Bangladesh attempts to sing its way into record books
With the spontaneous participation of people from all walks of life, the grand initiative to sing the national anthem of Bangladesh on the Independence day "Lakho Konthe Shonar Bangla" occurred on Wednesday at the National Parade Ground.
The national anthem of Bangladesh was performed to create an official world record in the presence of country's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Ministers of the cabinet, Members of parliament, Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force along with other government officials were also present at the event.
The national anthem "Amar Shonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Bhalobashi" was performed in unison at 11 am.
A cultural performance took place with the participation of nationally acclaimed artistes and musicians with the aid of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The cultural event started at 8:45 am and continued up until 12 pm. The performance of the national anthem took place in between the cultural events.
The official machine count of participants was 254,681. The organizers stated that all parameters set by the Guinness authority were fulfilled. Apart from the official count, an estimated total of more than 325,000 people participated in the program.
Nationally renowned artistes such as Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Mita Huq, Rezwana Chowdhury Bonna, Raisa Ahmed Lisa, Topon Mahmud, Sajed Akbar, Salma Akbar, Lili Islam, Fatima Tuz Zohra, Indro Mohon Rajbongshi, Timir Nandi, Bulbul Mohlanobish, Abdul Jobbar, Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Yakub Ali Khan, Khayrul Anam Shakil, Shahin Samad, Sujit Mostafa, Sumon Chowdhury, Farida Parvin, Chondona Majumder and Fakir Alamgir participated in performing the national anthem on behalf of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The previous record of performing a national anthem in unison has created by Sahara India Parivar with the participation of 121,653. The Guinness Committee will inform the news of the news record after 1 week time. The record will be filed under "Most people singing a national anthem simultaneously" section.
(Posted on 27-03-2014)