Hansadhwani is Prateeksha Sharma’s entrepreneurial venture, dedicated to working on the interface where music, mind and mental health intersect. It is visualized as an entity working individually and with an interdisciplinary perspective in music, mental wellbeing and therapeutic areas. The heart of Hansadhwani lies in training people and offering services. Our trainings are knowledge ventures- which bring new ideas to the fore for students, teachers, families and individuals across the spectrum of the population.
We are constantly seeking to address new issues and take up new ideas for experimental and research challenges. At present two sides of Hansadhwani- mind. mood. music are operational: a music school and a counseling center. Both of these are operational in the residential premises of the founder, Prateeksha.
Hansadhwani is taking music wider to diverse populations, appropriate to their social, educational and health needs. In India though there is a humongous variety of musical traditions and styles, there is a relative lack of research about how to teach the same music to different people. Our work is research oriented at all levels and we freely disseminate our publications. In music, the key areas of our work are musicology, and applied musicology.
The focus of the former lies in music teaching for children of a school going age. We distinguish between two sets of learners based on their age- children less than ten years of age and adolescents over ten. We also offer music learning for adult learners. Every population can be ‘served’ using music in some way and it is our effort to do so in a minuscule one.
Wherever we can, we are happy to tailor-make our solutions, for we understand that in modern living people may not be able to take long term courses or learn classical music in a fixed, exam oriented regimen. That should not deprive them of the joy of engaging with music.
Kindly note: We do not offer an exam oriented musical training- but a learner-centric one.
SwarGanga Music Workshop is the name of our music school offering a unique music educationFaridabad, Haryana at present. We refer to our school as ‘workshop’, because we live byinnovating, researching, adapting and creating solutions around music. The word ‘workshop’denotes a place of activity, not a fixity where curriculums and methods are non-variable. We hope to start in the near future in Delhi as well.
The focus of SwarGanga is to impart musical training to individuals appropriate to their age,their musical acumen and their vocation in life. We do not believe that a child of five years has the same ability as a teenager of fourteen or an older person of 47. The training imparted to each of them has to be different, starting from a conceptual level. In accordance with the divergent needs of different groups of people we offer solutions, classes, workshops or programs which respond to different educational and health requirements, which may be of a short or long term nature.
Inclusion As a social enterprise we are committed to social justice and endeavour to reach musical training to everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay for music classes. Wherever feasible we try to cross-subsidize, so that nobody having interest and aptitude be deprived of music education. We also wish to create learning environments where individuals are exposed to other segments of society apart from their own, in non-judgmental ways.
The goals of SwarGanga include-
1. To train young, school going children in nuances of music, which assists them in becoming more aesthetically, spiritually and emotionally rich individuals;
2. To impart a sufficiently rich, nuanced and deep level of musical training to those wishing to make careers in music;
3. To offer a philosophical worldview, anchored in the rich traditions of India, without needlessly filling young minds with a competitiveness which makes learning onerous;
4. To teach adults in a manner which responds to their learning abilities and not in any inflexible way of teaching music;
5. To provide learners with rich musical content, not borrowed from the film industry or any popular genre as such;
6. To create a scope for independent musical thinking and performance in each of our students;
7. To provide a music education that students enjoy deeply.
‘Antardhwani’ means ‘an inner sound’, or ‘inner music’. Being an organization rooted in music we associate music and sound with every aspect of a person’s life, also includes their suffering. Suffering can make people dysfunctional in diverse ways- from depressions, to breakdowns of a psychotic nature, exam failure, suicidal ideation and scores of other responses. However, suffering needs to be dealt with differently for different people. The manner in which a person’s suffering is dealt with both by them and those who are involved in their life, determines the outcome of the suffering. There are times that people continue to suffer for the rest of their lives, and there are situations where people are able to put their suffering behind them.
At Antardhwani we work via collaborative dialogues (traditionally called counseling) to help people recover from their current suffering. We are creating a set of resources to help individuals and families deal with the consequences of mental ‘illness’ diagnosis, which will be offered via workshops and trainings. The goal of our collaborative dialogues is to help people regain lost aspects of their lives and live socially integrated and meaningful lives. We call it ‘recovery oriented counseling’.