Upcoming Mridangam artiste from Kerala, Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan has set a new Guinness World record in the category of 'longest hand drum marathon' by playing +Mridangam+ continuously for 101 hours here last year.
The longest performance on a hand drum was 101 hours and was achieved by him in Cannanore, Kerala from 25-29 May 2005, a letter along with a certificate from the London-based Guinness Book of World Records, said.
"The new feat could not have materialised but for support from hundreds of music lovers in Kannur and credit should go to them equally," Ramakrishnan who did the solo performance continuously for five days from May 25 last year, told a press conference here today, where he distributed copies of the certificate issued by Guinness World record officials.
"The five days was quite an interesting experience for me as I tried new vistas to communicate to the audience through Mridangam.
This in turn helped me to overlook the physical strain and exhaustion during the marathon performance," the artiste, who hails from Kuzhalmannam Village in Kerala's Palakkad district, said.
Ramakrishnan, who has set a similar record, playing the mridangam for 36 hours at a stretch in 2004 achieved the enviable honour by surpassing the record set by Arulanantham Suresh Joachim (Australia) in drumming marathon category at Zurich from February 1-4, 2004.
The 35-year-old Ramakrishnan, known for innovative fusion of mridangam with other musical instruments, is an 'A' grade artiste of All India Radio. He runs a music school which imparts training in Carnatic music.