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‘Passionate’ seniors display collections

mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2011 02:38 IST
Unisha Lohade

Pravin Thakkar, 65, is no average film buff. For the last 49 years, the Parel resident has collected cinema hall tickets of 4,100 films.

“I have spent Rs 42,000 on watching the films. I used to stick the tickets in school notebooks and write down the date, time and who I watched the film with,” he said.

Thakkar’s reel affair is on display at the Dignity Foundation’s exhibiton, ‘Passionate Collections’ at Gurukulum, Napean Sea Road. The two-day exhibition, inaugrated on Saturday, has 18 stalls set up by senior citizens, whose lives revolve around their hobby.

Sanjay Joshi, 49, has stamps of 226 countries, currency notes of 190 countries and antique coins from 175 countries.

“I have collected these over the past 25 years with the help of friends and family. I have 500-year-old coins from the time of Akbar, Aurangzeb and Shivaji,” he said.

The banker’s collection began in 1984 when he found ten coins collected by his brother while cleaning his loft.
Dignity Foundation has been organising this exhibition for the last four years.

“The exhibition brings to light the talent of senior citizens and gives them a platform to showcase their hobbies,” said Sheilu Sreenivasan, founder president, Dignity Foundation.

“This year we have also organised a food fiesta of grandma’s recipes for the first time to give everyone a taste of the past. Sindhi, Tamilian, Kannadiga, Gujarathi, Maharashtrian, Bengali and Marwari food will be sold at a minimal price,” said Anarkali Velkar, manager, Dignity Enrichment Centre.