It was 1914. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi would soon return from South Africa to spearhead the freedom movement. Around the same time, a young eye doctor, who had just returned from Edinburgh was treating patients for free. Sorabji Pestonji Shroff sat in a small room in Lala Laxmi Narayan dharamshala in Fatehpuri, attending to cataracts and retina problems. With help from the British government, he set up Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital on four acres of land. The next three generations of his family are also doctors. Among the lakhs whom have been treated here, Gandhi was one of them.
Today the hospital completes 100 years, and the Shroffs are celebrating with a concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his son Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, who will be accompanied by percussionists Vijay Ghate and Tanmoy Bose. “This concert is the celebration of our journey.
It’s a hospital that has never looked at franchises, something that many people are doing, or at numerical targets. Our aim has been to cure eye problems in the country,” says Niloufer Shroff, wife of Noshir Shroff, Sorabji’s grandson. The proceeds of the concert will go to a charitable hospital in Lakhimpur, Uttar Pradesh. “The Eicher group is helping us in this venture,” says Shroff.
The tickets for the concert are priced at Rs 500 and above and are available at Shroff Eye Centre Clinics across Delhi and at bookmyshow.com