In 2010, sarangi maestro Kamal Sabri started teaching music to the inmates of Tihar Jail, wanting to use music to make a difference to the inmates' lives.
And now, after having taught them some of his craft, Kamal is all set to come out with his music album "Yo Kamaaaal... Sarangi Redefined", which will be released by Times Music, comprising seven songs, out of which one song, "Hope", is a tribute to the Tihar inmates.
"This song is my way of bringing some positivity to the life of these inmates," says the maestro. The song has vocals by inmates Mahender, Jitender and Balkishan, and violin by Manu Sharma.
Appreciating all the help provided to him by the jail authorities, Kamal says, "I was a little scared when I was asked to teach music to the inmates. But my very first class with them worked as an eye-opener and gradual interaction with them made me realise that most of them were just circumstantial criminals. The jail authorities too gave me tremendous support in setting up the music room and arranging for the necessary instruments."
The inmates are ecstatic on being a part of the soon-to-be-released album. "Sangeet se asha aur ishwar milta hai, yeh maine guru Kamalji ki music class mein jaana," says Ramesh Chapporam, who is serving life imprisonment under Section 302. Manu Sharma of the high-profile Jessica Lall case, who has learnt the violin from Kamal, says music has helped him become a better person. "Music is a great way to release stress. It helps us better than most medicines available in pharmacies," he says.