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Christ University students attempt record in beatboxing

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— PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.

A SOUND PLAN:Christ University students clocked four minutes of beatboxing, a full minute more than planned.

Bangalore: The heads of over 2,700 college students and staff were seen bobbing in unison, some frowning in concentration, as they embarked on the challenging task of having to beatbox for over three minutes.

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion that primarily involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

In a bid to enter the Limca Book of Records for the Largest Beatbox Ensemble, the staff and students of Christ Junior College gathered in the institution's auditorium for the event, Can You Say Beatbox?

Big vibes

The audience was divided into four groups, each headed by a beatboxer making a different sound into his respective microphone. With the energy level inside the auditorium ready to burst through the roof, the audience erupted in sound according to cues from the organisers. After a couple of false starts and practice runs, their final effort clocked in at over four minutes, nearly a minute more than their original target.

The team of organisers, comprising Christ Junior College (CJC) alumni, had a mammoth task ahead of them. The brainchild of CJC alumnus, current Christ University student and professional beatboxer Vineeth Vincent, the entire exercise took 16 persons wielding still cameras, five videographers, over 80 volunteers, and 50 spotters. This was to record the participation of the audience, provide a steady supply of water to soothe the many parched throats, and ensure the smooth running of the event. Six gazetted officers were also present to witness the event, and the collection of documents and videos will be sent to Limca Book of Records officials for verification.

“We want to put Christ University on the map,” said Glen Suchita, one of the chief organisers, and the beatboxing event may just do that: if successful, the participants will set a national record, which will beat the current Guinness World Record of Largest Human Beatbox Ensemble set by 327 participants from Vienna in 2009.

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