A Critical Review of Swara (Voice) in Ayurveda

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Journal of Ayurveda Medical Sciences,2019,4,2,475-479.
Published:June 2021
Type:Short Review
Author(s) affiliations:

Amrutha Kalyani1,*, Sanjeev Tonni2, Thirunavukkarasu Jayakumar3

1Department of Swasthavritta, KSGDWE Federation’s Sanjeevini Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital, Hubballi, Karnataka, INDIA.

2Department of Swasthavritta and Yoga KAHER’s Shri BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, PG Studies and Medical Research Centre, Shahpur, Belagavi, INDIA.

3Department of Speech Language Sciences, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore - 570006, Karnataka, INDIA.


Background: The human voice (swara) is extraordinary and it is the mirror of oneself. It represents one’s age, gender, health and other traits of human kind. For professional voice users (PVU), swara means of livelihood and hence demands utmost care. This review consolidates the scattered vedic and classical explanations of swara and its clinical implications. Methods: A detailed review of swara was carried out to explore the untouched explanations of swara, from Ayurvedic samhitas, Manusmriti, Tarksangragha etc. Results: The present study resulted in the unique understanding of concept of swara. Conclusion: The current review would be used to widen the existing understanding of swara and thereby aid in combatting new health challenges concerning to voice.