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Music therapy for traffic stress

health and fitness Updated: Sep 08, 2011 01:22 IST
Sonal Sher
Sonal Sher
Hindustan Times
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Traffic jams cause a lot of stress to people in the metros. But the West Bengal government has come up with a unique solution to this problem. They have decided to play Rabindranath Tagore songs on small loudspeakers at traffic signals across Kolkata, with the intention of reducing stress.

While youngsters in the Capital gave the initiative a thumbs up, they seem divided over which song could work at Delhi’s traffic signals. Here are some of their choices. “I would want to listen to the hottest track on air. Something like Character Dheela would work for everyone,” says Ashwin Varghese, a student of Delhi University. Western music also finds a lot of takers. “Hip-Hop music will be the best one to deal with the traffic jams,” says Kunal Malhotra from IP University. “Western music will be the only source to deal with the jams, as youngsters are passionate about the genre,” says Jaspreet Kaur Chugh from Khalsa College. “I would also like electronic fusion music with classical like Karsh Kale,” says fashion designer Nida Mahmood.

But the idea is not music to everyone’s ears. “I am tense enough driving on the road. I can’t think about listening to anything while in traffic,” says Dhri Jyothi, from Delhi University. “I think there is enough noise pollution on the roads, and playing music on loudspeakers would be a terrible idea,” says fashion designer Nachiket Barve.