Nahan Jail of Himachal Pradesh is all set to create a new record in the history of prison reforms. Congratulations to Shri Somesh Goyal, DG, Prisons, HP and his team.
Vartika Nanda, Editor, Tinka Tinka
Shimla: History will be created on Monday when 10 convicts of serious crimes, now lodged in Nahan Jail of Himachal Pradesh, enact a musical performance in front of an audience at the historic Gaiety Theatre here, where the likes of legendary artistes like KL Saigal, Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendell, Raj Babbar, Anupam Kher, Manohar Singh, and Naseeruddin Shah, have performed in the past.
It is not new for the audience here to witness performances of renowned singers and actors at the Gaiety, but this is for the first in the state that jail inmates have been given the chance of a public performance. To ensure that the musical performance contains a touch of professionalism, the 10 inmates who would be making their maiden stage appearance on July 18 to fine-tune their singing talent under the guidance of lecturers of music from the Government Degree College, Nahan, for a month. The inmates — who would be rendering their voices to devotional songs, Sufi, Qawwali, and folk songs during their performance — were convicted in serious crimes, and some of them are even serving life sentences.
Himachal Pradesh DGP (Prisons) Somesh Goyal said the inmates who would be performing had never been brought out earlier. He said irrespective of the fact that the inmates were convicted, they too have a pool of talent. Their first public appearance would mark the start of a historic chapter in the rehabilitation of incarcerated prisoners, by giving them an opportunity to refine their talent and present it before the audience. Goyal said after performing at the Gaiety Theatre, inmates would be allowed to continue with their rehearsals, and perform in different parts of Himachal Pradesh during state-level functions. He said music had a cathartic value, and it helped remove negativity. “We want to show that while serving their sentence, inmates too can have a normal existence within the four walls of a prison,” he added.
Present among the audience would be chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Already, massive publicity is being done by the prison department by issuing advertisements in radio channels. “We want the people of Shimla to come out in large numbers, as their presence would encourage inmates in future to perform even better,” added the DGP. Besides the musical performance, an exhibition of different products like handicrafts and handlooms made by prisoners from various prison factories like Chamba, Dharamshala, Nahan, Kanda, and Mandi will be displayed at the theatre from July 18 to July 20.
Courtesy: Times of India