Tihar Has Opened An Art Gallery For Its Inmates To Bring Out Their Inner Picassos

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Tihar jail has opened an art gallery to give its prisoners a ‘second chance’ to showcase their skills ‘coz there are many artists behind the bars who end up captivated due to unfortunate circumstances.

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Watching inmates playing with their paintbrushes in their free time, superintendent Rajesh Chauhan pitched the idea of starting an art school for the inmates. This eventually gave way to a school and art gallery inside the premises of jail no.4. This school of art is affiliated to IGNOU and provides diploma courses to aspirants.

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The 25-year old Ramesh Singh has earned a whopping amount of ₹1.5 lakhs from his artworks in a span of four months. Another inmate, Anwar Omeis has raised ₹60 thousand during the same time.

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Artworks by these Picassos displayed in an exhibition at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts were sold for more than lakhs of rupees. Canvases worth over 2 lakhs have been purchased by the ESI hospital, West Delhi to deck up the hospital walls. These breathtaking artworks have found their places in different government agencies as well.

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