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Eye on record books, Akanksha sings

YET ANOTHER City girl, Akanksha Jachak (16), has embarked on a 61-hour musical journey in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 17:38 IST

YET ANOTHER City girl, Akanksha Jachak (16), has embarked on a 61-hour musical journey in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Class 11 student of Christian Eminent School invoked Lord Ganesh with a ‘stuti’ and rendered a popular Marathi bhajan ‘Omkar Swarupa’ before beginning to sing golden hits from Hindi films at the Ravindra Natya Grah on Tuesday.

Her Guruji Anna Maharaj and Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma were present on the occasion. Wishing her success in the venture, Anna Maharaj said, “Indoreans should wish her and bless her as the honour this effort would fetch would not be just hers, but it would be for the whole City.” The Mayor too blessed her and expressed happiness that a young girl from the City was attempting such a feat.

Akansha, who has been learning music including Indian classical, since a young age, will sing Hindi film hits of the sixties and seventies. “This is because, we want to draw this generation’s attention to this golden era. There was melody that time, which unfortunately is lacking today. We hope to make people aware through this venture,” said Prashant Jachak, Akansha’s father.

Akanksha has prepared 61 songs each of Asha Bhosale, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and also 61 songs each of musicians, lyricists etc. “Apart from this, she did ‘riyaz’ for a few hours daily for the light classical songs but there were no extra preparations,” said Mrunal Vyas, her music teacher.

Calling her as a ‘god-gifted’ child, Vyas said, “She has the knack of grasping every note very quickly.” For the programme, she has prepared about 800 songs, but only 600 out of those would be taken for record, he added.

When asked if her daughter would be able to cope with the stress, Medha Jachak said, “She has been singing for quite some time now. We all are confident that she can manage the feat. And, because this is her wish, there is no pressure.”

Akansha has already staged 1,400 public programmes, many for charity. A few years earlier when she tried to create a record by singing 61 songs, Guinness Book of World records authorities had turned down her request saying she was too young to undertake that kind of record. Then, to avoid some technical difficulties, the family waited till Akansha turned 16 on Tuesday, when there are no age, Prashant Jachak said.

“It is her birthday today and 9th November is Guinness Records Day. So she said she would sing from seventh to ninth, thus making it 61 (seven again) hours as 7 is her lucky number,” he added.

Accompanying her are Jitu and Babla on tabla and dholak, Mangesh Kumar on synthesiser and Bablu Sharma. As per Guinness guidelines, she would be allowed to take only six hours and ten minutes break during the entire programme. The accompanists are also willing to give her company whole time and not take any break in between.

Only child of her parents, Akansha was flooded with phone calls since morning with people wishing her for the programme and also on her birthday. When asked why her daughter, who already has a name in the field of music, wanted to go for this record, her mother said, “Uske liye sangeet hi junoon hai (music is an obsession for her). And moreover, is there any limit to one’s wishes?”