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101-hour record tastes sweet

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 18:04 IST

IN TEN days, three world records for non-stop singing have been broken and a vow taken to better the new record. Indore’s Deepak Gupta sang for 101 hours non-stop in Coimbatore to stop on Sunday afternoon to set a world record.
Sixteen-year-old Sania Syed Kadir - who successfully sang non-stop for 64 hours at Khandwa on Saturday, but lost out to Deepak on Sunday, has taken up the challenge to reclaim the record.

This rush to compete began when 15-year-old Akanksha Jachak sang for 61 hours in Indore on November 9 to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records.The previous official record for marathon singing mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records is held by a German who sang non-stop for 54-hours.

On Saturday Sania broke Akanksha’s record, by three hours and on Sunday, Deepak left them both behind to complete singing for 101 hours in Coimbatore. Deepak, a music arranger from Indore started learning music at a very young age and began performing stage shows at the age of 12. He chose Coimbatore as the venue for his effort because he was there in connection with a Palak Muchhal charity concert.

Palak’s mother Amita who arranged and coordinated the record breaking effort told Hindustan Times over phone from Coimbatore that eight records had been made during the programme. She said Deepak made the record for non-stop singing, while each of the six musicians who accompanied him made the other six. The last was made by the entire orchestra group for singing non-stop for 72 hours, she said.

Amita said earlier, Deepak was planning to have a go at the record, either at Bhopal or Indore. “When we told our Coimbatore organisers about the record they insisted that Deepak join the programme. We the applied for registration with the Guinness Book of World Records requesting permission to start within 24 hours as the venue and date were decided,” said Amita.

Deepak’s brother Saurabh said Deepak took yoga nidra during the allowed breaks to help him through the 101 journey.  Deepak’s programme was recorded by two cameras installed by the Guinness Book of World Records team at the programme venue. Deepak’s record breaking effort was greeted with celebrations in Coimbatore and Visarjan Ashram in Indore (where his
parents live).

When contacted over phone Sania, a resident of Bhikangaon near Khandwa told Hindustan Times she would attempt to set a new record by singing continuously for 125 hours.  A confident Sania claimed, “I have the capability to break any record - 200 or 500 hours.

I can sing any type of song - classical, western or filmy and I would certainly set a record next month.” Sania who practices music on her own, said she practiced for 200 hours non-stop once a week. Sania who started singing at the age of eight said it was Akanksha who motivated her to attempt to make and break the record. “I wanted to make the record but never seriously planned it.

When Akanksha made it I just thought of giving it a shot.” Back in Indore, Akanksha who started this trend when asked whether she wishes to set new record said “No way! Now I will just concentrate on my singing and will take any step when I am groomed perfectly.” Trying not to sound disappointed at her record being broken, she put a brave face and said, “It was me who first broke the world record.”