Art exhibition to showcase paintings made by Yerawada inmates

As many as 125 paintings made by Yerawada prisoners will be on display at Bangandharva Rangmandir's Art Gallery on Tuesday.

A beautiful collection of a variety of themes and mediums will be showcased by different artists who are presently undergoing trial or have already been convicted and are serving their sentences. The inmates of Yerawada Central Jail, Yerawada Open Jail and Nashil Road Central jail will be participating in the exhibition.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Dr SB Majumdar, president of Symbiosis and Meeran Borwankar, Additional Director General Prison. Yogesh Desai, Yera wada jail superintendent and other officials from the Jail will also be present.

The jail authorities have also made arrangements for prisoners to see the exhibition. "This is the first time that we are organising such an exhibition where all the paintings will be up for sale. We feel through the sale of these paintings, artists will be able connect themselves to the society. The jail staffers and inmates are busy with the arrangements," said Desai.

"The jail has various manufacturing units and workshops like those of black-smith, leather work, paper work, bakery, incense stick unit, carpentry and candle-making unit. The jail also provides ready-made furniture to government departments," he added.

Jail authorities said similar exhibitions of various units will be organised in future. "The prisoners are provided with all the material they require for painting. They are encouraged to indulge in some or the other kind of art form during their free time. We even give merits to those who perform exemplary work. Some NGOs also pitch in and distribute paints, brushes and canvases among them. It is an expression of art and a great tool for behavioural correction that the jail authorities focus on," said Nagesh Patil, factory manager, Yerawada Jail. The paintings to be put up on display have been painted over a span of a year. "It was about three to four months back when our ADG Meeran Borwankar came up with the idea of organising such exhibitions. We spread the news to the jail inmates and ever since they have been painting with enthusiasm," added Patil.

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