Woman's 123-Hour Dance Sets Guinness Record

In this Sept. 25, 2010 photo, Indian classical Mohiniyattam dancer Kalamandalam Hemaletha, performs at the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in Thrissur, Kerala state, India. Hemaletha, a 37-year-old mother of two, danced for 123 hours and 15 minutes in September last year, and made it into the Guinness World Records said a Guinness World Records official, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. (AP Photo)
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KOCHI, India - She practiced an Indian classical dance for 10 hours a day and ran for 28 miles to build her stamina. Then she danced and danced and danced some more.

For 123 hours and 15 minutes, Kalamandalam Hemaletha danced the Mohiniyattam. It is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms, a solo recital by women.

Her effort earned the 37-year-old mother a Guinness record for the longest dance.

Hemaletha said she danced "to earn a rightful place" for the native dance form."

Guinness World Records official Amarilis Whitty confirmed the record Thursday. It took place in September in Thrissur, a town in southern Kerala state.

Hemaletha said she received a certificate from the Guinness World Records two days ago.