Nearly 2,000 guitarists to play “Smoke on the Water” for world record in Shillong

November 14th, 2007 - 2:49 am ICT by admin  
Organised by Sur Sandhan, a musical group, and sponsored by Meghalaya Tourism, the event is being promoted with the objective of ushering peace and reformation in the state.

“On October 26, we have planned to break the record for the largest drum ensemble. The Guinness World Record is presently held by an American group. The present record stands at 1,721 guitars,” said Akib Zaman, a member of Sur Sandhan.

The guitarists will play the famous Deep Purple number “Smoke on the Water”, which was first released in 1972 through the album titled Machine Head.

“We hope to do it better and break it by a fair margin, because there is apparently another attempt which we have heard about. There is another attempt on November 2 in London. So, the first challenge is to break the world record and the second record would be to keep it,” said Zaman.

According to Larsing Ming, the organising secretary of Sur Sandhan, this is a great effort to bridge differences between the people and help in the changing of their mindsets.

“This is a small step towards replacing gun culture with music culture. This is a beginning which is hoped to gradually work on the minds of our brothers who have taken up arms, instead of guitar. We could get them to come and join us in the future in such kinds of gatherings,” said Larsing Ming.

“It’s a very beautiful gesture and I hope that this goes a long way in promoting peace and harmony in the strife-torn North East,” said Ming.

In 2006, a massive 7,951 drummers had registered their names in the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of drummers playing at a single event during the Autumn Festival.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that most North Easterners have music in their blood. (ANI)

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