Aurangabad (Maharashtra): In a rare show of national fervour, more than 30,000 students and citizens in Aurangabad - the Marathwada city with historical significance created a record on Monday by singing 'Sare Jaha Se Accha Hindustan Hamara' at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) stadium, a day ahead of Republic Day celebrations Tuesday.
Convener of this event, Miraza Salim Baig said that a total of 31,500 people, including students from 151 schools and colleges as well as citizens and preceptors from different religions sang 'Sare Jaha Se Accha Hindustan Hamara’ in a tune of Police band and Rajesh Sarkate’s 'Swarviahar' orchestra.
'Sare Jaha Se Accha Hindustan Hamara’ is a famous patriotic song composed by renowned Urdu poet Allama Iqbal.
The event was jointly organised by the ‘Al Huda Group of schools’, Aurangbad Times Urdu daily, Akhil Bhartiya Urdu Shiksak Sangh, Maharahstra Pradesh Congress Shiksak Sangh, Aurangabad District Education Society Corporation, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Lion Club Aurangabad and other social organisations.
The occasion also coincided with 49th anniversary of the local Urdu daily Aurangbad Times.
Aurangbad Police Commissioner, Aurangbad Municipal Commissioner and eminent citizens and dignitaries belonging to various social organisations were present to witness the rare show of national integration.
The students, majority of them from local Urdu medium schools, also performed other cultural programs based on communal harmony, tolerance and national integration in front of the audience.
Members of Limca Book of World Record and Guinness Book of World Records were also present at the venue.
This is the first time such a huge number of people gathered in Aurangabad, and possibley in the country, to sing the popular patriotic song in unison.
In reply to a question the organisers said they have been informed by the two leading institutions that a decision if the event was a world record will be taken soon.