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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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It’s not what you wear, but the way you wear it

Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos

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A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common
A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

I expected my wife to veto the idea, but she was okay with it, saying: “It’s not what you wear that counts, but whether you can carry it off.”

Mind you, this was a phone conversation and so she couldn’t see what I was wearing. In the event, going to work in a killer clown outfit was not as bad as it might have been, and the fake bloodstains on the costume proved advantageous. Fellow passengers quickly gave me a seat on the bus — actually, a whole block of seats.

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The main (and possibly only) advantage of marriage for guys is that we are given full-time aides (“wives”) who generally prevent us going out looking too ridiculous. Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos.

Proof: In my true-crime file is a report about a criminal fugitive on the run in Japan who disguised himself in a girls’ sailor suit school uniform. Since he was a tall man with massive shoulders, he managed to evade detection for only minutes.

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons

Another true story: Last year, a pair of bank robbers decided to dress as women to scope out a bank in Thomasville, Florida. The result was the opposite of what they expected: They became the centre of attention, of course.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman — good taste, and the ability to walk with our feet clamped in instruments of torture known as “lady’s shoes”.

There’s one exception which proves my point. In November last year, the coach of the Thailand women’s kabaddi team was dismayed to find out that males were banned from attending women’s sports events in Iran, where his team was playing. So he wrapped his head in a female scarf and marched straight in.

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He fooled nobody but correctly judged that the women would be too nice to throw him out. Smart guy.

Our UK correspondent shared a sad news item about a group of men who raised money for their local hospital by dressing as nurses and pushing a bed around town. The hospital refused to accept the cash as they said it was considered politically incorrect for men to dress as nurses these days.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons
It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons

This seems unfair, as I have seen marathon runners dressed as bananas, dinosaurs and Q-Tips without complaint from fruit sellers, palaeontologists or people who like to poke things in their ears.

But the political issues surrounding women’s clothes are complex. In 2011 someone organised a “slutwalk” in Canada. This involved scantily-clad females marching down the road with protest banners. When the Slutwalk arrived in Asia, the women were fully covered up and many of the marchers were male; so the event missed the point, a bit like the Animal Rights Barbecue that a friend of mine once tried to organise.

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Anyway, like my wife says, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. By the way, I look great in a Speedo. (IANS)

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via his Facebook page)