J P Pereira
As a child Joylita Silveira loved to sing. She would sing for school programmes and in the church. “I love music; I also play instruments like the keyboard, violin and guitar. But nothing compares to singing,” Joylita says, before adding that her parents have been her sole inspiration, support and strength. Her father Pio Joao works abroad and her mother Joyce is also talented. In the past she would write and perform on short skits. Her maternal grandfather Casmiro Afonso was a well known tiatrist, too.
Joylita completed her primary education through the Seven Days Adventist School and St Theresa’s High School, St Estevam before moving to Don Bosco HSS, Panaji. After securing a distinction she joined Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Khandola, Marcel to pursue a bachelor’s degree of arts.
Actively participating in extracurricular events, she won the title of Miss Khandola 2018 and the first place at the Abhivyakt 2018 elocution competition. Her poem on women won her the second place at a poetry recitation competition organised by Institute Menezes Braganza.
Every year, the village organises a programme on the feast of Our Lady of Piety. A competition for the villagers was followed by a musical show by C D’Silva, a veteran tiatrist. She recounts an incident which gave her the boost to achieve success in life. Joylita tells us that she was about 7-years-old and was participating in a fancy dress competition, and forgot her lines midway through the performance. An elderly lady, seated in, passed the remarks- “You can’t do it. Go home!”
Joylita says she cried and went off the stage. It was that day that the young Joylita resolved to try harder and do far better. That incident, she says left a mark and helped her win the first prize for seven consecutive years. “I am grateful to that lady, for the comment”, she says.
A talented singer, Joylita was one of the finalists at the 4th edition of Goencho Avaz, a popular singing competition. She has been a part of the winners team at the battle of the bands for the event ‘Plexus’ organised by Goa Medical College and has performed at various places with Emmanuel Menezes and the band, Acoustic Waves.
Joylita has has lent her voice for various music productions including ‘Mogachi Kanni’ by the late Jackson Dias, ‘Devachem Dennem’, ‘Tumkach Lagon’ by Lawrence Costa, ‘Kallokak Bhienakai’ by Oscar Rodrigues, and ‘Magnnem’ as well as ‘Upas ani Dhan’ by Pascoal Rodrigues.
Joylita’s entry into tiatr came through Milagres de Chandor. He was staging a tiatr in St Estevam and on request, permitted this budding talent to render a solo performance. Later, he asked her if she would sing in his new tiatr, ‘Go To Hell’. Joylita agreed and she was booked for a couple of songs.
As fate would have it, the actor who was supposed to play the main role met with an accident. It was then, that the director requested Joylita to replace the actor. She went ahead and rocked the stage with her performance; even outshining professionals who acted alongside her.
This was the turning point, after which Milagres cast her in ‘Yours Forever’ in a negative role. She is extremely grateful to him for giving her the opportunity to make her debut on the Konkani stage. Currently Joylita can been playing a tragic role, in Roseferns’ ‘Gorantti’, and giving another power packed performance in Samuel Carvalho’s ‘Dogui Bodmas’.
Joylita has plans of releasing a poetry book in the near future. A poem that she wrote for her sister Joynixa, to perform for the Diocesan Society in Goa, is soon going to be for a music CD. She also has plans of completingher further studies, and intends to take up teaching. “But, I will definitely continue to sing and act, as God has blessed me with this talent”, says Joyita with a smile.