Assam earned an entry in the India Book of Records on Sunday for holding the largest ensemble of drummers with 14,833 drummers playing khol (a traditional drum of Assam) in unison in Titabor in Jorhat district.
The organiser of the ensemble Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha will now be sending the video recording of the event to the authorities of Guinness World Records with the hope to earn an entry. Clad in white attire and headgear the drummers from across the State and also from Arunachal Pradesh played in unison for 15 minutes at a paddy field in Mezengapathar of Titabor.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi played a khol to mark symbolic start of the ensemble in his home constituency.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Gogoi hoped that the largest khol ensemble would help in propagating the creative genius of Srimanta Sankaradeva, the propagator of ‘eksarana naamdharma’ or Mahapurshiya dharma (a Vaishnava faith), playwright, poet, composer, litterateur, painter, communicator. Sankaradeva adopted the technique of propagating his faith through music, art and literature to usher in a socio-cultural renaissance in Assam in 15th-16th centuries.