A life behind bars is not devoid of dreams. And hopes of freedom and love. For the inmates serving life term at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad, these dreams have found a creative release on the canvas. The paintings of three such inmates were showcased at a unique exhibition, at Navajivan Trust’s Satya Art Gallery in Ahmedabad, which was inaugurated on Tuesday.
“I will work with an art gallery when I am released,” says 38-year-old Manish Parmar, who is among the three prisoners. Fifteen of Parmar’s paintings were part of the show. The other two inmates whose works were on display at the exhibition include 45-year-old Narendrasinh Rathod and 30-year-old Suresh Sanchana. About 31 of the three inmates’ paintings — oil, pastel, acrylic and glass — were on display. Sanchana, booked under Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, was not entitled to meet the press and be present at the exhibition, said jail officials. With their price range beginning at Rs 1,500, these paintings are slated to be sold at the exhibition. The funds will go to the prisoner welfare fund of the Sabarmati Jail, which has already crossed Rs 50 lakh, said sources.
Courtesy: Indian Express