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The arrow of the ‘Bani’

The late nineties were a period of intense suffering for me. There was the suffering of the bipolar, which had made me a social outcast, and there was the suffering rather search for myself, via my musical self; which had to appear much later in life, at a philosophical and experiential level. One of the… Continue reading The arrow of the ‘Bani’

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Feedback that gladdens your core

Of course every feedback is valuable to an artist, but some is more so. The ‘more So’ happens when it comes from seniors who are significant in their own right. Yesterday, by chance, upon listening to one of my ghazals (while sharing it with another dear friend who is equally fond of my music) I… Continue reading Feedback that gladdens your core

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With Raga, mid ragas and the inevitability of change

It’s difficult to accept, no matter what evidence life brings in front, that you will soon lose a beloved companion. With Raga the evidence is mounting every single day- her earlier mobility with the two front legs has become even less so. Perhaps it is even a notch worse. Now she is unable to turn… Continue reading With Raga, mid ragas and the inevitability of change

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Recovery story of one means that recovery of another is also possible

A few days back I wrote the following, for a public forum. I¬†write with the idea that since we acquire all our knowledge in a social domain, we can also take ideas from the lives of others. When I was seriously ill, I had no one whose story could inspire me to get well, or… Continue reading Recovery story of one means that recovery of another is also possible

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Music therapy for Recovery in serious mental illness

This is my recent publication¬†in the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. So this post is nothing but a sharing of that link and the rest is self evident. Oh yes, the acknowledgements are not proper in this version of the paper and they have to read as follows, which they do in the final version… Continue reading Music therapy for Recovery in serious mental illness

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When the guru aligns with you

I did not know that Saturday was guru purnima. Neither did Madhuri aunty, my guru, when she called in the morning to say that we could do an extra class together. I notice for the last few days she is generally happy with teaching me, and is more generous in sharing complex compositions that she… Continue reading When the guru aligns with you

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This is music pedagogy in Special Education- hats off!

I found this beautiful video and I felt so deeply touched…thought I must keep this for myself here.

Also worth reading, this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronna-kaplan-ma/can-music-save-lives_b_5503145.html, about how music can save lives.