Kizhakkambalam, May 2, 2017: From 21 states in India, more than 6500 women have danced their way to the Guinness book of world records by performing Kerala’s popular dance form ‘Thiruvathirakkali’ in Kizhakkambalam.
Yesterday, with a total of 6582 girls and women in the age group of 10-75 participating in the 16-minute performance, it is said to be the largest Thiruvathira held in the world.
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Cladded in white and gold-bordered Kerala ‘Mundu’ and ‘Neriyathu’ (a traditional Kerala attire), the dancers moved in a circular pattern on a rhythmic clapping to the tune of traditional songs in the eastern suburb of Kochi here, mentioned PTI.
The event was organised by Twenty20, the CSR wing of the corporate house Kitex, along with Chavara Cultural Centre and the Parvanendu School of Thiruvathira.
While handing over the certificate to Sabu Jacob, Twenty20 president and chief coordinator; Rishi Nath, the adjudicator of Guinness World Record said “the record for the world’s largest Thiruvathira belongs to Twenty20 Kizhakkambalam.”
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The event, organised by Twenty20, the development arm of Kitex group in association with Chavara Cultural centre and Parvanendu school of Thiruvathira. The motif behind this event was to promote the communal harmony, empower women and give a much-needed boost to the non-profit performing arts, mentioned PTI report.
“More than setting the world record, we hope this mega event will serve to bring together the people of Kerala and give a much-needed fillip to the non-performing arts,” he added.
Apart from 2500 women and children from Kerala, women from 21 other states too took part in the event and made it grand in the true sense of the term.
“Thiruvathira, being a traditional art form, has deep roots in creating synergies among communities irrespective of the caste, creed and culture,” Fr Roby Kannanchira, director of Chavara Cultural centre further added.
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