An ancient Indian string instrument used in Carnatic music, Veena is believed to represent the human body, with its 24 frets equivalent to the 24 vertebrae of the spine.
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What is Veena?
Veena is perhaps the most ancient of the Indian classical instruments. No wonder mythology is strewn with Veena maestros. Be it Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati, Lord Shiva or even Ravana who had its symbol on his flag.
Learning Veena At Sriguruji
The Learning Journey
Sriguruji Art Academy prides itself in being among the very few institutes to actively promote and offer training in this ancient instrument. From 2008, we introduced training in Veena at the Academy. We provide our students with the Veena as purchasing and maintaining it is demanding. We also encourage them to visit the Academy as often as they like to practice.
Beginners learn basics of Carnatic music and start with playing swara combinations on the Veena. They then graduate to playing geetams which are small raaga based pieces.
Students learn the crucial art of ‘meetu’ – plucking of the strings with fingers. Exercises for active usage of two fingers on the frets are taught at this stage.
In the Intermediate and Advanced levels, students progress to learn varnams and keertanams for which an assortment of finger techniques are taught and are to be rigourously practiced. These create what one calls the ‘gamaka’ effect or voice deflections which make the Veena sound remarkably close the human voice.
Our Veena Gurus
Saraswati Vaidyanathan learnt Veena under the able guidance of Smt. Saraswathi Krishnamurthi and has many performances to her credit. Along with her sisters Smt. Mahalakshmi Ravi and Ms. Mangala Vaidyanathan, she is known for performing 'Venu, Veena, Violin' under the name of 'Trio Sisters of Bombay'.