A music talent hunt, Peter Cat Recording Company, Vinyl Records, Slum Gods, DJ He Ra & Wazulu Da Ill Dravidian + DJ Uri — that’s the new life in Tihar.
And, the list doesn’t end there. There are other noted artists — the Peter Cat Recording Company, Vinyl Records, Slum Gods, DJ He Ra & Wazulu Da Ill Dravidian + DJ Uri coming up to perform for the prisoners, too.
After indulging in a bevy of cultural and social-service activities, the largest prison complex in South Asia is up for some serious music. Authorities say it’s the mood of the moment, and the prisoners are full of musical talent. "Our inmates are a talented lot. This event is part of the reformation programme because we believe music is a big stress-buster. Each jail already has a music room," says Sunil Gupta, spokesperson Tihar Prisons.
The upcoming Ska Vengers concert in jail number 4 on April 26, being organised to facilitate the provision of musical equipment and tuition at Jail 6 - the women’s prison and jail 7- the young offenders’ prison (for 15-21 year olds) is touted to be their ‘coolest’ music event so far. "I have held music classes in Tihar in person, so I know people there want to learn more and engage in music. The instruments in the jail are old, so we are also hosting another concert to raise funds for new ones and more classes," says the band’s Stefan Kaye. Meanwhile, the ‘Tihar Idol’ project aims to find the best in music ala Indian Idol on TV. The winner will get a chance to record an album produced within the prison complex by production house RVP. "There are about 100 good singers among the undertrials and convicts, who will be given first preference in the auditions. This competition will give them an opportunity to do something productive. The prisoners are very kicked up," adds Gupta. Prisoners of music
Auditions are on for ‘Tihar Idol’ — a music talent hunt on the lines of reality show Indian Idol
Club blueFrog to bring The Ska Vengers to perform inside the jail on April 26
Alternative rock band Menwhopause spent 15 days with the inmates doing music workshops. They also worked with the in-house prison band, ‘The Flying Souls’
Sarangi maestro Kamal Sabri’s music album Sarangi Redefined was launched in Tihar
Long queues for ‘Tihar ki roti’
If you spot a long queue of SUVs, sedans and their owners standing outside Tihar jail, chances are that many of them are waiting for the famous ‘Tihar ki roti’. Rotis (chapatis) made by inmates are in demand as some astrologers suggest that getting even a bite of the roti will ward off bad luck for generations.
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