Author Topic: Andhra Singers set new world record at Laksha Gala Sankirthanarchana in 2009  (Read 2196 times)

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Telugu saint-poet Thallapaka Annamacharya
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annamayya

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Andhra-singers-set-new-world-record/articleshow/4506982.cms

HYDERABAD: A whopping 160,000 people sang in chorus seven keerthanas, or hymns in praise of god, of Telugu saint-poet Thallapaka Annamacharya here on Sunday evening, and broke a 70-year-old world record.

A representative of the Guinness Book of World Records announced that the previous record is broken at the grand spiritual musical event, organised to mark the 601st birth anniversary of Annamacharya.

"I have great pleasure in announcing that more than 70 years later the record has been broken," said Guinness Book representative Raymond Marshal amid thunderous applause at the sprawling Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, Hyderabad's twin city.

He also presented the certificate from Guinness Book of World Records to state Minister for Finance K. Rosaiah.

It was on Aug 2, 1937, that 60,000 people sang the national anthem in Germany to set the world record.

The programme, 'Laksha Gala Sankirthanarchana', was organised jointly by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the Andhra Pradesh state cultural council and Andhra Silicon. The organisers said 160,000 people sang the keerthanas in one voice.

Renowned Carnatic musician M. Balamurali Krishna, singer Kavitha Krishnamurthy and her husband L. Subramanyam and Garimella Balakrishna Prasad led 160,000 singers, both professionals and amateurs. Telugu actor Nagarjuna, who acted in film "Annamayya", was also present.

Annamacharya, who was born in 1408, composed 32,000 Sankeerthans eulogising Lord Venkateswara. The TTD, which manages the affairs of the Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, is organising Annamacharya's 601st birth anniversary celebrations on a grand scale.

TTD chairman D.K. Audikesavulu Naidu announced that Tallapaka, the birthplace of Annamacharya in Kadapa district, will be developed as a major spiritual centre.

The TTD is also making efforts to propagate Keerthanas of the first Telugu lyric poet worldwide by organising spiritual programmes, including group rendering of Sankeerthans and lectures on his literary works.



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The true saints like Annamaya & Kabir are the social reformers. They were brahma jnani.s. Annamaya's BRAHMAM OKATE song is teaching brahma jnan. In purana it says Vishnu is the protecter. And in Gita He says DHARMA SAMARTH.... SAMBUVAMI YUGE YUGE. So whenever the society goes in wrong direction, He sends some Bhaktas like Annamaya, kabir, chaitanya, nayarmars and azhvars. We cannot see anyother country like India where so many saints were born. We are blessed to take birth in India. Especially when you go to Thruvannamalai for girivalam we can feel. It gives great feeling to walk the mountain path where Bhagavan also walked. Whenever I go back to India from Us. after seeing the garbage on roads I say to my friends MERA BHARAT MAHAN HAI.


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well said ramanaduli garu.

India is a sacred land which is unique in everything.

Me and my wife were singing devotional songs when we had done girivalam in Dec 2009.