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More than 6500 women danced their way to Guinness book of World Records by performing ‘Thiruvathirakkali’

Women performing Thiruvathirakali, Wikimedia

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.

– prepared by Staff writer of NewsGram 

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The director of the U.N. Population Fund office in Geneva, Monica Ferro, says in places where reproductive rights are constrained, either due to lack of resources or government mandates, people have a limited ability to choose the size of their families.

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The world population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion by 2050, to nearly 10 billion people, with sub-Saharan Africa expected to contribute more than half of that growth.

Women in Africa must overcome many legal and social barriers to achieve control of their fertility, Ferro said.

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“Women may not have the access to medical services,” she told VOA. “They may not have the access to child care. They may not have access to all the institutional and social support that comes with being ready or being able to plan your fertility.”

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To make freedom of choice a reality, the report urges countries to offer universal access to quality reproductive health care, including modern contraceptives and better education.

It also advocates for a change in men’s attitudes toward a woman’s right to choose the number, timing and spacing of children. (VOA)