Participants moving around a large brass lamp during the 12-hour non-stop Dhaatubhajana performance at the Temple of Fine Arts.

KUALA LUMPUR: THE Telugu Association of Malaysia Youth Wing (TAM Youth) recently held a 12-hour non-stop Dhaatubhajana, creating a new record in Malaysia Book of Records as the longest non-stop performance.

Dhaatubhajana is a devotional song dance performance with dancers moving in a circular motion around a large brass lamp, with smaller lamps attached to its stem that take the form of a tree.

A total of 236 performers successfully completed the 12-hour performance held at the Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields here.

The performers came from all over the country, representing more than 25 branches of the association.

Starting at 9am and ending a little after 9pm, the event made it into the record book with 12 hours and nine minutes of performance.

The performance kicked off after the opening ceremony by the TAM president Datuk Dr Achaiah Kumar Rao.

He later thanked TAM Youth for their commitment to make the event successful.

“This is another feather in the hat for the association.

“It is even more special because the feat was achieved by the youth. Under the leadership of Govinda Rao, more than 200 youth took part to create this record.

“A lot of training, preparation and dedication went into this achievement,” said Achaiah.

Officiating at the closing ceremony was City Hall’s Transport Department director Dr Leong Siew Mun who represented Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

Malaysia Book of Records representative Leona Paul handed over the certificate of achievement and official inclusion of the new record to Govinda, witnessed by Leong and Achaiah.