Mumbai: Music education is less available than before in many school systems. Unfortunately, many schools have started to exclude music from their curriculum to make room for other subjects. Music is a vital topic for all children and can lead to better brain development, increased human connection, and even reduced stress, leading to a lifetime of memory. Children no longer receive these benefits when the school curriculum has music removed from it.
To bridge this gap, the duo of sisters Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana founded The Sound Space, which works with schools and NGOs and believes that music education should be the priority for every child.
Recently, they organised a virtual concert for Bulandiyaan to collect Rs. 6 Lakhs.
We got an opportunity to speak with them. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.
How & when did you decide to start The Sound Space?
We both grew up with music filling our home, and we were always amused by how quickly we learnt our times’ tables because we learnt everything rhythmically.
We always had a wonderful environment in our house and a cheerful attitude because of the music we played and sang. Music helped us to realise that we must share with the world our experience of having it in our lives, and we must help to share its therapeutic and positive impact.
Tell us more about The Sound Space.
The Sound Space is a place, a labour of our love that we’ve put together. We use music as a catalyst to do various things – learning, healing, community building, etc. We truly believe music should be a part of everyone’s lives and especially a child’s growing years. Hence, we try to incorporate growing children of all strata and walks of life into our company, including our international schools, NGOs, etc. We also use music as healing and therapy for children and adults with special needs. The Sound Space trust also works towards providing music to all!
How is The Sound Space making a difference?
We are making a difference by bringing music to children and adults alike from various socio-economic backgrounds. We work with multiple NGOs where we help to enrich their lives using music. We also work with individuals with special needs, old age homes, cancer patients, and that is how we spread the joy and positivity that music brings.
What are the struggles and challenges you face?
In a country like ours, where we are still in need of basic amenities, we sometimes forget that our emotional wellness is essential. Music can genuinely aid that aspect of our beings and especially for children in their growing years. Hence, one of the main challenges we face is that it is not seen as essential. Other than that, we sometimes see that music has to take a backseat when it comes to academics, and we forget just how important music can be.
How do you plan to grow in the future? What do five years down the line look like for The Sound Space?
The idea is to reach more people and help them realise the benefit and impact music can have on us all. From children in the womb to old persons, music has a long-lasting effect on us all. We aim to reach people near and far from individuals living in our vicinity to people living across the globe who need these benefits. Music is powerful and enriching in so many different ways, down to the fact that it affects us on a cellular level too.
Your closing remarks?
Science has proved that music impacts our brain cells, blood flow, and bodies as a whole apart from emotional well-being. Understanding the value of music and helping others to understand it is a long-standing, wholehearted dream of ours. We continue to pursue it and hope to reach as many people as possible!
About Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana:
Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana were exposed to music at the tender age of 3 when it was fun with rhythm and experimenting with sound. As they grew older, they formalised and expanded their theoretical and practical training, intensifying and widening their knowledge and horizon on music. They have studied their bachelors in psychology majors, which helps them understand the human mind and how to affect it with their music positively.