TEARS flowed as members of the Bollywood Matrix dance group visited the elderly residents of the Babasiga Ashram.
Kanika Shankar could not stop her tears as she witnessed first-hand the condition of the residents.
"I feel sorry for these old people and the situation some of them suffer," she said.
"What I saw today brought back memories of my beloved grandfather and grandmother back in India. After talking with some of the senior residents who have been forgotten at the ashram by their close family members, I feel senior citizens are very much part of society and should never be neglected by their families.
"Our senior citizens are part of our history and they should be given the love and care they deserve, however, we are thankful to the people serving at the Ashram and we salute them for their great work."
Bollywood Matrix group director Suresh Nair said people serving at the Ashram had bestowed blessings upon themselves in their daily work.
The team was led by the director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra.
"We should all learn to respect our old citizens as they are a part of our past, they deserve our love and care in their tender age," said Dr Mishra.
"I have always visited the Ashram every time I come to Labasa and it is such a joy to bring in this young group all the way from India to visit and witness first-hand the condition of our senior citizens."