Raga therapy: an experiential workshop on Indian classical singing
What is raga therapy?
Raga therapy is essentially the practice of using Indian classical music for promoting physical and mental health. There has been general research evidence for the effectiveness of singing individually and in choirs both for mental health service users and the general population. However, there has been little opportunity in the UK to explore this using Indian classical music.
Who will be facilitating this workshop?
Mehboob Nadeem is a British sitarist with international recognition as an artist of excellent repute. He teaches Indian classical singing at the School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and performs both as a sitarist and vocalist. Mr. Nadeem will be taking a lead for teaching the basics of Indian classical singing and Dr. Sidrah Muntaha, chartered clinical psychologist will facilitate the overall workshop including discussions around mental health and the emotional impact of specific music.
What will be covered in the workshop?
This will be an experiential workshop so although Dr. Sidrah Muntaha will provide a background to the psychological benefits of singing, the focus will be for participants to experience this for themselves. The following areas will be covered:
- Breathing techniques (linked with behavioural relaxation exercises).
- Vocal warm up exercises using Indian notes.
- Learning a specific raga (set of notes) which is believed to reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.
- Learning to sing a semi-classical song (depending on progress).
- Discussion about the application of raga therapy in everyday life.
Who can take part in this workshop?
This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in Indian classical singing who wishes to learn more about its therapeutic benefits by singing in a group. Anyone aged 18 and above is welcome to attend. Prior singing experience is not a requirement although any musical background would be an advantage. If you have any medical or psychological conditions, you may be asked to supply a letter from your GP to support your participation in this group.
What is the fee for this workshop?
There will an advanced non-refundable fee of £45 for each participant. However, if you are a current mental health service user, you may be offered a reduced fee.
Who do I contact for further information?
If you would like to book your place, or for further information, please contact Dr. Sidrah Muntaha on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07949 268 017.
About the host
Sidrah is a chartered clinical psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and has specialist experience of severe & complex mental health disorders including psychosis and personality disorder. She offers individual CBT, systemic family interventions & supervision.