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Oncology and Strings | Dr Tara Rajendran | TEDxAIIMSBhubaneswar
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Oncology and Strings | Dr Tara Rajendran | TEDxAIIMSBhubaneswar

NOTE FROM TED: We've flagged this talk, which was filmed at a TEDx event, because it appears to fall outside TEDx's content guidelines. This talk represents the speaker's personal understanding of the veena and human physiology which are not supported by scientific evidence. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: Dr. Tara Rajendran illuminates the age old idea of the influence of medicine and music over each other. Her first experience with the remedial taste of music was when her grandmother's favorite song eased her pain and thus began her journey to explore this vast concept. On her path to learning oncology as a visiting student, she also realised the therapeutic effects of music with the help of the Saraswati Veena. She describes how being a musician and a physician taught her the sacredness of human connections. Having played the Veena since the age of 7, and under the mentorship of the advisory Dean of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rajendran could beautifully blend her passions to pursue music therapy. From the memories of her Grandmother to her giving us a scientific correlation between music and medicine, Dr. Rajendran concludes her speech with a lovely Veena recital. Dr. Tara Rajendran, at the young age of 25 achieved great feats some could only dream of. Having been a visiting student of Harvard, Weill Cornell and Stanford, she went on to achieve a degree in the Master of Fine Arts. A visiting student in medical oncology making it to the top 1.2 percentile of undergraduate students in the country, and now a player of the Saraswati Veena, she heals the world one song at a time: her very own music therapy! This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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