STAR file photo of the event 'Lakho Konthe Shonar Bangla' on March 26, 2014 at the National Parade Ground in the capital
Bangladesh has been listed in the Guinness World Record for singing the national anthem by the largest number of people together in Dhaka on March 26.
The Guinness World Record made the announcement on its official website this afternoon.
“The most people singing a national anthem simultaneously is 254,537 and was achieved by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh at the National Parade Ground in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 March 2014,” said the website.
Earlier, the world record of the largest number of people singing national or regional anthem together belonged to Sahara India Pariwar (India). Some 1.21 lakh people sang India's national anthem at that event on May 6, last year in Lucknow.
More than 2.5 lakh people gathered at the National Parade Ground in the capital on the Independence Day on March 26 and sang the national anthem together.
As the clock struck 11:20am, the “Amar Shonar 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.
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.
They walked miles as traffic blocked the roads leading to the venue.
By 10:00am, the entire ground was dotted with people from all strata of life. Students, teachers, garment workers, artistes, freedom fighters, politicians and members of civil service, police and armed forces went there to be part of the historical moment.
They were provided with lyrics of the anthem and national flags.
After two trials, participants sang the anthem making the record. They celebrated the achievement cheering and waving the national flags.
The programme continued for around one hour with performances by the country's renowned singers.
The event was aimed to have Bangladesh's name in the Guinness Book of World Records through paying tributes to the three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the country and to reignite the spirit of the Liberation War and patriotism.