Almost three months after he was moved to Yerawada Central Prison,actor Sanjay Dutt is likely to participate in a cultural programme that has been designed and scripted by the inmates. The public performance of the programme is slated after the Ganesh festival.
The 53-year-old actor,who had surrendered after the Supreme Courts confirmation of his conviction in the 1993 serial blasts,is serving the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence.
For the past few months,over 30 inmates of Yerawada jail are working on a cultural programme consisting of dance performances and skits that highlight the culture and traditions of Maharashtra,and their relevance in the changing times. In May,a small show was also organised on the jail premises for visitors.
When Yerawada officials spoke to Dutt about this,he was willing to be a part of the programme. As the programme is in Marathi,his role is yet to be decided, a state Prisons Department official said on condition of anonymity.
The choreography and direction of skits has been done by convicts from both central and open jail,many of whom are serving life terms. 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.
Jail officials said some of the inmates from womens jail will also be a part of the event. After the first performance,we got some feedback and some changes have been made accordingly. A public performance is being planned after the Ganesh festival.