Patri Satish Kumar, a versatile and accomplished mridangam artiste talks about the importance of sadhana or rigorous practice in music.
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It is important for students to understand the importance of sustained practice over several hours. Although the process could be frustrating initially, patience and perseverance could bring great rewards in achieving fulfillment and progress. He recommends that students devote time for revision and focus on new areas that need to be mastered. Many great musicians have even devoted even 10-15 hours practice per day , which he highly recommends as an enlightening experience for aspiring students.