In a bid to register his name in the record books, 32-year-old Paras Mani Choudhary, a resident of Jasola, has decided to sit and sing non-stop for six days.
From Thursday morning, Choudhary sat prepared with pillows, harmonium, tanpura and dholak at Purboshree Mahila Samiti Hall, K Block, CR Park, to start off the journey in breaking the current record of non-stop vocal recital of 135 hours by clocking 144 hours.
But is it humanly possible to keep singing for six days?
The artiste says it might be difficult but not impossible.
“I’ve been preparing for this attempt since August. In all these months, there were many 2-3 day stretches when I didn’t sleep and kept practicing. I have previously set records certified by the Limca Book of Records, one for non-stop sitar recital for over 92.35 hours in 2009 and the other for non-stop violin recital for 50 hours in 2011,” Choudhary, who ekes out his living by taking music classes at CR Park, Kalkaji, South Extension and Greater Kailash, had said hours before kicking off his feat.
What about food and toilet?
“A break of 10 minutes is allowed after every hour in marathon events. This can be taken after every hour or accumulated and taken accordingly. Toilet breaks, food breaks and health checkup breaks are allowed. But these also have to be marked in the log book for us to ascertain the actual time of event,” he said, quoting the Limca Book of Records rules and regulations.
Skilled enough to play the violin, sitar, guitar, flute, harmonium, keyboard, santoor, mouth organ, saxophone and so on, this native of Kharahara village in Bihar’s Banka district sported an orange headband as he sat near a Sai Baba statue singing bhajans praising the saint.
“He will drink fruit juice and eat khichdi for the six days. People of CR Park have been very helpful and insisted that the attempt should take place here. Two cameras are recording every moment. At night, at least 10 people will be present here, which is part of the rules,” the artiste’s brother Vatsa said.