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Power of Music

June 21, 2012

Music is part of everyone’s  life. In life of an Hindi speaking India music often means Bollywood songs but these days I am amazed at the range of songs Bollywood is throwing up soft melodious , peppy numbers, rustic.. Music is an important part of my life. I listen to FM when I work in kitchen. When I cook I like to have music around, it makes task less mundane. Music does have the power – it uplifts my mood.. but other than that.

I had heard about stories of Emperor Akbar’s Navratna,Tansen’s, musical power. It is  said that when Tansen sang, birds and animals would gather to hear him.Or that had the power to light up fire through his song and to bring rain. A story that I liked was:

Once, during a hunting expedition, Emperor Akbar spotted a white elephant which he wanted for himself. The elephant was captured and brought to the palace. The elephant, however, was fierce and wild and would not be tamed.

When Tansen heard of this, he went to the elephant, which was chained and struggling with the trainers. He began to play the tanpura and sing. Gradually the elephant became calm, and soon the emperor was able to mount and ride it. Emperor Akbar bestowed honours and gifts on Tansen. Tansen was given a house very close to the royal palace.

But is music powerful enough to bring back the person from coma?

It seems yes, for I read today about how British singer’s Adele music brought a girl back from coma. Source

Adele’s  music brought a 7-year-old girl out of coma. In April 2011, Charlotte Neve suffered a brain haemorrhage that left her in coma. When doctors told her mother Leila to start saying her goodbyes, the 31-year-old cuddled her daughter and sang her daughter’s favourite song, Rolling in the Deep. Astoundingly, her daughter smiled in response. “It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the haemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again.” And after some physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, Charlotte was able to go home

I was amazed after reading the news article. What do you think of power of music?

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