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City seniors dance to Chikni Chameli for ‘flashmob’

College project brings a bunch of enthusiastic senior citizens together for a song and dance gig at a mall in Lower Parel.

mumbai Updated: Jan 05, 2012 01:33 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times

Weak knees and walking sticks were left behind as a group of 40-odd senior citizens jived at High Street Phoenix on Wednesday. The occasion: a flashmob.

Flashmobs — a collection of individuals who gather in a public place, dance and then leave — have been increasing in frequency and popularity since the first big one was held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in November.

The senior citizen's flashmob on Wednesday was organised by a group of Wilson College students in cooperation with the mall and the Harmony Foundation. It was part of a college project concerning senior citizens that the students were involved in.

"We wanted to break the notion that flashmobs are youth-related," said Dhanika Kothari, 20, one of the students. "Through our campaign, we are trying to create inter-generational bonding by getting senior citizens to do youth activities."

Contemporary songs such as Dhinka Chika, Chikni Chameli, and Chammak Chalo blared through the loudspeakers at the mall as the group of senior citizens swayed, gyrated and boogied in the atrium.

Diabetes, arthritis, heart disease — nothing dissuaded the dancers from their spot of fun. The group practised for around a week before the actual dance. "This is for our own entertainment," said Suresh Pawar, 62, who underwent an ECG test just a day earlier. The doctor had to certify his fitness before he joined the dancers on Wednesday.

"I was so excited to be a part of this," said Anjali Wadekar, 60. "It creates a feeling among seniors that they aren't too old for such activities." The flash mobbers didn't disperse though, in the time honoured tradition of flash mobbers. They stayed on and continued to dance for the adoring cameras and general public.

First Published: Jan 05, 2012 01:32 IST