Guitarists strum together in record bid

November 14th, 2007 - 2:56 am ICT by admin  
Shillong (Meghalaya), Oct 27 (ANI): Hundreds of guitarists played Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and broke the world record for the largest guitar ensemble.

About 1,730 guitarists played at a stadium in Shillong to break the existing Guinness record held by musicians from Kansas in the United States where 1,721 guitarists had performed Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” last year.

Organisers said music was inherent in north-eastern state where people living under insurgency find solace in music.

“In Shillong, music was used as an instrument to fight the bandh (shutdown) culture. Every national holiday, there used to be a bandh called by the militants. To break that bandh, we called a band from Australia called ‘Aphrodisiac’,” said R.G. Lyngdoh, Tourism Minister of Meghalya.

There were no adjudicators from the Guinness Book of World Records at the Indian event, but its organisers claimed their feat would be recognised as they had two witnesses in keeping with the parameters set by the Guinness authorities.

The participants said they were thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event.

“I can’t express how proud I am to be here to be one of the participants, to break this world record,” said E. Moksh, a participant.

The performance has been videotaped and a copy would be sent to the Guinness authorities.

A similar event has been planned by guitarists in London on November 2.

Shillong also holds the world record for the largest drum ensemble after 7,951 drummers performed for more than five minutes in perfect rhythm last year. (ANI)

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