The sound space to make the subject of Indian classical music accessible and fun, according to Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana
MUMBAI: Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana, co-founders of The Sound Space, aim to break down stereotypes and provide students with an enjoyable and accessible way to learn.
During an exclusive interview with Radioandmusic, the co-founders of The Sound Space share the importance of introducing music at a young age and how music aids in mental healing. They also shared their experiences during the Indian classical music workshop for children and their future project.
Check the interview below:
How is the whole experience at Indian Classical Music Workshop for Children by The Sound Space?
The idea behind TSS is to make the subject of Indian classical music accessible and fun. Unfortunately, this beautiful art has often felt inaccessible, or only to very serious pursuers. Our goal is to break this stereotype and provide students with an enjoyable and accessible way to learn. Each shadaja session has elements of sur or tone, taal or rhythm. We explore these concepts through stories, games and songs for younger children, slowly encouraging them to explore the slightly more complex raga structures. As students grow, they learn deeper complexities of raga and taal structures. We work hard to ensure that each lesson is exciting and fun, while keeping the seriousness of the subject matter in mind.
Why is it important to introduce music at a young age and how does music help with mental healing?
Music has a profound impact on a child’s socio-cognitive development. Music plays a role in a child’s life from conception. So it’s nice to make sure we introduce our kids to the right kind of music in the right way. Sound has been found, not only to aid in the emotional development of a young brain, but also to help regulate signals between the left and right brain and encourage full and balanced development. So basically that means – introducing your child to the power of music helps improve their skills – both academically and emotionally. How wonderful – rhythm can actually help improve your math skills!
Sound also has immense powers to aid concentration and attention. Music education also encourages maintaining discipline and structure in one’s life.
Tell us about THE SOUND SPACE and its future projects?
Soundspace is about using music as a catalyst to create change or change. Apart from working with some of the most reputable schools in Mumbai and providing Indian music lessons across the city, we also have a trust that provides music education to people from all walks of life. We organize concerts every year so that students have the chance to exhibit their art and also learn to overcome any fears or doubts they may have with a stage. Our next project is TSS on Wheels – which is basically a bus that will travel to certain bastis in the city and provide music education to the children who live there. It is our dream that every child has the chance to explore the power that music has over their mind, body and soul and we will continue to work in this direction!