Invocation To The Rain God

An ancient Indic tradition inspired musicians to sing specific ragas to invoke the Rain God. Tansen, his son Mahan Vilas Kanh, Baiju Bawra, and Meera could inspire the skies to open up when they sang Malhar raga and its variations.

Varsha Stuti is not only an invocation to the Rain God; it is a prayer to all the five basic elements of the universe ­ earth, sky, wind, fire and water ­ because rain formation involves all these elements. The prayer is for protection, conservation and preservation of nature.

Music reflects cosmic laws and it is attuned to energies of the universe in which we live. The raga-time relationship can be explained on the basis of rotation of Earth around the Sun. The position of the Sun with respect to Earth varies with time, leading to differential warming of the Earth’s atmosphere at different timings of the day. Consequently, the atmosphere is set to distinct frequencies, which is in accordance with the heat-energy received by Earth. When melodic frequencies or notes of a raga match atmospheric frequencies, the result is pleasing, mesmerising and magical. Thus, the raga appears at the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendour when presented at a particular hour of the day . A similar explanation can be attributed to the raga -season relationship by considering the revolution of Earth around the Sun. The key point that is noteworthy in the above discussion is that whenever our acts harmonise with nature, the outcome is satisfying, enduring and pleasurable. Music, itself has originated from the naturally occurring primordial sound, `Aum’.

Presentation of raga is like undertaking a musical journey . It comprises of different tempos within which the raga unfolds ­ opening with a slow alaap, gradually accelerating into a medium pace and finally leading to fast paced movement of notes. An interesting analogy can be drawn between raga presentation and the rain phenomenon. Rain cleanses the earth, music cleanses our souls. Nothing epitomises the rainy season better than music. Music has the energy and power of rain.

The alaap, which is a melodic improvisation in slow tempo, manifests itself in the form of a clear sky before rain ­ calm, solemn, majestic and austere in character. It describes the all pervading space and vast expanse of the blue sky . Alaap creates an ecstatic ambience. It induces a deep contemplative state, connecting the performer as well as listener with the divine sound.

The emotional mood of the raga is expressed with the rendition of intricate, closely spaced kaleidoscopic patterns of notes. The pulse within draws musically sensitive minds in to a layered landscape of gathering clouds, giving a picturesque visualisation of trees tossing their heads with the cool breeze, the beauty of lightning, the first droplets touching the ground and the fragrance of mud.

The entire atmosphere gets charged with positive energy when notes are expressed as beautiful showers in fast tempo. Flowers glisten with glee. Green pastures look rejuvenated and replenished. Peacocks dance in joy , their beautiful feathers on full display.

Finally , when there is rain everywhere, it seems as if entire nature is draped in a shiny robe. The grand finale comes with robust rainfall that brings hope and cheer, as Keats wrote in Endymion: “Endless fountain of musical nectar Pouring unto us from heaven’s brink.“

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The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain

How harmony, melody, and rhythm trigger the same reward systems that drive our desires for food and sex.

The profound connection between music and the brain has long fascinated scientists and philosophers alike, and has even shaped the course of our evolution. The wonderful duo Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, better known as Asap SCIENCE, breaks down music’s ability to create a state of arousal by inducing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which also regulates the neuro-chemistry of love, and off setting a reward circuit similar to the one drugs exploit — something I can certainly attest to as a hopeless music addict.

In the same way that a drug-induced dopamine surge leaves you craving more, music becomes addictive — the dopamine tells your body it was rewarded and creates a desire to seek out more.

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