Guinness record holder of flute is now a carpenter
Thrissur: Guinness World Record holder Murali Narayanan, who played the flute for 108 consecutive hours in 2019 at Thekkinkad Maidan, is working as a carpenter to pay off his debts.
I owe Rs 15 lakh for the cost of playing the flute which surprised the whole of Kerala. The crisis would not have happened if the pandemic has not hit the country, Murali said. He was a regular flutist in dance troupes of Kalamandalam Kshemavathi and Manju Warrier. The solo concert in Germany was also a big hit. He has also performed in Estonia, Philippines and the Gulf which also gave him worldwide acceptance.
Murali also spent a portion of his income on charitable works. Murali is the sole bread winner of the family, which includes his wife Selva, three daughters and mother. He has a humble request to the government. When relaxing Covid protocols, artistes must also be given permission to perform on stage even if it is small one.
Murali set a Guinness World Record in 2016 after playing and beating the record of 27 hours, 10 minutes and 45 seconds of Catherine Brooks of London. But a year later, Catherine regained the record by reading 10 minutes more than Murali.