If you study that, then you may actually be in a better place to come up with therapeutic practices for brains that might not be up to speed. We have to look at different processes of the mind — implicit memory, executive control and so on. The questions that I would formulate would be — what are the kinds of memory involved in the Carnatic performance, how much of the material that people use in their alapana is actually novel and how much of that is learnt from compositions? Sound of Music Any cognitive study of the classical music mind has to study the source of that creativity.
How does a Carnatic or Hindustani musician create novel phrases? The moment you are doing it, creativity happens in a very different way. Similarly when one is doing a neraval, one has to deal with several structures and constraints, keeping the tala and the laya, and using the prosodic structure well.
She says due to its multi-sensory demands, classical music contributes to helping children learn how to both process and react to sensory stimulation. Athreya believes that Indian classical music has innumerable components of music, each standardised, structured and easily adaptable to a therapeutic module.
Performing something complex on stage is attractive, but in therapy one has to break the music down into components that are useful, and therefore not many musicians are drawn to it. Konnakkol is the art of performing percussion syllables vocally in Carnatic music. The fast movement of syllables in rhythmic cycles creates interest among children. The practice of this art form in its authentic tradition is as good as alternative speech therapy. Konnakkol helps in enhancing memory and developing cognition among children.
Many children with special needs are prone to mood-swings, anxiety and meltdowns. It is not about teaching Konnakkol to children, but about using the practices in Konnakkol to initiate learning in other spheres, stresses Athreya.
It is clearly important to move beyond the simplistic stimulus-response model, which reduces music therapy to just mood improvement or marginal cognitive impetus. Music is capable of a much more creative and transformative partnership with the brain. The writer is the editor of Saamagaana: The First Melody, a magazine on classical music.
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