Be it a difficult day or a celebration of happiness, music has the power to capture every emotion. While music acts as a mood lifter and a companion in times of need, on other days, playing music after a long day of work is therapeutics.
Two sisters Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana rely on this versatile performing art to help children and adults find wellness through sound and music therapy.
“Music has been found to have a major impact on mental health and well-being. Music therapy works under the basic premise that music can benefit in mood regulation, self-expression, self-esteem, anxiety, interpersonal effectiveness, treatment motivation, positive coping skills and etc. ” Vishala told BK.
Their effort, The sound space, Founded in 2010 in Mumbai. The sisters, who are trained in psychology and Indian classical music, “are striving to change whatever we can to what we know best.”
The sound of music
Kamakshi and Vishala were introduced to music in their mother’s womb. Her father, a trained musician and sound healer sang to her every day before her birth and ensured that the power of music resonated with her daughters as well. Both started learning music from the age of three. His love for music grew and he got to study psychology as well as Hindustani classical music in which I graduated (Bachelor).
Music was so ingrained in their day-to-day lives that they learned their timetables in a rhythm and composed a song from history dates.
Vishala says, “The role of music in our lives is very difficult to put into one sentence – but it is the soul of our lives. It is a means of expressing oneself, a passion and most importantly, a life-long companion. ”
Sisters mixed both music and psychological education to create The Sound Space.
The therapeutic effect of music
Both slowly paved their careers while teaching Indian music in a warped form to children and adults when the idea began to take shape. It became clear to him that there is a need to make the benefits of Indian music more entertaining and accessible in a fun and contemporary way.
This experience inspired him to create special sessions for children and adults that allow him to increase his energy, de-stress, heal, recover, internal balance, post-trauma rehabilitation, and even learn music Can also help.
“Music can be used within a therapeutic relationship to meet physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs,” says Kamakshi. It also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful for those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. During the last years of working with children and adults with special needs, we have found that it can actually change lives. Also, one does not have to be ‘sick’ to experience music therapy. “
Their medical technique Melody Inspired by the idea that every raga affects the body and brain. They also use the study of chakras or energy centers and their specific bija mantras or seed sounds. They use many activities such as listening to focused music to create customized sessions for groups and individuals, songwriting, song discussion, playing group instruments, music and relaxation, singing, and others.
Through The Sound Space, sisters, students, teachers and carers from various schools, care centers and NGOs in the city including Bombay International School, JBCN, Children’s Nook, Jai Wakeel Foundation, Akanksha Foundation, Seva Sadan Society, Biramji Jeejeebhoy Homes They are training people.
The sisters claim that teachers and participants alike have reported improvements in cognitive abilities, better understanding and increased concentration in addition to modules of The Sound Space in their routines. She says that music is also a form of expression for children who come from low-income families.
Vishala says that it was not easy to get started as she had to face the unfit atmosphere due to being “two unmarried girls”. Ten years ago, the concept of music in medicine and alternative medicine was not very popular and they had to prove to people that it was authentic and effective.
After showing that the concept works, the pair of sisters are now ensuring that music becomes a part of people’s lives in a meaningful and structured way. She hopes to introduce music as part of the education system through government and non-government organizations.
During the pandemic, she has moved her classes online and is working on a fund-raising concert “highs” to enable her to continue her nonprofit work with NGOs.