Music that relieves stress and reduces ailments

2016-01-15 08:08
Renowned international musician Anil Bridglall will perform at the therapeutic Indian classical symphony in Pietermaritzburg next weekend.

Renowned international musician Anil Bridglall will perform at the therapeutic Indian classical symphony in Pietermaritzburg next weekend. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Healing concerts explore classical Indian music through medical research, establishing whether music can heal the body, as we go about our daily lives.

Anil Bridglall provides insight in raga music, which dates back 3 500 years, and assists in reducing ailments to revive the body and mind to work in sync.

Healing music

Raga, from Sanskrit meaning colour or passion, in the classical music of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, is a melodic framework for improvisation and composition.

A raga is based on a scale with a given set of notes, a typical order in which they appear in melodies, and characteristic musical motifs.

The basic components of a raga can be written down in the form of a scale — in some cases differing in ascent and descent.

Most music has at least three main elements — melody, rhythm and harmony. Because of its contemplative, spiritual nature, classical music is a solitary pursuit that focuses mainly on melodic development.

In performance, rhythm also plays an important role, giving texture, sensuality and a sense of purpose to melody.

Harmony in Indian classical music mainly takes the form of a harmonic resonance field supplied by instruments like the tanpura or swarmandal.

More complex harmony can also be found with instruments like the santoor, and often as the inadvertent result of the harmonium trying to shadow the main vocalist or instrumentalist with a delay of a split second.

The semi-melodic quality of the tabla adds a third dimension of harmony.

Harmony in the Western sense, however, is not a part of traditional Indian music, and it is important not to look for it.

Medical research

Incorporating Resonance Repatterning is a new-age treatment focusing on practical ways to bring powerful positive changes to our emotional well-being.

It uses the links between quantum ­mechanics, neurobiology, movement psychology and human consciousness to address the emotions that stop us from reaching our full potential.

Much of what holds us back comes from subconscious patterns, or programming, that took place early in life.

Just like a radio that works on frequency experiences static, these subconscious patterns create static or interference that prevents us from having the happiness, abundance and fulfilment that we desire.

Why Raga music?

The melody and chants have been known to reduce stress and thus reduce physical ailments that are stress-related. The music promotes peace and harmony and is a path of yoga.

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The event is hosted by Anil Bridglall, renowned international musician, and Mala Naidoo, local neurobiologist wellness consultant, life-coach and Resonance Repatterning practitioner.

For more information contact Bridglall at 083 570 0486 or Naidoo at 079 894 4784.

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