Guwahati: Sonali Achrjee, a danseuse from Assam, who has stamped her name in the prominent Guinness World Records. Her claim to fame was performance of Rabindra dance for a epic 25 hours and 25 minutes, a record that was never try before in this category.
A resident of Hailakandi district of Assam, Sonali, had performed along with 125 other artists, four dance ballets and 150 musical compositions of Rabindranath Tagore. The entire dance selection was choreographed and presented by Sonali to commemorate the bard’s 150th birth anniversary. The event was held at Rabindra Bharathi, Hyderabad.
The two-day nonstop dance festival event titled ‘Rabindra Nrityotsav’ was organised by Sonali Academy of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjore and South-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur. It was a tribute to Tagore by the academy.
Sonali said that “The entire initiative took eight to nine months of preparations. I got in touch with other artists from the northeastern states, France, Japan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It was my passion for Rabindranath Tagore and his music that made me pursue this attempt through which I could pay my respects and tribute to them. There was only an 18 seconds break in between to change our costumes. We performed continuously otherwise. I have also been invited to perform at the Summer Olympics. A verifier from the Guinness Records, who also happened to be a member of the London Olympics Committee, saw my performence and invited me to perform in London. They will provide me with some more details later.”
The dance items were performed in the occurrence of Vatti Vasantha Kumar, minister for tourism and culture, archaeology, museums, archives, youth services and sports, Government of Andhra Pradesh, and Konjeti Rosaiah, governor, Tamil Nadu.