Prisoners’ pride, viewers’ delight

A massive tree’s root carved into an attractive artwork is on display in the country’s first Jail Museum at Sangareddy.

By   |  Published: 20th Dec 2016  11:00 pmUpdated: 20th Dec 2016  9:08 pm
Artefact made with a massive tree’s roots, being displayed at Sangareddy Jail Museum. Photo: By Arrangement

Sangareddy: An artefact made with a massive tree’s roots, which was recently brought from Director General of Prisons, Telangana’s office in Hyderabad to Sangareddy Jail Museum, became a cynosure of all eyes. According to authorities of the Jail Museum, the artefact was prepared by prisoners of Guntur jail three years ago. It was then put on display at DG’s office.

With the help of jail authorities, the prisoners of Guntur jail could get a massive tree trunk from Nallamalla forest, the roots of which remained intact. The inmates of the jail, who were already given training in carving the wooden artefacts, had transformed it into an attractive artefact by polishing the roots after pruning the unnecessary roots.

The authorities told Tabloid Today, a corporate company had offered a huge sum of money to own the arterfact, but the Director of Prisons, VK Singh directed them to shift the artefact to Jail Museum in Sangareddy to make it a special attraction in the first Jail Museum in the country.

The Deputy Superintendent of Jails M Lakshminarasimha informed us that they were working on building a pedestal on the premises of the jail to display the unique artefact. The Nizam era jail was constructed some 220 years ago, which was opened for visitors after transforming it into a Jail Museum a year ago. The place shot to fame as it had introduced “feel the jail” programme.

The structure was originally a cavalry barrack, when it was constructed way back in 1796, but the Nizam transformed it into a jail in 1879. The Department of Prisons had displayed several records of prisoners, things used by the prisoners and jail staff, and paintings on punishments given to the convict prisoners during the Nizam era.

Narasimha said that the Jail Museum has been attracting a good number of visitors from across the nation since it was thrown open to public a year ago. “However, the restoration work taken up by the department is still under way in parts of the museum. Once the work is completed, the Deputy Superintendent of Jails said that they would display additional things in Jail Museum.”