A cultural programme that has been designed and scripted by the Yerawada jail inmates and which will feature actor and 1993 blast convict Sanjay Dutt,will be a houseful show,jail officials said. The two- hour programme by 45 jail inmates will be staged at Balgandharva Rangamandir on Thursday afternoon amidst high security.
The 53-year-old Bollywood actor,who had surrendered after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in the 1993 serial blasts,is serving the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence since May.
For the past few months,over 30 inmates of Yerawada jail have been rehearsing a cultural programme consisting of dance performances and skits with the main theme on the culture and traditions of Maharashtra and their relevance in the changing times. In May,a small show was organised on the jail premises for some visitors. The money collected from the sale of tickets will be used for welfare funds.
DIG (Prisons) Rajendra Dhamane said,The show will be houseful as some social organisations and citizens groups have promised to buy all the tickets. It is a two-hour show that will start at 3 pm on September 26 and go on for about two hours. About 30 inmates,some from the womens jail,will perform on the stage while 15 others are crew members performing backstage duties. He added,Sanjay Dutt will be appearing in a dance and he will also be doing a skit which has mimicry. Jail superintendent Yogesh Desai said,The show has been designed,scripted and will be executed by inmates. All of them have been adding new things to the programme every now and then. Most of them are convicts of serious crimes like murder. Some are now with open jail.”
The choreography and direction of skits has also been done by convicts from both central and open jail. The programme will begin with a conversation between two performers – one playing a villager and another his school friend who has returned from abroad and has forgotten his culture. With the help of the dance performances and skits,the villager tries to re-introduce his friend to their homeland,which is changing but has its values intact, said a jail official.
Dhamane said,We are co-ordinating with the Pune police on the security of the programme and travel from jail to the auditorium. There will be teams from local police and jail security staff looking after the bandobast.