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In a bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, 14,833 khol players (Khol, a traditional drum like instrument of Assam) on Sunday played together at Mezenga Pathar of Titabor in Assam’s Jorhat district.
The traditional khol yesterday made it to the India Book of Records with 14,833 people playing it in unison for 15 minutes here for the first time in the State. Organizers said that they would send the video recordings of the whole event to the Asia Book of Records and the Guinness Book of World Records for the much coveted Guinness recognition.
Assam’s state song ‘O Mor Apunar Desh’ was also sung by the khol players in one minute and five seconds at the same venue making it to the Asia Book of Records.
Artistes aged between 11 and 80 took part in the record-making attempt. They have been preparing for it for the past three months at different locations of the state. Clad in traditional Satriya dress — white dhotis with white cotton tops, chadors and white turbans — the players made it a scene worth watching at Titabor on Sunday afternoon.
The record attempt was organized by Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, which preaches the teachings of fifteenth century Vaishnavite saint, with an aim to “unify the society through the cultural medium”.
Earlier, inaugurating the performance, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that huge turnout of artistes, especially the young generation, had reminded the people about the ideals of the great saint Srimanta Sankardev. “Participation by a large number of young boys at the performance would definitely inspire the new generation,” he hoped.
Gogoi added that the performance would put khol – the musical instrument created by Sankardev – on the world stage and attract people from all over the world to the ideals of the great saint.
The inaugural ceremony held with Karunakanta Dutta, Padadhikar of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha (SSS)– in the chair, was also attended by MLAs Arun Phukan and Rajani Kanta Das. The Chief Minister’s son Gaurav Gogoi released the souvenir Khit Dit-Dhei-Dao published on the occasion and edited by Dr Budhindra Nath Saikia.
Earlier, the welcome address was read out by the president of the reception committee Sonadhar Rajkhowa and the objective of the programme was explained by the Pradhan Sampadak of SSS Hari Prasad Hazarika. SSS Pradhan Sampadak Hazarika informed that it took the organisers one year to prepare for the event. He also revealed that a total of 40 Zila Samitis of SSS along with representatives from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura took part in the programme.
Break-up of the number of participants: Kaliabar 157, Nagaon 518, Barpeta 81, Gahpur 254, Hojai 265, Darrang 435, Morigaon 696, Guwahati City 86, Kampur 258, Hajo 29, Jonai 120, Dhansiri 195, Karbi Anglong 271, Lakhimpur 1098, Dhemaji 958, DP Kamrup 67, Hamren 115, Goalpara 100, Biswanath 484, Nazira 802, Tezpur 346, Majuli 183, Nalbari 41, Dhakuakhana 414, Rangiya 108, Bongaigaon 17, Odalguri 52, Golaghat 1231, Charaideu 333, Dibrugarh 1149, Sivasagar 1313, Tinsukia 431, Titabor 522, Bajali 8, Jorhat 1303, Bokakhat 331, Baska 22, Sadiya 30, Arunachal Pradesh 5 and Cachar 5.