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History and roots of the P.K. Salve Academy of Music and Fine Arts


Ever since the acceptance and appreciation of the music group Nirmal Sangeet Sarita, particularly by western students, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, spiritual teacher and founder of Sahaja Yoga, was intending to start some sort of music school in India for the following two reasons:
  • to improve the understanding of Indian Classical Music and thus achieve a better understanding of Sahaja Yoga.
  • to spread Indian culture through music, beyond the boundaries of India, since this culture is embedded in and forms an integral part of Indian music.

This She wanted to do, all the more, since it was the dream of Her father, the late P.K.Salve, a freedom fighter and eminent lawyer who was also a connoisseur of this music with a deep understanding of, and respect for, Indian culture.

In this background the Academy was started in January 1995, in a very humble way, having only three students who were learning to sing or play Indian music. Since then the Academy has grown phenomenally. In February 1998 the Academy moved to 50 acres of agricultural land by the side of the perennial river, just 20 kilometres from Nagpur, in the centre of India. The land is in a very picturesque setting and is full of vibrations, which are conducive to creative music.

Presently the Academy is able to teach vocal and instrumental music, dancing in Bharatnatyam and Khatak styles, sculpture and Indian miniature painting. The Academy intends to expand the activities to cover ceramics, silk painting, drama etc. The vibrations help not only in creativity but also in transporting the residents into realms of meditation and spirituality. They thus experience total transformation and some of them have said that their "seeking gets a deeper meaning, the more time they spend at the Academy".

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Miracles Of Indian Ragas

by Shruti Pandit

Many complicated problems of the mind have been solved with the recitation of the ragas. India, which was once the creator of this great science, lost track of it with time. Of late, however, with renewed effort, it is on its path to further unravel the mysteries of classical music.

In Russia, America, England, France, and elsewhere, several musical experts are busy conducting research to study the effects of music on human personality and on the environment. Experiments are being conducted on hundreds of patients and detailed observations are being regarding every aspect. No branch is left untouched. For the use of students, sound has acquired new dimensions for research. Music in fact is magic, and it would not be wrong to observe that its notes and rhythms cast a hypnotising spell on the one who listens to it. No wonder then that it has been acknowledged as finest of all the arts.

Sound has its negative effects as well. Noise pollution is causing diseases like anxiety neurosis, high blood pressure, increase in brain sugar level, heart problems, severe headaches, loss of hearing etc.; this has been proved medically. Only musical sounds can have positive effects. Regular recitation benefits not only the one who recites, but humanity as a whole as well.

It is never too late to appreciate the therapeutic value of music apart from its inherent aesthetics. Music is the greatest painless, sweet sedative. It is a great science, eternally ensconced in eternity.