Mangaluru: Jail Inmates Join the Chorus as Musicians’ Union Regales Them

Mangaluru: Sunday, June 28 was a memorable day for the inmates of the district jail here

For a few hours, they had the freedom of enjoying music and taking part in it too as about 30 artistes from the Karavali Music Artistes’ Union presented a feast to their ears with melodious songs. They included patriotic songs, old Kannada film songs and Hindi film songs, esp., those of Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi.

The musical fare began with the state’s anthem, ‘Jai Bharata jananiya tanujaate, jaya he Karnataka maate’. While a jail staffer sang ‘Toredu jeevisabahude’, Rajanikant, one of the inmates won high appreciation by singing ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’. As an interlude, Naveenchandra Koppa presented his mimicry show.

Beginning at 9-30 am, the programme went on up to 1 pm. The Union presents three or shows every year for the benefit of the inmates. Office-bearers Sadashiva Das Pandeshwar, Muralidhar Kamath, Mallika Shetty, jail superintendent Obaleshappa and others were present.

The inmates expressed an opinion that it was a change from the routine life inside the jail. There was also a feeling that music could help them in giving a healing touch to their lives, thereby reforming themselves.

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