Musical Anchors

Music is a Magic pot, full of memories- pleasant and unpleasant. Each one of us have active, forgotten and buried memories in the sub conscious which re-surface at times when we listen to familiar tunes, associated with those memories. One such incident happened the other day, when I was giving a lesson in Carnatic Music… Read More

Music: Nutritional Recipe during Pregnancy

Though Music is for everybody, it brings about a significant change in ‘Moms-to-be’ and the ‘to be born babies’. Listening to certain genre of music creates wonders in the carrying women and new mothers. “Moms-to-be” go through a pendulum of emotions, oscillating between extreme ends, at a physical and mental level. While symptoms like morning… Read More

Analogy of Flute and Human Body

The working of wind instruments is of special interest to me since I could draw an easy analogy between this and human body. This is a humble effort to put my understanding and analogy of the same. Wind instruments like flute work on the principle of open air columns/open pipes. Explained generally in crude terms,… Read More

Magic of Music in Children

Enhances the Cognitive abilities in children:              The Wikipedia definition of Cognitive ability is: “the ability of an individual to perform the various mental activities most closely associated with learning and problem solving”.    Memory, Reading, Writing, Reasoning,Grasping and Comprehension are a few mental activities that are most closely associated with… Read More

Moods/Emotions of Carnatic Ragas

The question is how does the effect of a sound or music create different moods? The ragas are so composed that the notes or Swaras are arranged in a particular fashion. For ex: in a melakarta raga, all seven notes appear in order both in the ascent and descent as well. Whereas, in the janya… Read More

Music- A scientific and meta scientific perspective

Introduction ‘Where words fail, music speaks’, – HC Anderson. HC Anderson was a famous musician and a Danish author best known for writing children’s stories including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling.” By its very nature, music is a powerful medium of communicating emotions to others as well as to oneself. Scientific evidence Let’s look… Read More

Music And Noise

How is Music different from Noise? If music be considered as a treat to the soul, noise may be regarded as anti-music for it has an adverse effect not only on human body and mind but all living species on earth and the entire universe. But one of the most revealing facts which fascinates me… Read More

Brief Introduction to Ragas of Carnatic Music

The first classification of Carnatic ragas into mELakarta system dates back to 17th century, pioneered by Sri Venkatamakhi. The classification was made, considering 16 shades or variants of saptaswaras (unlike the 12 variants of Hindustani system) and hence as much as 72 distinct melakarta or Janaka/parent ragas were formed. Each parent/ Janaka raga has a… Read More