The Therapeutic Effects of Raga-based Music Therapy in Managing Stress and Anxiety

Prof Ram Manohar Sharma
Professor - Music SPC Government College, AJMER, Mob.-9672288666
In our contemporary, fast-paced world, the relentless pursuit of effective stress and anxiety management methods has become an urgent and overarching concern. Amid this backdrop, music therapy has emerged as a recognized and valuable complementary approach to tackling these pervasive mental health challenges. Among the diverse spectrum of musical therapies, raga-based music therapy, deeply entrenched in the intricate tapestry of Indian classical music, has risen to prominence for its exceptional capacity to evoke profound emotional responses and facilitate relaxation. This extended research article embarks on a comprehensive exploration of the therapeutic efficacy of raga-based music therapy in the context of stress and anxiety management. Within these pages, we delve into the intricate mechanisms that underlie its therapeutic potential, scrutinize the empirical evidence that substantiates its effectiveness, and illuminate its promising role as a holistic intervention. In a world where the relentless pace of life often leaves individuals overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, the therapeutic embrace of music, especially in the form of raga-based therapy, offers a harmonious and culturally rich sanctuary. This article aims to unravel the nuanced layers of raga-based music therapy, offering insights into how it holds the potential to not only alleviate the burdens of stress and anxiety but also enhance the overall quality of life for those who seek solace and healing in the evocative strains of music.