The benefits of Mozart or Beethoven music for a baby inside the womb or outside it, are rather well-known! As a mom-to-be, I listened to Mozart music everyday. They say it makes the child smarter. Those beautiful western classical compositions (instrumentals)impact the brain in a way that many neural pathways are formed, thus increasing brain power!
And what about Indian classical instrumental music? India boasts of maestros who have enthralled the international audience, so why deprive our little ones of them!
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Here are 6 instrumental tracks from Indian Classical Music that you can play to your children.
I have included a variety in terms of different ragas, different kinds of instruments like percussion, wind instrument, acoustic, string instrument and more. I have also suggested some activities that can go along with these tracks to make it interesting!
Here are my top 6 Indian Indian classical instrumental tracks for kids along with the activities –
- Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia – Flute - This is a music piece related to Krishna. You can talk about Krishna and his stories. It is very easy to procure a flute from the market and let your child explore it. Any wind instrument like flute, mouth organ, trumpet etc are great for working out the oral muscles of kids.
- Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma – Santoor – This is a string instrument and you can talk about how strings make sound using a big rubber band and an empty cardboard box with a slit.
- Ustaad Zakir Hussain – Tabla – Two big bowls/container, one big and one small are enough to simulate Tabla, no?
- Milind Tulankar – Jaltarang – You can also set up a DIY Jaltarang for your child by taking glass or steel bowls/glasses of same size & filling with different quantities of water. The sound discovery a child makes is incredible.
- Pandit Ravi Shankar – Sitar – This is again is a string instrument
- Ustad Bismillah Khan – Shehnai – A wind instrument. You can tell that this usually played at traditional North Indian weddings and is associated with the bride leaving her parental house for her husband's house. You can tell stories of your own wedding too!
Did I tell you that you can also play music when your child is asleep? It is, in fact, very beneficial. The music goes straight into their subconscious mind when played while asleep. Choose a gentle music while they are sleeping.
You will find many other music pieces by these maestros mentioned above.
Do you have a favourite instrumental, Indian classical music track? Please share with me in the comments box below.
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