December is the season of music and dance in Chennai and the music season has started in full earnest. Every year, a large percentage of rasikas are older people and this year is no exception. In order not to miss the performances of their favourite artists, many of them even surmount their mobility issues to reach the Sabhas.
A quick glance at the facilities at the Sabhas quickly shows that most auditoriums are devoid of even the basis infrastructure necessary for the comfort of senior citizens. The aisles are narrow, the steps steep and the toilets – the less we say, the better.
In order to create an awareness about the special needs of senior citizens, Old is Gold Store is providing free wheelchair service at selected Sabhas during this music season. While this not only provides an immediate solution to one of the problems, it also highlights the poor support that public places in India provide for the senior citizens and the disabled.
We reached out to all the major Sabhas and two of them responded immediately and have welcomed us to provide this facility at their Sabha hall. One of them is Chennai Cultural where this facility started yesterday and the other is Hamsadhwani where the facility will be available from the 16th of December.
Old is Gold Store is highly appreciative of these two Sabhas for being so sensitive to the needs of the patrons and for being so proactive and forth-coming. We hope that soon more Sabhas join this elite group.