6,117 Kuchipudi dancers set new Guinness World Record

Andhra Pradesh’s own classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ found a place in the Guinness World Records yet again when a record 6,117 dancers came together to present a ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’ show at the IGMC Stadium in Vijaywada. Guinness adjudicator Rishinath declared that “Jayamu Jayamu” item presented in unison by the participants created a new record and handed over a certificate to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. With a spectacular ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’ show, a dizzying array of 6,117 performers created a new Guinness World Record here on Sunday, for the largest Kuchipudi dance. The record-creating entry is “Jayamu Jayamu,” presented in unison, and the certificate for the feat was handed over to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu by Guinness adjudicator Rishinath. The dancers were from various age groups: as young as 5 to more than 60 years old. The record event was preceded by two days of Kuchipudi conferences, including lecture demos for the budding artistes. Veteran dancers took part to encourage younger talent. A similar performance was held a couple of years ago in combined Andhra Pradesh, in Hyderabad, with a smaller complement of dancers. After bifurcation, the A.P. government has been focusing on promoting Kuchipudi, which takes its name from a village in Krishna district, 50 km from here. The Chief Minister said the A.P. government had sanctioned Rs. 100 crore for promotion of Kuchipudi dance. This 12-minute item was chosen for this year’s group dance at the event. Dancers from across the country as also from countries like US, UAE, UK, Russia, Hong Kong and Mauritius took part in it. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, eminent ‘Kuchipudi’ gurus of yesteryears Raja-Radha Reddy, Yamini Krishna Murthy and many others attended the closing ceremony.

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