Bandana Nepal

Bandana Nepal (born 2001) is a Nepali dancer. As of June 2020 she holds the Guinness World Record for "Longest dance marathon by an individual", for which she danced for 126 hours continuously. Besides dancing, she appeared in a Nepali music video "Chautari". Nepal started to dance from the age of 5 with her brother and she was trained in Nepal and India. She has established the Bandana Nepal Foundation.

Career

In 2018, Nepal danced for 126 hours (5.25 days) continuously from Friday, 23 November until Wednesday, 28 November.[1][2] She danced in Big Foodland restaurant with Nepali music in the background and with "[her] family members, media and [the] general public" watching.[3] The record was previously set by Indian woman Kalamandalam Hemalatha who performed for 123 hours and 15 minutes.[4] Nepal said Hemalatha inspired her.[5]

In May 2019, Nepal was honoured by the Nepali prime minister KP Sharma Oli and received the official certificate for the Guinness World Record for "Longest dance marathon by an individual".[6][1] Nepal said that she accepted the challenge to promote the culture of Nepal.[2] For preparation, she performed for about 100 hours.[3] Xinhua News Agency reported that "Despite of continuously shaking her hips and wiggling her neck for 6 days without sleep, rest and proper food, the young girl managed to dance till the targeted hour by maintaining [a] smile on her face".[3]

Nepal established the Bandana Nepal Foundation organisation that "uplifts poor women in Nepal".[6][7] She has also performed in Bangalore, India.[5] In 2020, she appeared in Shirish Devkota's music video for the song "Chautari".[8]

Personal life

Nepal was born in 2001 and resides in Dhankuta District, Nepal.[5] She is studying Business Management.[5] She started to dance at the age of 5 with her brother and was instructed in Nepal and India.[3][5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Longest dance marathon by an individual". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Nepali teen sets world record by dancing non-stop for 126 hours - Watch". timesnownews.com. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Nepali teenager girl dances for 126 hours to break Guinness World Records - Xinhua | English.news.cn". Xinhua News Agency. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ Adams, William Lee (7 January 2011). "Indian Woman Sets Guinness World Record For Longest Dance". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e Mehta, Twinkle (24 May 2019). "Nepali girl, 18, dances her way into Guinness book". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Remember the Nepali Girl Who Danced for 126 Hours? She Just Got Honoured By Her PM". News18. 6 May 2019. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Nepali girl dances for 126 hours, sets new world record". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  8. ^ "शिरीष र देवीको रोइला 'चौतारी' सार्वजनिक, विश्व कीर्तिमानी डान्सर बन्दनाको अभिनय [भिडियो]". Lokaantar (in Nepali). Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.

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