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Rinpas prescribes raga therapy

- City lawyer-singer proves connect between music and mental health

Music may be the food of love, but it can also be the victual for wellness.

Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (Rinpas), Kanke, can vouch for the therapeutic value of music.

Eight of the 500 Rinpas inmates are showing a positive behavioural change ever since they became part of music therapy sessions started by city-based Hindustani classical singer Madhusudan Ganguly.

Ganguly, an accomplished vocalist and a well-known lawyer of Ranchi, said the 72 parent ragas, the basis of Indian classical music, control 72 important nerves.

“I travel to Rinpas everyday,” said the resident of Circular Road near Lalpur. “Introducing Hindustani classical instrumental music for Rinpas patients of mental depression, stress and anxiety has helped the eight inmates that we started with. I see a positive change,” he said.

He started this initiative on his own a couple of weeks back. “When inmates listen to music, the change is visible on their faces. The mentally depressed look more confident and well-balanced,” he said.

“Music therapy takes time but eliminates the diseases from root,” he claimed.

On how the initiative came about, he said: “I have been guiding 25 Rinpas research scholars to complete their thesis. As Hindustani classical music is therapeutic, I suggested an experimental initiative where I sing and play CDs of classical ragas. Rinpas superintendent A.K. Nag and psychologist A. Ranjan Singh helped me carry forward the idea. Now, I am directing 25 research scholars to use music therapies two hours a day, an hour in the morning and another in the evening.”

He listed out the ragas.

“Inmates suffering mental tension benefit from Raag Darbari, Raag Khamaj and Raag Purvi as they feel calm. Komal, Ahir Bhairav, Todi, Jai Jayanti and Sohini help control hypertension and soothes turbulent minds,” he said.

“There are also ragas that help soothe stomach pain,” suggests the lawyer. “Try out Deepak, Gunkali and Jaunpuri and see for yourself,” he said.

He added the 25 researchers were “very diligent” about music therapy. “I am sure they enjoy the process,” he smiled.

Head of clinical psychology at Rinpas Ranjan said they started the therapy with eight inmates and would later expand it in a group.

“It’s been two weeks but the sessions seem to help patients who used to be restless and unable to concentrate. It’s a positive sign,” he said.

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