True to her passion for music, at the age of 18 Devaki spent hours on end practicing and training her voice doing riyaaz. Such was her zest in the pursuit of perfecting her music that her continuous practice resulted in her losing her voice. The next three years saw her forced into silence, but this incident did not dent her passion for music. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes Devaki overcame all odds and spent those three years practicing the art of listening, beginning with her own breathing, its rhythm; the music in nature, and innumerable compositions of musicians and artists from across the world. She counts this phase of her life among her most rewarding experiences, something that brought her closer to her music spiritually.