Assam Bihu

Guwahati, April 14: Assam’s Bihu dance, a popular folk dance form of the northeastern Indian state, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest Bihu performance at a single venue. The historic event was held at the Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati and witnessed a staggering 11,304 folk dancers and 2,500 drummers performing the traditional dance.

The Guinness World Records team was present at the event and acknowledged that it was the largest Bihu dance and Bihu dhol performance in a single venue, making it a momentous achievement for the state and the country.

The Bihu dance is an integral part of the Assamese culture and is performed during the Bihu festival, which is celebrated three times a year- Rongali Bihu in mid-April, Kongali Bihu in mid-October, and Bhogali Bihu in mid-January.

The dance is a celebration of life, love, and nature and is performed with great enthusiasm and energy. It is characterized by brisk dance movements, rhythmic footwork, and live music played on dhol, pepa, taal, and flute.

The Assam government organized the event with the aim of promoting the state’s cultural heritage and registering Bihu in the Guinness World Records.

The cost of the event was borne by the culture department of the state, and the government left no stone unturned to make it a grand success. The performers were trained rigorously for months, and the stage was set with all the necessary arrangements to make it a seamless performance.

The Guinness World Records team verified the performance and declared it a world record for the largest traditional dance and the largest musical instrument group.

The previous record for the largest traditional dance was set in 2015 by 7,700 participants in China, while the largest musical instrument ensemble record was set in 2019 in India by 3,730 people.

The Bihu performance was witnessed by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, who expressed his joy and pride over the achievement.

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He mentioned that it was a moment of great pride for the state and would put Assam on the global map. The event was also attended by other ministers and dignitaries, who appreciated the efforts of the performers and the organizers.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visited Guwahati the next day and witnessed the Bihu dance performance by talented artists. The Guinness certificates were handed over in his presence, adding more glory to the achievement.

The record-breaking Bihu dance performance is a moment of great pride for the people of Assam and India. It showcases the rich cultural heritage of the state and the country and puts it on the global map.

The event has given a new impetus to the promotion of traditional dance forms and would encourage more people to participate and take pride in their culture. It is a significant achievement and would go down in the history of the state and the country as a glorious moment.