Varanasi Kathak Dancer Breaks World Record

A Kathak dancer from Varanasi has broken the world record of longest dance performance by continuously dancing for 123 hours and 30 minutes. It was previously held by Kerala’s Hemlatha.

Soni Chaurasiya, 31, daughter of a pan vendor, broke the record on Saturday at 9.21 pm at Mount Litera Zee School, Varanasi. With her performance, she broke the previous record of Hemlata Kundalu of Trichur, Kerala, who performed Mohiniattam (a classical dance) continuously for 123 hours and 20 mins.

Soni began her performance on April 4 at 6 pm on a school campus in Varanasi. While no official from the Guinness World Records attended the performance, two cameras had been installed to record Soni’s each move.  Her trainer Rajesh Dogra allowed Soni to take hourly breaks lasting five minutes.  The dancer, however, decided to take a 20-minute break every four hours.

Extra info:
1. Kathak  is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement.
2. Union Minister of Culture – Mahesh Sharma

So lets do:
1. Who is the Union Minister of Culture?
2. Recently who has breaks the world record by continuously dancing for 123 hours and 30 minutes?

Source – The Hindu


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