PUNE: “Smiles and tears simultaneously rolled down when 70-year-old Rohini Shinde and 14-year-old Rahul recited a prayer impromptu during a special event organised by Pune Akashwani on the first day of the New Year. Both Rohini and Rahul, who were unknown to each other, shared the same platform and recited the same prayer,” said Ravindra Ranjekar, Chairman of Akashwani Parivar (an informal club of employees of Akashwani).
Ranjekar added, “The theme of the programme to create a bridge between grandparents and grandchildren came up during one of the meetings of the Parivar and within a week, we arranged the programme. Our Deputy Director General (E) Ashish Bhatnagar was the brain behind the programme, as he said that being a public broadcaster, we must relate to the public in a more informal way.”
We contacted a few old age homes and orphanages from where our guests could be called. All we wanted to bring was a smile on the faces of these senior citizens, who love the company of children and the children who miss the love, affection and discipline from the seniors.
The over two-hour long programme was fun-filled with games, quizzes, puzzles, songs and dance. “After the programme, we had sumptuous lunch,” said Ranjekar, adding, “The Parivar consists of people from peon to station director and the contributions made were voluntary. We had contributions starting from Rs 100 to 2,000, which helped us to carry out the programme in a big way.”
“Many of the senior citizens spoke out their minds while the children played antakshari with the newly found grandparents. They played a game where the same card persons had to come together and present a skit, song or perform something. This game was a big hit,” Ranjekar added.
Earlier also, we had conducted programmes, which took us to people. We had organised a special function on May 1 (Workers Day) where we announced through the radio to the audience to bring their housemaids to Akashwani and we had celebrated the event, which received a huge response,” he said.
“Besides that, we had organised a rally of visually impaired people from Akashwani to Shanirwarwada observing the White Cane Day. We played music for them throughout the path”, Ranjekar added.
- Spandan Care
- Sanjeevani Old Age Home
- BJS Children’s Homes
- Vinod Shah Centre of Senior Citizens
- Eklavya Balkrishna
- Arogya Nyas