Inmates of the Yerawada Central Jail would be getting an opportunity to showcase their talents after a gap of 10 years. An audience comprising top political leaders including the chief minister and other ministers would witness the performances of more than 115 inmates from across the state including 25 from Yerawada on December 17 in Nagpur.
The programme has been named Bandiwan Rajni (A Special Night By Inmates) and comprises folk and contemporary dance performances, skits and satirical one-act plays. All these performances have been written, directed and performed by the convicts from central jails across the state.
State Prison Department head Bhushankumar Upadhyay said, “Such programme was last held in 2005 but has been discontinued due to some reasons. This time, we are going to hold the programme during the ongoing winter session in Nagpur. The chief minister has agreed to grace the occasion and there would be other dignitaries too.”
The programme is scheduled to be held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur on December 17. Yerawada jail superintendent UT Pawar said, “Our troupe of 25 inmates has been rehearsing for the programme from several days, and all of them have already been transferred to Nagpur Central Prison. Such activities bring a lot of positive energy among inmates and create a bonding between them. They always have something to look forward to in their otherwise set routine.”
Yerawada jail inmates would be presenting a Ganesh Vandana in the form of dance, a folk dance of Waghya Murali, a Bollywood dance number and other performances. When asked whether Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt would be participating in the programme as anticipated, Upadhyay said, “He is not going to participate.”
In 2013, a much-hyped cultural programme Timiratooni Tejakade (From Darkness To Light) in which Dutt was scheduled to participate, was called off by the jail administration citing security reasons. The programme was organised to raise money for the prison welfare fund. The money collected was later returned to the buyers of donation passes. Though several shows were held internally in Yerawada Prison, the public show was never held.