Largest number of Kuchipudi Dancers-world record
set in Cupertino
Calif., USA--380 kuchipudi dancers set a world record for
being the largest group of kuchipudi dancers performing continually
for 8 1/2 minutes on a flat stage.
flew in from Russia, India, Singapore, Germany, England, Canada
and all over the United States. They flocked to Cupertino,
not only to set a world record but for the world's first international
three-day kuchipudi convention, organized by Kuchibhotla's
The dancers assembled Saturday at the behest
of Anand Kuchibhotla, 46, a Silicon Valley Internet start-up
company vice president, who says he grew up with kuchipudi
dancing in his home state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
Kuchipudi dancing is a 1,000-year-old dance ritual
born in Andhra Pradesh, deriving its name from a village there.
Dancers often play Hindu gods and act out stories for their
audiences, the newspaper said.
Kuchibhotla said anyone is invited to try to beat
the Cupertino dancing numbers, but he warned that world record
books will have a new entry at the next kuchipudi convention,
planned for December 2010 in India. "That's when we're going
to break the new record we just set," he said.
June 25, 2008