Guwahati: On Sunday, Assam entered the India Book of Records for major khol-playing ensemble. Organisers now eye on Guinness World Records for major group playing this traditional striking instrument.
A total of 14,833 traditional khol players came together for 15 minutes performance at Titabor in Assam’s Jorhat district.
The khol is a drum-like instrument made of terracotta, frequently played to come with devotional music. The instrument is used in Manipur and West Bangal too, while devotional music is played.
Organisers of the event said that video recordings of Sunday’s performance will be sent to the Asia Book of Records and the Guinness World Records.
Abhijit Baruah, representative of India Book of Records in Assam told that “The performance of the khol players today qualified for entry into the India Book of Records. We have followed all guidelines normally maintained by international bodies for such events, and we have appointed independent observers for monitoring the video recording.”
Ankita Borthakur, Delhi-based spokesperson of the Asia Book of World Records, who was also present during the Sunday event, said that “As of now, the event has entered the India Book of Records. But I am sure this performance will be able to enter the Guinness World Records as well.”