Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Faculty/Music Therapist/Research scholar, Center for Music Therapy Education & Research, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University

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India’s history is rich with many traditional healing practice, nada yoga, ayurveda, time theory of raagas, chakra activation, the vedas. These traditions have been said to have evolved for thousands of years. Indian Hindu system is based on 4 vedic texts, The four Vedas are the Rigveda (Knowledge of the Verses), the Yajurveda, the Samaveda, and the Atharvaveda. The first three Vedas—Rig, Yajur, and Sama—are known as the trayi-vidya (“threefold knowledge”). The treatises spoke about how sounds & Vibrations have an effect on our human body. The sama veda explained 4 notes and more could be made into melody phrases and slowly the discovery of scales and raagas were created over the years. Great scientists, philosophers wrote books on the effects of music in the human body in physical, emotional and the effects through our Mind. Mind Body Medicine was explained even before it was termed so in the current times. India is still building on the concept of music therapy. The culmination of western concepts with the traditional practices makes evidence-based music therapy possible. Traditional practices hav been incorporated within medical settings as well as in rehabilitative settings as well. The cultural and social needs are taken into account while using interventions within practice. The presentation will display the sue of these practices in the current music therapy within healthcare.

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