Ebi Shankara’s love for acting started when he joined his secondary school’s drama society and landed the title role in Hamlet for the Singapore Youth Festival 2003. His school won the Gold Medal for the performance and thus sealed his love for acting and drama.

After several impressive theatre stints with W!ld Rice and Buds Youth Theatre as well as regional presence at the ASEAN Youth Camp and representing NAFA in Short & Sweet Australia, Shankara’s big break came when he became the youngest winner at 19 years old to win the Vasantham Star show.

He is also currently also the Artistic Director of Ravindran Drama Group Company.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Ebi hopes to communicate that education is way to evolve and change societal views. He believes that this is the way towards a more inclusive society.

“In my teenage years, the common reaction to ‘people who act differently’ was ‘oh, it’s a choice. They’re making a choice. He wants to be like that’.

You don’t lose by loving, caring or giving. So I think that’s what’s really important. And that’s what we should advocate and educate people on. I think educating people is the most important thing to create a world that understands true inclusivity.

Singapore is starting to listen and I think that is a good start and a good step forward. While there are still people who are not that open, let us move forward for a more inclusive society, one that all of us will be happy to live in.”

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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

“I see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together – to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.”

Anita continues: “There’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else. I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s Pink Dot. Because together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.”