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No Guinness recognition for new mass anthem record

Last Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 20:58

Aurangabad: Over 35,000 people on Thursday sang the national anthem in unison, breaking the world record created on Wednesday in the district, the new record has however
gone unrecognised by the Guinness, organisers said.

In a rousing display of patriotism and unity, over 15,000 people from the city had yesterday participated in mass singing of national anthem `Jana Gana Mana`, creating a world record in the process.

With a tally of 15,243, they had taken India into the `Guinness Book of World Records` for "the most people singing a national anthem simultaneously", erasing the previous record
held by Pakistan for 5,800 individuals, the organisers said.

However, this record was broken today during an event organised by the Bhaskar group`s Marathi newspaper `Divya Marathi` at the MGM ground here, organisers claimed.

The Guinness World Record team which had acknowledged yesterday`s feat did not recognise today`s event, sources said.

Andrea Banfi, head of Adjudicators, Guinness Book World Records Limited, who had flown in from London, along with Lucia Sinigagliesi, Adjudications Manager, and Nikhil Shukla, Adjudicator India were unable to count the number of people present, sources said. The participants were not standing in order, as per the necessary instructions and hence counting was not possible, sources added.

The Guinness Book officials were not available for comments.


First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 19:37

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