“Raised with the principles of Sanatana Dharma, I grew up watching my paati – Mrs. YGP, my appa, Mr. YG Mahendran, and my guru Dr. Padma Subramaniam all of them have been people who live by example. I was taught to embrace my identity and hold my head high while not disrespecting others and their belief systems.
My debut on stage happened with my father’s play when I was 15 and years later, I decided to perform the same play as a tribute to him and his contribution to Indian theater. What was thought to be a one-time thing has lasted several years now, and I cannot think of living away from theater or drama. The high derived from performing in front of a live audience is unmatched. Getting feedback, both positive and negative, instantly is what gives every creative artist the motivation to keep going.
But I was lucky that my Eyal Isai Nataka training came from the best people. My father had made it clear on the day of my audition, when I was barely 15, that he expected me to be the best if I wanted to be part of theater because he did not want me to ruin the reputation he’s built over the years. So, it was much more of a struggle for me than it would have been for a newbie. I had to prove myself constantly on stage. Today, I am over 500 plays old in theatre and gearing up for the sequel of my hit play Perumal, we’ve titled it Perumale 2, and there’s a surprise for all the people close to the YGP family in it.
Life is not a bed of roses, but one with my fair share of thorns to walk on. I speak my heart and trolls online have a field day. The sad part is that most of these people do not even try to listen to what others have to say, they assume things, take offense and blame others. Sadly, people troll everything to get their 15 minutes of fame. Little do they realize the damage they cause to society. Making people understand the truth is what led me to join BJP. As someone who admires Mr. Narendra Modi, I have been doing my bit to create awareness on the welfare programs and the wonderful actions he’s been taking for the well-being of people.
When I say I take pride in my identity, it nowhere means that I do not respect those who do not share it or I disregard them. This understanding is what would lead to communal harmony. The problem with today’s society is we believe propaganda over facts.”
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