A Student of Prajavati, a working pregnant mother with 3 years old kid, says ….

I get inner calm and peace. Each moment in the session takes me to a TRANCE, its a special feeling. I am with myself. Even after the session I am left with a fresh mindset, viewing the world in a different way. There are situations at home & outside which make me tensed and distracted. But, I am able to deal with them in a very light and comical way.

One day, after the session I was driving back home via a bridge and a two wheeler zoomed across and the driver slipped off. But the moment I was to coincide with him I steered away. Through the rear-view-mirror I saw some people helping him. In normal situations I would have reacted in other ways.

The other day my child did not cooperate with me and was almost driven to tears and after the session an fresh page was opened in my life.

I’ve attained equilibrium to handle stress.

Dr Karaikudi S Subramanian, Founder-Director, Brhaddhvani, says …

…Its Personal so its vital to the pregnant woman and the teacher. During the session I feel as if I am carrying the child in me and my rendition becomes more gentler. Every part in me vibrates in her body. It quietens her to a meditative state, reducing her anxiety & stress.Thus good vibrations are passed rather than good thoughts. Its like a Sadhana for me. As a teacher, I’ m energised and the session transforms the whole atmosphere into a holy place (like an Ashram).

About Brhaddhvani

Brhaddhvani is a Research and training centre for Musics of the world, founded by Dr Karaikudi S Subramanian and Dr Seetha.

Dr K S Subramanian is a ninth generation Vina player of the Karaikudi tradition and the adapted son of Karaikudi Samba Siva iyer who is the receiver of the first presidential award of the independent India. His collegiate education spans from chemistry and English literature at the bachelors and post-graduate level respectively, to ethnomusicology for his doctorate at the Wesleyan University, USA. He is a combination of a Vina player, an educationist, a writer, composer, and a producer.

Dr.Subramanian’s performing and teaching experience in music extends from traditional to the most innovative and experimental. With this, he came to India in 1986 and joined the faculty of music at the University of Madras. His research into institutional learning in India with respect to music made him once again adventure into new realms in music education with the right admixture of the ‘Gurukula’ and the ‘Institution’.

COMET (Corelated Objective of Music Education and Training)

Music therapy program at Brhaddhvani

The music therapy program at Brhaddhvani is a gradual development from observation, logical questioning, internalization of musical principles and experiments with the elements of COMET as the basic construct towards healing and therapy. It is not based on any of the known constructs elsewhere.

We have dealt with a few subjects through the application of COMET. The subjects had given good reports about the efficiency of the program. The music therapy in the west is based on theories and practices developed at institutes such as Nordoff Robbins, London. But in Brhaddhvani it is a ‘by-Product’ of learning music through COMET. For example the voice culture program as part of COMET has been found very valuable in therapy starting from the proper use of breathing in singing.

It has been widely talked about that ragas such as Anandabhairavi have therapeutic effects (bringing down blood pressure).  To our knowledge no clear scientific data are available to build an authentic program on therapy. There have been researches on the effects of ragas at the physical and emotional levels. Although the findings do have some values in therapy it may not work for subjects who may be averse to Karnatic music. In an ideal situation the effects of music should have Universal values and application.

Here at Brhaddhvani we have found that the principles of music making, learning, through COMET, are more objective and Universal in its application in therapy. More scientific  evidences in clinical conditions should prove our points in the future. So we wish to tell the custodians of the subjects who use our methods for their wards that this is not yet a purely scientific discipline. However, we consult the specialists in disciplines, such as neurology an d psychology. More inputs from the custodians of the therapy subjects would strengthen our program on music therapy.

With our specific application of music for therapy for the past two decades, our  observations and suggestions from experts in neurology and psychology with respect to the individual subjects and the feed back from their custodians, our applications of music will make appropriate changes and bring results.