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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.

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A Thousand Ways to Praise God

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Most of the songs Venkata Kavi composed on his favourite God Krishna are part of an opera; the songs are composed as though sung by various gopis, in manner, tone and mood of what they saw Krishna as. Some are lamentations in not getting his attention, some are praising his prowess and some are scolding him for his antics

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Dance of Bliss

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Contrary to popular opinion and belief, Venkata Kavi did not restrict himself to composing on Krishna. It is just that the songs on Krishna were the ones which were made available and hence became popular.

Lord Shiva appears to have been one of his favourite god as well.

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The art of music is like an ocean. It is vast and deep. One could go for a swim and come back feeling refreshed. This is what most listeners do. One could take a boat out into the sea and return with a haul of fish. This is what many students do. Or, one could dive deep into it and emerge with invaluable treasures. This is what master musicians do.

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My Favourite Ragas

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When a person who has a certain passion for carnatic music is asked to tell their most favourite raga it proves to be a challenge to answer. There are 72 melakartas which are split into groups of six called chakrams. So even when further divided into sub divisions it is not easy choosing a single favourite.