MUSIC FOR EVERYONE –UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE MUSIC CHAKRA

Music chakra

Mr.L.S.Ramesh, a Post Graduate from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology-I.I.T.Madras has designed an Innovative Carnatic Music chakra (SriSaraswathi 72 Melakarta chakra) after more than six years of effort ,to help anyone,children to elderly ,without any Music knowledge to very easily SEE,LEARN and PLAY  the Melakarta Ragas of Carnatic music , Western as well as Hindustani  by using  this Unique Chakra.

Most people feel Carnatic music and Music  in general ,is beyond their grasp. I wanted to simplify the entire concept and show all the main ragas as a visual tool seeing which it becomes easy to identify with the entire genre of music. Carnatic music is the mother of all world music

DESIGN OF THE MUSIC CHAKRA

The 72 Melakarta (Main Ragas) have been neatly depicted in the form of a chakra(Wheel) wherein the ragas are clearly shown as ‘dots on an Octave of the keyboard’.Playing the dots on your keyboard will bring out the melody of the raga.Each dot represents a swara stana (Position of a note).

Side one contains 36  Suddha Madhyama Ragas which are categorized under respective Chakra heads,for example Indu Chakra has 6 Melakarta Ragas Namely  Kanakangi, Ratnangi ,Ganamurthi,Vanaspathi,Manavathi and Danarupi.Similarly other Chakras Netra,Agni ,Veda, Bana and Ruthu chakras with their respective  Melakarta ragas are depicted with swara stanas as Dots.

This pattern of dots can be seen and played even by a novice to reveal the particular raga.

Side 2 has the remaining 36 Prathimadhyama Ragas depicted with chakra names Rishi,Vasu Brahma,Disi,Rudhra and Adithya with each  chakra comprising 6 Melakarta Ragas each.For example Rishi chakra has the Melakartas from 37 to 42 .

It is interesting to observe the following in the Music chakra:

1)  As an example if we take Melakarta 29 (Dheerashankarabharanam) and add 36 to this we get the corresponding Prathimadyama Melakarta raga (29+36=65) Mechakalyani which is very similar to Dheerashankarabharanam except for the MA note.

This helps students to quickly grasp the swara stanas and visualize the raga patterns.

2) The below table shows a comparative list of Carnatic,Hindustani and western scales

CARNATIC HINDUSTANI WESTERN
SHANKARABHARANAM

MELAKARTA -29

BILAWAL C-MAJOR
NATABHAIRAVI

MELAKARTA-20

ASAVARI C-NATURAL MINOR
KEERAVANI

MELAKARTA-21

KIRWANI C-HARMONIC MINOR
GOWRIMANOHARI

MELAKARTA-23

PATDEEP C-MELODIC MINOR

USE OF THE MUSIC CHAKRA TO HELP CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS –AUTISM ,DOWNS SYNDROME

Children with autism or Downs syndrome are very good at identifying patterns and Music is  a language they understand best.

Parents and teachers of special  children can learn from this Chakra and teach .

Research has shown how Playing an instrument helps in Brain development .When a person plays an instrument the Left and Right hemispheres of the brain get activated and the motor neurons become more active to help send or receive signals.

Mr.Ramesh conducts Lecture-demo and workshops for Schools, Colleges and corporates on

“MUSIC-WHAT,HOW AND WHY TO PLAY MUSIC.”

 

Note : Part of the sale proceeds of this Music chakra is used to support orphans through our FACES (Food ,Aid,Clothing,Education,Shelter) initiative.