Youth attempts to better his Guinness record

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2008 12:30 hrs

Kozhikode: Sudheer Kadalundi won't rest on his laurels. The man who entered the Guinness Books of Records in 2005 for playing tabla non-stop for 57 hours announced on Monday that he would attempt to better the feat.

The 40-year-old will attempt a 101-hour marathon tabla-playing session that will begin April 2 and conclude April 6 at Kadalundi, 25 km from here.

Along with Sudheer, his village also is chipping in to make the bid a success. A 500-member committee, with the panchayat (village council) president as chairman, is doing the spadework for the marathon.

Sudheer says he is confident about accomplishing his new task.

"This time I will get a five-minute break after one-hour of play. This will allow me to take 40 minutes rest after eight hours. Last time it was only 15 minutes," he said.

There are also other guidelines for the marathon.

"The thalam (rhythms) that were played during four hours of performance should not be repeated in the next four hours. A thalam should be played for at least two minutes," said Sudheer.

During the five-day programme, playback singers will perform along with Sudheer.

"The marathon named 'Thalalayam 08' is also intended to spread the message of 'world peace through human harmony'," he said.

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