Selfies may have become a rage among the youth now. But the credit for the first selfie music video in the country, approved by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), was given away four years ago. Devotional songs from a singer from Karimnagar in Telangana were so popular that he hopped from one temple to another in a single day, ending up with a record performance in a day!

From the archives of the Limca Book of Records, here are some interesting stories around music:

First Selfie Music Video

Anagha Ashok Dhomse shot a music video for her Marathi song ‘Haluvaar Antarichya’ using her mobile phone. The song received approval from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Nov 20, 2013 and was telecast on the Marathi music channel 9X Jhakaas. The video was shot at her home and in Lonavala and Khandala. The song was written by Guru Thakur and composed by Vijay Gutlewar.

Singing at Most Venues in a Day

Bhallamudi Ram Prasad Sharma of Jagtial, Karimnagar in Telangana sang bhajans at 18 different temples within a radius of 15-20 km in Jagtial from 6.00 am on Feb 17, 2015 to 6.00 am on Feb 18, 2015. He performed on the occasion of Mahashivratri by leading the devotees gathered in the various temples in prayers through his bhajans. He performed for around 30-40 min at each venue. He started at Laxmi Ganesha temple and reached the last temple, Abhayanjaneya temple by 11.00 pm in the night where he continued singing till early morning

Marathon Karaoke Performance

Vinjamuri Anantha Krishna of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh sang along with karaoke tracks for 20 hour 50 min at ABC open air auditorium Piduguralla, Guntur from Oct 26-27, 2014. He started at 11.25 am and finished the next day.

Herculean Chenda Performance

Dileep Sukapuram of Malappuram, Kerala played chenda continuously for 102 hours at Thupankavu Bhagavathy temple premises, Kodakara, Thrissur in Kerala. The chenda thayambaka (concert) began at 8.04 am on Sept 10 and concluded at 10.12 am on Sept 15, 2014. Dileep was accompanied by some well-known chenda artistes for the entire duration (53 pairs). He started off with Padma Shri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar and concluded with a 2 hour long performance with his guru Kallur Ramankutty Marar.

Making Music on Ice

The band of the 10th Battalion of the Indian Army’s Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry performed a short band routine lasting around 15 min while skating at the ice hockey rink in Drass, J&K. The band which was raised in October 1984 achieved this with 10 members playing six bagpipes, two side drums and one bass drum – at around 10,400 feet above sea level on March 9, 2014.

World Record Keyboard Ensemble

Sri Veena Vani Music Academy organised the largest keyboard ensemble with 375 participants at the Jain University College in Jayanagar, Bengaluru on June 28, 2015. The groups comprised of children and adults who played three tunes – a piece on Ganesha, Vande Mataram and the National Anthem – in unison for the attempt. The event was organised to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the academy.