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Tuesday, June 01, 2004


Feat Unrecognised

Mathevi Suppayar, the 25 year old from Gopeng, Perak, trained for a month for her feat. She trained by enduring pain while standing on hot sand daily for as long as possible and having the soles of her feet beaten with a large bamboo stick to “harden the soles”. She had also prayed for divine support and blessing during her preparations. These preparations were for her to perform the Barathanatyam dance on a platform of 10,000 nails.

Last Saturday night, she performed her dance feat in Dataran India in Jalan Lahat to a crowd of 3,000 spectators. She danced non-stop for more than 30 minutes without once grimacing in pain. The crowd was enthralled and in awe upon seeing her dance. The crowd was thrilled and mesmerised by her performance. At the end of it, when she stepped down from the dance platform, she was garlanded and crowned by Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia director, who awarded her the “Nattiya Nithianjali” (an accomplished young dancer) title.

Her hopes of making it into the Malaysia Book of Records was dashed as her dance act was considered too dangerous! But all is not lost as film footage of her feat will be sent to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Fear Factor and the Asian Amazing Records reality television shows! So those who missed her feat that Saturday night may yet get to see it on the box one day.

See Mathevi doing her dance and showing of her soles on this Reuters Video Clip



Mathevi's Amazing Dance on 10,000 nails


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