The popular folk dance form of Kerala, ‘thiruvathira’, is all set to break the world record set at the Mumbai Pooram, at the Durbar Hall ground on December 14.
Mumbai Pooram Foundation had set a record with the participation of 2,639 women in the dance held in November 2012. This time, an attempt will be made in Kochi, to bring together a total of 3,000 women performers as part of the ‘Aathira Kulirnila Nrithyolsavam’.
Malathy, the director of the programme and a dancer, said that the training for the mega event had commenced as early as in June this year. Training programmes are being conducted at various centres across the state on a regular basis. “More than 2,000 women have registered for the event so far. With the date of the event nearing, more people have started pouring in and training will be given to them,” she said.
Dance enthusiasts from Kannur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts have registered for the mega event. Members of the Malayali Samajam from Mumbai too will participate in the cultural festival.
According to Malathy, those who wish to be a part of the event, which may enter the Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of World Records, have been directed to register at the Parvanendhu School of Thiruvathira, Ravipuram, Kochi, phone no: 94471 55950, 97452 23352.
As part of the rehearsal to the event, a ‘thiruvathira’ performance was held with the participation of 300 women here last year, and it proved to be a great success. Gopakumar, the coordinator of the programme, said efforts have been started to invite representatives of the Guinness and Limca Book of World Records. The Mumbai Pooram organisers claim that they have already entered the Guinness Book with last year’s feat. However, if the number of participants comes close to 3,000, the ‘thiruvathira’ event at Kochi will rank as the biggest in the world.
Malathy said that the training is being synchronised with the help of CDs which are being used at all the training centres across the state by the trainers. The first rehearsal of the mega event with the participants from Kochi will be held here on November 17.
All the expenses for the conduct of the programme, including dress and ornaments, will be met by the individual performers. District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) will support the event by arranging for the lights and sound system at the Durbar Hall Ground.