South Indian Bank set a world record on Sunday for organising a first-of-its-kind category event by staging and swinging 101 ‘oonjals’ (swings) at a single site on Marine Drive in Kochi.
Murali Ramakarishnan, MD & CEO, and Thomas Joseph K, EVP & Group Business Head, were awarded with the certification by the World Book of Records team.
Traditional swings constructed of wood and rope drew visitors from all walks of life. The bank’s special gathering was meant to present classic festival art forms to a new generation in a unique way.
The event ‘Onnichirikkam Oonjaladam’ (sit together and swing) drew a large crowd. The event’s keynote speakers included K Chandran Pillai, Chairman of the Greater Cochin Development Authority, and Shaji Daniel, CFO of the Cochin International Airport Ltd. Sheelu Abraham, a film actress, and Sabeetta George, a television artist, were also there.
Lauding the efforts of South Indian Bank for organiing such an event, Chandran Pillai, GCDA Chairman said: “This is a unique occasion due to its distinctiveness. I sincerely appreciate South Indian Bank’s effort to recollect the childhood memories.”
Murali Ramakrishnan, MD & CEO said, “The event aims to promote the unity and prosperity among people and celebrate this festive season. A swing represents fun and enjoyment. Today we celebrate the upside of our lives through this mass gathering to cherish our childhood memories and South Indian Bank is happy to bring this gathering for everyone to enjoy.”
Cultural programmes such as ‘Chenda Melam,’ musical performances by various bands, including South Indian Bank’s own band, and a virtual reality experience zone for tourists were also part of the event.