SANIA SYED Kadir from Bikangaon, near here, completed 130 hours of singing at 9 am on Thursday. She embarked on this singing marathon after her own 64-hour record was broken by Indore’s Deepak Gupta who sang for 101 hours continuously at Coimbatore.
Sania began her songathon on December 15 at Gandhi Bhawan Hall. She deliberately did not follow any of the rules required for staking a claim to the Guinness Book of World Records. She even took breaks between each song. She later said her aim was not to create any record, but to break Deepak’s feat.
Her voice started to give away soon after she began singing. After about 85 hours, she suffered from mouth ulcer and her vocal chord started to swell. “But I had to complete the challenge as I had announced that I would sing again if anybody else would attempt to break my record,” Sania told Hindustan Times.
When contacted, civil surgeon and ENT specialist Dr R S Panika, whom Sania consulted during the programme, said, “the girl would now not be able to sing for many days.”
“Due to her (Sania’s) stubborn behaviour and singing in high pitch after such damage, she could also suffer from singing nodule that could permanently injure her vocal chord and she would be unable to sing well in future,” Dr Panika conceded. Sania’s father Syed Kadir wanted her to stop after completion of 105 hours, but she remained unfazed and continued to sing.
On the fourth day, Sania started taking break after almost each song. She was also not able to sing properly. The programme became more of music than lyrics, which could not be counted for any record spree. But she continued.
Making a new record or breaking an old for the heck of it – seems to be the ‘in thing’ to earn instant fame. This trend started with Anushka Singhal, a nine-year-old girl from Indore who attempted to make a record by singing non-stop for 18 hours.
Then, Akanksha Jachak sang for 61 hours at Indore, which was broken by Sania who sang for 64 hours. Deepak Gupta surpassed it by singing for 101 hours at Coimbatore. And now, it was Sania again. She apparently won’t tolerate anybody breaking her record even if it means having a crack at her throat.