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HindustanTimes Mon,01 Sep 2014

A ray of hope through art

Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 08, 2013
First Published: 19:20 IST(8/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:08 IST(9/3/2013)

Manu Sharma, originally known as Siddharth Vashishta, who is currently serving life imprisonment for the Jessica Lal murder case, is organising a one day art exhibition — Wings of Hope — where an exhibition of over 100 paintings by the Tihar jail inmates will be on display.

Siddharta Vashishta Charitable Trust (SVCT), a charity organisation, will be organising this exhibition on Saturday and Sunday.

Ashok Passy, the administrative head of the NGO, says that the organisation has manifold objectives through which they try and help people in prison and their families. “The idea is to help them to get back on their feet, help them realise an earning potential within them.

Of course, their children, who are often the victims of the society’s wrath because of their parents, need basic necessities for their overall development, which we try to help with,” says Ashok.

The paintings will be canvas based and will mostly be portraits of animals and birds, Gautam Buddha and some landscape sceneries. “The paintings are done by six inmates and are the ideas and views that these inmates have.

Some feel close to God, while some of them feel close to their native surroundings,” says Ashok, who adds that the NGO aims to hone the creative talent of the prisoners.

Catch it here
What:
Wings of hope — Art Exhibition
When: March 9 onwards
Timing:  11am-8pm
Where: India Islamic Cultural Centre, 87-88, Lodhi Road

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