Kuchipudi dancers enter Guinness book

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Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu described the Guinness entry as a proud moment for Telugus and artists. Inspiration

With a spectacular ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’ show, a dizzying array of 6,117 performers created a new Guinness World Record in Vijayawada on Sunday, for the largest Kuchipudi dance.

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.

‘Jayamu Jayamu’, is considered a rich example of Kuchipudi, choreographed by the legendary Vempati China Satyam, and it was chosen for the record attempt ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’

A similar performance was held a couple of years ago in combined Andhra Pradesh, in Hyderabad, with a smaller complement of dancers.

The ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’ was part of the 5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention hosted by the state Department of Language and Culture. The audience was also treated to ‘Ananda Tandavam’, another hallmark Kuchipudi composition by Vempati China

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.

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