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Blending music with medicines for patients

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 00:17 IST

HE Has struck a perfect balance between music and medicine. Dr Nishindra Kinjalk, alumnus of Armed Force Medical College (AFMC) Pune, is one of the leading doctors in India, who has perfectly blended Western and Indian classical music with medicines, to help relieve patients suffering from cancer, HIV, hypertension, anxiety and depression.

He has also pioneered KIMMA (Kinjalk Mode of Music Application) technique, which identifies a particular set of music for different types of patients.
"KIMMA is based on the Rule of 3Ms--Man, Music and Match. Earlier, there was a missing link between the man and the music, because of it the patients were not getting full benefit of music therapy.

The KIMMA is this missing link, which identifies a set of music or ragas, based on the patient's general taste of music, family background and his upbringing, general environment, affordability and the type of disease, he is suffering from. This music therapy does not replace the medicines, but it provides a fast relief to the patients," said Dr Nishindra Kinjalk.

Dr Kinjalk, who is also a noted sitarist, took degrees in Sangeet Visharad and Sangeet Bhaskar and is a disciple of Pt Gopal Krishna (Vichitra Veena artiste) and Pt Uma Shankar Mishra (Sitar maestro).

"Music runs in my family. My father late Pt Ravindra Kinjalk was a renowned musician. But I found a perfect combination between medicine and music during my internship days. A heart patient borrowed my cassette of  Rag Jog rendered by Hari Prasad Chaurasia and after listening it regularly he admitted that his condition has improved and didn't felt like having pain killers," recalled Dr Kinjalk
But is there any ancient link to music therapy?

 "Yes definitely, in Gandharava Veda it is mentioned that the patients were treated by chanting shlokas and hymns, which had therapeutic values. Then in Mahabharat period, Shankhs were blown to charge the fighters and give them the feeling of valour and bravery. Tansen's Rag Deepak used to lit fire, whereas his daughter Saraswati's Rag Malhar used to  start rainfall. In the 20th Century, Pt Onkar Nath Thakur was flown to Italy to treat a princess suffering from insomnia, with Rag Nilambari and Todi," he pointed out.

Dr Kinjalk said some countries were experimenting with Music Thanatology (use of music on terminally ill patients) on those who requested for euthanasia or mercy-killing. The results were amazing. Many cancer and HIV positive patients felt better after this therapy and again became connected with life. " There is a need to blend Western science with Indian music for breathtaking results on seriously ill patients," he added.

Dr Kinjalk also suggests musical remedy to ease stress and tension in offices. "It is advisable to have soft Indian or Western instrumental music like Santoor, which does not create large variations and disturbs employees. This type of music creates a pleasant ambience in the offices and cuts off extraneous disturbing sound," he said.