Amid the lockdown, a month ago, a video of an 85-year-old woman performing ‘lathi-sathi’, an ancient Indian armed martial art, went viral on social media. Seeing the unmatched skill of Pune resident Shanta Balu Pawar, many prominent people of Mumbai came forward to help him, including epidemic warrior Sonu Sood.
Thanks to Sonu Sood, thanks to which Shanta ‘Warrior Aaji’ is now a martial arts and self-defence trainer for children. The villain of Reel-Life played the role of a real-life hero during the lockdown. When he started several initiatives for the migrant labourers who suffered the most, especially in reaching their hometown.
The actor approached the woman about a month ago and offered to help the children as a martial arts trainer. Meanwhile, along with NGO Niramiti, local Corporator Yogesh Dattatraya Sasane also helped find a suitable place to take classes.
In fact, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on Saturday, the training was inaugurated soon on the premises of Savali Foundation.
Yogesh Dattatreya Sasane told The Indian Express,
“Where I live, I live nearby and I got to know more about them after the viral video … Within a few days, I was contacted by volunteers from Nirmiti, and I did my classes for lathi-sathi Offered to give Aaji a place to operate. “
“The current campus of the Savile Foundation is for entertainment and development activities for women, such as karate, yoga, teaching, beauty parlour training and computer classes. I proposed that I would give them free space, and Sonu Sood’s help goes directly to Aaji. ”
Till now, classes have been held three times a week with a batch of 30 students for a one-hour session. In fact, Shanta was offered to teach at a nearby school for a few days.
The viral video, which was initially shared by actress Aishwarya Kale, received responses from celebrities including Ritesh Deshmukh and Richa Chadha.
State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, along with city legislator Chetan Tupe, had gone to meet Aaji at his residence in Hadapsar earlier in July, had given him Rs 1 lakh, and also presented him with traditional sari-choli and bangles. .
Aaji said that she would use the money to repair her home and to educate her grandchildren.