In a performance that is now a new Guinness World record, 7,000 girls performed classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ in Visakhapatnam, the industrial center of Andhra Pradesh. The girls belonged to 21 government-run residential schools in north coastal Andhra Pradesh. The event was organized to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar. The Kuchipudi dance was performed in unison and the songs that were played featured the life story of Ambedkar. This record-setting event was organized jointly by Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS) and Social Welfare Department.
The event was attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, ministers and top officials. According to information provided by the organizers, this performance has broken the earlier record of the largest Kuchipudi dance, which was performed in Vijayawada last year and had featured 6,117 artists. While addressing the audience at the event, CM Naidu said that Kuchipudi was a cultural heritage of Andhra Pradesh and it was their responsibility to pass on this great heritage to future generations.