Silver Innings organises Umang, a unique stage talent show for senior citizens, in Mumbai
Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2016
The Umang talent show for senior citizens is not a competition and there are no prizes to win, and yet every year, it is flooded with entries from participants 
Silver Innings Foundation, set up by Sailesh Mishra, is organising its annual Umang talent show for senior citizens on 16 April this year. Every year, senior citizens from age 50 years to 80-plus from all walks of life participate in the show to perform, to sing, to play musical instruments, to dance on Bollywood numbers. The talent show also includes classical dance and street plays.
Sailesh Mishra says, “Unlike other talent shows, there are no prizes for winning the top three positions. Everybody is a winner. It is amazing to see the level of enthusiasm among seniors to perform on the stage.” 
He notes that in a surprising twist this year, more women than men signed up to perform on stage. 
“We are seeing a shift in attitude of our seniors, when women were not so keen to thrust themselves in the limelight. It seems that senior women are now eager to share the spotlight or even upstage the men! We wish more senior women come out and participate in public events such as ours,” he says.
It is indeed inspiring that women can multitask so well, after handling routine household work and catering to all family members, they also find the time to explore other hobbies in their silver years, Mishra added.
This year, over 100 participants between the ages of 50 and 75 years have registered to perform Koli dance, fusion dance, jugalbandi, one act play, group/ solo/ duet dance, and Lezim.
“Seniors love to dance, sing, perform one-act plays…we leave the stage open for them to express their creativity in every possible way. But more than them, we encourage younger family members to come along with the seniors and witness what these ‘old people’ are capable of doing if they are given the opportunity,” Mishra says.
Himanshu Dani, President of Rotary Club of Mumbai (Nariman Point), says, "Since 2010, Umang, in association with Silver Innings, has been one of the most sought after event for our senior citizens, which they await every year. We have been delighted with the growing enthusiasm, innovation and impact that this event has created in hearts and minds of our elderly. We look forward for continuing our support for this wonderful cause and would encourage many more to join to ensure we take this event to higher levels."

Event details

Venue: Birla Matoshree Sabhagriha, No. 19, Vithaldas Thackersey Marg, New Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Event Date: Saturday, 16th April 2016
Time of Event: 10am to 12.30 pm. Registration will start at 9am
Entry Strictly with Invitation Only, Prior Registration Mandatory
Seating on First Come First Basis only
Moneylife readers may contact: [email protected] / 9987104233 / 9029000091- 10am to 5pm (Mon to Sat). Address: Silver Innings, Bldg. J-47/48, Shop no.10, Opp. Navgraha Bldg, Poonam Sagar Complex, Mira Road (East) Pin- 401107


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