Sounds combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form and emotion is termed as music. The birth of music as an art form has no known date. It has existed in human civilization from the times of pre-historic era and has evolved unimaginably over time to what it is today. We can call music “the universal language of mankind”!
We keep humming a song we love, again and again in our mind and never get tired of it. Did you know that songs that stick in our minds are called earworms? Good music coupled with a suited voice and thoughtful lyrics can have a long lasting impact on people. We tend to remember long songs very easily without missing even a lyric even though they are complex. It is said that music is meant to be felt, not just heard. So it is probably the feelings that each person associates with songs in his/her own way that has made music an integral part of society irrespective of time frames.
Music is such a powerful form of expression that words can never express. Music evokes feelings and emotions ranging from sadness to utter joy. It can be scary too. What fun is a horror movie without music that gives you Goosebumps? People relate music to certain instances in their past. I am sure many of the music lovers have nostalgic moments listening to a piece of music. A country’s national anthem creates a feeling of unity and national pride doesn’t it?
Smooth music is known to have many positive effects that include increased productivity. Some kinds of music have been proven to have a healing and beneficial effect on people. Music not only helps meditation but also allows people to reduce stress levels with ease and provokes optimism together with positive energy. Emotions such as anger, hope, romance, faith, love are all expressed through music in more or less the same way throughout the world.
The Indian subcontinent has been famous for its distinct classical melodies otherwise known as Ragas. Indian maestros like Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute), Bismillah Khan (Shehnai), Ravi Shankar (Sitar), Zakir Hussain (Tabla), Tyagaraja (Carnatic Music), M.S. Subbulakshmi (Devotional songs), Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Sarode) and an endless list of many more have produced music that is eternal and has great healing powers. Ustad Bismillah Khan once said “Music lets me forget bad experiences. You cannot keep ragas and regrets in your mind together”.
Every one of us has a busy life and hardships will come our way every now and then. Take a break to listen to your favorite soundtrack and you will surely feel relaxed and peaceful.
Irrespective of regions, culture or generations music is the one universal language of mankind.