The Times of India (English

Nagpur - 16th Aug. 08


Music is Therapeutic too: Sardeshmukh

Nagpur : For most people music is entertainment. But for Chandrakant Sardeshmukh, a Pune born sitar maestro, music is therapeutic too.

“I do not know what physiological changes music triggers in human body which take away the apin, sorrow, fear, depression, stress and sooth nervers. A person is relieved of his pain and trauma is sufficient for me to believe that music has therapeutic qualities' said Sardeshmukh, presently settled in Japan .

A doctorate in Sanskrit and a disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Sardeshmukh says music therapy is a combination of physiology, psychology and musicology. “I have seen people cry, shout, jump and weep as they re-live some of the most dreaded incidents of their lives for some moements during my music sessions and then those episodes stop haunting them forever. What would you call this?” he questions. Sometimes mind wants to do something but the body rejects it and vice versa when body wants to do something mind rejects it. My musicology realigns the body and mind, he claims.

Sardeshmukh is in city to conduct a free music therapy session at the Central India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bajaj Nagar on Sunday from 10 am to 12 noon .

After reading about Sardeshmukh's session in Japan , Prof. Kazunori Shiga, a researcher at Brain Research Institute at Tokyo took personal lessons in music therapy and is now trying to find the scientific base between music and healing with data of individuals who underwent the therapy. He found that brain generates more alpha waves during music sessions that leave a healing effect among patients of neurological disorders, stress, insomnia and depression.

Sardeshmukh told TOI that Group Capt (retd.) Raghvendra Tripathi from Bangalore tried a recorded session of Sardeshmukh to a Brigadier in coma and to his surprise the music worked wonders…he came out of coma and could even move one of his paralyzed hands.

Sardeshmukh says, “ I do not play any particular musi or ragas while conducting music therapy sessions. Whatever comes out of the Sitar at that moment becomes ‘healing music'. It is however difficult to explain the healing effect one has to experience it.”

But as my father wished I want to pass on the skill to many others and look forward to co-operation from musicians and doctors to continue the practice for future generations he says.