Eminent Mohinyattam exponent Kalamandalam Hemalatha has entered the Guinness Book of World Record for the' longest dance marathon.'
Hemalatha set the mark, erasing the record of Hyderabad-based Vettikotta Yadagiri, through her 123-hour performance staged in Thrissur in September last.
The certificate, received by Hemalatha, said " the longest marathon by an individual was 123 hours and 15 minutes achieved by Kalamandalam Hemalatha."
"More than a personal achievement, I consider this as a recognition of Mohiniyattam, the unique dance form of Kerala", Hemalatha said.
"When I embarked on the mission, there were criticism from certain quarters that this was cheap stunt which marred the beauty and elegance of Mohiniyattam. But I was convinced start from the right that mine is a humble attempt to know the world about this performing tradtion unique to Kerala", she said.
Hemalalatha compelted the record-making performance in her second attempt after she had to call of her first bid after 64 hours of dancing as she fell ill on the stage.
The artist, who now runs a dance school in Thrissur, said the Guinness honour came as an inspiration to launch programmes to instil interest in Kerala dance forms among youngsters.
She said planned to embark on a one-month-old all-Kerala relay from January 26 to create health and physical fitness awareness among women and children.
She would be touching hundreds of schools, grass root level NGOs, reading and youth clubs on her way to take the message.