The material world as it manifests to us, apparently look solid and secure. But scientists know that this apparently solid world around us is made up of molecules, which very much like planets in the galaxy stand segregated by distance or space in between. These tiny molecules as we know are in turn made of atoms, which again are made of electrons and protons moving through expanse of space in charged energy fields.
The microcosmic and macrocosmic changes that we come across in life are fully reflected in any musical piece. According to an ancient Indian text “Swara Shastra” the seventy melakarta rages control the 72 important nerves in the body and work as a medicine. It is believed that if one sings with due devotion adhering to ragas lakshana and stuti shuddi, then raga the selected notes (swaras) could affect particular nerves in body in favorable manner.
Certain ragas do have a tendency to move the listeners emotionally as well as physically. We are giving you therapeutic components of seven ragas for listener’s benefits.
1 . Kalyani (yaman):- A possible remedy for high blood pressure. The soothing touch inherent in the tivra madhyam in the raga kalyani (yaman is the Hindustani equivalent) which is interspersed with the other six swaras which are all shuddha render a compassionate personality to this raga, which could be the reason for its acknowledged role in bringing down one’s (high blood pressure).
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2 . Bageshri:- A possible remedy for sleep disorders. A romantic, late night Hindustani raga is prescribed for sleep disorders and insomnia. The occasional inclusion of pancham, beside the sharpness (komal-type) in gandhar and nishad could be the secret for its soporific role.
3 . Bilahari:- A possible remedy for depression. Recommended for depression, this raga is ideal for starting the day. This raga should be sung at the very early hours of dawn by those who suffer from dejection and depression.
4 . Malkauns (hindolam):- A possible remedy for low blood pressure. Who suffer from low blood pressure, the morning raga malkauns (whose carnatic equivalent is hindolam) is prescribed. The oscillation in gandhar daivat and in nishad one comes across in this raga. This could be the reason behind elevation of one’s spirit as well the blood pressure. One finds magic in the pivotal note, the madvorthyam, which makes it feminine raga.
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5 . Durbari:- A possible remedy for stress. A majestic late night raga. Durbari is considered ideal for soothing nerves and reducing tension.
6. Shiva Ranjani :- A possible promoter of intellectual excellence. An ideal raga for the night which is accredited with the improvement in one’s intelligence quotient the common man gets the taste of this raga from the least expected source of all the bollywood films! It may also be seen that any filmy abasement of this raga leads to a hit song as in the films, mera naam joker(jaane kahan gaye wo din) and ek duje ke liye (sola baras ki) and in many others. At one point of time every producer in north and south used to insist that at least one song should be composed in this raga.
7. Madhyamavati:- A possible neutralizer. Madhyamavati is the raga often chosen by the Carnatic vidwans for ending their kalcheries (concerts) with mangalam. The reason is quite simple, This raga has certain unique qualities to equalize the upheavals of emotions often brought in by singing or listening to various ragas that heighten them. Akin to madhyama sarang, perhaps the repeated oscillations at rishabh in this raga could be the cause for equalizing the mind.
( Manoj Kanak )