On Tuesday, 11th April 2017, Visakhapatnam saw a novel feat when 7000 girl students performed the classical dance form “Kuchipudi” with an aim to set a Guinness World Record.
Commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, girl students of 21 government operated residential schools of North Coastal AP participated in the event. The dance by the girls was synchronized on three songs that elaborated Ambedkar’s life story.
Social Welfare Department and Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society, came together to organize this event. The people who attended the event included CM Chandrababu Naidu, other ministers and top officials of the state.
According to the organizers, this feat has actually broken the old record of the biggest Kuchipudi dance performance. The earlier record was set last year in Vijayawada where 6117 artists had together performed Kuchipudi.
All the girls who performed in this event at Vizag were undergoing training from professional dancers for the past couple of months.
While addressing the people gathered at the event, the CM said that Kuchipudi defines the cultural heritage of the state and that it is the responsibility of the people to pass this on to the coming generations.
He added that INR 100 crore was allotted for the promotion of Kuchipudi in the state budget. He announced that a Kuchipudi academy will also be established in Amaravati, the new state capital.