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In pictures: India prison theatre

The Berhampore prison in West Bengal is one of the biggest in the state. There are some 1900 prisoners, of which 341, including 19 women are serving life sentences.

When authorities floated the idea of staging a play in the prison, some 50 enthusiastic convicts signed up. The director chose 24, including five women, after auditions.

The rehearsals in the prison courtyard where male and female convicts came together for the first time were hectic.

Pics: Soutik Biswas

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