Music and Fine arts in the Field of Mental Health
The Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP) and Krishnapur Nazrul Charcha Kendra, Kolkata have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the usage of music and fine arts in the field of mental health and behavioural sciences.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of Dr. Avinash Sharma, Associate Professor (Psychiatry) and Administrative Officer,
Central Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. Dipanjan Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor and In-charge (Department of Psychiatric Social Work), Dr. Prasad Kannekanti, Assistant Professor (Department of Psychiatric Social Work), Smt. Somerita Mallik, President, Krishnapur Nazrul Charcha Kendra & President, Chhayanat-Kolkata and Mr.Hariom Pachori, Biostatistician, Central Institute of Psychiatry,
The basic objective of this memorandum of understanding is to carry out activities like the development of awareness about various facets of mental health and well-being and increase adjunctive use of art, music, and other relevant forms of fine arts in the promotion of positive mental health and wellness in common people as well as people with psychological issues.
The clinical use of music varies from recreational use to what is known as music therapy, an interpersonal therapeutic process in which music is used as a communicative medium by trained therapists to promote their clients’ mental health. Singing or playing music has been reported to influence subjective health outcomes, including anxiety and depression, positively.Singing in a choir is related to a higher self-rated quality of life and satisfaction with health.
This memorandum of understanding will be a great opportunity for people with psychological problems to learn how to use music to relieve their emotional suffering and pains. Needless to say, this initiative is definitely a nice starting of the Poet Nazrul Studies.