Music Therapy

Music Therapy
Music is a universal language.
It influences all levels of human existence. It is a medium for communication,
which can be both a pleasant and healing experience.
Modern science and medicine are now rediscovering the healing powers of music.
And music therapy — the specialized use of music in treating persons with special needs in mental and physical health, rehabilitation and special education — is gaining ground.
In the West it is now an accepted form of treatment even within orthodox medical practice.
Music is an age-old part of Ayurveda, the holistic science which promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle. From time immemorial, music has been a part of Indian culture.
In the Vedas too, music has an important place. The ‘Samveda’ is full of music.
The doshas like Vata, Pitta and Kapha can be controlled effectively by Music Therapy.
Great composers of Indian classical music have attempted music therapy down the years. Legend has it that classical music maestro
Thyagaraja brought a dead person back to life with his composition.
It is believed that music stimulates the pituitary gland,
whose secretions affect the nervous system and the flow of blood.
It is believed that for healing with music, it is necessary to vibrate the cells of the body, for it is through these vibrations that the diseased person’s consciousness can be changed effectively to promote health. The right kind of music helps one relax and refresh.
Even during the course of working, light music improves efficiency. Listening to music helps control negative aspects of our personalities like worry, bias and anger. In addition, it can help cure headache, abdominal pain and tension. Music therapy is one of the most effective ways of controlling emotions, blood pressure and restoring the functioning of the liver.
The Raga Research Centre in Chennai,India. is currently making a comprehensive study of Indian ragas and evaluating their therapeutic potential with the help of musicians, doctors and psychiatrists. It is believed that classical Indian ragas can benefit a whole host of conditions ranging from insomnia, high and low blood pressure to schizophrenia and epilepsy.
It is believed that there are other ragas that can help fight ageing and pain, too.
Music is capable of improving happiness, peace, health and concentration. It is however important to know the method and duration for which Music Therapy is to be administered. This knowledge can be obtained through regular experiments and experience.
The first step towards this is the correct diagnosis of the disease and then the selection of the precise raga that will be helpful. Procedure,
discipline and a systematic method will help achieve this goal.
To know more about verious ‘ragas’ in indian music and how they can help in treating veriou eilments CLICK HERE
One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies.To know more about this CLICK HERE.
Music can play an effective role in helping us lead better, fruitful lives. Listening to specific kinds of music at specific times of the day has been shown to be helpful in maintaining good health. Indian music, with its many Ragas, is known to be particularly therapeutic value.
The curative power of music emanates from the resonance of certain ragas
on hormonal and glandular functions which produce secretions
that keep the body balanced and infection free.
RAG-MALA
Raga
Disease(s) it helps cure
Ahir Bhairav
IndigestionRheumatic ArthritisHypertension
Asavari
to build confidence
Bageshri
insomnia
Basant Bahar
Gall Stones (Cholecystitis)
Bhairavi
Rheumatic ArthritisSinusitisencourages detachment
Bhim palas
Anxity, Hypertension
Brindabani Sarang
Depression
Chandrakauns
Anorexia
Darbari
Sedetive
Darbari Kanada
HeadacheAsthama
Deepak
Indigestion Anorexia Hyperacidity Gall Stones(Cholecystitis)
Gujari Todi
Cough
Gunakali
Rheumatic Arthritis Constipation Headache Piles or Hemorrhoids
Hindol
Rheumatic Arthritis Backache Hypertension
Jaunpuri
Intestinal Gas Diarrhoea Constipation
Jaijawanti
Rheumatic Arthritis Diarrhoea Headache
Kafi
Sleep disorders
Kausi Kanada
Hypertension Common Cold
Kedar
Headache Common Cold CoughAsthma
Khamaj
Sleep disorders
Madhuvanti
Piles or Hemorrhoids
Malkauns
Intestinal Gas
Marwa
Indigestion Hyperacidity
Nat Bhairav
Indigestion Rheumatic Arthritis Colitis
Puriya
Colitis Anaemia Hypertension
Puriya Dhanashri
Anaemia
Ramkali
Colitis Piles or Hemorrhoids
Shree
Anorexia Common ColdCoughAsthma
Shudh Sarang
Anorexia Gall Stones (Cholecystitis)
Shyam Kalyan
Cough Asthma
Sohani
Headache
Yaman
Rheumatic Arthritis

