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A preliminary study on effect of buddhist pirith chanting and pop music on the growth and yield performance in rice (Oryza sativa L.)

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D. S. P. Munasinghe,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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Department of Botany
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K. C. M. Liyanage,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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Department of Botany
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S. R. Weerakoon ,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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S. Somaratne,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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D. M. L. C. Dissanayake

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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Abstract

Music influences the growth of plants through either promoting or restricting the growth of plants. The effects of Pirith chanting and pop music were focused in the present study. Seeds of Two (02) rice varieties (Bg300 and Kaluheenati) were subjected to dormancy break treatment, kept in a soundproof confined chamber and arranged in Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with two (02) replicates and 10 seeds per replicate. Seeds were allowed to germinate under the sound rhythms; pop music, Pirith chanting and silence separately in sound proof chamber. A set of pop songs and Thunsuthra in Pirith chanting were chosen as the two (02) sound rhythms. Seeds were kept under silence served as the control. Music and Pirith were played separately for an hour, at 30cm distance away from the seeds with an intensity of 55-60 dB for seven (07) days continuously, maintaining equal environmental conditions. Following seven (07) days, the percent germination was recorded. The same germinated seeds were planted in plastic pots filled with paddy soil, up to ¾ of the total depth and pots were arranged in Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with two (02) replicates and five (05) plants per replicate. Following one week, plants were subjected to the sound rhythm treatments and silence separately for three (03) months continuously. Measurement on growth and yield performance were recorded every fortnight. Significantly different (p < 0.05) in growth and yield performances were observed under Pirith and pop music. Considerably higher rates of growth and yield were observed for varieties exposed to Pirith and comparatively, the effect of Pirith on growth and yield performance was higher with respect to pop music thus implying that the rhythmic chanting of Pirith is the most appropriate type music that improved the growth performance of Oryza sativa.
How to Cite: Munasinghe, D.S.P. et al., (2018). A preliminary study on effect of buddhist pirith chanting and pop music on the growth and yield performance in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Sri Lankan Journal of Biology. 3(1), pp.44–51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljb.v3i1.17
Published on 30 Jan 2018.
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