Music is meditation. Music is the universal language. Music is the best expression of feelings and thoughts.
Music has the power to magnify or enhance emotions, soothe, heal, and speak more than plain words. When words fail, music takes over. It makes us happy, it brings us tears, it makes us dance, it makes us hum, it gives peace, it brings memories and creates memories.
Music showed us that The World is Flat, long before Thomas Friedman wrote the book.
In India, different genres of music have always played a magnanimous role in defining varied cultures and emotions. Known for classical and folk music predominantly since the pre-historic era, Indian music genres have always been a matter of curiosity for the Western music world. But it was not until the 1960s that the Western world began using Indian musical instruments and started exploring Indian music. Indian musicians, on the other hand, have always experimented with music and musical instruments across the world. Today, there is an amalgamation of all kinds of music across the world. Fusion music, which none could have imagined or approved a century ago, is today widely appreciated. Music has indeed transcended all barriers. And this vast field has much more to give.
Music is also known to have healing powers on humans, animals and plants. Music therapies for human beings and animals are practised by many alternative healing therapists.
The healing power of music has been explained beautifully by William Shakespeare in the opening line of his play, Twelfth Night, where the Duke of Illyria, Orsino tells his servants and musicians – “If music be the food of love, then play on…” Orsino was apparently lovesick being rejected repeatedly by Countess Olivia.
The metaphor went on to become most often sung opera by several singers and later one of the best-selling pop songs by Samantha Fox in the 1980s.
Unlike in other fields, musicians always consider themselves as learners despite the degrees they achieve, including our very own Lata Didi (Mangeshkar) who till date describes herself as a student of music.
From the Gurukul system to modern institutes, education in music have come a long way in India with the teachers always striving to give the best to their students.
Celebrating the essence of music in India, we at The Knowledge Review, have highlighted few institutions that have carved a niche for themselves, in our latest edition - 10 Best Music Institutes in India.
So, if music be the food of soul then play on….
Have a soulful reading!

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