Vocal and Nonvocal Habits among Vedic Chanters

Gunjawate, Dhanshree R and *, Radish Kumar Balasubramanium and *, Sai Aishwarya Ramani (2021) Vocal and Nonvocal Habits among Vedic Chanters. Folia Phoniatr Logop, 73 (1). pp. 7-14. ISSN 10217762

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Objectives: The objective of the present study was to explore the voice concerns and vocal and nonvocal habits of Vedic chanters. Participants and Method: A cross-sectional design was used to study 200 Vedic chanters using a 36-item questionnaire. This questionnaire was developed and administered to explore their voice concerns and vocal and nonvocal habits. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the findings and K-means cluster analysis was carried out to identify clusters concerning voice quality and influence of habits. Results: The majority of Vedic chanters were involved in certain vocal habits such as use of loud voice while chanting and frequent throat clearing. Further, approximately half of the chanters expressed a concern towards their voice, while a vast majority experienced vocal fatigue. Cluster analysis helped in identification of 4 clusters: Vedic chanters with (1) good lifestyle and good voice characteristics (n = 107), (2) good lifestyle but bad voice characteristics (n = 15), (2) poor lifestyle and good voice characteristics (n = 51), and (4) poor lifestyle leading to bad voice characteristics (n = 27). Conclusion: The findings of the present study provide useful information on voice concern and vocal and nonvocal habits among a unique population of individuals. The current study of Vedic chanters highlights the need to have a detailed understanding of their specific voice usage, demands, and voice characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vocal habits · Nonvocal habits · Vedic chanters · Questionnaire · Professional voice users
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 11:15
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156708

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