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News |  19 Dec 2018 08:00 |  By RnMTeam

Healing power of Indian Music

MUMBAI: Where all fails, music comes to rescue. This adage stands true for heartbreaks but recently, Indian music showed its healing power for a terminally ill patient. A West Bengal girl, Sangeetha Das, who has been in coma for a while due to severe case of dengue, is healing and has come out of coma condition when the doctor played the legendary violinist N Rajam’s recording. She was admitted at the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital in Kolkata, where the doctors diagnosed a blood clot.

The recording of Darbari Kannada, a late night melody, succeeded in doing what many medical procedures and treatments failed to. Dr Sandip Kar, assistant professor at SSKM Hospital, is a violinist and an artiste at the Akashvani in West Bengal, experimented and succeeded.

Dr Kar had attended a workshop seven years ago, which educated the participants about music therapy. Post the workshop, Dr Kar started his own research and believed that Darbari Kannada has the power to cure ailments. He tried playing this Raag at many heart surgeries he conducted, with no success. However, this time, doctor made Sangeetha hear the 24 minute recording thrice a day. She responded positively to music and further to medicines given too.

After success of the experiment, the artiste Padmabhushan N Rajam is elated to know about the patient’s recovery due to music.

Indian music is known to be wired to human emotions and heart. Many researchers have  shared their insights on the healing power that Indian music and the therapeutic power it yields. Kannada is a Carnatic melody and gained the name Darbari Kannada, as it was played often in Royal Courts or popularly known as Darbars.