- Title: MALAYSIA:
- Date: 29th May 2004
- Summary: (W3) IPOH, PERAK, MALAYSIA (RECENT, MAY 29, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDEWS/NIGHT: OF CROWD. 0.05 2. MLV/NIGHT: INDIAN DANCERS PERFORMING. 0.15 3. SCU/NIGHT: INDIAN DANCERS. 0.21 4. MLV/NIGHT: INDIAN DANCERS PERFORMING. 0.23 5. CU/NIGHT: MUSICIANS BANGING DRUMS. 0.27 6. MV/NIGHT: MORE OF MUSICIANS BANGING DRUMS. 0.31 7. VARIOUS/NIGHT: INDIAN DANCER MATHEVI SUPPAYAR PRAYING NEAR BED OF NAILS. 0.41 8. VARIOUS/NIGHT: OFFICIALS FEELING NAILS IN BED OF 10,000 NAILS. 0.45 9. VARIOUS/NIGHT: MATHEVI STEPPING ON BED OF NAILS. 0.58 10. CU/NIGHT: FEET ON NAILS. 1.03 11. VARIOUSVARIOUS/NIGHT: INDIAN DANCE ON BED OF NAILS. (5 SHOTS) 1.40 12. WS/NIGHT: CROWD WATCHING. 1.43 13. CU/PULLBACK/WS/NIGHT: MATHEVI ACKNOWLEDGING APPLAUSE. 2.01 14. CU/NIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHERS. 2.04 15. MV/NIGHT: OFFICIAL SHOWING MATHEVI'S FEET. 2.09 16. CU/NIGHT: MATHEVI'S FEET. 2.12 17. SCU/NIGHT: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ORGANISER GANESAN RAJA SAYING: "Although it was a dangerous performance, because of her commitment and her training, she managed to sustain for 30 minutes and 58 seconds." 2.25 18. CU/NIGHT: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANCER MATHEVI SUPPAYAR SAYING: "I am happy." 2.29 19. SCU/NIGHT: CROWD (LIGHT SHINING INTO CAMERA) 2.34 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: IPOH, PERAK, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
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- Story Text: A traditional south Indian dancer takes her art to a
new level by performing on nails.
Indian dance artist Mathevi Suppayar performed an
ancient classical Indian dance with a twist last week as
she danced on a bed of 10,000 nails at a festival in the
northern Malaysian town of Ipoh.
The 25-year-old was attempting to dance her way in to
the record books before a 3,000-strong crowd.
Although local record keepers from Malaysia's Book of
Records were present, they refused to recognize the feat.
Undeterred Mathevi went ahead with her 30-minute
non-stop Barathanatyam dance performance, attracting
amazement and respect from the crowd.
Without grimacing in pain, the dance instructor moved
her feet to the beat and tune of seven Indian songs on the
two foot (0.6m) by 8 foot (2.4m) platform.
She stopped after 30 minutes and 58 seconds to the
cheers of the crowd and wiped away tears of joy as
supporters applauded performance.
She showed her feet to the crowd, displaying thick
soles with pinpricks of blood oozing under the skin.
Organiser Ganesan Raja said Mathevi performed well due
to her training which included standing on hot sand daily
for extended periods and beating the soles with bamboo to
"Although it was a dangerous performance, because of
her commitment and her training, she managed to sustain for
30 minutes and 58 seconds," Ganesan said.
Mathevi was at a loss of words as she smiled proudly
about her success.
"I am happy," Mathevi said quietly as the crowd cheered.
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