Bangladesh Bid for World Record

Date Published: 27 Mar, 2014

More than 2.5 lakh people gathered at the National Parade Ground in the capital on the Independence Day (March 26) and sang the national anthem together to set a world record.



As the clock struck 11:20 am, the ‘Amar Sonar Bangla.. Ami Tomay Bhalobashi’ chorus by as many as 254,681 people reverberated through the venue and its adjoining areas. Thousand others failed to enter the parade ground but stood outside joining the event.



The anthem was sung simultaneously by millions at educational institutes and other places in districts, upzillas and villages all over the country.



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by a large number of her cabinet and party colleagues, sang the national anthem with the chorus at the parade ground. As people entered, they were provided with lyrics of the anthem and national flag. The entrance and the stage of the venue were decorated with photographs of liberation war heroes, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, President Abdul Hamid, Sheikh Hasina and Robindranath Tagore, who composed the national anthem of Bangladesh. People in red and green set off for the venue from all corners of the city early in the morning to join the event, “Lakho Konthe Sonar Bangla”, sponsored by the cultural affairs ministry and supervised by the Armed Forces Division.  



After two trials, participants sang the anthem making the record. They celebrated the achievement cheering and waving the national flag. Prior to the chorus, an audio of how the song written by Tagore became the national anthem was played.



The event was aimed to have Bangladesh’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records through paying tribute to the three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the country and to reignite the spirit of the Liberation War and patriotism.



Before that, the world record of the largest number of people singing national or regional anthem together belonged to Sahara India Pariwar. Some 1.21 lakh people sang India’s national anthem at that event on May 6, last year in Lucknow.



Earlier, in a brief speech Sheikh Hasina, honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, vowed to disseminate the spirit of the Liberation War among all, which, she said, will be transmitted to next generation. “Bangladesh always make history. Today we will express our love and respect for the country and its people through the national anthem. It will remain as a record in the Guinness Book of World Records” she said.