A 16-year-old girl from Maharashtra, Srushti Sudhir Jagtap, has made history by smashing the Guinness World Record for the longest dance marathon. Srushti, hailing from Latur, captivated audiences with her classical Kathak performance, dancing non-stop for an astounding 127 hours over the course of five days.
Taking place in her college’s auditorium between May 29 and June 3, Srushti surpassed the previous record of 126 hours set by Nepalese dancer Bandana Nepal in 2018, according to a press release from Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Record Official Adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar remarked that the auditorium was “jam-packed with supporters” as Srushti embarked on her dance marathon. While there were moments of exhaustion, her parents remained by her side, spraying water on her face to keep her refreshed. Swapnil described the performance as “very impressive” overall.
Srushti commenced her record-breaking attempt on the morning of May 29, dancing tirelessly for 127 hours until June 3. The rules stipulated that she had to perform a recognized dance style to a reasonable standard, ensuring her feet moved to the music at all times. Srushti showcased the Kathak dance style, one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance.
Reflecting on her remarkable achievement, Srushti revealed that her body felt frozen and in pain throughout the dance marathon. However, she remained mentally focused on her goal. “All my body parts felt frozen and in pain. But mentally I was focused towards my goal,” she stated during a press interaction.
Srushti’s primary intention behind this grueling five-day endeavor was to promote Indian culture. Her passion for dance and her desire to showcase the richness of Indian traditions were the driving forces behind her record-breaking feat.
Srushti’s accomplishment serves as an inspiration to aspiring dancers and showcases the dedication and perseverance required to achieve extraordinary goals. Her commitment to promoting Indian culture through the art of dance has brought pride and recognition to herself and her community.