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Musician who provides a healing touch

He is in the city for the treatment of his friend and while for now he is depending on the medicines to help treat his friend,Hungarian musician Jeszenski Istvan strongly believes in healing power of music.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana |
January 8, 2009 2:26:48 am

He is in the city for the treatment of his friend and while for now he is depending on the medicines to help treat his friend,Hungarian musician Jeszenski Istvan strongly believes in healing power of music.

For himself Istvan is a trained sarod player and also plays many other folk and classical instrument,music is a journey,“that I began when I was five years old. My mother is a singer and so was my grandfather. I have lived with music all my life. I learnt how to play traditional fold Hungarian instruments and then as I grew up I ventured into other nations to pick up more music. India interested me for it was here that one found spiritual music.” So some 15 years ago,Istvan came to Mumbai to learn how to play sarod.

Istvan performed for SPICMACAY at Ramgarhi Girls College on Wednesday morning. Talking about the healing power of music,Istvan said,“ I usually do not hold concerts. What we normally do is hire some big place in some silent place where two hundred or even more people can sit. People come there and then I begin to play. It could be instruments or singing and the music begins to flow all around. We do not break the spell by clapping. At the end of it all of us hold hands and sing. It is after such gathering that people have come to me to say that had come with a certain problem and now are going back much healthier.”

For Istvan,“My music is across the religious lines. I do not subscribe to any one religion or Guru. For me all are respectable and that is it.”

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Motivated by this,Istvan says,“Now I have been using various kinds of sounds emanated by different musical instruments to treat people and results have started emerging.”

Istvan’s dream is ,“now to build a kind of music retreat back home where we could try various kinds of music and sounds to treat people.” About the Indian music,Istvan says,“The sound Om or the Gayatri mantra holds so much power. I have learnt from so many masters. Basically I keep travelling. Like now I will head for Kerela where I am going to stay with a flute player. I keep noting down the music,fuse it with other forms and then use them for various kinds of therapies.”

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