My mother being a Krishna Bhakt wanted to do Krishna seva through her dance.This is where my brother was born and we spent our early years.Through a series of coincidences my parents' paths collided and they fell madly in love.My parents have made me believe in true love because of the way they love each other.They married against all odds - my mother who hailed from an upper middle class business Gujarati family married a poor Buddhist musician.When I was born, we lived in a small one-room Barsati in Delhi.
I am the artist I am today because I dance not for money, I dance not for fame - I dance for passion, I dance for love and I dance for God.We took responsibility for our lives at a very young age - hence all the mistakes we made were ours, all the journeys that we took helped us grow as individuals.My parents did not try to be over-protective about us because they firmly believed and lived by the notion that life is all the experiences accumulated - both good and bad - and they wanted us (my brother and I) to experience it all and live life on our terms.This meant waking up at 5 am, taking the bus to study Kallaripayattu, dancing from 8 amto 4 pm, eating, and then studying till or pm – such was my routine. Dance has taught me discipline, sacrifice and working towards a goal.As you get older, your goals may become bigger but it is important to stay focussed on one goal. There are days where you just don't feel like dancing but you still go, you still put in the hours and that makes all the difference. In those days, we use to watch movies on VHS tapes and gradually CD's and then DVD's came along.