Today, an eclectic group of 2150 Bharatanatyam dancers from different dance schools in South India come together to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Bharatanatyam Dance Recital.
My eleven year old daughter, Krithya, is one of the 9 dancers selected from her dance school to be part of the World Record troupe of 2150 dancers. She studies dance at Vishwalaya School of Bharatanatyam under the guidance of her Guru Smt.S.Vijayalakshmi Vishwanathan who has been teaching her for the last 6 years.
Today’s performance is to break the earlier World Records like the one attempted at the Tanjore Big Temple in 2010 where 1000 dancers participated. See picture above.
This event is organized by Koothambalam Naatyala at the sprawling ground at Arangaswamy Gounder High School at Pugalur in Karur District, Tamilnadu. The event takes place between 6pm and 7pm.
The dancers have been training for this for the past 3 months. The organizers devised an innovative concept for training. They had a professional dancer perform all the 5 dances and shot the video using many cameras from different angles. They distributed the CD to every student and this became a wonderful reference guide and also ensured that all the dancers learn the same movements.
Being part of a Guinness World Record Attempt in itself is a great experience. Am happy for all the participants and especially for my kid. Am really hoping they get the record. It would be well deserved for all the hard work they had put in.