Effect of sound

Krishna and Arjuna in
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Abhimanyu fighting with seven warriors
Abhimanyu fighting with seven warriors | Source
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Devaraj Indra
Devaraj Indra | Source
Rishi Narada
Rishi Narada | Source
Apsara the celestial nymph
Apsara the celestial nymph | Source
Urvashi
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Tansen
Tansen | Source
Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi | Source
Md. Rafi
Md. Rafi | Source
Rabindra Nath Tagore
Rabindra Nath Tagore | Source
tTe statue of Ramkrishna Paramhansha
tTe statue of Ramkrishna Paramhansha | Source
Beethoven
Beethoven | Source
Krishna with flute
Krishna with flute | Source
The last supper
The last supper | Source


EFFECT OF SOUND - AS I FEEL

I can distinctly remember of an incident of my childhood. Every morning a sweet melodious song (as it seemed then) used to awaken me from sleep. The song, coming, as it did, from a distance faded away, gradually passing far off from beneath our house. These are unforgettable reminiscences of my childhood. The common grandfather (Dadu) of our entire village used to come early in the morning playing with his small brass cymbal (we call ‘kartal’) and sang in order to wake up the villagers. It was a morning song usually sung by the folk singers, “Provato hoilo nishi pohailo Shukha Shari bole / Kato nidra jao go Radhe Kalomaniker kole!.” It means that two birds, ‘Shukh’ and ‘Shari’ (auspicious birds used in Vaishnab mythology) are chirping and requesting Radha that Night has passed and it is dawn now, how long she will sleep! The song obsessed me for years. Dadu was a Vaishnab, lived with the alms of villagers. At the end of the month, he usually comes to each house and sings a song while asking for alms. After his death, none else took that responsibility and the song was heard no more. A melody had wiped off forever from our life.

In our village, I have not seen any watch in any neighbor’s house. Time was ascertained by watching the shadow of the sun in the days and in the night, Jackals discharged the responsibility, so to say to declare time after specific intervals. Grandmother told us many stories about the jackal, they are not only very clever but they were pundits (teachers) as well. But when they yelled from very near our house, I sprang to mother’s lap and hugged her with great fear. This was the effect of pundit’s melodious (?) sound! When thunderbolt occurred, then not only did I cuddle mom tightly but also hide my face in her lap as if none could see me, even lightning itself too. In front of our house, there were two large trees where some vulture families had been residing for long. In the evening, a cry just like that of a child was heard which made me tremble in fear. Answering my question, mother told smilingly that the vulture kids might have disobeyed their parents and scolded for not making their studies. I became much closer to mother with my books to show that I was not disobeying her. In those days, we, i.e.my elder sister, one of my brothers and I, though could not properly understand the issue of altercation yet exchange of hot words between mom and dad made us cry loudly which resulted in the unwanted presence of neighbors. Extra scolding from mom was our bonus.

In my school days when grandmother ordered to read ‘Mahabharata’ (one of the Indian Epics) in my leisure time, I was fond of reading wars between heroes like ‘Karna-Arjuna,Bhima-Duryodhana, Abhimanyu’ and seven warriors and many other descriptions of war between heroes in the great war field ‘Kurukshetra’. Invariably the great epic writer indulged in narrating vividly the war of words between the heroes before the actual war. It is just like a warm-up session before the performance. It is clear how exchange of hot words, defaming each other, made them greatly involved in fighting fiercely. Science explains that sound is nothing but a result of frequency. No doubt, it is true by merely saying this, the tremendous power of sound, whether meaningful or meaningless, could never be judged or explained at all. Acoustical study may explain this precisely.

