9-year-old Kathak dancer sets a world record, smashes another one in a day
The one minute record was acknowledged by the London-based Guinness Book of World Records and the 15 minute record was acknowledged by the Wonder Book of Records, International,London.pune Updated: May 25, 2017 12:24 IST
Gatha Raut, a 9-year-old Kathak dancer from Pune broke a world record of 116 spins, the maximum number recorded in a minute, on 24 May. She also set a world record of performing Kathak spins for 15 minutes straight on the same day.
The one minute record was acknowledged by the London-based Guinness Book of World Records and the 15 minute record was acknowledged by the Wonder Book of Records, International, also based in London.
Gatha’s parents, Jaya and Santosh Raut, were among the crowd cheering for her as she spun her way through the two world records. While Gatha’s mother is a bus conductor with PMPL, her father is a businessman and a photographer.
Mr Raut himself holds a record of tying 129 phetas - a head gear made out of an 8.5 meter-long cloth - in an hour. He set the record on 24 May 2016 and decided to encourage his daughter to enter the Guinness book of World Records within a year.
Gatha has been training in Kathak from the age of 6 and the journey has not been an easy one. Gatha suffered blisters and constant pain while preparing for the world record performance. Her elder sister Vaishnavi also held her hand through the arduous preparation process.
The designated doctors recorded Gatha’s heartbeat to be 80 before the 15 minute performance. After spinning at the beats of a tabla for 15 minutes straight, her heartbeat had elevated to 88 - sign of a healthy heart and body, the doctor announced.
A locally known Kathak exponent, Maneesha Sathe was one of the jurors at the event. Sathe claimed that these events serve as an inspiration to the artist in question and to other budding artists as well. This is how the young ones are contributing towards the restoration and recording the history of our culture, says Sathe.