Keralite set to create new Guinness record by playing flute for 108 hours
Thrissur: When a flutist decided to shift his focus to spread the message of world peace and religious harmony during a marathon flute performance to obtain a world record, it became a historic event.
Murali Narayanan was only planning to play the flute for 27 hours but continued the marathon performance to set a new record of 108 hours.
After every recital, Murali Narayanan repeated the lines ‘Lokasamastha Sukhino Bhavanthu’ (let the entire world be happy) before starting the next session. The 52-year-old flutist’s performance for Guinness World Records started at Thekkinkadu Maidan on Monday at 7.30 pm. Since then, he has been playing the flute without even sleeping. 108 hours will be complete by 4.30 pm on Saturday.
Presently, the record of flute marathon is held by an English woman named Catherine Brook. She played flute continuously for 27 hours 30 minutes breaking the previous record of 27 hours 10 minutes set by Murali Narayanan himself in November 2017. With the 108-hour performance, Murali will be able to set a new world record.
People flocked to see the performance and this helped meet the condition of Guinness authorities that at least 40 people should be watching the show at all time. Murali avoids solid foods completely during the performance. He consumes only fluids like tender coconut water, honey water and boiled rice water every hour.
Murali takes rest for five minutes in a room close to the stage and Ayurveda doctors from Oushadhi check him up and give a massage. He took up the record-breaking challenge after thorough training and meditation. Murali said that he has been preparing for it for the past one year.
Dr. V Dinesha Prabhu, retired head of cardiology department at Thrissur Government College, said that playing flute for continuous hours will cause stress to the lungs and its muscles will be exhausted. This can lead to respiratory diseases. But these problems can be avoided by practicing breathing exercises regularly, he added.