Musical background of India is no doubt very old and admirable like the other countries in the world. Every country has its unique history, progress and evolution of music. In India, scriptures / Vedas specifically mentioned about the mantras & music and how it could be sung perfectly. All mantras in ‘Rig Samhita’ and ‘Sama Shamhita’ are sung with specific rhythm, beat ‘chanda’ (the poetical metre) etc like ‘gayatri-chanda,’ ‘anusthup- chanda’ etc. It seems that there is a similarity with the chapter Psalms in the Bible. In our myth, it is said that Lord Shiva was the master of all modes of music (Ragas and Raginis). ‘Narada’ (Rishi, inventor of the musical instrument, veena). was also the master of all styles of music of which he had some ego in him. However, once, by mistake, he sang with improper rhythm resulting in the idols of all six + thirty-six modes of music (six ragas and thirty-six raginies) becoming deformed for the time being. In heaven, Devaraj Indra’s (king of Gods in heaven) court, where dance with music is a daily affair by the celestial nymphs (Apsaras like Urvarshi, Menoka, Tilottama etc) was hampered immensely. ‘Narada’ was told that lord Shiva had to sing again for remedy. After request, Lord Shiva agreed but He put one condition. He will sing in front of the genuine audience like Lord Brahma and Vishnu. It is said that hearing the song of lord Shiva, all the rags and raginies were rejuvenated again but Lord Vishnu’s feet was sweated which Lord Brahma collected and thus the river Ganges was created. It is nothing but a story of the effect of perfect music or melodious sound. Flute is the most enchanting musical instrument in India. As we can see the images of Lord Krishna with flute in hand. A bone flute of 35000 years old has been found in the Hohle Fel cave near Ulm, Germany, establishes the musical tradition at that time.

We are thrilled to see in the cinema shows how Tansen’s (The great Guru of music) song produced fire and rain. Musical therapy has now been admitted in the medical science with brilliant results on men, animal as well as trees as alleged. We just can feel that some music sooths our mind and nicely works as an anti depression panacea. It was told that there is no education greater than songs (“no vidya songitopari”). Songs are one kind of worship and the way of achieving God (shiddhi). Songs with an earnest appeal to God are like a substitution of mantras. God blessed Meera bai, Kamala Kanta, Ramprosad simply for their earnest appeal through their songs.

Simple “Ramdhun: Raghupati Raghaba Raja Ram / Patita pawana Sita Ram” the most favorite song of Mahatma Gandhi or “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare / Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Hare Hare”, the prime mantra of the Vaishnava, has tremendous engrossing effects in our mind.

I do not know why sad songs are more popular than other styles of music. Sad songs are able to create an indelible impression on our mind. That’s why we remember them for long time. The Hindi song, “O duniyaki rakhawale” (O the keeper of whole universe) by Md. Rafi, “Mai tere pyar main sara alam kho baithe” (I’ve lost my whole world in your love) or “amar sakol dukher pradip jwele karbo nibedon / Aamar byather puja hoyni somapon” (o my lord, I have to surrender all my sorrows to you like a candle / My worship of pain has not yet completed) by R. N. Tagore, have a unique appeal to us. If these songs are being sung in the tune of rocks or “Dhinka Chika”, (it has no meaning) the effect will definitely be irritating. Short rhythmic songs like rocks / short beat songs like ‘Dhinka Chika’ possess some extra ordinary inspiring quality for the young and the children mainly to dance spontaneously. If we play a soft music in a dimly lighted room with calm and quite situation, we can soothe our nervous system easily.

We have emerged in the ocean of sound. Myriad sounds are passing through us but our ears are made in such a unique way that excepting some specific range of frequency we cannot receive it. If it would not be so, then we would have gone mad. Recent sound pollution compelled us to be mad also automatically. In ancient Indian philosophy, sound ie ‘naad’ or ‘shabda’ is called as ‘Brahman’. ‘Ohm’ is the prime sound on the earth, which bears deep meaning, and immense power. By chanting only this mantra one can curb one’s depression, as preached by our Rishis & saints.

Whether the man invented music at first and verbal communication later is difficult to ascertain. However, when we see that a male bird sings to lure his partner, then we can say that music was invented first. Some say that mother is the first musician or singer. Could we ever forget the lullaby of our mother? It is a boon to human that can utter thousands array of sound, which other animals or birds cannot. It seems that men first started to imitate natures’ sound as well as different animals roaring and then represented the same to his fellows to make them understand.

