Mangaluru: For about 120 City Traffic Police personnel, the morning of Saturday September 18 started on a musical note as they took park in an hour-long music therapy session conducted by United Consciousness team led by Marvin Fernandes.
As the participants seated themselves on their mats, Fernandes sat in the centre along with his two fellow artistes Gautam C. Rao and Bhuvan Shetty and played a range of instruments including happy drum, tum drum, Tibetian bowls, and bongos. The music therapy helped them relax their minds.
The session which took place from 7.15 am to 8.15 am, at the Deer Park here, was the brainchild of Assistant Commissioner of Police Traffic, M.A. Nataraj. “About 5 to six months back I had come across the team during a vehicle check. I was fascinated by the unusual instruments that they had along with them an asked them about what it was for,” said ACP Nataraj. When he got to know more about this new music therapy, he decided to introduce a therapy session for the traffic police in the City.
“It helps relax the body and soul and usually the team conducts the session along the seashore, river or hilltops but as the Deer Park provided a peaceful and lovely area away from the commotion of the City, they agreed to conduct the session here,” he explained.
Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar who was also part of the session said that it was indeed very good and stated that the department would explore more opportunities to expose more personnel to the music therapy.
Assistant Commissioner of Police M.A. Nataraj and inspectors P. D. Savitra Tej, Mohammed Sharief, G. Gopalakrishna Bhat, and Gurudutt Kamath too participated in the programme.