The strains of Veena have mesmerized me right from my childhood. Always having associated the player with Goddess Saraswati, who as per Hindu belief is the goddess of all forms of learning, art and literature. She is worshiped by vocalists, literateurs, instrumentalists, artists, painters, dancers and by people following any form of art, for the success in their respective fields. Near our home we had a music centre where instrumental music was taught and I remember that as a very small child I used to be in awe of those who played the Veena. Each time I passed by, I made all out efforts to lift myself up on my little toes and peep in through the windows to catch a glimpse of the instrument and the instrumentalist.
When I joined college in another part of the country, I stayed in a hostel for students of various colleges. To my astonishment and luck, my room-mate was a senior from a different college doing her post graduation in music. Just out of school and quite raw to the new environs, I spent much of my time with her as she practised singing and playing the Veena. Abundant admiration I showered upon her for her deft playing of the Veena, as her fingers wove magic on its strings. Maybe because of the longing in my eyes, she would mercifully let me harp a tune or two once in a while. The Veena was very sacredly placed on her bed and she herself would sleep on the floor. Every day I took it upon myself to dust the Veena and keep it covered when not in use, though it was not mine. When her friends dropped in I had the habit of being on the prowl to see that all was well with the instrument.
My sole motive was to play the Veena not even knowing that there were different types like Saraswati Veena, Rudra Veena, Chitra Veena, Vichitra Veena etc. Today looking back I have pride welling in my heart that my room mate’s class mate who used to drop in then is a renowned playback singer of world wide acclaim. That scintillation within to learn the Veena and possess one after mastering the art is still fanned by me. God willing, my dream will see the light of the day!
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