December 13, 2015
With the board exams just a few months away, students of Classes X and XII are busy preparing for the exams. But, Shameem Sanoodh, a Group I student of Class XII at CMS Matriculation Higher Secondary School, is taking a break from his studies to celebrate his official entry into the Indian Book of Records, the Elite World Records, the Tamilan Book of Records, and the Asia Book of Records for creating the longest Indian National flag by hand-print painting by a minor in six hours. The 17-year-old boy worked on canvas and used four colours available on the tricolour.
Shameem painted 85.84 metres of the Indian tricolour using paints on his hands. In order to create the flag, he had his hand painted with each of the four colurs, one after the other, and placed the impressions on the canvas. The art work is one continuous piece and it can be broken into 62 National flags measuring 1.5 metres long and one metre wide.
The record attempt was held in his school premises recently and Shameem tells us that he is yet to receive his certificate from the officials. “My school motivated, encouraged, and also had it sponsored for me. I am thankful to my Principal and my parents for allowing me to attempt this record at a time when my friends were busy preparing for the public exams,” Shameem says.
Shameem tells us that the flag that he created will be on display at the school premises on January 26. The previous record holder’s flag measured 75-metres
One might wonder why a record of this nature was attempted at this time in the first place. Shameem tells us that he is a regular participant in science exhibitions and contests, where his teams have won a lot of prizes. One thing that was left unachieved was finding a place for himself in the Indian Book of Records before he passed out of school. This inspired the student, who aims to be a scientist one day, to attempt the record.