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Siddhartha Vashishta aka Manu Sharma hosts an art show of works by Tihar inmates.

art-and-culture Updated: Jul 10, 2011 01:15 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

An art exhibition by Tihar Central Jail inmates is currently running in the Capital. Titled, Colours of Hope, the exhibit showcases works of inmates who have tried to depict their feelings and sufferings through the canvas. But one of the major draws of this exhibition is the trust — Siddhartha Vashishta Charitable Trust, which through the show’s sale proceeds will financially help the families of jail inmates. Siddhartha Vashishta aka Manu Sharma, the convict in the controversial Jessica Lal murder case, heads the trust.

In the exhibition brochure, Manu Sharma shares his jail experiences. He says, “I feel miserable in jail, but I also feel that after coming to jail I have seen misery in its most profound state. This misery is not about how one suffers in jail, but really about how the families dependent on those jailed suffer and struggle for survival and their day to day needs.” He also adds, “Had I not come to jail, I would have lived a very different life never having seen this magnitude of suffering. But the problem is far too big for any one person to tackle alone and with this objective I have started SVTC.”

The exhibition was inaugurated on Friday at Satyagraha Hall, Gandhi Darshan, near Raj Ghat by actor and MP, Jaya Prada. Sarangi maestro Kamal Sabri also performed at the opening. The first day was a great success, as within two hours of the opening of the show more than 80 paintings were sold. The exhibition is on till today evening.

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