‘For the common things of everyday, God gave man speech in the common way. For the deeper things man think and feel, God gave poets words to reveal. But for the heights and depths no words can reach, God gave man music, the soul’s own speech’. – Anonymous
From time immemorial, music has been an unavoidable part of any civilization, in every aspect is it cultural, social or educational. But in this twenty-first century where nothing is left unexploited, our researchers are coming up with a new possibility of disease management with music.
Belgaumite Mrs.Durga Kamat-Nadkarni has recently being awarded a PhD by the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai for her thesis “ A study to establish the therapeutic potentiality of Indian classical music”. She received the Degree in the presence of chief minister Prthviraj Chavan. Mrs. Durga is currently working as a lecturer at the KLE university’s School of Music.
Speaking to AAB, Mrs.Durga said that, her basic aim was to study and establish the therapeutic potentiality of Indian classical music. As such I did trial on two diseases – 1.To study the effect of Hindustani classical music(instrumental) on the subjects suffering from the disease essential hypertension
2. To study the effect of Hindustani classical music(instrumental) on the subjects suffering from the Type 2 diabetes mellitus.”
She further said, “ To compare the effect of Hindustani classical music (instrumental) on the subjects suffering from essential hypertension involved in regular yoga practice. The overall results of the three studies were – Systolic BP reduced in essential hypertension study and the PPBS was found reduced in the type 2 diabetes study and these results were statistically significant.”
Dr.S.A.K.Durga from Chennai university, Dr.Neera .Grover -HOD music department, SNDT Women’s university, Mumbai and Dr.Vijaya.Naik and Dr.Rekha.Patil from the KLE university Belgaum guided her in her research.