31-year-old Kathak dancer Soni Chaurasiya of Varanasi Saturday claimed to have broken the previous record of marathon dancing of 123 hours and 20 minutes.
Daughter of a paan vendor, Soni broke the record at 9.21 pm. It was previously held by Kerala’s Hemlatha. Soni was still performing at the time of going to press.
Varanasi (UP): Kathak dancer Soni Chaurasia makes world record by performing marathon Kathak for more than 124 hours pic.twitter.com/89Jg3fWS2E
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom Soni wanted to be present when she broke the record, congratulated her in a tweet: “Soni Chaurasiya, a bright youngster from Kashi has made us proud. Congratulations to her.”
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 told The Sunday Express that Soni was allowed to take hourly breaks lasting five minutes.
The dancer, however, decided to take a 20-minute break every four hours. During this time, she would take refreshments such as dallia and khichdi. “Evidence of her performance will be sent to Guinness,” Dogra said.