Music: Tune in for mental health
A young musician from Mumbai is helping people recognise the many benefits of music therapy via an app
When 4-year-old Nirvaan Pandit joined the classes taught by his mother, a bansuri player and teacher, for three- and four-year-olds, he learned more than music. Even though he was just a little boy at the time, he saw how his mother engaged with her students, and noted that music superseded any other form of communication and helped in the mental development of the children.
Their in-person programme experience helped them develop more lessons and expand and now, since the onset of the pandemic, they have 30k users across 28 different countries, and two volumes of music, each with 13 songs.
“Many people in India don’t believe in self-help or aspects of therapy that help individuals improve themselves. Music is ingrained in the culture of India. But when people think of music they only think about entertainment, not the fact that it can help as a form of therapy,” points out Nirvaan.