More than 150,000 participated in the ‘Annamayya Laksha Gala Sankeerthana’ at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad (
From the afternoon itself, people started pouring into the grounds. From children and youngsters to the aged, they came from various parts of the country and the world. More than creating a record, their sheer passion for Annamacharya brought them to the venue. For several weeks they had been practicing the seven sankirtans.
Noted Annamayya sankirtana exponent Garimella Balakrishna Prasad led the mass singing, while Abhinava Vaggeyakara Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna and a host of others, the who’s who in the Carnatic music and Telugu film industry, lent their voice.
After seeking the blessings of Lord Venkateswara, Prasad invoked the blessings of the saint-composer whose 602nd birth anniversary marked the event.
Starting with `Bhaavamulona, Bahyamunandunu Govinda’ the musicians and singers rendered `Brahma Kadigina Padamu’ (Mukhari raagam, set to Adi taalam), `Entamatramuna Evvaru Thalachina’ (Mayamalava Gowla, Misra Chaapu talam), `Podugantimayya mimmu’ (Mohana, Adi Talam), `Kondalalo Nelakonna Koneti Rayudu Vaadu’ (Hindolam, Adi talam), `Narayante Namo Namo’ (Behag, Adi Talam) and concluded the extravagnaza with `Muddugare yashoda’.
Guinness’ representative Raymond Marshal presented the certificate to the organizers - Silicon Andhra, the Department of Culture of the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.
Raymond Marshal admitted that he had not seen such a performance, which he said was a treat to the eye and the ears.