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    Dipak Bhrambhatt, 58yrs is a Vadodara based artist using his talent in a unique way to relieve people of stress through music.

    He uses Music as a therapy to treat people suffering from depression and stress. He himself is the living example of therapy as earlier in this year he got a paralytic attack and he used music as a remedy and got well.

    Brahmbhatt a lab assistant in Home Science college of MSU Baroda is doing this for last 15 years where he visited two of the centers in the city to teach as well as use the music as a remedy for the people facing depression, stress. He also teach music to Autistic students as a part of his own remedy.

    “I am a self made musician and I learned to sing, use diffrent music instruments from my father and uncle who runs a Orchestra. Music is in our hereditary as I learned music from my parents and now it is pass on to my wife, children and grandchildren,” said Brahmbhatt.

    After completing B.Com from MSU Baroda Deepak Brahmbhatt complete Visharad in vocals from Vrihad Gujarat university. He plays nearly 20 music instruments like Harmonium, Keyboard, Accordion, Drums, Harmonica, Mouth Organ, Flute, Shehnai and others. He also sings in 15 different voices and also has mastery in oral orchestration.

    “As music is in my blood I mastered the art in various forms. Like I play 20 types of different music instruments, sing in 15 voices like of legends like Hemant Kumar, S.D. Burman, R.D. Burman, Kishor Da, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and recently Arijit Singh and others. I went to parties as a guest artist and also mastered the art of oral orchestration and can play Base, Spanish and Electric Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, Tumba, Drums, Mandolin etc.,” Said Brahmbhatt.

    Dipak being a self made musician put emphasis on how music can prove to be stress buster. He went to V one Society working for Divyang and also to Friends Society where he teach music and also as a therapy to the people coming there.

    Dipak picked up a handful of popular Hindi songs, and played their tune on instruments like harmonica, flute and others.

    “What I mean to covey through playing music on instruments is that a particular tune irrespective of the lyrics, acts on your mind. For example, it’s the tune of ‘Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai’ which makes you emotional and nostalgic, and not the lyrics. A particular emotion in the tune sets your mood and even decides if you want to come out of it,” said Dipak.

    Dipak while interacting with the students said that every instrument or a piece of music has certain emotion attached to it. Dipak played a few pieces on flute, and then asked the students which one they liked the most. In his class people having physical disabilities, mentally challenged, blind and suffering from depression came and they feel relaxed.

    “Every person would like something or the other. The harmony created is different and so is its effect. If an instrument is played in a particular style, then only will appeal,” said Dipak while teaching the students a real music melody.

    Dipak told the students about what the effects of classical notes are on the body. He said that ‘Shuddh Dha’ has the power to make a person cheerful while ‘Komal Dha’ gets a person in nostalgic mood. He said, “Music when reaches the brain through ears, it acts on the entire body. You don’t need to sing or dance. Even at the mental hospital, out of all the methods of treatment, the patients react the most to music therapy.”

    “It is very important that we talk of stress buster techniques, as the students these days face a lot of issues. At a time when stress is becoming one of the main reasons in teenagers for attempting suicides, its high time we talk of this issue in a casual and funny way,” added Dipak.

    Furthermore to prove his point Deepak Brahmbhatt said that he tested the therapy on him also. “On 27th May I get paralytic attack on my face and my eyes, lips, face all bend to one side. Doctors warn me not to touch any music instruments but I couldn’t stop myself and start playing instruments in the same situation. I experiment the therapy on myself and in 25 days I became normal,” said Brahmbhatt.

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