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It’s Cool To Be A Babushka! (VIDEO)

It’s Cool To Be A Babushka! (VIDEO)

A group of elderly women, or “babushkas,” from the village of Buranovo, 600 miles east of Moscow, is totally changing the image of the elderly woman in Russia.

This group of women, mostly in their 70s and 80s, are a musical sensation, reports NPR, charming audiences across Russia. They sing Beatles tunes and songs by iconic Russian rocker Viktor Tsoi. They fly around the country for concerts. They made it to the Russian finals of the Eurovision music contest. And they have a Facebook page.

From NPR:

Because of harsh work conditions in Soviet times and rampant alcoholism today, men in Russia live, on average, to age 62. Women generally live more than a decade longer, and often live those later years alone.

The same has been true for many of the singing babushkas.

Yet, instead of spending quiet days peddling vegetables on the road, these women turned to music for comfort and companionship.

These are some awesome women!
You can watch the babushkas in the Russian finals of the Eurovision music contest here:

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12:03PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Great ............!!!!!!!!!!!! love it, why not? thanks for this encouraging video, there are plenty of ways to have fun at any age, anywhere, thanks a bunch!!!!!

2:38AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Great information, thanks for posting

1:20PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

WONDERFUL!! Thanks!

4:04PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

I think that it is cool.

1:59AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Cool!

11:35PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

It's called being alive!

11:24PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

They are so cute! and COOL! Hope they go international and we get to hear more of them!

10:24PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Now i miss my babushka.

8:24PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

I just wish there was a link to their Facebook page or their website ... :=((((

8:23PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

WOOT !!!!

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