When yoga and classical music combine to heal

What do you get when you combine the elaborate postures of yoga with the soothing strains of Indian classical music? A novel music therapy for the sick and the stressed, say two musicians of the Taj city who`ve just returned from the 13th World Congress of Music Therapy in South Korea.

Lovely Sharma, a D.Litt in sitar and author of eight books, along with eminent classical guitarist Devashish Chakrovorty, conducted a workshop on healing techniques through music and yoga, at the congress in Sookmyung Women`s University, Seoul.

Attended by more than 50 participants, the workshop focussed on the beneficial effects on concentration, relaxation and mood of the yoga-and-music therapy.

But the duo says the field is very much neglected in India.

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`It is high time we took a lead in developing appropriate technologies, guidelines and a proper scientific frame to promote music therapy, which has already been recognised as alternative therapy capable of bringing about significant responses and aiding treatment through other therapies,` said Sharma.

India, she said, has a vast treasure in the form of classical ragas and musical strains which had in the past proved their efficacy but in course of time `we were swept away by modern influences and adopted Western ways`.

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