Never too old to catwalk

There was palpable enthusiasm at the ‘Companionship Carnival’ for senior citizens held by Dignity Foundation, in the City recently. The intention was to promote social networking amongst senior citizens.

Interactive games such as dancing on paper, khokho, lagori, musical chairs, folding saris and board games were part of the day-long programme.

A debate on the topic ‘Live-in partnership as the upcoming trend among senior
citizens’ was held. The panel members included Yamuna Murthy, TV actress; singer Shimoga Subbanna; and Shiv Kumar, an advocate and a moderator for the discussion. Yamuna Murthy said that there is a need for seniors to have companionship. “It’s about living in partnership. There is more pain in living alone,” she said. “There are many activities that I am taking part in. It’s nice to be around so many people.

Instead of spending time at home alone, we can make friends here,” said Uma Bharadwaj, a participant. “While singing old Hindi songs, I get nostalgic. I enjoy participating in the quiz sessionss. We get to meet people of all age groups. Participating in such programmes makes me feel young,” said Uma who took part in the fashion show, dance programme and played board games and outdoor games.

H N J Keshav, another participant said, “It’s  fun to attend these sessions. There is a lot of information available on various issues. Many senior citizens don’t get a chance to go out. So the trips that are organised are really nice.”

There was also a fashion show where seniors walked the ramp. The event concluded with a candle-light dinner.

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