Guwahati: A total of 721 Karbi youth used to the traditional sport of Kengdongdang have set a new Guinness world record for longest line of people walking on stilts.
The traditional sport of Kengdongdang entails racing to a finishing line on bamboo stilts.
The stilt-walkers gathered at the Bokolia Bypass near Diphu, the headquarters of central Assam’s Karbi Anglong, on Sunday to move in a 2 km-long single line for 10 minutes to set the world record.
“The benchmark was 250 people but 721 participated to set the new record for the longest line of people walking on stilts,” Rishi Nath, the official adjudicator of the Guinness Book of World Records said after the event.
He later handed over a certificate of acknowledgement to Tuliram Ronghang, the Chief Executive Member of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), which organized the event as part of the 50th Karbi Youth Festival in Diphu, the district headquarters, in collaboration with the Karbi Cultural Society.
“Taking our traditional sport to the global stage is a great achievement,” Ronghang said.
He said the feat was achieved because the Karbi people have kept many traditional sports such as Kengdongdang alive.
“There was no such record. The earlier stilt-walking record was by a group of 956 people in Sweden but not in one single line,” Dilip Kathar, the central committee member of the Karbi Cultural Society said in a press release.