`Marathon mridangam' concert

The marathon concert.

The marathon concert.  

The mridangam maestro, Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan's bid to create a new world record by playing the mridangam for 36 hours was inaugurated by veteran music director, V. Dakshinamoorthy. He sang a short Carnatic piece to inaugurate the event.

Mr. Ramakrishnan began playing the mridangam at 9 a.m. today and will continue till 9.15 p.m. on Sunday.

There are 70 young musicians participating in the `marathon Mridangam' concert.

The programme is being supervised by a six-member judging committee of senior musicians.

The existing world record for playing the mridangam for 31 hours is held by Yella Venkateswar Rao of Andhra Pradesh.

The programme has been organised by Swaralaya, a cultural organisation, in association with the Guinness Book of Records and the Limca Book of World Records.

Mr. Ramakrishnan started playing the mridangam at the age of seven under his father, Gopalakrishna Iyer. His first programme was at the age of 10, as an accompanying artiste.

He has been performing Carnatic concerts with his father and sisters at the `Ekdashi' festival at Guruvayur temple for the last 20 years.

By Prabhakaran G.

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