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71 <div class="entry-content"><p>I started learning to play the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veena">Veena</a> when I was 11. It was the most irritating experience at that time. I did not want to play the Veena, I just wanted to read <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin">Tintin</a> or draw. But I stuck with it and learnt till I was in my X standard (&ldquo;O&rdquo; levels by singapore standards). When I came to <abbr title="Nanyang Technological University">NTU</abbr> I found a vibrant carnatic music scene (in the Indian carnatic music group called Shrutilaya) and I brought my (then) 5-year-old Veena all the way to Singapore to start playing and practicing. I also was getting training from the disciple of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Balachander">Veena Balachander</a> and it was wonderful to learn about the maths and the rationale behind the structures of carnatic music. I learnt quite a bit and with a lot of enthusiasm. But my teacher left for India and my interest waned again. I never quite picked it up after that.</p>
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