, rationally and even politically.

Does Hindustani Classical Music offer something special in this regard?

Hindustani Classical Music is chiefly powerful in therapeutic processes since in my opinion it incorporates the entire human evolution and the whole of our individual development in it, in the manner the raga is established. For instance, the drone and the saa is not just one note, but it covers all. The entire vocal sequence - the normal behavior of proportionally pulsating objects - is existent in that. That's why in learning Hindustani Classical Music, we utilize lot of time in singing just “saa”. It is a note that has no start and end. It covers and encloses our consciousness. We become enwrapped in it. That's just the start.

When the aalaap commences, these kinds of movements have a standard impact on the brain cells and they re-count to a very historic form of communication between humans which existed before language. Then, we move to the eventual refined kind of note structure which is chosen up by the advanced cognitive functions of the brain. Our emotions get sculpted by these. Lastly, rhythm in Indian classical music excites the most basic in addition to higher cognitive areas and fuels the motor cortex. There is a great level of intellection and design, which are as much cerebral as they are emotional.

Music is a medium of engaging human empathy. Can you please explain?

We develop empathy mainly via the means of sound, voice and music. 'Communicative musicality' looks at the relationships and communication amid mothers and small babies across the globe. We learned somewhat parallel patterns having the qualities of music. This is the primary communication of empathy, perhaps more influential than touch. So Indian Classical Music begins very early in our lives as a medium of communicating emotion.

Where do you consider this therapy to be utilized most successfully in India?


To utilize more of it in special education would be a noble idea. Then definitely, I would like to see Hindustani Classical Music more in hospitals & wellness centres. This will be quite beneficial for smooth healing of patients suffering physically and mentally.


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