Shubhayan Entertainment Announces the Worldwide Release of the First Edition of its Music Therapy Company Disk Collection

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Indian Classical Ragas have been effectively used in Music Therapy. Indian Classical Ragas contain a blend of musical notes which create a sense of calm and relaxation. Extensive research has proven that the use of music and musical interventions can restore, maintain and improve emotional, physical, physiological and spiritual health and well being.

Beverly Hills, CA - August 8, 2005 - Shubhayan Entertainment, a new record label based in Beverly Hills, Calif., is proud to announce the worldwide release of the first edition of its long awaited Music Therapy Collection.

Fans of Rajasree Mukherjee have long awaited the release of this collection. The recording of this collection was conceived by Rajasree Mukherjee, a native of India, a renowned performer, music teacher and music therapist for over the past twenty years. Mrs. Mukherjee has performed in India, Kenya, Tanzania, USA and Canada, has in three occasions received the Government of India grant for the promotion of culture and has performed for dignitaries, including Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.

Rajasree Mukherjee has long studied the effect of music, in particular raga based music originating from India, on the human body and psyche. It is the belief in the healing power of music that inspired Rajasree Mukherjee to record and assemble this great music collection. The collection contains something for everyone including the meditation CD “Moksha,” the patriotic CD “Pyara Bharat,” the Rabindra Sangeet CD “Shurer Dhara,” as well as the devotional CDs “Man Mandir” and “Vandana.”

Music therapy can provide inner peace to those who seek it. By leaving aside our notions and biases and being open to a variety of musical compositions we can expand our minds to the rich flavors of music. In today's world, especially in the West, people face a lot of pressure in their everyday lives. The search for material wealth and the competition and stress one feels on a daily basis is enough to cause a daily feeling of un-wellness and loss of inner peace.

Music therapy, seeks to counterbalance the effects that the modern and especially Western lifestyles have on us all. Daily exposure to calming and uplifting music can be of great benefit both physical and mental. Music therapy has even been known to be used by doctors and other health professionals to treat their patients or to reduce stress during treatment.

The human body has the great ability to heal itself if it is brought to its natural state of balance. It is believed that combinations of musical notes are capable of bringing such balance back. Music seeks to act both as a curative as well as a preventive measure. The auditory nerves are extremely sensitive. It has been found that body pressure can be lowered by playing or singing a sustained chord. As we sing or listen to music the whole body and brain are stimulated. A soothing effect is generated by music that has tempo similar to the normal heartbeat (60-80 beats per minute), music with tempo lower than the normal heartbeat builds suspense such as we experience in suspenseful movies, and music with faster tempo raises the heartbeat and excites the whole body.

Indian ragas, which are a combination of certain notes in a particular sequence, are believed to have tremendous curative power. The resonance created by these ragas is said to regulate bodily functions such as blood pressure. The melody of the Indian raga music can transform you to a quiet, serene state.

Current studies in music therapy have based some of their hypothesis on Indian folklore and ancient beliefs. Indian folklore holds a belief that there is a significant relationship between what are called “chakras” – energy centers in the body - and musical notes. Each chakra is said to have a specific frequency of vibration associated with a musical note whose basic vibration matches that of the chakra. Sound helps stimulate and balance the activity of each particular chakra thus certain musical notes are believed to provide positive energy to the body.

A basal “aum” or “om,” as more popularly known in the Western world, when chanted, sends vibrations up the spine enabling us to feel relaxed and energized. “Aum” is considered by Indians to be the signature of the Divine. If you have ever taken a yoga class or had the opportunity to chant “aum” in any sort of setting you know how relaxing and invigorating this can be. Indian compositions based on meditation, or devotional songs like kirtans, hymns, and bhajans with a lot of intonations are excellent stress relievers. It is a belief in India that the origin of creation was the primordial sound, “aum”. Indians call it Nada Brahma. It is believed that music resides in every cell of the universe. If we are attuned enough to nature we can find the musical notes in the soft murmur of a brook, the startling rumble of thunder, the gentle melody of a passing breeze, and even in the mighty roar of the crashing waves.

If you wish to find out more about the music you can visit Rajasree Mukherjee's website at http://www.masharda.org. Members of the press can request a press kit including sample CDs and biographies of the musicians by visiting http://www.shubhayan.org or calling Shubhayan Entertainment at 1.310.860.5636.

The Music Therapy Collection was officially released in San Diego County at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on August 13, 2005 during “Tulasi” – a thematic dance feature, Kathak and Folk Dances of India, an event sponsored by Shubhayan Entertainment. Shubhayan Entertainment is also sponsoring India Night at Petco Park, San Diego Padres vs. Houston Astros, Aug. 22, 2005, 5:30 p.m. to celebrate India's independence.

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