Bhubaneswar: With an aim to create a world record, as many as 555 Odissi dancers from across the globe presented a spectacular show together at the opening of the largest Odissi dance confluence- International Odissi Festival, at Kalinga Stadium on Friday.

The dancers performed for 28 minutes that surpassed the five-minute requirement set by the Guinness World Record.

“We have created the record. The official requirement was to bring 500 Odissi dancers together for a five minutes performance, but we surpassed it with 555 Odissi dancers who performed for 28 minutes continuosly”, said Niranjan Tripathy, official Coordinator between Guinness and International Performing Arts Promotions (IPAP).

Divided into three sections, dancers as young as 13 performed five forms of classical Odissi- Mangalacharan, Batu, pallavi, Abhinaya and Mokshya. Students of Ramhari Das, Aruna Mohanty, Ratikant Mohaptra and many other Odissi gurus performed.

The colourful programme was organised by the State Government in association with the US-based International Performing Arts Promotion (IPAP) and Odissi Research Centre (ORC). The Guinness World Record will be shared by both

It was for the first time in the world that such a large number of dancers performed Odissi on one stage.

Last year, around 2,800 dancers created a world record when they performed the century-old Kuchipudi dance form at Gacchibowli Stadium in Hyderabad.