Over 6500 women dance their way to record book

The women from Kerala danced in the Kizhakkambalam district to promote communal harmony and empower women

Kizhakkambalam: More than 6500 women from 21 states danced their way to the Guinness book of world records by performing 'Thiruvathirakkali', Kerala's popular dance form here.

The 16-minute performance held yesterday has been adjudged the largest Thiruvathira held ever with a total of 6582 girls and women in the age group of 10-75 participating in it.

The dancers, wearing white and gold-bordered Kerala 'Mundu' and 'Neriyathu' (a traditional Kerala attire) moved in a circular pattern on a rhythmic clapping to the tune of traditional songs at the eastern suburb of Kochi here.

The event was organised by Twenty20, the CSR wing of the corporate house Kitex, along with Chavara Cultural Centre and the Parvanendu School of Thiruvathira.

"The record for the world's largest Thiruvathira belongs to Twenty20 Kizhakkambalam," said Rishi Nath, adjudicator of Guinness World Record while handing over the certificate to Sabu Jacob, Twenty20 president and chief coordinator.

The event, organised by Twenty20, the development arm of Kitex group in association with Chavara Cultural centre and Parvanendu school of Thiruvathira, was held to promote the communal harmony, empower women and give a much-needed boost to the non-profit performing arts.

"More than setting the world record, we hope this mega event will serve to bring together the people of Kerala and give a much-needed fillip to the non-performing arts," he said.Along with 2500 women and children from Kerala, the women from 20 other states too took part in the event.

"Thiruvathira, being a traditional art form, has deep roots in creating synergies among communities irrespective of the caste, creed and culture," said Fr Roby Kannanchira, director of Chavara Cultural centre.

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