Any kind of sound or word, whether it bears any meaning or not, when written or spoken, whatever it may be, affects our mind and body simultaneously. When mother, while embracing her child, utters ‘wooble wooblo gabloo’, the child gigs and rightly understands the actual meaning. The cultivator, while ploughing field or driving his cart, directs his bullock with meaningless sounds, which were understood by them only. Very recently, two elephant kids were transferred abroad from India. Two handlers were also went there and stayed for six months to adapt them to their new environment but the problem occurred when those handlers returned to India. They became very restless, ate nothing and went almost out of control. The authority solved the problem by recording the directives over mobile phone from Indian handlers like singing, meaningless traditional sounds prevailing amongst handlers and amplifying them to the elephant kids.

Whenever a radio is on and tuner is set to the particular radio station some meaningless sounds emerged. Scientists are researching day and night to detect those high frequency sounds coming from outside the universe.

Everybody knows the effect of a meaningful sound. A simple slang “Sala” (Brother-in-law) is amply used in colloquial language without any effect but sometimes it becomes the cause of a great altercation. We are habituated to hear the slangs in English cinema that matters nothing but if we want to introduce the same in our daily life, it may cause chaos. What happens when a word or sentence is entered through the ear and transmitted to brain and how our hands response is well known to all as we can see in our everyday life in buses or trains. Ramkrishna Paramhansha said: after many sadhanas a man’s voice becomes polite. After lodging a complaint or a conversation to any call centre of any mobile company / NGO, we have experienced the stereotyped polite voice wishing us happy day that actually impress nothing; as it seems like a heartless & lifeless courtesy. What does it require to be so artificial is best known to themselves.

An unauthenticated myth tells that Beethoven’s father was a strict and harsh teacher who used to beat a drum near his ear in order to overcome the fear of drum’s sound, which caused him deaf in future life. However, it was a fact that he feared to a great extent to lose his hearing at the time of war. An excerpt: “A particular trauma for Beethoven occurred during the period in May 1809, when the attacking forces of Napoleonbombarded Vienna. According to Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven, very worried that the noise would destroy what remained of his hearing, hid in the basement of his brother's house, covering his ears with pillows. He was composing the "Emperor" Concerto at the time” (Wikipedia).

It is said that sound never dies but spreads through the atmosphere just like the wave and return to us. Ah! How it would have been if our receiver ear could hear the conversations of Lord Krishna and Partha during the great war in ‘Kurukshetra’ (the place where the Great War happened) or the preaches of Jesus Christ to his disciples!

Once I was waiting in the Bus stand of the heart of the town Kolkata, waiting for the last bus… it came… but did not stop. I was bewildered. An aged lady, who was standing by me asked what had happened. After hearing my distress, she uttered a simply word “Aha!” in so sweet and hearty means that till I can remember it. A simple word if spoken softly from the core of the heart can change the mind and easily touch the heart of others. Even how a simple word written as comment online can impress or change the feelings of the receiver is well known. All of us are craving for love, affection, sweet and polite words, which we hardly can provide often forgetting that ‘courtesy cost nothing.’

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chicagoguy 5 years ago from Chicago ,USA

Good Article and observations related to history !!


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Trueshortstories 4 years ago from Canada

Nice writing and now I want to hear that singing too. I like your writing I hope you do more.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

@chicagoguy: Thanks a lot.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

@Trueshortstories: Thank you very much for spending your precious time on my hub.


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Trueshortstories 4 years ago from Canada

It was my pleasure. Take care


Deb Welch 4 years ago

sasanka7 - Your Hub was very interesting and beautiful also useful in a history sense. I thoroughly liked it and feel you are definitely a good writer. Photos are very nice as well.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Deb Welch, Thank you very much for your compliment. I am not a good writer but try to be so.It’s your good insight and charming heart that favored me a little bit. Thank you again.


