Indian ragas have the power to heal: Madhvi Mohindra

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Sydneysiders at Madhvi Mohindra’s ‘Healing with Ragas’ workshop

By Rekha Rajvanshi

Music not only entertains us, it lifts our 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.

On 16th May 2016, INNER GLANCE, Dr. Madhvi Mohindra’s organization launched mental health and counseling services through a workshop ‘Healing with Ragas.’  This was the first ever workshop on this important subject in Australia. In the workshop, Madhvi Mohindra explained how Music and Music therapy works.

She highlighted how stress, depression and anxiety are affecting Australian people. According to Australian Psychology Society, the social and economic cost of depression in Australia is staggering.

Depression costs the Australian economy approximately $12.6 billion per year and accounts for up to six million working days of lost productivity (, and there are significant personal and social costs to individuals and their families, which are associated with depression. Madhvi mentioned that anger and irritability play a big role in family conflict, while high levels of anxiety and panic attacks may lead to heightened dependence on family members. In a substantial number of cases, risk of suicide also puts the family on high alert and can lead to high levels of stress amongst family members. She informed audience that cheaper alternatives such as music therapy are also available to solve such problems.

Madhvi has a PhD in Music (Therapeutic effect of music on stress depression and anxiety) and believes that Indian Classical Music Therapy is an effective therapeutic tool. Not many people understand the importance of music therapy. Raga performances create sensations in human mind. The raga-generated sensations are different for different ragas. Indian Raga therapy is 4000 BC old and it is mentioned in the Veda ‘Saamved.’ Madhvi explained how ragas affect our body, behavior and brain. She said music can impact different people’ thoughts differently and the imbalanced body Chakras can be balanced with Music therapy.

Madhvi is a passionate music therapist and offers free workshops, her mantra she says, “I want to let people know the benefits of music and Ragas as a therapeutic tool. I am open to come and do free workshops at people’s workplaces or organizations. If they want to contact me they can go to our website and send us an e-mail.”

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