The first and obvious thing you will notice when you enter Raju’s shop are the Veenas – and lots of them, of all varieties. Ofcourse, you’ll also notice Raju himself – a bespectacled, middle aged man with a moustache working away on the instruments. The art of Veena craftsmanship has been handed over to Raju from generation onward generation like all ancestral-profession heritages. Raju himself took to it along with his father Krishnan through his late teens, while still in college. “I also took formal training in Veena from RK Suryanarayana for an year or so, up till I was sure I had enough shruti-j~nAna to lay the frets”, he says.
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