[Old entry that I never got around to posting]
The last stop on Tabla Ecstasy‘s North America tour was Toronto. My family and family friends did a fantastic job organizing the show. For most, it was the first time they were going to hear me (or Tabla Ecstasy) perform. Though still an amateur, I had the honour of opening for my gurubhais. But before that, I had to get on stage and introduce my world, beginning with Guruji. As I looked out at the 500+ audience and started speaking, I choked. Normally, I am very comfortable on stage, emceeing is something I’ve been doing since childhood. This wasn’t supposed to be difficult. Without notice, my eyes had filled up with tears and I was at a loss of words. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Many of the those who sat in front of me had seen me grow up in front of them and today they were all there to show their support for what I was doing and be apart of my world, even if it was only for a few hours. Even as I sit here recounting the moment, I am overcome with emotion, reminded yet again of the countless hidden threads of love that give me strength in my journey. I say it time and time again and even though it doesn’t seem sufficient. Thank you.
The whole evening is one that I will never be able to forget. We all felt the outpouring of sincere blessings and good wishes. The energy that was cultivated that night was something beyond words.
My performance that night was not my best, as I had been battling the flu all week, but nonetheless here is a clip.