Music Therapy is a concept that has been existent since ages and contrary to what most people believe, it is anything but new. In ayurveda, it is known as Gandhara Veda. This therapy is believed to have flourished during the time of Tansen, the great musician from Mughal Emperor Akbar's court. However, later as music became recognized as an entertaining art, the knowledge of treating with music or in other words, music therapy, seemed to fade away into obscurity.
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of lifestyle and medication, has references on Music Therapy based on Indian Raga Music. This therapy was well-known as Gandharva ved. The references explain how the different types and pitches of sounds work on three major energy systems working in our body, which, in Ayurveda, are known as Vat Dosha, Pitta Dosha an Kaph Dosha. With this it can be easily concluded that Indian Ragas were designed with rules and regulations to regulate the working of these Doshas at their optimum levels in their functioning time period and thus for the betterment of the health of mankind.
But when the doshas are not at their optimum level, imbalance occurs in the body and ailments are generated. To treat the ailments, the Ragas must be played in a particular organized format to enhance or decrease the functioning of the affected dosha/ dodhas. Sometimes, the Ragas are to be modified according to the requirement of imbalance of the dosha.
For the last 6 years, Pt. Shashank Katti, a renowned sitar artist, has been working on music therapy. He has been devotoping a specific theory for the same with the help of well-qualified doctors and Vaidyas of Ayurveda.
In this new science, he amalgamates modern medical inventions in Ayurvedic principles with traditional Indian classical music. It was observed that after hearing certain modified Ragas at a specific stipulated time regularly for one month, patients started reporting favorable results. According to Pt. Katti, this is a supplementary therapy and is to be given along with regular medicines. Patients would eventually have to simply reduce the doses of their regular medicine with advice from the doctor.
The treatment is very simple and less stressful for the patients since it involves simply listening to certain tracks at a stipulated time.
‘Power of Music' is a music therapy system developed by Pt. Shashank Katti which decides the basic Raga, with essential modifications, to be applied for a particular ailment. Two different ragas of different times are used to treat the ailment.
Hemicrania or Migraine, as it is commonly known, is a form of headache with a peculiar set of symptoms & predisposing factors. The head is the seat of Tarpak Kapha and Prana Vayu. It is also related to pitta from its originative tissue i.e. pittadharakala. Imbalance in all these three doshas can lead to this disorder. This can be well-managed by balancing the doshas & restoring equilibrium.
The two tracks in this CD are the Ragas, Ramkali and Darbari Kanada. The morning Raga Ramkali, played on the flute, is to be heard between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., which is the time for Vat-Kaph Dosha. Raga Darbari Kanada is to be heard prior to sleeping in the night, which is the time of Kaph-Pitta Dosha.
1. Sit comfortably or lie down in a calm and quiet environment.
2. Use a good CD player and headphones to listen to the music with full concentration.
3. Try and concentrate on the music. Relax your mind and body by practicing slow breathing. Do this approximately ten times.
4. Allow music to enter you and treat your ailment.
5. Recovery should be observed at the end of each month. Remember that this is a supplementary therapy.
6. The music should be heard only at the prescribed time.
7. After recovery, reduce the frequency of dosage.
Power of music is music therapy system developed by Pt. Shashank Katti which decides the basic Raga, with essential modifications, to be applied for an ailment. Two different Ragas are used to treat the ailment.
Track 1- Based on Raag Ramkali
Time: 6:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m.
Rupak Kulkarni (Flute) 24:57
Track 2- Based on Raag Darbari Kanada
Time: Just before sleeping at night
Sangeeta Shankar (Violin) 22:53