Talent show for seniorsBihani Social Venture organised the event with an aim of eliminating age-related bias.
On Sunday, May 21, Bihani Social Venture organised a talent show for senior citizens at Embassy Restaurant in Panipokhari, Kathmandu. Bihani, a social enterprise focused on senior individuals, labelled the event ‘Nepal’s first talent show focusing on senior citizens.’ The organisation aimed to eliminate age-based social obstacles and exclusions and develop senior-inclusive communities in settings that support active ageing and meaningful living.
Senior citizens presented various performances in the talent show. There were a total of twelve performances at the event. The programme’s highlight was drummer Dev Rana. Currently in his 60s, Rana is revered by fans of Nepali contemporary rock. He has been active in the industry for over four decades. Rana sang the English vocalist Englebert Humperdinck’s 1967 track ‘Ten Guitars’.
The other notable performance was a magic show by ‘Tom Uncle’. His set included tricks where he changed the length of ropes, locked a box that no one could open but him. In one of his tricks, he also changed a Rs1,000 note to an Rs10 note.
This was followed by a traditional dance, a duet by a senior couple and a poetry recitation session. Another notable performance was from 68-year-old Rupa Thapa, who lit the stage with her energetic dancing. She left the stage amidst chants of ‘Once more!’ Hari Thapa took the stage next for a stand-up comedy performance. This was followed by a humorous performance by the host, Abhishek Adhikari, where he danced comically.
The event ended with a short ceremony honouring all the individuals who performed in the programme with a token of love.