Kalamandalam Hemalatha has shown the world why she’s known as “the dancing queen of Kerala.”
On January 6, Guinness World Records confirmed that she had set a world record for the “longest dance marathon by an individual.” Beginning on September 20, she shook her hips and wiggled her neck for 123 hours and 15 minutes. The 37-year old mother performed the Mohiniyattam, a solo recital delivered by a female that is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms.
Dancing for more than five days straight poses risks—something Hemalatha knows all too well. In June, she failed during her first attempt at the record and had to stop performing after 63 hours (2.5 days). At that time a local hospital admitted her for dehydration, a stomach disorder and sore feet. (via The Hindu)