The Guinness Book of World Records has declared Guwahati Resident Kuntal Raj Chakraborty’s record of playing mandolin for 26 hours and 41 minutes as the new world record. The email sent by the Records Management Team, Guinness World Records read, “We are thrilled to inform you that your application for longest marathon playing mandolin has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder! You are now eligible for one complimentary Guinness World Records certificate”.
Kuntal had initially applied for a record of playing the mandolin at the highest speed which did not pass through the panel. He then decided to propose for the marathon playing of mandolin. He was overwhelmed to surpass the previous record of marathon playing by an artist from lreland who had played 12 hours non-stop.
The Guwahati resident had played at Shraddhanjali Kanan on Zoo Road from 8pm on December 24 till midnight on December 25 last year. During his record-making performance, he had played 400 popular Hindi and English songs. In accordance with the record book rules, he had taken a 30-second break between two songs and a 10-minute break (rules allow a 20-minute break) after playing for four hours at a stretch.
Next Kuntal plans to set another Guiness record by playing 27 notes in a second which he aims to do within three months. Kuntal said that it is hard to take up mandolin as a profession in Assam. ‘But my love and passion for the instrument kept me attached with it’ he further confirms.
Last year, Kuntal had got entry into Golden Book of World Records and India Book of Records for playing mandolin at highest speed – 800 beats per minute.