Can your heart sing?
Figures of speech can confuse and confound us most times. But not this one. We all know what we mean when we say “my heart is singing…”
It means that we are comfortable. And happy. Inside out.
It means we have inner equilibrium. Pure balance.
Now, does your heart sing when you have this inner stability and joy? Or can music effect this inner balance and cause the heart to resonate in song?
Here are some interesting facts to help you think through my dilemma.
1) When we listen to music our brain releases dopmaine which is a feel good chemical essential for the healthy functioning of the central nervous system; it has effects on emotion, perception and movement.
2) Music is proven to physiologically affect heart rate, breathing and pulse rate resulting in physical chills of pleasure.
A study was undertaken by Dr Mike Miller of Baltimore, who measured the effects of music on the cardiovascular system by measuring blood vessel size before, during and after music playing. When a patient liked the music playing, the blood vessels relaxed and opened up.
3) Happy lyrics help us to think positively.
4) Music lifts mood, reduces anxiety, raises motivation and helps combat insomnia and depression.
A recent study by Stanford University shows that depressed patients gain self-esteem and their mood improves after music therapy.
5) Music can trigger associated memories transporting you back to special occasions.
6) Music physically heals – yes really. Fabien Maman, a musician and acupuncturist, devised the Tama-Do Academy based on his extensive research that showed that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies by changing color and shape. His findings demonstrate sick or rogue cells can be healed or harmonized with sound.
Indian artists Anoushka Shankar, Neela Vaswani and Ricky Kej, who have a strong connect with the country, have been nominated in different categories for the Grammy awards this year.
Sitarist and daughter of late sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, Anoushka has been nominated for her album Traces of You in the Best World Music Album category. Earlier her father was posthumously honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012.
Traces of You is Anoushka’s seventh album for which she has worked with London-based British-Indian producer Nitin Sawhney to interweave Indian and electronic music influence. Her half-sister Norah Jones has also provided vocals for the album.
Writer and education activist Neela found a place in the coveted list in the Best Children’s Album category. She has been nominated for her audio book I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai).
Neela’s father is Sindhi-Indian and her mother is Irish Catholic.
Another Indian, Ricky has been nominated for his collaborated album Winds Of Samsara in the Best New Age Album category. Ricky has worked with south African musician Wouter Kellerman for an album symbolising peace and harmony.
Indian beats which echo harmony and peace have also found a place in the list. Bhakti by Paul Avgerinos has been nominated in the Best New Age Album category.
The nominees for the 57th annual Grammy awards were announced on Friday. The main event will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Legendary personality Kishore Kumar, born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly on August 4, 1929 was one of the greatest Indian film playback singers. He was not only a versatile singer but also gave his contribution to the film industry as an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter!
The successful playback singer has sung not only for Bollywood Hindi songs but has lent his voice to songs in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Oriya, and Urdu.
The multi faceted yodeling star Kishore Kumar is the most reputed personality India Cinema ever had; his songs are considered ever green and still have not lost its charm. His works ranged from classical to rock to disco. Although Kishore Kumar started acting in movies, he was not so interested in becoming an actor, rather was more interested in becoming a singer Kishore Kumar ventured into films along with singing. His first film appearance was in 1946 movie Shikari.
He was fondly called as Kishore da. He gave the Music industry evergreen songs like Chalte chalte mere ye geet yaad rakhna, kabhi alvida na kehna, O hansini, Aa chal ke tujhe, Pal pal dil ke paas, Hawa ke saath saath, Chukar mere mann ka and Jahaan teri ye nazar hai.
Kishore Kumar has sung for legendary actors like Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Vinod Khanna, Dilip Kumar, Rishi Kapoor and Dilip Kumar.
He died Oct 13, 1987 in Mumbai. Kishore Kumar’s reputation remains unabated even after his death. Still the music industry churns out endless streams of remixed and repackaged versions of his evergreen recordings. On his birthday we pay tribute to the grand maestro and share with you Kishore Kumar’s top 15 hit songs!