India is in the Guiness Book of World Records yet again. Over 15000 people gathered to sing the Indian National Anthem in Aurangabad on 25th January. The record was entered for 'the most people singing a national anthem simultaneously' with 15243 , erasing the previous record held by Pakistan for 5,800 individuals. A host of singers including 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 performed to mark the significant achievement.
People came from all walks of life and far-flung areas of Aurangabad to take part in the event. The entire stadium, with an official capacity of 45,000, was jam-packed. Hence, the final Guiness tally of 15,243 came as a surprise to everyone.
Shankar Mahadevan quoted “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.”