Changanassery: Music therapy has fascinated both researchers and doctors. It has been found both humans and animals benefit if they listen to pleasant music.
The latest in the line to advocate music therapy in Kerala's health sector are the doctors of General Hospital at Changanassery town in Kerala's Kottayam district.
The hospital authorities have decided to hold musical evenings regularly to lift the spirits of patients and bystanders living in constant anxiety about ailments.
The project took a concrete shape with the initiative of hospital Superintendent S L Ajith. His team received full-fledged backing from singer Pathamuttom Raghu who volunteered to give a soul-warming performance during the maiden event.
No sooner did the authorities decided to roll out the muscial event the other day on an experimental basis, people gathered in large numbers near the huge mango tree that seemed to offer a perfect setting for the musical extravaganza. Even the patients and bystanders came forward to render melodious numbers, making the event an instant hit.
The response of the public was so overwhelming that the hospital authorities have decided to make the programme to a monthly event. Musical therapy will be held on the second Friday of every month from 4 pm to 6.30 pm under the grand old mango tree.
Apart from hospital superintendent, hospital staff nurse K R Rajesh, Mathew T Rajan, Princy, Deepa Raveendran, Sheeja, Mrudula, and Ansiya are coordinating the event.