To Whom It May Concern
Reference: Dr Kanaada Narahari (Raaghava)
It is an immense pleasure to submit this brief testimonial on Dr Narahari. We had the pleasure of meeting Dr Narahari about 18 months ago. A colleague, Prashaan Hemrajh and I present an Indian Classical Music programme called RaagVaani on our local radio station Hindvani where we interviewed Dr Narahari. In the interview, over a 2 hour time span, he shared a unique dimension of Hindustani Classical Music – a perspective that many of us were unaware of. It is out of these circumstances we began to engage with him attended many of his presentations.
This allowed us to have an intimate experience of the effect of his therapy. He introduces to his audience a concept called Raga based Music Therapy. Being an Ayurvedic Doctor, he was already aware of the psychosomatic nature of certain diseases. Using the premise, that the Indian Raga System has a profound impact on one’s emotions, he proceeds to experiment on how this music can transform moods. In a practical session he would use the appropriate raga for the time of the day. His discussion would reflect the effect the raga in terms of its “Rasa” and “Bhava” the participant’s psyche. Thereafter through his music he would evoke feelings of joy or bliss and thereby presenting a platform for correcting the chemical imbalances that sometimes can cause illnesses.
Many participants reflected that the music had a calming effect to such a point that it slowed down the heart beat, helped in better breath control and literally coloured their respective perspectives in a dreamlike state. In addition, outside of the therapeutic impact, participants enjoyed the music. The subtle strain of the sitar created an ambience that was relaxing, soul stirring and emotive. For a few the experience was cathartic – where after immersing themselves into the experience, they began to tear uncontrollably – softly regaining control of themselves and feeling more comfortable about themselves after the experience.
The other experience was in a Yoga Session where, after yoga Asanas, participants were invited to meditate to the sounds of the sitar unplugged. As they became accustomed to the experience, yoga enthusiasts reflected that the experience was rejuvenating – adding a new dimension to the meditative process.
Indeed, Dr Narahari has an amazing sense of presence. His casual but professional approach really endeared him to the many people who participated. As a professional Ayurvedic Doctor, he also has the knowledge to deal with diseases and illnesses within the protocols of alternative medicine – thereby adding a unique dimension to his treatment. His vast knowledge of various treatment protocols is indeed added value. He is confident, honest and dedicated to his art and medical profession.
Dr Narahari has spent the last 16 years studying Indian Classical Music of which 10 years were dedicated to the sitar. He has a rigorous practice regime of a minimum of 4 hours per day – despite managing a thriving ayurvedic facility. His commitment to music and especially from its therapeutic potential is perhaps his most defining trait.
It would be a singular pleasure to recommend Dr Narahari’s as a confident and competent music therapist. He is the consummate professional and would certainly touch the souls of people he administers to.
18 February 2016
(Rajish Lutchman is the CEO of the Aryan Benevolent Home (www.abh.co.za) and has an interest in Indian Classical Music)