The melodious melody of an old Hindi film song echoes through hospital corridors, where patients gather around a man who inspires patients to hum and immerse themselves in the melodious music. Krishnan Iyer (75) doesn’t need a medical degree to heal patients, he does it by playing his flute and harmonica.
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“Music has healing powers and the happiness and peace of mind it brings cannot be compared to the financial benefits,” says Iyer, who turned his passion for music into service.
Studies have shown that music can reduce anxiety and stress levels, reduce pain and help you sleep better. According to various studies, while hope and positivity are two important ways to fight any serious illness, music is the cheapest medicine.
Iyer told PTI that he feels uplifted and energized after spending time with cancer patients, orphans, elderly and needy people and entertaining them with his music.
A resident of Vile Parle, a suburb of Mumbai, Iyer fell in love with film music and musical instruments at an early age. “I loved playing instruments, so I learned to play harmonica, flute and harmonium,” says Iyer. I used to participate in school and college events and then when I got a job in a top corporate house I sang with friends at private functions and picnics.
However, Iyer’s passion for music took a meaningful turn 15 years ago, when his mother was ill and required constant care, which was not possible at home.
Iyer, who visited the hospital for nearly 10 years, said, “I admitted her to a nursing home in Yogeshwari, where she stayed for three years, and I visited her every week. The hospital had 40 to 50 patients, mostly women, who were bedridden. During this time I used to talk to those patients and play music for them.