AFTER SINGING continuously for 61 hours to stake claim to a world record, 16-year-old Akanksha Jachak is basking in glory and accolades that are pouring in from all over. Her joy has doubled on being selected for the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Akanksha said that her instant feeling after completing 61 hours was of joy and contentment for having realized a long cherished dream. She revealed that it was the expectation of her parents Prashant and Megha and of the people of Indore that kept her awake to chase the target of non-stop singing for 61 hours. “I am feeling sleepy now but people complimented me on looking as fresh as a daisy even after singing for so many hours,” she gushed.
Akanksha explained that her father had informed Guinness Book about the plans to conduct such a programme and they had approved of sending a representative to witness her show. “However, they did not inform us about the timing or identity of the Guinness Book representative to maintain their credibility,’’ said Akanksha. This little singer has sent her claim for a record to the Guinness Book after achieving the target successfully.
She took some breaks in between, but those were within the permissible limits. As per Guinness Book norms, a performer can take breaks for 10 per cent of the duration of entire record. Akanksha could take a break of six hours and 10 minutes but she saved 20 minutes here too.
Akanksha had prepared a list of 1,000 songs for the programme but could sing only 725 in the 61 hours. She wanted to sing for 101 hours but then agreed to her parents’ wishes and did not sing the remaining 225 songs on her list. The list contained songs by 61 music directors, 61 singers, 61 best years and 61 films and so on.
Akanksha denied she had any further plans for more records and said that her concentration would now be on ‘Riyaaz’ and improvement in singing skills.
Meanwhile, State PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya announced an award of Rs 1 lakh for Akanksha and Rs 11,000 each for the musicians accompanying her. Chandu Shinde, Ramesh Mendola and K K Goyal would give her Rs 61,000 as reward.
PT Education has appointed her as their brand ambassador and also provided a scholarship of Rs 1 lakh. Satya Groups’ Malwa County director Kulbhushan Mittal also presented Akanksha Rs 11,000.