Mangalore: Prisoners Transforming to Better Life Through Theatre Talents
By Alok S, Team Mangalorean
valedictory programme of the four day 'Jailninda - Jailige Rangayatre' was held
at the City Town Hall here on July 5.
The inmates of central jails of Mysore, Bangalore, Belgaum and Dharwad
about 63 in number, have performed three dramas in the past three days: 'King
Lear', 'Kataledaari Doora', and'Shivaraathri'. Today the theatrical journey
closed curtains in Mangalore with the final play titled 'Gokarnada Goudashaani'.
This Jail to Jail theatrical journey was co-organised by Sankalpa Mysore Team
and the Karnataka Prisons Department, Bangalore.
In a formal valedictory programme before the final play, Mangalore DCP
(Crime) Dharmaiah spoke and said that "Everybody has talents, but they just need
the right platform to exhibit them. There are wonderful writers, poets, actors,
painters among the inmates of our jails in the state which have found their
platform through Hoolugappa Kattimani, the director of 'Sankalpa', Mysore.
In spite of being away from home and spending nights at the prisons, it
is wonderful to have these inmates sinking into the characters that they play in
various piece of the theatre."
An inmate of the Bangalore Central Jail Ramesh S V almost brought tears
rolling down people's eyes when he shared his story as to how he was sent to
jail, how Kattimani's inspiration drew him in to theatre, and how various
characters played by him transformed his thinking to choose a new life. He
explained the stages of transformation. He also pleaded the audience to write to
the governor so that many convicts like him could be released from jail in spite
of having transformed their behaviour and also completed their life
imprisonment term of fourteen years.
Another convict Ganesh Naik basically from Ujire who was sentenced to
life imprisonment in the Mangalore Court thirteen years ago at young age of 19
broke into tears when mentioned about his sister who has remained unmarried,
because of his imprisonment. He regretted the crime he had committed at very
young and immature age and also recollected how the theatre and painting had
brought a new shape to his character, and how he quit bad habits like drinking
Entrepruener Mangaldas Gupta voiced out his opinion saying these
prisoner-artists could play at the Raj Bhavan and show the Governor how the
theatre has transformed them to responsible citizens shedding their skins
of a crime.
DCP (law and order) M Muthuraya in his presidential address said that the
prisoners have not only transformed artists, but also won hearts of the
audience. He invited them to transform other prisoners to change their life by
giving up a criminal attitude.
Mannd Sobhann president Stany Alvares also spoke on the occasion.
Halugappa Kattimani humbly requested the audience to write to the IGP
Gopal B Hosur and K V Gagandeep requesting the release of the transformed
A vote of thanks was delivered by Abhinandan Dharwad.