Mangaluru: Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar, here will observe World Voice Day on April 16 with the theme Voiceathon 2016: For healthy singing voice. The main goal of celebrating this event is to increase public awareness on the importance of the voice and red flag signs of voice problems among singers.
Singing is a powerful art form. Despite the various form of singing styles, singing at its core requires a complex control and coordinated functioning of the entire vocal mechanism. Systematic training has a positive effect on singing. Though the physical demands of singing necessitate an optimal health, adequate training and a proper knowledge of vocal hygiene, most singers fail to follow it, leading to debilitating changes to their voice which if not timely treated can aggravate the condition. Vocal health is often overlooked or poorly understood by most of the singers. In addition to the physical demands, singing with inappropriate vocal technique or under abusive environmental conditions, inadequate rest between each performance and using extremes of vocal range can put great strain on the lining of the vocal cords. Most of the time singers do face problems such as hoarseness, difficulty in varying pitch and loudness, reduced pitch range, vocal fatigue, sensations of tightness or discomfort in the throat, dryness, or pain. The restricted knowledge for maintenance of vocal health proceeds to trying numerous traditional homemade remedies and beliefs in an attempt to improve voice quality. These traditional remedies however may give only a temporary relief.
The speech pathologists of the department of audiology and speech language pathology, at Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar will offer free consultation and remedial programme to various singers including classical, western, yakshagana artistes etc.
The free consultation is on April 16 between 9.00 am to 4.00 pm at KMC Hospital, Attavar. To register, please call 9731312504.
Dr Anand Venugopal, medical superintendent KMC Hospital Attavar has requested the general public to avail the benefits of Voiceathon 2016.
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