Asha Srivastava loves going to her violin class regularly as she finds the melody of the ‘blind instrument’ soothing and therapeutic. She may sound like any other music-lover, but she is different — she is 69-years-old and can play the violin skillfully.
“While I was working as a teacher, I was too busy to undergo any formal training. Now I have plenty of time,” said Srivastava, who taught political science at Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar.
“I used to help organise cultural events but never participated myself. That created an urge in me to play music for myself. It is so comforting that it keeps sorrow at bay even at this age,” she added.
But, she is not alone.
Many senior citizens and people in their early 50s who have scored professional success during the heydays of their career are now playing music in their free time. Another music-lover Sarita Jain, commissioner of regional provident fund office, takes classes in keyboard, although she has crossed 50.
“Sometimes, we get requests from grandparents who want to learn along with their grandchildren,” said Ashish Dange, director of Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyala.
The music school frequently arranges transport facility too.
“Children and senior citizens have one thing in common — both need pick-and-drop service,” said Dange.
Music teacher Madhav Sharma welcomes the trend. “Of late, I have been teaching people between 40 and 50 years old. They are sincere in learning music, although it requires a lot of patience,” said Sharma.