Vikash Sharma

As expected, history was scripted by students by making over 23,000 paper boats as part of the initiative to popularise and ensure a national tag for the historic Bali Yatra festival in Cuttack. The unique fete has now entered the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Guinness Book of World Records was achieved by around 2100 students who made over 23,000 paper boats in 35 minutes. The Guinness Book of World Record was awarded under the category of most people folding origami sculptures simultaneously to Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) today.

“The record to beat was 1304 and what was achieved here was 2121. A lot of effort has gone into the attempt and it was really nice to be part of it. So many students and days of practice made the event more special. There were a lot of guidelines and the minimum number was 15 minutes and three sculptures each. It was not a time-based record but it was for the number of people making the origami sculptures and around 23,000 boats were made,” said Rishi, an official adjudicator for the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Cuttack Collector, Bhawani Shankar Chayani said, “Today, 2121 students were able to make over 23,000 boats. The record was achieved today on the sidelines of Bali Yatra.

Cuttack Mayor Subhas Singh said, “To make Bali Yatra historic one, efforts were made for the last two months to make the event a grand success. Around 2121 students were involved and they were able to make over 23,000 boats. I congratulate the students and others involved in the event.”

Singh said that the CMC had targeted to make 10,000 boats but the students were able to make 23,000 boats. “The record will help us in moving towards getting national festival tag for Bali Yatra,” Singh added.

CMC Commissioner Nikhil Pawan Kalyan said, “There are other festivals in the country and we have tried to project that the administration can organise big events.”