Dreaming in colors and seeing sounds

It's been preached and taught for a long time - that anything in life on this planet is possible. Hence, it shouldn't be a big surprise that some people can see musical notes, hear colors, or taste the shapes. This "condition" of blended senses got named synesthesia.

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And while I have no difficulty to believe or imagine that some individuals have way superior senses, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that in ancient Hindu mythology each one of the seven basic notes in the Indian music octave represents a color and a natural cry of a bird or another animal.

Take a look at the grid below and see if these associations resonate make sense to you.​


Musical note

Do

is associated with 

color GREEN

Shades of color green

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and PEACOCK

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Re 

is associated with 

color RED

Shades of color green

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and SKYLARK

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Mi

is associated with 

color GOLD

Shades of color green

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and GOAT

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Fa

is associated with 

color YELLOWISH WHITE

Shades of color green

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and HERON

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Sol

is associated with 

color BLACK

Shades of color green

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and NIGHTINGALE

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

La

is associated with 

color YELLOW

Shades of color green

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and HORSE

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Si

is associated with 

combination of ALL COLORS

Shades of color green

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and ELEPHANT

Peacock drawing

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While Western chromatic scale contains only 12 semitones, Indian octave is divided into 22 srutis or demi-semitones which allow a musician to play more fine shades of musical expression.

Inspiration and information for this post  came from the book pictured below.​

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