Allahabad: Eight hours, numerous pair of hands and an unparalleled determination—that was the recipe of success for several citizens who had gathered at Kumbh Mela ground on Friday to create a record by creating the world’s quickest handprint painting with 7,664 participants.
The Prayagraj Mela Authority added another Guinness record to its kitty on Friday, by managing to assemble over 7,600 people to create a handprint painting based on the theme of ‘Jai Gange’ in a span of eight hours at the Kumbh Mela area.

The record was the second consecutive one for PMA during the Kumbh Mela. On Thursday, PMA had created the Guinness record for parading the largest number of buses in the world, with a fleet of 503 buses running across a stretch of 3.2 kilometre.

The preparations for the Guinness record attempt started early Friday morning at Ganga auditorium at sector number 1 of the Mela ground. The participants started with putting their palms’ impression on the huge canvas as early as 10am and were able to wrap up after eight hours.

The earlier record for the largest number of people gathering to create a handprint painting was made in Yeouido Hangang Park in South Korea’s Seoul on April 15, 2018. During the previous record, a group of 4,675 had participated in the attempt.

“We have set a new record during the Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh-2019 marked the culmination of our ‘Street Art Project’, launched as part of the ‘Paint My City’ campaign wherein 20 lakh square feet of walls in the city was revamped with murals by artists,” said Kumbh Mela Adhikari, Vijay Kiran Anand.

From group of participants ranged from children as young as four years to elderly moving around with walking sticks, to sanitary members deployed at the Kumbh Mela and college students.

The participants included three members of the 95 battalion of Border Security Force—Chandresh, Mahesh and Prakash—putting their palms’ print on the huge canvas.

The painting was created using three colours—yellow, blue and orange.

Representatives from the Guinness World Records closely watched the attempt. The participants were asked to queue up near the canvas. Once they were done with putting the impression of their palms, their hands were stamped to ensure that there is no repetition of participants.

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