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sofs 4 years ago

This is one detailed and painstaking study of the effect of sound on the human psyche. Yes, sad songs do enchant us, as they have a haunting, painful yet melodious strain to them, evoking the pain of the past and uniting our souls to them. Great writing here... keep writing. God Bless and have a wonderful day!


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Thank you so much Sofs for stopping by on my hub. You have rightly explained why sad songs enchant us. We can't forget them for their eternal appeal. Thank you again for your nice wish.


Sanjog_m 4 years ago

Well researched article-Congrats Sasankda- Who said: "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of the saddest thought"living all thr in cities, I have not tasted the pastoral culture of the countryside India which you have described with a deft pen. The brief description of it on your hub looked very attractive. You are such a versatile writer. Pl. keep it up. Nice photos provided added charm to a beautiful write-up. You have done a great job, Daa. Enjoyed journeying through your hub.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Respected Sanjog_m, I am elated seeing your comments here. Many many thanks for visiting hub pages.com. Your appreciation encouraged me much. So far I visited your blogs in Itimes.com, your way of expression, sense of humor and courteousness enchanted me every time. You have reminded my college life quoting P. B. Shelley’s “To a skylark”. Shelley had correctly said why we love sad songs.

The film Titanic’s theme song, Lyrics by Will Jennings and sung by Celine Deon, “My heart will go on…” has been regarded as the best sad song braking all the records of popularity worldwide mainly in US, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia. Millions of copies were sold. Interestingly, the Director, James Cameron did not want to include such a song at the end and the artist Celine Deon also did not want to record the song. The lyrics of Jennings, (using very simple wordings: 'every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you...'reminds the sad story and engrossed us with pain but love to hear again and again) its appeal and the heartfelt passion expressed through the voice of Deon mesmerized the whole world.

Walter De La Mare’s “The Listeners” also impressed me to a great extent in respect of the effects of sound like “And how the silence surged softly backward, / When the plunging hooves were gone.”

Thanks a lot again.


Sanjog Maheshwari 4 years ago

Respected Sasankdaa. While Yr.scholarly response to my naïve comments sends me scrambling for cover to hide my ignorance - as i don't have even nodding acquaintance with Lit, the way the person of your eminence and experience, addresses a toddling blogger-about 30 years junior- humiliates. The word 'Respected' for me is out of sync. Will be obliged if u could kindly make it convenient to delete it. Having made the request, I thank u very much for enriching my mainly hearsay-based knowledge so far as Lit. is concerned for i had been science & Engineering student, and am an Engineer by profession. I occasionally dabble in blogging to get somewhat familiar with things that are outside the domain of 'Science' & 'Engineering' as well from knowledgeable persons like your good-self, and that is how i am in the 'business' whenever time permits.I could not connect the quote to P.B. Shelly in ' To a Skylark'. Perhaps a Hindi poet might have paraphrased THIS QUOTE, when he said, "Viyogi hoga pehla kavi aah sey upjaa hoga gaan; Nikal kar Aankhon sey chupchaap, Bahi hogi Kavita Anjaan.' Thank u again Daa for sharing and caring. REGARDS.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Dear Sanjog, showing respect does not and should not associate with age. A competent man should be admired what he deserves. I have expressed what I have felt from the core of my heart. Now is it okay dear? The eminent professor Suniti Kumar Chatterjee was used to address all his students as ‘aap’ but never ‘tum’

The eminent scientist J. C. Bose, in his young age submitted a story in a pseudonym to a short story competition and selected first. No doubt he was a good writer. Who is unaware that Leonardo da Vinci was a painter scientist and engineer as well. You are in a good profession and your perception is clear and intelligent enough to nurture lit and I admit it and admire it.

