Theatre festival for jail inmates

BANGALORE: Many NGO’s strive to up-bring the lives the destitute’s and those who have an impoverished lives, however it is imperative to note that many organisation big or small work towards b

Published: 05th March 2012 10:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:29 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Many NGO’s strive to up-bring the lives the destitute’s and those who have an impoverished lives, however it is imperative to note that many organisation big or small work towards bringing a positive change in

the society.

But there are some other non-profit organisations which look at it in an unconventional manner to bring a ray of hope to the dispirited, like the one named ‘Sankalpa’, an NGO that also runs a theatre group exclusively for prisoners all over Karnataka. This Mysore-based NGO, which has its branches all over Karnataka work towards reforming the prisoners and enhance their creativity through theatre workshops in various prisons across the state.

Hulugappa Kattimani, founder of this NGO and the driving force behind the concept, said, “Sankalpa started in 1997 has been conducting theatre workshops across the state since then. We also focus on meditation, yoga, painting, traditional folk arts like kolata and kamsale and other creative learning. Apart from these we have also been working hard to rehabilitate the inmates to join the mainstream and lead a confident life in the society after their release. Also special efforts have been made in the selection of plays, which can easily be connected to the lives of inmates.”

He further added, “Till now nearly 100 plays have been performed by the inmates all over Karnataka and nearly 300 inmates have participated.”

This organisation will be holding a four-day theatre festival called Jailininda Jailige, starting from March 7 at Ravindra Kalakshetra.

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