The Colors Of Hope
Not many associate happy endings when one thinks of prisons. They are usually thought of being forlon and scary at the same time. Fortunately, not everybody looks at it in the same manner. About three months ago, Basil Chako form Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Ernakulum , India , initiated a social campaign called the “Ray of Hope” with help from friends at the Hermit Studios. As beautiful as the campaign sounds, what they had done was even more amazing with a strong message to send out to the society.
Basil and his team of friends , together created a mesmerizing piece of graffiti called the Colors’ of Hope on the prison walls of the District Jail, Ernakulum, facing the Seaport Airport road. Before the graffiti the walls were simply drab and bare. Basil and his friend pass these everyday on their way to college. That’s when the idea sprang up and they approached the District Collector Mr. Rajamanickam IAS presenting the thought.
The work of art spans 5 walls of size 20ft*20ft, covering an area of a whopping 2000 sq. ft in total! The idea of the Rising Phoenix was put forward by the Basil and his friends and the design was developed by artists from Hermit Studio. It took Basil and his friends including a couple of freelance artists like Sanand Raj Ponnady, Sarun KS, Ajith Chandran, Amal Jose and Amal Joshy a total of 9 days to complete the piece.
True to its name, the graffiti portrays a Phoenix, once destroyed but now reborn and rising from its ashes, reaching for the sky- reaching out to a glorious future. This encapsulates the powerful message that prison does not always mean the end of the road, instead could be the beginning of something new and promising.
The real intention behind the masterpiece was to create awareness in the society about the potential amelioration of the lives of the prisoners. It hopes to change the public’s perspective of prisons as a place of punishment to a center for rehabilitation and renewal.
The much deserving efforts of Basil and his team did manage to turn heads and also capture the attention of the media. The graffiti filled the pages of several media houses like The New Indian Express and The Hindu. The artwork had also been officially unveiled by Shri. Rishiraj Singh IPS in the presence of Thrikkakara Municipal Chairperson Ms. Neenu KK .
As for Basil, this is just the beginning of a long journey through his passions. He is a humble techie who wishes to make breakthroughs in technology and ohh yes he loves to cook! Not to mention that he one day hopes to lead an IT giant in creating novel and super cool technologies.