Ludhiana’s Paramjot creates Table playing record

April 30th, 2009 - 10:01 pm ICT by ANI  

By Karan Kapoor

Ludhiana, April 30 (ANI): Ludhiana’s Paramjot Singh, a teacher by profession, recently earned wide public admiration when he broke a record held by Kerala’s G. Ramakrishnana for playing Mridang, a long traditional Indian musical instrument, for 301 hours.

Paramjot played non-stop on the Tabla for 310 hours to set the new record.

Paramjot says that in childhood he used to watch the Guinness Book of World Records serial on television.

“I must have been in standard 3rd then. And I used to think that when other people could break the Guinness record why couldn’t I. It was then that I made up my mind that I would break the Guinness record one day. When I reached standard 5, I started learning Tabla after I learnt that someone was holding the world record of playing non-stop Tabla. I was so passionate that I would continue to play the instrument till someone stopped me,” said Paramjot Singh, the Tabla player.

Since beginning, Paramjot always visualized himself as a record holder and carried on that personal image in mind. It was only later that he displayed his talent to the world around him that he is a person to look at.

“After this attempt, people are considering me the record holder, but I have considered myself the record holder since my childhood. This is just a culmination of what I thought about many years ago. Whatever task I undertake, I consider it as being accomplished, and then make an attempt to carry out it,” Paramjot says.

“To break this record, I first made an attempt at home for 12 non-stop days so as to take the family members and friends in confidence. It was performed as per the rules and regulations of Guinness Book of Records,” said Paramjot.

“My family allowed me to go ahead after they were confident that I would be in good health while performing non-stop for so many days. I even took the permission of the management of Gurdwara Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib. I have achieved this after 6 months of hard work,” Paramjot told. “You can take a five-minute break after each hour. You can even make it a 10 minutes break after every 2 hours of performance. After performing non-stop throughout the day, you can rest for 2 hours. It all depends on you as if you want to take a rest after hours or the day,” Paramjot explained.

“I continuously performed for 68 hours, and took rest for long hours. I got the benefit of that throughout my performance. I used to eat food either with the help of family members or I ate it with one hand and continued playing tabla with the other hand. The only important thing is that your performance should not be disturbed and tabla rhythm should not go wrong,” said Paramjot Singh, the Tabla player. (ANI)

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