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IIM Calcutta to hold Swami Vivekananda Memorial Workshop in presence of Danseuse Alokananda Roy

The Management Centre for Human Values (MCHV) of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta is going to organize the Swami Vivekananda Memorial Workshop in presence of Danseuse Alokananda Roy to be held at MCHV Seminarium on February 1, 2011.

The workshop will be attended by teaching professionals from leading schools of the city along with professors, students and officers of IIM Calcutta. The workshop is being funded out of the ONGC endowment to MCHV. The workshop would be centred on the lives of prisoners. Not many people are aware of the conditions inside jail, how a murderer, a rapist, a terrorist, an arsonist or a petty thief spends his time in closely guarded confinement and even in solitary seclusion in individual cells.

Most live in state of depression, despair and hopelessness. The workshop involves screening of a documentary ‘The Jail’ which describes this journey, and experience sharing by the resource persons, Nigel Akkara alias Vicky and Alokananda Roy. MCHV is dedicated to four great thinkers of modern India, namely Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. Orations and workshops are organised on a regular basis by MCHV in their names. Workshops like these serve to correlate the importance of the practice of human values and its relevance to contemporary society.

It was sometime in 2007 that the IG Prisons invited danseuse Mrs. Alokananda Roy to work in the Correctional Homes of West Bengal with the primary objective of reforming the inmates. Thus began a journey of reform through Dance Therapy. The first stage show was `Brotherhood beyond Boundaries’ based on folk and martial dances of India followed up by Rabindranath Tagore’s Dance Drama `Valmiki Pratibha’. For the first time, prison authorities, wardens and inmates came together to create a unique production. It is a moving experience of seeing hard core criminals, shunned by the society, men without any hope, slowly getting back into the mainstream of life. It is seeing real life transformation. Some are completely reformed.
 
On seeing this move one can underline that this is a classic example of true change in human values and perception by dint of sheer faith on love, affection, conviction and belief on human beings. One of the rare characteristics of life convict Vicky was, he never cried under any circumstances. The documentary is an undisputed proof of strength of human values. It shows how love, affection, faith and belief touches the soul of a hardcore criminal and awakens goodness in him. The journey of transformation might have taught him true purpose of living.

Alokananda Roy is a trained Classical Danseuse of International repute, now working with the correctional facilities in Alipore, Midnapore and Presidency Jails.Nigel Akkara alias Vicky was a hard core criminal and a life convict who served in prison for eight and a half years. After being released he is now reformed and lives a normal life.

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