ED­WIN JOSEPH, 23

Opera Singer and Ac­tor

India Today - - COVER STORY -

I was what they called an ‘en­thu-cut­let’. I tried to act in ev­ery pro­duc­tion and sing in ev­ery show. From bands and col­lege acapella group to full length pro­duc­tion plays, I had to be a part of every­thing.

Free­dom means. A lot of things to a lot of peo­ple. At this point in my life, free­dom will be hav­ing the power to do the kind of work that I want to do with­out wor­ry­ing about money or where my rent is com­ing from.

The art cul­ture in In­dia could use less cen­sor­ship. His­tor­i­cally speaking, when has cen­sor­ship ever been the sign of a healthy democ­racy? Arts need to be able to mir­ror re­al­ity. Are your sen­si­bil­i­ties so frag­ile that they can’t han­dle a paint­ing or a film?

I wouldn’t truly know what to do with my­self if I had com­plete free­dom to do what­ever I wanted to do.

Pho­to­graph by MANDAR DEODHAR; Lo­ca­tion cour­tesy ROYAL OPERA HOUSE (MUMBAI)

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