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The event was an unusual break from the daily routine at Tihar jail, a vast complex in the west of the Indian capital where 12,000 inmates ranging from trial suspects to convicted murderers are incarcerated. According to the International Center for Prison Studies, India houses some 330,000 inmates in its prisons, making it the fifth largest inmate population in the world.— Photos and Text by AFP

Inmates dance in front of other prisoners to music being performed on a nearby stage during a small concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
Inmates dance in front of other prisoners to music being performed on a nearby stage during a small concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
A man looks on near a prison ward during a concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
A man looks on near a prison ward during a concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
An inmate dances in front of other prisoners to music being performed on a nearby stage during a small concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
An inmate dances in front of other prisoners to music being performed on a nearby stage during a small concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
Prison inmates enjoy a concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
Prison inmates enjoy a concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012.
An inmate dances in front of other prisoners to music being performed on a nearby stage during a small concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012
An inmate dances in front of other prisoners to music being performed on a nearby stage during a small concert at the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012
Prisoners focus their gaze on a stage set up inside the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012, during a small concert at the penal facility.
Prisoners focus their gaze on a stage set up inside the Tihar jail in New Delhi on April 26, 2012, during a small concert at the penal facility.

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