Napeansea Road resident, Kamakshi Khurana confesses she wasn’t the brightest child in school. However, today at the age of 24, she conducts classes at some of the top institutions in the city and can say that she’s fared pretty well. "I didn’t know it would all come together so soon," says the psychology graduate, who is also a classically trained musician. Combining her two interests, Kamakshi started Sound Space this year, with her family, where she uses music to heal young and old. "I knew I didn’t want to participate in a reality TV challenge or be a playback singer. I wanted to blend education and music," she says.
Her sister, Vishala (22) followed suit and the duo kick-started a clutch of workshops this year that use sound to boost concentration and help kids cope with the help of stringed instruments. "The fact that we came from a musically-inclined family helped . Music is known to have a therapeutic effect, but that sound can be used to enhance concentration is something we decided to explore," says Vishala. Explaining how it all works, Kamakshi adds, "Music with regular rhythmic beats has been seen to work on the left side of the brain, which deals with logic and reasoning. With research we saw that the sound of the sitar helps one get out of depression and that natural sounds can boost your creativity. The basuri (flute) works well for the heart."
The two sisters have helped kids with memory problems to those who are dyslexic. Their mother, Rajni conducts tarot sessions and father, Harendra, a classical musician, who has spent 35 years in practice, uses sound and the theory of chakras to treat people with everything from spondylitis to schizophrenia. "It’s all very scientific and not some mystic, alternative form. The results start showing in less than week. You can come and see for yourself," assures Vishala.