We are a small group comprising people from various walks of life, who believe that criminals need not be condemned forever. Hence our efforts are directed at cultivating more compassion, understanding love and social responsibility. And most important to us are all the inmates (current and released/acquitted) who are, as you know, the very reason for our existence. It is their effort towards redemption and their determination to become responsible citizens that has touched us and our world – TOUCH WORLD.
TOUCH WORLD’s music and dance therapy has burgeoned from a small session in one correctional facility to a major programme embracing three such facilities in West Bengal. The first stage show by the inmates was ‘Brotherhood beyond Boundaries’ based on folk & martial dances of India, with emphasis on national unity and peace.
Between 2008-2015 the inmates have successfully performed Rabindranath Tagore’s dance dramas for the West Bengal Arts Festival, followed by “Balmiki Pratibha”, which has been staged at numerous venues winning hearts along with extraordinary acclaim. Apart from the highly professional production, what is path breaking is the fact that for the first time, both wardens and their families, prison authorities and inmates come together in not just performing but also in designing and constructing costumes and props. This has brought about a bond of a different nature – not of ‘jailor and jailed’, but of talent coming together on equal terms. `Balmiki Pratibha’ was followed by `Mokshagati’, a film and stage production on the life of King Ashoka, which has also been well appreciated.
Alokananda Roy’s latest production with the inmates, is a lyrical ballad on the life of Jesus Christ called ` Dhrubojyoti Tumi, Jishu’.