When you talk about Culture you can not leave out Music. Humanity has been closely aligned to music in all its varied forms from time immemorial. Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Music has existed in various forms from prehistoric times and is thought to be at least 40,000 years old. India has one of the oldest musical traditions in the world. References to Indian classical music can be found in the ancient scriptures of the Hindu tradition, the Vedas.
Indian music has mainly three forms of classical music viz Hindusthani, Carnatic and Dhrupad styles as also percussion music such as tala vadhya. Asian music covers the musical culture of Arabia, Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia, including Chinese classical music and has a history stretching over three thousand years.
Music has long been used to help people to deal with their emotions.Music has an excellent power to expel many diseases and is considered a sovereign remedy against despair and melancholy. It can make a melancholy man merry, a lover more enamoured, a religious man more devout. Many mental illness were treated with music.
Music therapy is used in all its facets, physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual to help clients to improve or maintain their health. Music therapy is used with individuals of all ages and with a variety of conditions including psychiatric disorders, mental problems, medical problems, physical handicaps, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities communication disorders and AGING.
Deaf people can experience music by feeling the vibrations in their body. Some famous music composers have been deaf and mute from birth or turned so after a few years.
The advent of internet has transformed the experience of music partly through the increased ease of access to music and choice. Digital storage costs are low and so a company can afford to make its whole inventory available on line giving its customers as much choice as possible. Consumers’ growing awareness of their increased choice results in closer association between listening tastes and social identity. The advent of YOU TUBE has brought music closer to oneself as one can have a multitude of choices from very old songs and new ones in various languages and media. YOU TUBE has a large community of amateur and professional musicians who post videos.
I for one has my music listening expanded multifold thanks to YOU TUBE.