The Smiling Whistler Returns: Nikhil Rane Aims for Third World Whistling Championship Title

Nikhil Kamlakar Rane, India’s “Smiling Whistler,” is gearing up to defend his title at the upcoming World Whistling Convention in Japan. This two-time champion, known for his unique whistling style that incorporates a smile, is aiming for a historic three-peat victory.

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Rane’s journey began in 2016, when he became the first Indian to participate in the competition’s 45-year history. He not only broke new ground for his country, but also secured a win in the HikiFuki category, which requires simultaneous whistling and instrument playing.

His talent extends far beyond competition success. In 2022, Rane set a world record by whistling the national anthems of 11 countries consecutively under his “Project Mother India” initiative. This impressive feat is documented in various international record books.

The World Whistling Convention, organised by the Japan Whistling Confederation, is set for May 30th to June 2nd, 2024,at the Kawasaki Gender Equality Centre “Scrum21” Hall. The semi-finals and finals will be held on June 1st and 2nd,respectively, and are free for audiences to attend.

Rane’s dedication and unique whistling style have garnered him the title of “Smiling Whistler of India.” This year, he hopes to bring home another championship title and further elevate the global profile of Indian whistling talent.


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