Laya: Connecting People to Nature through Music


  • Laya: Connecting People to Nature through Music

    World Environment Day (June 5th) is the United Nation’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Over the last four decades it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach and with participation from 143 countries annually. Above all, World Environment Day (WED) is the ‘people’s day’ for putting their individual and collective effort towards caring for the mother earth locally, nationally or globally and becoming an agent of change. Each WED is organized around a theme that focuses attention on the most pressing environmental concern. Every year major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt this theme to advocate environmental causes. This year’s WED celebration is hosted by Canada that is centred on the theme “Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator.”

    Nature and music are intimately connected. Humans are not the only acoustical performers on earth, it has been ingrained in our nature for eons.  For instance, the music of song birds has been present in our earth since Cenozoic era, 65 million years ago. The music composition and style takes varying forms in different cultures, nevertheless it is present in all cultures. It suggests that there is a deep human need to create, perform and listen to music. It has a great impact on a person’s mindset and well-being. Therefore, music therapy has been studied to mitigate numerous medical conditions.

    Environmental Music Therapy (EMT) is a non-invasive mind-body intervention that responds to people’s physical, psychological, cognitive and socio-cultural needs. Since ancient times, music was used as a curing tool in many cultures across the world. EMT, as a complimentary medicine, was proven to positive help heal medical conditions like scars and pain, psychiatric disorders, behavioural disorders in children and diseases like cancer that weaken the immune system.

    The sound curing is based on ‘frequency of vibration’. The zones in the body that are affected by a disease or illness are the zones where the natural frequency is distorted. To heal these zones, it is required to transmit ‘right frequency’ to such zones. Using meticulously and carefully chosen instruments, the patient is helped to relax and the right frequency is transferred to heal the person. Recently, EMT has taken a new route towards exerting the same principle on healing the environment. By revoking a person’s physical and emotional connection to the surrounding nature and their personal values, EMT cultivate the ideals of sustainability and the necessity to make their life and habits ingrained to the nature. Thus, it develops a right mindset among the people to protect our environment, rather than continuing the mainstream environment destructive activities. To popularize this innovative research area that integrate the nature and ethno-traditional and cultural values, Tropical Institute of Ecological Science conducts a musical concert Laya at the serene environment of TIES campus. Being a practical demonstration of this year’s World Environment Day theme, Laya will create a lasting impact on the audience and will open new arenas for the development of this field to bring major widespread habitual changes in the society.

    In connection with World Environment Day celebrations of this year TIES proudly presents a music exponent who did extensive research in finding out the truth behind therapeutic and ecological impacts of music, Ms. Smitha Pisharody. Her Ph.D research topic was on Music Therapy and she demonstrated that specific music played regularly for 40 minute a day can cure several diseases. Besides she proved some music is potential enough to purify water contaminated with coliforms.

    The programme is on 2017 June 4th, from 4PM to 6PM at TIES GROVE Hall, Velloor, Pampady, Kottayam. A half an hour lecture on Music Therapy followed by a concert is proposed. An august audience including people from different parts of Kottayam and neighbouring districts is expected. 

    Posted on Jun , 02 2017

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