It won't be a surprise if Andhra Pradesh and the Guinness World Records soon become synonymous. Really.
Last year, a laddu weighing over 8,000 kg made during the Ganpati festival set a record. In fact, three years before that, the state had created a record for its 'mahaladdu'.
This year, 'Kuchipudi', a form of classical dance that originated in the state, found a place in the Guinness World Records when, for the first time ever, 6,117 dancers came together to present a show at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada on Sunday.
It set the record for the 'Largest Kuchipudi Dance'.
The "Maha Brunda Natyam" (grand group dance) was organised as part of the '5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention'.
Dancers from across the country, as also from countries like US, UAE, UK, Russia, Hong Kong and Mauritius, took part.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying, "This Kuchipudi feat is an inspiration to the younger generations and helps them master the art. Traditions and culture have to be carried to the future generations. It is to protect our identity."
A similar feat was accomplished in 2012. About 5,794 participants came together from 16 different nations for the 3rd International Kuchipudi Dance Convention to set a record four years ago, breaking their own record set previously in 2010.
Earlier this year, Hyderabad resident Krishan Kumar hugged 79 humans in one minute and set a world record. In 2013, Pabba Soujanya from Suryanagar in Andhra Pradesh set a record with her 1,233 one-handed claps in 3 minutes and 59 seconds.
Last year, Andhra Pradesh had set another record when 128,918 participants chanted 'Hanuman Chalisa' together. The Tirupati Temple had also set a mark in the Guinness World Records for attracting the largest number of visitors.
(With inputs from PTI)