He may be only a teenager, but Drums Kumaran aka DK became a part of history over the weekend. The plus two student successfully hit the drums for a 50-hour marathon that entered not one, but three record books on Sunday evening. These being the Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records and the Tamil Nadu Book of Records.
The record attempt which kicked off Friday (January 3) saw a variety of music spanning genres like film music, western and folk. And to make the day extra special, the 17-year-old revealed it was his mother’s birthday.
The stage was set across the playground of Leo Matric Higher Secondary School where Kumaran is a student. Neon flex screens ran video graphics and a band prepped the crowd for Kumaran’s arrival. This was no short of a Tamil superstar’s entrance with the pomp and the bursting of crackers one would get on a Tamil New year film release! And with an audience of close to 700 students, teachers, parents and volunteers waiting eagerly, one might have wondered whether there was a celebrity running late.
Music director and singer AR Reihana and P Mohanraj, MD Diamond Group were present to wish the youngster well.
The music effort began at 6.05 on Friday with no breaks in the enthusiasm that people had leading up to the event. Saturday was Film music special and Kumaran was allowed a short break of 10 minutes every hour.
Testament to his undetermined will is the fact that despite not feeling well in the days leading up to the event, he went ahead anyway. Kumaran says the record will take him one step closer to his goal of playing for 125 hours non-stop!
At roughly 2 pm on Sunday, with a remaining six hours to go to the golden mark, the crowd began to grow...
Working up a heavy sweat, but still keeping the pedal on the metal, Kumaran made his record at 8.05 pm sharp — and big smile was in order.He was presented a certificate of completion by Thomas Payne of the Asian Book of Records.