New Delhi: A melodious voice, a sweet six-string riff, a beautiful jugalbandi on tabla - The music launch of their album is like any other, however, with one difference. These musicians are all prisoners and their performance is in Tihar Jail. Meet the Tihar Idols, who have launched their first album, a first from inside a jail.
Titled 'Jaane Anjaane', the album has six songs, written and composed by the finalists of Tihar Idol, a talent hunt conducted for inmates of the jail.
Shivani Hassan, a murder undertrial, and Bhagirath Khadiya, undertrial for dacoity, say it's a new beginning for them.
The band has an international touch as well. Joe Vargas, a Canadian national who is the lead guitarist, says the music helps him relax. He says, "I feel like I am transcending not just culture.. even bars through music."
Authorities say there's a huge change within the band. "They now want to live a better life. I am proud of them," says the jailer.
The band not only hopes it will strike a note of change in them, but a commercial success will also be a big boost and open up more avenues for them when they step out of Tihar.