If you have any time and visit the following link wherein you can find several on line poems, novels, stories of eminent writers and also the specific quote: “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” In the poem ‘To a Skylark’ by P. B. Shelley. However, you have excerpted exactly the same from Shelley. http://www.bartleby.com/101/608.html

Thank you for your visit to hubpages.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello Sasanka7,

here are your 'sweet and polite' words "Well done! What a gorgeous hub." I love your style and think your musical descriptions are enchanting and sometimes in your writing I am reminded of George Harrison,

best regards jandee


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

I feel honored for your insightful comment. It seems to me that the songs written with very simple words and sung from the core of the heart remain in the mind for years. Definitely the melody matters to a great extent. To me, only for this reason the theme song of Titanic is so popular. In India, surely the rest of the world is also not any exception that sad songs are well accepted in comparison with the others.

Thanks a lot for stopping by.


sajaldebnath 4 years ago

Very nice article indeed. The effect of sound can be seen profoundly in colloquial languages also. For example in bengali language the same sentence "Tui jabi amar songe" can mean enquiring or an order depending on the tone in which it was said. Now tone is nothing but change of frequency of the sound. So depending on the frequency everything changes. Again if the frequency of the sound increases then the same sweet melody can become very painful or even life taking. So definitely sound has a profound effect on everything. According to vedas and purans, this universe started with sound "OM". According to science, universe started with a BIG BANG. So that means according to science to science also universe started with sound :). Anyway did you notice the vibrations of a big blast (sound like ZINNNGGGG) and the after vibrations of OMM are pretty much similar. May be I am wrong, but this is what I have observed. To finish with, again I would say what a nice article (well what can I say, I always expect such articles from you. I know what you are capable of). Would look for more such articles from you. At last you have started writing. Waiting for the next one :).


Abha Mittal 4 years ago

A very professionally written article comprehensively elaborating all aspects on the topic. It has been very systematically developed starting from the writer's childhood memories to relating it to historical and mythological events. Style of narration is also very enchanting. Excellent work. I loved it. Thanks for sharing.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Rightly you have pointed out that a simple sentence uttered in different tones (frequency) signifies different meanings which may affect immensely to the listeners. Some sweet words can change one’s attitude instantly. It is said that dogs actually do not know English, German, or Bengali but he follows the frequency of sounds which indicates some specific command or meaning. What is the sweetest language in the world is a question often raised by many. To me, mother tongue of each individual is the sweetest of all if uttered sweetly. Thanks a lot for nice comments.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Dear Abha Mittal,

Thank you so much for your nice compliments. I am contented enough that you loved it. Thanks a lot again for stopping by.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello again,

On the subject of Dogs ! My Dog cass was born in France so for 6 weeks he heard French language, then, when with us only tiny bits. When I take him to obedience and shows(in France) he understands instructions from the judges and officials,they have more knowledge/instinct than we realise,

regards from jandee


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Dear Jandee;

Thanks a lot for revisiting. You are absolutely right “they have more knowledge/instinct than we realize.” Sometimes they don’t require any verbal command as they could easily understand what our eyes are saying. I couldn’t resist myself to state that we had two dogs, one ‘Devil’ (GSD) and another ‘Kuttus’ (Cocker Spaniel +Spitz). They were so sincere, friendly, lovable and obedient that our family till mourn for them. They were just like babies that could not talk but understand each expression of our eyes: love, anger, pleasure. My younger son took it offense if someone calls them ‘dog’ without uttering their names. After their demise we decided not to keep any dog in future as it is very painful to forget the memories of the departed friends. But one of my dog lover friends gave us another GSD who also so loving and sincere. She is 6 years old now. She cries if we left her alone even for half an hour and after returning she’ll surely jump on shoulder and complain why we kept her alone. Interestingly if we accuse her even falsely “what you have done” and “why you have done it” she’ll gently come down thinking that she might have done something wrong. Their intelligence, love and sincerity have become history. A few months ago, in Kolkata, three street dogs saved the life of a newborn baby. Thank you again.


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

You have written a very beautiful hub - the sounds we hear, because of the feelings they arouse, can touch our lives in very powerful ways - regards, B.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Hello Billips,

Thank you so much for your nice compliment. I feel honored.


soumyasrajan 4 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Very nice article sasankji! I enjoyed so much, each and every aspect and later on discussions with others in comments. I saw it only now.

