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” took place today at the National Parade Ground. The Bangladesh National Anthem was performed to create an official world record in the presence of the Honorable 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.
Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh government played the key role as the initiator of “Lakho Konthe Shonar Bangla” with overall cooperation of Bangladesh Armed Forces Division.
To ensure the perfect depiction of the national anthem, an audio CD of the standardized sung version had been provided to the Shilpakala Academy was supplied to the respective organization. Organizations conducted rehearsals based on that standard in order to ensure performance of the national anthem in full format and correct tune.
The previous record of performing a national anthem in unison was created by Sahara India Parivar with the participation of 121,653. The Guinness Committee will inform the news of the record after 1 week’s time. The record will be filed under “Most people singing a national anthem simultaneously” section.
The song written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore had been chosen as the country’s national anthem in a mass rally at Dhaka’s Paltan ground on March 3, 1971, two days after the ‘Kendriya Sangram Committee’ of Swadhin Bangla was formed.