All life is made of 3 basic elements namely Matter, Energy, and Time. Not much of a surprise, these are represented in Music as Words (Matter), Musical notes (Energy), and the Rhythm (Time)!
Its no wonder therefore that Music is a wonderful representative of Life’s basic elements and is therefore one of Nature’s greatest gift to mankind (and maybe all life).
We humans also have or contain these 3 basic elements “inside” us as the body (Matter), the soul (Energy), and the mind (Time) which organizes all data with respect to time so we can understand it.
What music does is, it makes a melodic fusion of these basic elements in us with the basic elements of Life, and leads to a divine feeling of calmness or Nirvana on listening to the Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music. (It is quite possible that this might happen through Western Classical Music too, maybe someone amongst you could comment on that?)
Anyway, lets continue, the human brain has 2 parts, the left and the right hemisphere (part). The left part gives us ‘Reasoning’ or ‘Logical’ skill and the right part provides us ‘Feelings’ or ‘Emotions’. We therefore call the left brain as the ‘Rational’ brain and the right brain as the ‘Emotional’ brain.
When we learn a new thing, for e.g. play or listen to say, Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music, there is utilization of the physical skills in us controlled intelligently by the left brain, and the right brain provides the accompanying emotions when music gets created.
Music has therefore been utilized in all cultures of the world to express and communicate human feelings and emotions “outwardly”.
In fact, Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music encompasses 9 types of Feelings or 9 ‘Rasas’ namely:
- Shringara (Love),
- Haasya (Humor),
- Karuna (Compassion),
- Raudra (Anger),
- Veera (Valour),
- Bhayanaka (Fear),
- Beebhatsa (Disgust),
- Adbhuta (Wonder) and
- Shaanta (Calmness).
We find songs and dances in India communicating these feelings. Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music therefore has been in use to transmit thoughts and feelings beyond words and notes. The Ragas (or ragaas) in Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music are an arrangement of purposely selected Musical notes for written Words which help to evoke a particular mood or emotion.
The Rhythms in Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music can depict slow and echoing patterns arousing Divinity, as well as fast and intricate patterns creating Wonder.
The Words and Notes in Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music comprising of thousands of Khayals, Dhrupads, Chaturangs, Bandishes have communicated every human emotion possible through Music.
Music can therefore be a medium of whichever emotion we wish to express. When words fall short, there are musical notes, and when these 2 are combined with rhythm, Music with unlimited communication channels can be created.
When we learn, play or listen to the Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music for generations, it (naturally) becomes a part of our genetic “make-up” and even gets transmitted to the next generation.
It is also believed in India people who learn and play Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music make their musical progress with every birth cycle, their musical qualities progressively refine and eventually a “gifted” musical maestro is born!
Hence, it is not odd that we say, “Great Musicians are born, not trained!”
Anyway, what do YOU think then? I welcome your comments, add them below.
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