The Grandmothers Sang “Come On and Dance!” and a Village Got New Life

Buranovo, Russia was a small dying village until a group of eight local older women known as the Buranovskiye Babushki (or Grandmothers of Buranovo), placed second at a music contest called Eurovision, a European talent contest.   The group dressed in traditional garb and sang rock’ n’ roll pieces, a spectacle that not only placed them second in the contest, but also attracted 100 million viewers.  The local government is showing their appreciation for the group of grannies by building a water pipeline, installing streetlights and high-speed internet for the village’s only school, as well as laying gravel on the main roads.  “God forgot this place before the grannies sang,” Aleksandr Malkov, said. 
New York Times