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QUESTION: Dear Swami

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindustani_classical_music
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tansen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baiju_Bawra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7W-Aoesv4o‎
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megh_Malhar
http://kvgktrailblazers.weebly.com/rain-and-music.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound


Megh Malhar is a Hindustani classical raga. The name derives from the Sanskrit word Megh, meaning cloud. Legends say that this raga has the power to bring out rains in the area where it is sung.
It has been heard that Tansen had the power to light up fire through his song called Raag Deepak and he had taught his Daughter to bring rain by singing the Meg Malhar.

Sound is a mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through some medium (like air or water), composed of frequencies within the range of hearing.


Is it true or Do you believe that singing Meg Malhar and Deepak ragas can lead to raining and starting fire respectively ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Dear Prashant S Akerkarji,

Namaskar.

It is recorded not only in the distant past but also in the recent past that different ragas, if sung excellently, can bring changes to the climate and external objects. In fact, Carnatic Music concerts where a bunch of bananas got ripened at the end were known to have been held in South India in the late 1960s.

I have personally witnessed the change of atmosphere and the bringing of rain on the singing of Megh Malhar many times. This is a phenomenon which has been reported by many across the world. However, the non-believers of music will label it as coincidence. But if it is a coincidence, it is too much of a coincidence and also why should it happen all the time when Megh Malhar is sung properly, even in a non-monsoon season?

With best wishes,
Swami Narasimhananda


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QUESTION: Dear Swami Narasimhananda

Thank you.

Experiments can be performed in this cases.
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Aim : Check whether fire can lit up in oil lamps by singing Deepak Raag from Hindustani classical music.

Apparatus : Oil Lamps, Cotton.

Procedure : 50 Singers will sing the Deepak Raag indoors with every singer singing the Deepak raag for 1/2 hour interval.

Findings / Observation : 1. The Oil Lamps are lit up. 2. The Oil Lamps are not lit up. Either of the Case 1 or Case 2 will be observed.

Conclusion :

Case 1 :

If the Oil lamps are lit up with fire, we can conclude that SPECIFIC Sound Waves (Deepak Raag)  can generate Fire in the Oil Lamp.

Case 2 :

2. If the Oil lamps do not lit up with fire, we can conclude that SPECIFIC Sound Waves (Deepak Raag)  cannot generate Fire in the Oil Lamp.

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Aim : Check whether rain happens by singing Meg Malhar / Malhar Raag from Hindustani classical music. Weather forecasting conditions indicate clear skies and there will be no rain for another two months. This test can be carried in summer season.

Apparatus : NA

Procedure : 50 Singers will sing the Meg Malhar Raag outdoors with every singer singing the Meg Malhar raag for 1/2 hour interval.

Findings / Observation : 1. Rain happens. 2. Rain do not happen. Either of the Case 1 or Case 2 will be observed.

Conclusion :

Case 1 :

If Rain happens, we can conclude that SPECIFIC Sound Waves
(Meg Malhar Raag)  can generate Rain.

Case 2 :

2. If Rain do not happen, we can conclude that SPECIFIC Sound Waves
(Meg Malhar)  cannot generate Rain.


Summary : Specific sound waves can produce fire or rain if the experiments are successful.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinness_World_Records‎
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/‎

Do you feel if the above experiments (Specific sound waves can produce fire or rain by singing Deepak Raga and Meg Malhar Raga respectively) are successfully performed by contestants, would you nominate his/her name/s in Guinness World Records Book by creating this world record/s as this could be difficult feats to accomplish ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Dear Prashant S Akerkarji,

Namaskar.

Conducting such experiments is a very good idea. However, I have some suggestions:

1. It is better that the same raga is sung together by 50 very good, really very good, singers for about 2 hours at least. Let the singing have all elements of Hindustani Classical Music. Then the effect will be very great.

2. Yes, I will definitely nominate the names. However, I will have to witness the event.

Such experiments should be conducted for testing the veracity of the legends and also to show the greatness of the Indian Classical Music tradition because I have no doubt that if the experiment is done as said above then the lamps will be lighted and there will be a torrential downpour.

With best wishes,

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