India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records

With a tally of 15243, India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘the most people singing a national anthem simultaneously’. The previous record was held by Pakistan for 5800 individuals.
Leading the crowd in the chorus on stage were singers Shankar Mahadevan, Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Tushar Gandhi, Prashant Damle, Vaishali Samant, Swapnil Bandodkar, Pramod Sarkate, Mrs Salaskar (widow of 26/11 martyr Vijay Salaskar) and others, who rendered live with Aurangabadkars to create the world record for the maximum number of people in any country singing their National Anthem in unison.
Shankar Madhavan said, “Our National Anthem is a wonderfully inspiring composition, and is a part of everyone’s psyche,” adding, “I am truly excited to have been a small part of this gigantic experience.”
Roopkumar Rathod said, “The National Anthem is greatly inspiring to all Indians from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean and from Gujarat to Assam. It truly brings all Indians together as it has done in Aurangabad today. Sonali and I feel privileged to have been able to celebrate the spirit of Jana Gana Mana with thousands of Aurangabadkars.”
The Fictitious Group, winners of talent reality show India’s Got Talent also performed with their power packed acrobatic dance routines. Vernon from Fictitious said, “It’s exciting to dance in the service of our Nation! We salute those who laid down their lives for the country.”
The initiative, supported by Lokmat Media commemorated the completion of 100 years of Jana Gana Mana since it was first sung on 27 December 1911 at the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress. It was declared the Indian National Anthem by the Constituent Assembly on 24 January 1950.
Guinness World Records Limited head of adjudicators Andrea Banfi had flown in from London, and handed over the certificate to Rajya Sabha MP and Lokmat Media Limited chairman Vijay Babu Darda, who accepted it on behalf of each and every Aurangabadkar who had created the world record for India. Other Guinness World Records Limited officials present on the occasion were adjudications manager Lucia Sinigagliesi and adjudicator– India Nikhil Shukla.
GWR head adjudicator Andrea Banfi said, “We were not able to include all the people present at the stadium in the count, as it was physically impossible since they were so closely packed. And after the first singing, many people left. But, for us to do a
proper count as per the stringent GWR standards, we had to request Lokmat Media to ask the people to assemble once again, in a particular, countable order, and to sing the national anthem again. The figure of 15243 is what we arrived at after the second singing.”
Commenting on the achievement Lokmat Media Ltd editorial director Rishi Darda said, “We are delighted that Aurangabadkars responded so splendidly to our world record attempt initiative to commemorate the completion of 100 years of Jana Gana Mana since it was first sung. I would like to thank our sponsors and media partners who ably supported us in the initiative.”
Radio Mirchi was the radio partner for the initiative.

Source : Internet Media

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