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Karnal jail goes musical; plans album by inmates, FM radio

Confined within the high walls of Karnal district prison, inmates will soon have a chance to sing or compose music for a album.

punjab Updated: Jun 04, 2015 09:12 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times

Confined within the high walls of Karnal district prison, inmates will soon have a chance to sing or compose music for a album.

A talent hunt 'Karnal Idol' will soon be organised within the jail premises for the inmates who will be selected for performing in a musical album.

The move is inspired by Tihar jail's musical initiative for reformative purpose.

Around 25 jail inmates, including those convicted for crimes like murder, attempt to murder and dacoity, have shown interest in participating in the musical event, the first of its kind in Haryana.

"Karnal Idol is a talent hunt wherein inmates will be selected for various genres like singing, lyric writing, acting and playing music instruments. After trials, they will be trained and groomed by professionals to sing for an album. The audition for the talent hunt will kickstart soon," Naresh S Baisla, promoter of Music One Records, a music production company, told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.

He said that each song would be accompanied with a video and all of them are proposed to be shot inside the jail premises. Baisla is credited with conceptualising and releasing 'Jaane Anjaane', a music album by the inmates of Tihar Jail.

During his recent visit to Karnal, Baisla had visited the district prison and proposed the musical initiative as a social gesture.

Jail superintendent Sher Singh said that efforts were on to tap the hidden talents of the inmates who were initially reluctant in coming forward to participate in an entertainment show like this.

"I am told that some of the hardcore criminals lodged in the jail sing very well, but they suspect of losing their dreaded image by being part of the show. After initial reluctance, a couple of them have tried to approach me for participation," said Singh.

Known for introducing several reformative measure, the Karnal district prison management has a musical band that performs on important days and visits of dignitaries.


Jail warden Radhey Sham, who is in-charge of the stress busting music classes, is trying to tap the hidden talents of the inmates.

A trained vocalist, he is also a mentor for music-loving inmates.

"Besides imparting training in singing of religious songs and ghazals, the inmates are allowed to dance on foot-tapping songs inspiring patriotism and positivity. I am hopeful of roping in even some shy inmates in this initiative, who could be trained for the upcoming music album," he said.


The Karnal jail administrationis also planning to launch a FM radio station which would be aired from within the prison premises.

Baisla has agreed to give all kinds of support, right from training to technicians to radio jockeys -- for this musical venture for amateur jailbirds.

"My music company has rights of more than 50,000 songs and I am ready to play them for the entertainment of the prisoners. The FM radio will be run entirely by the inmates who will be trained in all fields of radio broadcast, including singing, technical support and radio jockeying. Also, we will try that the programmes produced by jail inmates are broadcast on special slots of Vividh Bharti and private FM stations locally," said Baisala.

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