Emotions & Hindustani Music – Part 2

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Emotions & Hindustani Music - Part 2

This is the second episode of a two-part series on Neuroscience and Hindustani Music.

It explores a research program on understanding the emotions that Hindustani music can evoke in people. This research is guided by Dr. Nandini Singh Chatterjee, a scientist at the National Brain Research Centre at Manesar, India, where she heads the Language, Literacy and Music Laboratory.

This episode specifically focusses on the second study that was published in 2019, based on the responses of Indian participants to a set of Hindustani music samples.

The music used in this podcast is a part of the samples used in the research study, played by sarod artist Pandit. Mukesh Sharma. Hymavathy Balasubramanian kindly provided access to the music files.

Here is the website where you can listen to the music samples and contribute your responses to the ongoing research program.

Dr. Nandini Singh Chatterjee is on our database of Indian women neuroscientists, NeuroFem India.

Apart from her, the other people who were interviewed for this episode are:

  1. Dr. Suhas Vijayakumar, who created the website where the listener survey for the research on Hindustani music is conducted. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.

2. Pandit. Mukesh Sharma is the sarod artist who created the music used in this study. He belongs to the Senia gharana.

3. Vishal Midya, the lead author on the 2019 study, is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Penn State College of Medicine.

4. Dr. Thomas Bak is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh

Dr. Nandini’s group based their calculation of tonality on the method shown in this earlier research on Carnatic music by another group of researchers.

Here is the previous research from scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Pennsylvania on emotion expressions in Indian Classical Dance.

The NIH Director’s blogpost about NIH funded research on universality of human song

Update on Feb 12th, 2020: After rebalancing for better overall audio quality between voices and background music, the audio file has been re-uploaded.

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