What started as fun for Delhi-based rock band, Menwhopause, has now become one of the most significant experiences in the lives of its members.
"When we met Tihar Jail DG Neeraj Kumar with our CD and talked about performing in the prison complex, we had no idea it would be much more than just playing a set list before the inmates," said guitarist Anup Kutty.
"All 10 jails here have a music room. We also organise inter-jail competitions and cultural events," said RN Sharma, DIG, Tihar Jail. "The idea behind bringing in a band like Menwhopause is to help groom the inmates and their talent," he added.
Members of the rock band have been visiting Central Jail No. 3 for more than two weeks now and working closely with talented inmates. The band these rockers have helped form in the prison is called Flying Souls. This inmates' band will be performing in jail No. 7 on December 21.
Flying Souls, which will be joined by Menwhopause members, will croon self-composed Hindi songs, a few Bollywood numbers and two of Menwhopause's songs - 'Fly Away' and 'Free'.
"The jail feels like a school. The only difference is that here students can't leave till they have served their sentences," Kutty said.
The band members also feel that the prison houses a lot of talented musicians. "Bhagirath, a singer, is a well-behaved and calm man. We were surprised to know that 40 cases were pending against him," Kutty said.