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Fun and frolic: Elders showcasing their talent in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. —
Fun and frolic: Elders showcasing their talent in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. —

D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: It was a day of fun and frolic for many members of old age homes here on Thursday. The initiative taken by the Nilgiris Social Welfare Officer, N. Thamizharasi, to make the 2007 World Elders Day celebrations memorable saw about 85 elders, including many octogenarians and ten visually challenged persons, got something to talk about for a long time. With a great deal of planning having gone into the celebrations, any of the members from the Pope Paul Mercy Home, Nanjanad, the Asha Bhavan Old Age Home, Gudalur, the Little Sisters of the Poor-Home for the Aged, Coonoor, and the Saras Trust, Udhagamandalam, not only got entertained but also entertained others by showcasing their talents in a few ways, including dancing.

The pick of the lot were four geriatric women from the Little Sisters Home who posing as newly married couples amused the audience by dancing to a fast paced Tamil film song ‘naanga pudhusa kattikitta jodithanga.’

They were enthused by a sizable number of students from the Emerald Heights College for Women and the Government Arts College. One of the dancers, J.Lilly Amma (83), told The Hindu that memories of the day would linger for long. Another participant K.P.K. Komalam said that the celebrations helped her put on the back burner bitter memories of her childhood and youth.

Making a brief appearance, the Nilgiris Collector, Santosh K.Misra, presented shawls, sweaters and caps to two Irula women Kali Butthan (90) and Kali Bhomman (88) of Kembadi at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and a Toda woman Muthumalli (70) of Garden Mund here.

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