Students and trainers at Ok Gokulnath’s flow arts academy (GUTA) in Chennai are claiming Guinness World Records by the dozen, and they aren’t about to cease quickly
When Ok Gokulnath factors his finger at her, 10-year-old Andrea Varghese walks to the nook the place gymnastics mattresses have been piled. She picks one out and proceeds to contort her physique in methods unimaginable.
A pupil at Gokulnath Unique Talent Academy (GUTA), a flow arts faculty in Chennai, Andrea is one in all the few left at GUTA who doesn’t but have a Guinness World Record to her identify; her father Varghese Joseph informs us she is practising each day to vary the establishment. Her goal? Try to realize the most variety of backwards roll while staying contorted!
GUTA is the brainchild of Gokulnath, who is an actor-performer-filmmaker-dance and stunt choreographer all rolled into one. Since March 2020, Gokul, his staff of trainers at GUTA (which he operates in Arumbakkam and Virugambakkam in the metropolis) and their college students have collectively set 16 Guinness World Records. “You could say this [records] is becoming a USP for us,” he smiles.
His academy in Arumbakkam is on the first ground of a business constructing on Valluvar Street, a number of paces down the street from Jai Nagar Park close to CMBT bus terminus. The college students embrace a four-year-old lady who Gokul factors to and says, “She can give us 30 push-ups easily.” The world information the college students have set vary from ‘Most rotations of a hula hoop on one feet whilst in head stand position in one minute’ to ‘Most juggling catches on a balance board in one minute’.
The 36-year-old Gokul began GUTA in 2018, and for some time had aligned it with that of choreographer Kala’s dance studio in Anna Nagar. In February 2020, he moved to the area in Arumbakkam. Lockdown started quickly after.
“A student pitched the idea [of attempting world records] during lockdown. I found that there were several categories in flow arts that could be attempted and completed within a minute. These were also part of their lessons, and so doing this was helpful in retaining the students’ interest [during lockdown],” says Gokul, a outstanding face in tv. He and his staff prepare college students in numerous flow (circus) arts like hula hoops, rolla bolla, poi spinning, juggling, silambam and even trapeze.
Gokul’s curiosity in flow arts, he says, began as a university pupil. His publicity on TV — Gokul was the runner up in season three of Kalakka Povathu Yaaru, which was received by actor Sivakarthikeyan; he had additionally taken half in reveals like Naalaiya Iyakkunar and Maanada Mayilada moreover showing in movies like Ambuli 3D, Magalir Mattum and Airaa amongst others — additionally helped.
“My work on TV took me to 26 different countries where I met many street performers and from whom I took classes. I had also attended workshops on circus arts both abroad and in Goa. But in Tamil Nadu there is very little interest in flow arts,” he remarks.
With 16 information in the kitty, GUTA is planning to recruit dad and mom as nicely in their pursuits. Last week, Gokul enlisted the assist of fogeys in a world document try — passing a hula hoop alongside a human chain of 100 individuals in beneath 5 minutes; an try which was unsuccessful. He, nonetheless, insists he’ll redo the try till he will get the desired outcome.
Says Indu Sukumar, whose son Adhav trains at GUTA and just lately tried to set a document by climbing a fleet of fifty stairs while hula-hooping, “The children are more interested in such activities. My son is now into juggling as well. He is also preparing to give the (aforementioned) record attempt a second try.”
And for some like Mithun TS, who works in the IT trade, coming to such lessons helps him meet like-minded dad and mom and bond over their children’ gymnastics talents. “It also keeps the child occupied especially at this time when online classes happen,” he provides.
For the youngsters, flow arts has earned them recognition — amongst classmates and lecturers in faculty. The ones with information to their identify are afforded the lengthy finish of the rope in the case of lecturers, if it helps with their follow.
For Gokul, this is turning into a lifestyle. He says, “My next record will be with my wife. We will be making the largest origami heart for Valentine’s Day.” On February 4, nonetheless, the Guinness World Records licensed Gokulnath and his accomplice as the new document holders in the aforementioned class, having made an origami coronary heart that measures 3.82 metres x 3.35 metres.
Gokulnath might be contacted on 7338827800.