Surat is known as a wonderful city in the Indian state of Gujrat. But, if you are planning a trip around September 22nd you may wish to stay inside your hotel room, why? Surat is hosting India’s first National Farting competition on that date! Yes, you read that correctly – A Farting Competition!
The event organiser is a professional singer called Yatin Sangoi. Yatin performs Bollywood and Punjabi numbers at corporate events. He is the mastermind behind the farting competition. This 48-year-old, who claims to have been a finalist in one of the top singing shows on television way back in 2001, says that this is the first time that such a competition is being organized in India.
Singer Sangoi went on to give us details about how he came up with the idea “Around 25 days back I came up with a loud fart while watching television with my family. Someone just joked that I would be a winner if a farting competition is organized somewhere. The idea hung on. My friends laughed when I shared the idea with them,” he told a local reporter.
He continued “I decided to go ahead with the event anyhow even if there were 10 participants. The whole idea was to have some fun in times like the present one — where business is slow. But the response has been encouraging,” he said. “Till today more than 30 people have sent in their entries while there are many oral enquiries coming. We are expecting participants from places like Ahmedabad, Balasinor, Jaipur, Mumbai, Surat and other adjoining cities. The most interesting thing is that I am getting queries from Kolkata whether I would be keen to organize a similar event around Durga Pooja over there.”
Sangoi has chosen a discotheque as the venue. He said that initially it was decided that the top three winners of the competition would be given trophies but now even some sponsors are showing interest. If these sponsorships materialize, the organizers are willing to pay the top three winners cash prizes to the tune of Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5000 respectively besides the trophies.
“If one remembers, till about a couple of decades back, farting loud even in public places was not frowned upon. Farting has also been part and parcel of jokes cracked among friends and even at times of family get-togethers,” Sangoi said.
Former singer Sangoi was eager to give out more details of the planned event. He disclosed that the competitors will be competing in three categories. They would be judged on who farts the longest, who farts the loudest, and whose farts are the most musical.