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Bollywood Favourites with Age Scotland

At Playlist for Life, we're lucky to work with a wide range of partners working in diverse communities across the UK. We recently worked with Age Scotland to use Bollywood music to enrich lives of older adults.

We worked with Age Scotland and The Scottish Ethnic Minority Older People Forum (SEMOPF) on a ‘Bollywood Memories’ Playlist project. The project was spearheaded by Age Scotland’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Rohini Sharma Joshi, who supports the forum, and made possible by Adam Stachura, Head of Policy and Communications, who supported with advertising and Spotify.  

The project focused on building a playlist of Bollywood songs that would get older people from South Asian communities thinking about the music that’s important to them and that would feature on their ‘playlist for life’. 

Rohini worked with community groups across Scotland and beyond, gathering Bollywood favourites and tunes that brought back personally meaningful memories. The final playlist features 189 tunes, which adds up to 14 hours of listening! 

'Let’s do something more than talking about the music, let’s do something different which makes it easier for older people to access , let’s create something older people can use and get enjoyment from’

The Playlist was launched in November at a wonderful event in Age Scotland’s offices, featuring beautiful performances from musicians Savita, Herman and Vibha, and community singing group Glasgow Sitare. There were also some singalongs and impromptu performances from attendees who wanted to share their passion and favourite memories of Bollywood music. Special guests Anas Sarwar MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Foysol Choudhury MSP, Scottish Labour – Lothians region shared their own childhood memories of Bollywood favourites and the power of music. 

We encourage everyone to listen to the playlist and hope that it sparks cherished memories and brings you joy!  

Search “Age Scotland” on Spotify to find the ‘Bollywood Favourites’ playlist or use Playlist for Life’s Automatic Playlist Maker to pick out tunes to add to your own playlist.  


Thank you to the Scottish Power Foundation for supporting us to connect with underreached and underserved communities.