RAGA -TIME ASSOCIATION

One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies. It is believed that only in this period the Raga appears to be at the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendor.
There are some Ragas which are very attractive in the early hours of the mornings; others which appeal in the evenings, yet others which spread their fragrance only near the midnight hour.
This connection of time of the day or night, with the Raga or Raginis is based on daily cycle of changes that occur in our own body and mind which are constantly undergoing subtle changes in that different moments of the day arouse and stimulate different moods and emotions.
Each Raga or Ragini is associated with a definite mood or sentiment that nature arouses in human beings. The ancient musicologists were particularly interested in the effects of musical notes, how it effected and enhanced human behavior.
Music had the power to cure, to make you feel happy, sad, disgusted and so on. Extensive research was carried out to find out these effects. This formed the basis of time theory as we know it today. It is believed that the human body is dominated by the three Doshas – Kaph , Pitta and Vata . These elements work in a cyclic order of rise and fall during the 24 hour period. Also, the reaction of these three elements differ with the seasons.Hence it is said that performing or listening to a raga at the proper allotted time can affect the health of human beings.
Raga and Day Time
The following schedule will summarize the specific time periods.The 24 hour period is divided into 8 beats(Prahar) each three hours long, as follows:
1. 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. first beat of the day. Daybreak; Early Morning; Morning;
2. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2nd beat of the day. Late Morning; Noon; Early Afternoon;
3. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 3rd beat of the day. Afternoon; Late Afternoon;
4. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 4th beat of the day. Evening Twilight; Dusk (sunset);
5. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. first beat of the night. Evening; Late Evening;
6. 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. 2nd beat of the night. Night; Midnight;
7. 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. 3rd beat of the night. Late Night
8. 4 a.m. – 7 a.m. 4th beat of the night. Early Dawn; Dawn (before sunrise);
Simillarly Everyday two cycles of change pass through our body, each bringing a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha predominance. The approximate times of these cycles are as follows:First cycle:
6 A.M. to 10 A.M. – Kapha
10 A.M. to 2 P.M. – Pitta
2 P.M. to 6 P.M. – Vata
Second cycle:
6 P.M. to 10 P.M. – Kapha
10 P.M. to 2 P.M. – Pitta
2 A.M to 6 P.M. – Vata
Raga and Ritu(Seasons)
There are Ragas associated with the rainy season,Varsha (Raga Megha and Raga Malhar), the autumn season,Basant (Raga Basant) and the spring season (Raga Bahar).
Seasonal Ragas can be sung and played any time of the day and night during the season allotted to them. The obligation of time in case of such melodies is relaxed.
Vasanta Ritu (Spring Season)In this season, increased kapha is liquified by the heat of sun which causes diminished agni (digestive activity) causing diseasesGrishma Ritu (Summer Season)In this season, Sunrays become powerful. Kapha decreases vata increases day by daySharat Ritu (Autumn Season)Sudden exposed to sunlight after cold season aggravates pita.
Dosha
Accumulation
Visiation
Diminition
Kapha
Shishir
Vasant
Grishma
Pitta
Grishma
Varsha
Sharad
Vata
Varsha
Sharad
Hemant
Raga and Ritu(Seasons) Association :-Raga RituBhairav ShishirHindol VasantDeepak GrishmaMegh VarshaMalkans SharadShree Hemant
Verious Ragas and there Performance Timings:
Raaga
Thaat
Performance Time
Piloo
Kafi
Any Time
Kafi
Kafi
Any Time
Mand
Bilawal
Any Time
Dhani
Kafi
Any Time
Bhairavi
Bhairavi
Any Time
Gaud Malhar
Kafi
Monsoon
Miyan Malhar
Kafi
Monsoon
Deshkar
Bilawal
Morning
Gunkri
Bhairav
Morning
Ahir Bhairav
Bhairav
Morning
Asavari

Morning
Bhankar
Bhairav
Morning
Bairagi Bhairav
Bhairav
Morning
Basant Mukhari

Morning
Basant
Poorvi
Morning
Bhoopali Todi
Bhairavi
Morning
Bhatiyar
Bhairav
Morning
Bilawal
Bilawal
Morning
Bilaskhani Todi
Bhairavi
Morning
Bhairav
Bhairav
Morning
Desi
Asavari
Morning
Sohni
Marwa
Morning
Gurjari Todi
Todi
Morning
Nat Bhairav
Bhairav
Morning
Kalingada
Bhairav
Morning
Lalit
Poorvi
Morning
Jogiya
Bhairav
Morning
Jaunpuri
Asavari
Morning
Hindol
Kalyan
Morning
Todi
Todi
Morning
Vibhas
Bhairav
Morning
Vrindavani Sarang
Kafi
Afternoon
Shuddh Sarang
Kalyan
Afternoon
Poorvi
Poorvi
Afternoon
Patdeep

Afternoon
Madhyamad Sarang
Kafi
Afternoon
Madhuvanti
Todi
Afternoon
Bhimpalasi
Kafi
Afternoon
Gaud Saarang
Kalyan
Afternoon
Multani
Todi
Afternoon
Bhoopali
Kalyan
Evening
Kamod
Kalyan
Evening
Desh
Khamaj
Evening
Yaman Kalyan
Kalyan
Evening
Hansdhwani
Bilawal
Evening
Khamaj
Khamaj
Evening
Sham Kalyan
Kalyan
Evening
Yaman
Kalyan
Evening
Tilang
Khamaj
Evening
Shuddh Kalyan
Kalyan
Evening
Shankara
Bilawal
Evening
Maru Bihag
Kalyan
Evening
Puriya Dhanashri
Poorvi
Evening
Puriya
Marwa
Evening
Pahadi
Bilawal
Evening
Jana Sammohini

Evening
Marwa
Marwa
Evening
Shree
Poorvi
Evening
Bahar
Kafi
Night
Tilak Kamod
Khamaj
Night
Bageshri
Kafi
Night
Charukeshi

Night
Malhar
Kafi
Night
Raageshri
Khamaj
Night
Nand
Kalyan
Night
Malkauns Pancham
Bhairavi
Night
Malkauns
Bhairavi
Night
Bhinna Shadja
Khamaj
Night
Shivranjani
Kafi
Night
Malgunji
Kafi
Night
Jhinjhoti
Khamaj
Night
Kirwani

Night
Chandani Kedar
Kalyan
Night
Chandrakauns

Night
Kedar
Kalyan
Night
Chhayanat
Kalyan
Night
Darbari
Asavari
Night
Kalavati
Khamaj
Night
Adana
Asavari
Night
Durga
Bilawal
Night
Jaijaiwanti
Khamaj
Night
Gorakh Kalyan
Khamaj
Night
Hamir
Kalyan
Night
Bihag
Kalyan
Night

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