The first time I saw an Odissi performance was when I was 5 years old and since then, it called out to me. Guru Deepak Roy lovingly took me in as one of his first youngest students and taught me not just this beautiful dance form but life lessons that I carry with me to this day. He became like my second father with whom I used to spend a huge part of my days dancing, talking and, sometimes, eating the small dishes he used to make. Aishwarya, who has now taken over from our Guru, is not just my teacher but a friend and someone who continues to inspire and push me to find my way in life. Deepam has been and always will be a huge part of me and now, even 13 years later, I consider myself to still be an amateur who has just begun to venture into this world.