Indian classical dance event goes live despite flooding

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NOT even flood waters could stop the Natyanjali Malaysia 2021 online event from taking place last weekend.

Natyanjali Malaysia 2021 is a classical dance event organized by Vehaara Arts and Dakshra Fine Arts.

It aimed to bring together 2,000 participants as well as Bharatanatyam practitioners from all over the world to perform the classical dance simultaneously for 30 minutes non-stop.

The event was inspired by ‘Natyanjali India’, an annual event that has a place in the Guinness World Records with the participation of over 10,000 Bharatanatyam dancers.

Natyanjali Malaysia 2021 attempted to make its mark in the Malaysian record books and managed to set a milestone for Malaysian Indian classical dancers.

However, there was a delay of approximately three hours due to weather conditions and technical difficulties which rendered the internet connection unable to support a large number of participants.

“We were still able to gather 1,709 participants from all over the world for Natyanjali Malaysia 2021,” said Shri Kunaratnam Velautham, Director of Natyanjali Malaysia and Vehaara Arts.

More than 100 participants from the Klang Valley were unable to join the event due to flash floods that hit their homes.

“We received so many messages from participants, parents and their teachers sending live images and videos of their situation at home, it was devastating to see,” Natyanjali Malaysia director Mohanapriya Govindapillai said.

“We had to outsource tech support at the very last minute to help us meet the criteria for a Guinness World Records listing for the most number of people simultaneously performing a choreographed dance on an online platform,” said the director of Natyanjali Malaysia, Hanusha Prakash.

At press time, Guinness World Records had yet to make any official announcement to the organizing team.

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