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Assam eyes 2010 Guinness entry
- Drummer to scour Bihutolis this year for world record-making team
Somnath Borah

Guwahati, April 3: This April, as dancers and percussionists drum up the spring beat, an astute artiste will scour the Bihutolis for performers who are good enough to be part of a 25,000-strong troupe that will make a bid for a world record next Rongali Bihu.

Somnath Borah, Assam’s most accomplished drummer, will travel from Sadiya to Dhubri in search of his record-making team, which will comprise 10,000 drummers and 10,000 Bihu dancers.

“What we plan is a record-breaking gathering of 25,000 Bihu dancers and drummers. We plan to perform on April 10 next year at the Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati in the presence of Guinness Book of World Records officials,” Borah told The Telegraph today.

In 2006, Meghalaya made it to the Guinness World Records when 7,951 percussionists beat drums together at a stadium.

Borah said the theme of their performance would be “A day against terrorism and for world peace”.

“We have already contacted the Guinness authorities and they informed us that this would be a new record. Nowhere in the world have 25,000 artistes performed together so far,” he said.

Borah is hailed as the most accomplished dhol player after his guru Moghai Ojha.

“My team and I will travel to almost every Bihutoli in Assam this Bihu to select the members for our troupe,” he said.

He will also hold nearly 100 Bihu workshops to handpick the artistes for his dream team.

Besides, 10,000 dhulias (drummers) and dancers and 500 singers, there will be 4,500 other artistes who will play various traditional Assamese musical instruments which are usually played during a Bihu performance.

“We have also contacted the Assam government about this and chief minister Tarun Gogoi has given his nod. We are planning to invite the President, the Prime Minister and representatives of at least 10 countries to participate in the programme, besides the representatives of the Guinness committee,” Borah said.

“We are also planning to light 25,000 candles for world peace that day. Music maestro Bhupen Hazarika will be invited to inaugurate the programme.”

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