Eyeing Guinness glory, 11,140 Dhulias & Nasonis to perform Bihu before PM Modi in Guwahati on April 14


GUWAHATI, Feb 28: Assam Government’s dynamic attempt to send Bihu to the record books has picked up steam with Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday announcing details of the government’s move to get Bihu inked in the Guinness Book of World Records by setting a record for the largest Bihu dance performance on April 14 at Guwahati’s Sarusajai Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The grand event will feature 11,140 dhulias and nasonis performing the traditional folk dance of Assam in a single frame, with the goal of registering the achievement in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“The idea is to popularize Bihu and take it globally. The choreographers would assist the dancers, with training commencing on February 27 at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati,” Chief Minister Sarma told reporters at a press briefing at Janata Bhawan, Guwahati.

Chief Ministers and Governors of all states, envoys of G20 and Southeast Asian nations along with other dignitaries would be invited to the event. The national and international media would also be invited to cover the grand event, CM Sarma added.

Additionally, the day’s festivities would include the inauguration of the Ranghar beautification project, Guwahati AIIMS, as well as the construction of the Palasbari and Sualkuchi bridges.

CM Sarma also informed that a committee had been formed to plan and execute the programme while a video of the performance would be submitted to the Guinness World Records.

Master trainers from the Sankardev Kalakshetra would provide instruction with Bihu dancers from across the state participating in the training sessions.

Of the 11,140 participants, 70 percent will be girls and 30 percent boys, with dancers aged between 15 and 35 years invited to register on a dedicated portal to facilitate individual recognition by Guinness World Records.

Participants will receive a total allowance of Rs 10,500 from the government for transportation, costumes, fooding and lodging.

Guidelines have been established to ensure a smooth and efficient process, with district Bihu committees taking responsibility for selecting and training participants. Dress rehearsals will be held from April 9-12, with the main performance taking place on April 14.