I have lived most of my life in Mumbai, in India, (in Other countries I lived in much smaller towns also but that does not give that feeling), so enjoyed most your description of sounds in village life in the lap of your mother. I could imagine your child like face hiding in mother's lap and hearing those sounds- your description is so lively and pleasing. Nice pictures you selected produced an exceptional divine effect.

Even though sound waves are longitudinal and electromagnetic waves are traverse - our sense organs which are affected are different, still final pleasure generated in us from any nice event seems to be the same.

Pleasure seems to be generated from some kind of common rhythm. Even thoughts, recollections etc. (like one gets while reading this article without sound) do generate similar rhythms. Some day perhaps one will find a common style of wave pattern which covers both.

I remember some times face of Zubin Mehta, who was lost in music being played in documentary and with that enjoyment shining on his face and his eyes half closed was saying "half of my music is in my eyes"


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Dear Soumyasrajan,

Thank you so much for your nice, judicious and point wise comments. I would like to thank specially for reading this hub despite of your busy schedule.

All good memories of my child hood are still vivid and pleasing though it betrays at present very much on other matters. You would agree that old reminiscences are always beautiful, mainly which we are lacking today’s life.

I am always curious to know the causes of our pleasure. Aroma of a rose is always pleasing to all, certain sounds are soothing but harsh sounds have completely reverse effect on us. I wonder how our nervous system has fixed the common line of standard of good and bad taste (with a negligible variance between individuals).

I have heard Sitar Concerto No 2 of Zubin Mehta and Pandit Ravi Shankar it is very nice.

Thank you again.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

This is a beautifully well researched hub sir... very imaginatively crafted will all the pictures from hindu mythology and beyond!

Different sounds have different effects on our CNS and the effects range differently according to the age of the listener.

At first when I visited your profile I thought, this might be a hub related to the physics of sound and it intrigued me' cause the physics behind frequencies and sound is very interesting. The ways in which frequencies mix and match together is very unique and definite. In fact, each sound we hear is mathematically an integral of various or a singular frequency. When two frequencies in same phase meet... beats are produced... There is a lot more

In a nutshell sir.. this was a great experience! :)


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Dear Rahul; Thanks a lot for your attention and nice comments. I agree absolutely with your views. Thank you again for spending your precious time.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

A wonderful article that gives meaning to sound. Where would we be without sound? Music makes the world turn round. A gift from God. Thanks for sharing and voted up.


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

Dear Anjili;

Thank you so much for your compliment and voting up. Yes, I agree with you it’s a gift from God.


soumyasrajan 4 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Just came back again to yr article and comments.

"I wonder how our nervous system has fixed the common line of standard of good and bad taste (with a negligible variance between individuals)."

Yes, it is interesting. Most of "standard" good one seems to be generally quite similar too all over world. I have also wondered some times why?


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India Author

So kind of you Soumyasrajan for visiting again. I feel honored. Just see, your second visit pleased me

why ? The answer is known to all. My nervous system indicates the presence of a good friend. Thanks a lot.


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Thank you sasanka7 for this interesting article. I read all of your comments,too,and noted your comment to Jandee. I would like to hear more about the pariah dogs that saved the baby. You are a good writer,maybe you would like to tell us about it in another hub?


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

well this is an awesome hub.. blessings to you and your work..

Debbie


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cecileportilla 2 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

Hi sasanka7:

You write very well. You have the ability to hold your readers attention. This hub was great! Your ideas are on point. Sounds indeed have a powerful effect. Sounds make us happy or sad, bring back memories, even prepare us for weddings, funerals and battle. Music is even used for therapy. Thanks for the historical perspective. The pictures are wonderful. Voted up!


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida

I learned a lot by reading your Hub. I am told the Oriental people sing to their unborn babies and also talk to them. I am an avid gardener and I talk to my plants! They seem to grow better. I have a little dog, and I talk and sing to her just as though she were human.

Yes, sounds do have an effect on us, I believe.

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