Aditi Mittal and Pavan Srinath discussed satire and comedy in modern India in the 9th GCPP Prime Time show.
Aditi Mittal is one of the first women to do stand up comedy in India and is ranked as among the top ten stand-up Indian comedians by the Times of India. Mittal is a regular at the Canvas Laugh Factory, has featured as the part of the Roast panel on the AIB knockout and has performed in venues in India and abroad.Pavan Srinath is a fellow and faculty member at the Takshashila Institution.
The discussion revolved around the following questions:
- What is it like to be a professional comedian in India?
- How do comedians deal with people taking offence when the intention is to make the public laugh?
- What is the role of comedy and satire in India? Is there space for political humour in India?
- Do comedians see themselves as pushing the boundaries of free speech?
Full discussion is available on Takshashila’s SoundCloud channel. Please note that this episode contains explicit language.
The #GCPPprimetime is a weekly online discussion on public affairs and policy hosted by the Takshashila Institution.The GCPP or the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy is Takshashila’s flagship educational programme,equipping working professionals with the basics of public policy.