The inmates at Dum Dum Central Jail Monday got a taste of the Kolkata International Film Festival,which kickstarted Sunday,when 13 of them,all murder convicts and serving life sentences,performed a song and dance programme at the inaugural ceremony of the Salt Lake chapter of the film festival.
The Salk Lake film festival is being held at two venues and has started attracting hordes of film connoisseurs.
The programme,directed by danseuse Chirantan Bhaduri,consisted of three parts,rendition of Vedic hymns,Tagores songs and Raibenshe,a folk dance of Bengal.
I submitted the proposal to jail authorities that inmates of Dum Dum correctional home should get a chance to perform at some function and they agreed. I imparted the training and the inmates showed enthusiasm quickly mastering the steps, Bhaduri said.
Inspector General of prisons Ranvir Kumar said he gave all encouragement. We want inmates to get all opportunities to reform themselves and it was a part of that effort, Kumar said.
Meanwhile,Bhaduri also said that he would submit a proposal to the jail authorities that the inmates get an opportunity to see films being shown at festival. If the jail manual allows it,it can be done. Let us see what the authorities say about it, Bhaduri further said.