East Ham music teacher enters the record books with marathon drumming sessions

PUBLISHED: 10:52 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:53 09 August 2017

Pandit standing proudly with his certificate after his second marathon drumming session

Pandit standing proudly with his certificate after his second marathon drumming session


Marathon drumming sessions have landed a Newham music teacher in the records books.

Pandit Sudarshan Das has taken his tally of world records up to two after playing the dhol drum for 27 hours straight.

His first record saw him play the tabla for almost 25 days, only breaking for five minutes after every hour.

“I wanted to do it because nobody had ever done it before,” said Pandit Sudarshan Das, teacher at Tabla and Dhol Academy London in Katherine Road.

Pandits latest effort landed him a Guiness World Record, although his first record wasn’t adjudicated by the stout seller.

“They were both very difficult,” said Pandit, “but I hope to encourage more people to play the drums.”

To celebrate his record Pandit’s friends threw him a party, which was attended by Cllr Lakmini Shah.

Pandit says he has no further plans for marathon drumming sessions, leaving more time for his teaching.


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