Lecture: Navigating Life Through Hindustani Classical Music – University of the Arts, London

Guest lecturer at University of the Arts London about Navigating life through Hindustani Classical Music.
In collaboration with the @ualmusicsociety London & University of The Arts, London.

Agenda

Accepting music as an inseparable part of our lives is a step towards living a life of impact.
Hindustani (Indian) Classical Music has the deepest impact on our lives. Life is sensible and healthy if full of music. Music has its effect on plants, birds and animals, and listening, playing, and singing have their benefits on our health and wellbeing. To help navigate Music for deep impact on our wellbeing, as a guest lecturer, speaker, and musician with upwards of 20 years of expertise in Hindustani Classical Music, I invite you to my lecture.

Join me on this talk of Hindustani classical music and find out what it is, what it does, and how you could gain the benefits of this treasure.

When?

On Friday, the 11th of February, 2022

2-3 PM GMT (7:30-8:30 PM IST)

Guru Purnima: “The Rising”

On the eve of Guru Purnima, the 24th of July, 2021. We hosted a test event, The Rising, a Semi-Classical music concert with aims to promote the said form of music. The event goals were:

  1. Promoting women in music
  2. Giving way to the day-to-day practice of Indian classical music and it’s benefits on mental health
  3. Providing an audience to the local semi-classical artists in and around town
  4. Highlight the shortcomings that artists face on their way to the stage and how they could be worked around
  5. Establishing grounds for a recurring event on cultural appraisal

The event was presided by the District Public Relations Officers, District Muktsar and District Barnala, Sardar Gurdeep Singh Mann and Sardarni Megha Mann as the chief guests, and Keynote speaker Mr. Rishi Hirdepal, MRS college, Malout. The event was attended by 40 residents of Malout.

The event was streamed online on my facebook page and was viewed by upwards of 700 people online through the Malout News facebook channel.

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FEEL A VOID DESPITE EVERYONE AROUND? EMBRACE HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC!

2020 pandemic taught us that the human mind is the most at risk when its movement and space are delimited.
But the positive thing COVID-19 taught us is to look inward rather than finding happiness outside. You must have got ample time for your creativity.
But all creativity that is visual or related to taste buds has a limited time.
Bad psychological patterns can be seen in abundance due to work from home and lockdowns. Is psychological medication an answer? Or sitting next to television sets after you get up from your laptop! Asking for solace from overloaded emotional blackmail or violence at TV channels or box music?
Embrace Hindustani Classical
Hindustani Classical music has relevance and holistic value when it comes to affecting human life. From childhood lullabies to old age cronies, women have songs for all occasions and customs in India. Because they know its relevance as to how it affects the deepest recesses of the human brain. Precisely, Indian Classical Music is the soul of human life and provides peace to it. It gives vibration, vitality, and fullness to life. It needs no elaboration on how it is present in the heart in form of beats, the flow of a river, the chirping of birds, movement of stars and constellation, and the whole Universe in form of Nature.
Hindustani or Indian Classical Music finds its way in the revelations of life.
when we look back to our ancient Granthas and Vedas we come to know that music was used scientifically for the goodness of the human body and brain. Written and Chanted in the form of mantras very musically and rhythmically, which synchronized the human body with Mother Nature.
In the exegesis of Vedas, we find that SamVeda had the compilation of different Vedic Mantras in proper rhythmic metre and usually chanted in three accents or notes namely Uddat, Anuddat and Swarit. These three became the basis of the whole octave that we see now in Classical music. These mantras were chanted including all the five elements which constitute the Universe and the human body itself that is Fire, Earth, Air, Sky and water. These five elements of the universe are the core sustainers of our life. And these mantras were chanted to invoke specific powers which could be activated to support different areas of our life such as; healing, protection, abundance, self-empowerment, health, to win any external or internal dilemma or risk etc. The mantras were chanted and in a proper rhyme which means Rhythm added. Hence, we cannot deny the importance of music for healthy life and its necessity to make life conscious of its existence.
Hindustani or commonly termed Indian classical music is sober and warm, sweet and tingling, soothing and Diagnostic. It has its therapeutic value. Undoubtedly music has a deep impact on the human brain which is so sensitive. Thanks to the Pandemic, which brought the whole world to the platform of Online Classes. Any type of music including classical vocal or Sitar.
To train ourselves to adopt classical music as a part of the daily routine, it is a must to teach our children how to begin the process at the very start of their education. Adults can better understand its therapeutic aspect, so it is never too late.
Adhere to the music teachers who know how to deal with individuals with their particular musical needs.

Plato says,

“By making it compulsory to learn music (understand “good” music), he is encouraging people’s soul to be good and just. It follows that musicians have a role to play in educating people and must be constantly watchful in their role as “guide”. Learning music is not a goal in itself, however, but a means of attaining goodness, and it should be combined with gymnastics” (Francemusique.fr, 2017)

पाद्मे च कार्त्तिकमाहात्म्ये श्रीभगवदुक्तौ (प.पु. ६.९२.२१,२३) —

In the Kārtika-māhātmya of the Padma, Purāṇa Bhagavān said:


नाहं वसामि वैकुण्ठे योगिनां हृदये न च।

मद्भक्ता यत्र गायन्ति तत्र तिष्ठामि नारद॥ (Das, 2019)

Which translates to:
“I reside neither in Vaikuṇṭha nor in the hearts of the yogīs.
O Nārada, I am present wherever My devotees sing [my pastimes]”