A group of local Bharatanatyam dancers has broken records and made history after performing the Indian traditional dance for 35 hours non-stop.
The all-female dancers, from the Sri Rathakrishanan Music& Arts Center, performed the impressive feat at an event called Suaranatya, from 8am on May 1, to 7pm on May 2.
For their achievement, the group secured a place under two categories of the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR), namely the "Longest Non-Stop Traditional Dance Relay" and the "Most Number of All-Women Participants in a 24-Hour Bharatanatyam Relay", as well as in the Asia Book of Records for the "Longest Non-Stop Traditional Dance Relay."
According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), the event was organized by Pertubuhan Kesenian & Kebudayaan SRFA, in collaboration with the Sri Rathakrishanan Music & Arts Center, founded by Nalini Rathakris.
The record-breaking group consists of girls as young as eight, to those in their late 30s.
One of the dancers, Harshini Kalaivaanan, told the portal that they initially had doubts on the correct mechanism of pulling off the feat, before settling on a relay basis, where the dancers performed back-to-back solo so the stage was never left empty.
This way, the other dancers get the chance to rest and prepare for their next performance.
Even more impressive is the fact that the dancers were all trained virtually, due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The performance per se, was streamed online with no physical audience present, due to the lockdown.
Congratulations on your achievement girls! Here's wishing you all the best in your future endeavours!
Source& Photo source: FMT
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