On the morning of Wednesday, the 25th of January, thousands of Aurangabadkars will reach the Divisional Sports Complex (Vibhaagiya Kreeda Sankul) at Garkheda in Aurangabad, at 8 am, to set a world record for the maximum number of people in any country singing their national anthem in unison.
An independent adjudicator from Guinness World Records will be present at the venue to observe and certify the successful creation of a world record.
The initiative, supported by Lokmat Media to commemorate the completion of 100 years of Jana Gana Mana since it was first sung, will be supported by entertainers and celebrities like Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod, Prashant Damle, Kailash and Aarti Surendranath, and Tushar Gandhi, grandson of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Several other leaders and public figures are likely to lend their voices on the momentous occasion.
On 27 December 2011, Jana Gana Mana had completed 100 years after being first sung at the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress on 27 December 1911. It was declared the Indian National Anthem by the Constituent Assembly on 24 January 1950.
Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman - Lokmat Media Ltd, Vijay Darda, said, "As a socially responsible media house, we at Lokmat wanted to commemorate 100 years of our National Anthem on the eve of Republic Day, and have chosen Aurangabad for this celebration. Aurangabad, with its national historical legacy and rich multi-community profile, is a befitting locale for saluting a century of our National Anthem, which celebrates the unity and diversity of India."
Eminent singer Roopkumar Rathod, who along with his wife and singer Sonali Rathod, will inspire and sing with all of Aurangabad on Wednesday the 25th of January, said, "Singing Jana Gana Mana to set a world record is a befitting and rousing way to commemorate one hundred years of the National Anthem, and Sonali and I are delighted and humbled that we will be part of the record-setting attempt. It will be our small tribute to the great composition of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore."
Vijay Darda said, "For more than 30 years now, Lokmat has developed a deep, caring and emotional connect with Maharashtrians in general and Aurangabad in particular. We are confident, therefore, that our readers – indeed, every resident of Aurangabad -- will come together to sing the National Anthem and also create a record in the process."
The Facebook page of the initiative can be found at www.facebook.com/Lokmat