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Senior citizens walk the ramp

Fashion show for elders sees 71-year-old grandma take the first prize.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 02:58 IST

If you thought only young women with hourglass figures could sashay down the ramp, think again.

Citizens above 60 joined youngsters on the ramp at a fashion show for senior citizens organised by Mohan Parab, member of the Poinsar Gymkhana in Kandivli, on Saturday.

Parab's 75-year-old mother inspired him to organise the fashion show.

"I always thought that something should be done for senior citizens. After my father passed away, my mother would be lonely. Involving her in some activity became important," he said.

When he floated the idea of a fashion show for the elderly during the general meeting of the Gymkhana, it was met with laughter.

However, MLA Gopal Shetty, who is also on the managing committee of Poinsar Gymkhana, encouraged Parab to undertake the project.

The fashion show received a huge response with over 150 applications flooding to participate.

The criteria for selecting the "models" was simple: senior citizens who wanted to do something radically different from their routine. "We dedicated the show to those who always wanted to do something different in their lifetime but never could due to family life," Parab said.

However, the show was not restricted to the seniors – there age range was from 16 years 76.

Seventy-one-year-old Suhasini Sawant took home the first prize.

"Being old fashioned I was a bit reluctant to take part. But my son, daughters and daughter-in-law encouraged me," said the proud grandma. The second and third prizes went to NG Bhatt (66) and Purvi Dave (23) respectively.

Other prizes included the best walk, best costume, best smile and best couple.

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