Mritunjay Sharma, a B.Com student at Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), now holds the world record for playing the piano continuously for the longest time.
After playing non-stop for over 100 hours, the 19-year-old took a 20-minute break and started to play again to reach his target, which was 155 hours. He has broken the previous world record of the Polish pianist Romuald Koperski who played the instrument for 103 hours. He wasn’t allowed to repeat the tunes once played at least for the next 24 hours. His entire performance was recorded on video, and later on it would be sent to Guinness World Records for evaluation. According to an official, independent observers had been watching Sharma’s performance. Guinness officials weren’t able to make it to the event due to certain reasons.
The college authorities extended all possible support. They not only postponed renovation work of the auditorium but also financially assisted Sharma. The piano he played on was provided by an alumnus of SRCC. Students of the college and teachers camped at the auditorium to make sure that he continued playing on his synthesiser with motivation.
After he broke the record, he continued playing, but had to stop at 155 hours due to health issues. The closing ceremony of the event ‘7Notes7Days’ was organised in the SRCC College Auditorium where Sharma was felicitated by college Principal Ashok Sehgal with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and he also declared 19th October as a holiday in the college to celebrate his success.
The Delhi boy’s name also entered the Limca Book of Records in March 2015 for the longest piano recital of 52 hours.