Mizoram sets Guinness dance record
Mizoram on Friday set a new Guinness record in bamboo dance locally called Cheraw. The record was set by 10,736 performers – half of them girls – who danced to traditional music for eight minutes.india Updated: Mar 12, 2010 20:14 IST
The feat coincided with Chapchar Kut, the traditional harvest festival of the Mizos.
The record, according to Guinness World Records adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi, would go down as the ‘world’s largest bamboo dance’ performance. Though peculiar to Mizos, Cheraw was eligible for entry into the record book as similar dances are performed in Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.
“This record has a chance of making it to the Guinness Book of World Records for 2011,” Sinigagliesi said.
The record-breaking event saw the performers from Aizawl and outskirts line up a 3 km stretch of a road besides a football field in the Assam Rifles complex. Only 2,518 performers could be accommodated in the field while the remaining 8,218 danced on the road.
To ensure that the dancers along the road performed to precision, 42 horns were set up at strategic points to air the tune.
“This is a great day for us. We have set a record for others to try and break,” said Mizoram Art and Culture Minister PC Zoram Sangliana.
This is the Northeast’s third musical record in five years. In 2006, over 5,000 drummers had assembled in Shillong to create a biggest mass drumming record. The following year, Meghalaya set another record -the largest guitar ensemble.