As a child watching a cricket match live on television, I remember asking my grandfather, “How does the camera know where to look?”
Two days ago, looking at five people sitting together and ensuring that our performance was screened live all over the world, I remembered my question and smiled.
Performing in Tirupathi was an experience that I could never have imagined. All artistes dream of full houses, yes. At Tirupathi, it was impossible to count how many people were sitting there and watching us perform. Streams and streams of people kept joining the crowd, sitting on the steps and watching us dance.
During Rama Namama Krishna Namama, when Krishna showed Arjuna his Vishwaroopam, the whole audience was with us. It was a powerful sensation – over a thousand people connected by a single emotion, a sense of wonder and exaltation. My hair stood on end as I stood in the wings and listened to the applause. In that moment, we were united with people from all over the world. It was a moment of pride and humility, elation and, suddenly, sadness that the moment had to pass.