An art gallery was inaugurated
TIRUCHI: The Central Prison campus bustled with cultural activities on Gandhi Jayanthi Day and it did not take long for participating inmates to leave the visitors awestruck by their impressive performance.
The air was soaked in enthusiasm in the campus that reverberated with a plethora of competitions for the inmates. The nearly three-hours-long cultural programme was marked by a striking performance of the inmates’ musical troupe, spot poetry, essay and elocution contests on human values, and fancy dress competitions. Contests in volleyball, carrom, painting and song were conducted earlier. The proud winners had enough reasons to flaunt their prizes and all the participants were given token prizes too.
Among the highlights was the inauguration of an Art Gallery inside the jail campus by Tiruchi Range Deputy Inspector General of Prisons B.M. Ezra. The gallery contains paintings on Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Kamaraj, Mother Teresa and natural sceneries – all done by the inmates, mostly lifers, while taking part in the painting competition.
Jail authorities said representatives of various service organisations invited for the cultural programme were astonished by the painting skills of the inmates. As many as 50 paintings are displayed at the gallery.
The programme was organised to exhibit the talents of the prisoners and provide them a positive diversion, says Superintendent of Prisons N. Sekar. Each service organisation provided assistance in one form or the other to the inmates. While Bethel World Vision distributed prizes to all the 300 participants besides donating sprayers and a cake oven, Rotary Club of Tiruchi – Diamond City distributed sports kits and books worth Rs. 25,000. Rotary Club of Tiruchi Fort distributed sweets to all the prisoners and St. Anne’s Convent provided raw material for the manufacture of candles.
New Life, a voluntary organisation, presented a packet containing bathing soap, oil and powder to 100 prisoners aged above 60.