There is a need for Indian Music as a therapeutic tool in the mental health sector!

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There are no published reports on Indian music therapy in any Indian or international journals to my knowledge. It is very tough to prove and needs to be standardized as music is abstract. Simple Hamilton rating scale studies for anxiety and 20 emotion study is possible to start with research. I performed for psychiatric patients with mixed symptoms of depression to observe their reactions.

  • Ayurvedic physicians sang Dhrupad, a Raag in Indian classical music, to treat psychological problems, according to Gandharv Veda chikitsa (Ancient Indian Medical System).
  • Rāgas are the melodic framework and are believed to have a natural existence in the Hindu tradition; Artists don’t invent them; they only discover them. According to Hinduism, Rāgas are hidden harmonies of the ultimate creation. During the Bhakti movement of Hinduism,  Rāgas became an integral part of a musical pursuit of spirituality as Bhajan and Kirtan.
  • Ayurvedic physicians sang Dhrupad, a Raag in Indian classical music, to treat psychological problems, according to Gandharv Veda chikitsa (Ancient Indian Medical System).
  • Their Rāgas are composed with strict discipline and practice rigorously to achieve excellence in their performance.
  • Rāga “Yaman” provides energy and acts as an antidepressant, practiced from 7 to 10 pm; it is usually a student’s first Rāga taught to a student.
  • Indian classical ragas have a time theory, i.e., morning, afternoon, evening, and night ragas. There is no difference between south Indian or Carnatic classical music and Tamil Naidu classical music.
  • There are also seasonal Ragas, like monsoon Rāgas. These Rāgas are believed to profoundly affect mood if performed or listened to at a specific time of the day; they are perhaps designed per our circadian rhythm (biological clock).

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According to the UN, The economic cost of mental health problems is vast, while reasonable investment in mental health can improve people’s mental health. Poor mental health is a cause and consequence of poverty, compromised education, gender inequality, ill-health, violence, and other global challenges. It impedes individuals’ capacity to work productively, realize their potential, and contribute to their community.

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Global society is experiencing a worrying time, as social and economic factors are causing mental depression problems to spread. We have considerable responsibility for health, especially mental health. It has been predicted that mental illness could be the next epidemic, and we must deal with it. Music therapy, which is a natural treatment method, can make a meaningful contribution in this direction. According to the data, depression ranks third in the global disease burden and is projected to remain first in 2030. Music therapy, which is a natural treatment method, can make a meaningful contribution in this direction. Indian classical music for mental health and well-being should be included in treatment plans of mental health societies and research departments. In addition, these mental health organizations must engage in scientific research to discover more mental health-related music therapy data.

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Sarods are a combination of veenas and rebabs, according to Indian classical music scholars.

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    1. Hi,
      Thanks for asking! Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with her work. If you want to present her, you can send me the details.

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