tries to sing its way into record books
Konthe Sonar Bangla’ (Sonar Bangla in
tens of thousands of voices) is what the
event is being called.
Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the
ceremony at the National Parade Square
along with ministers, MPs and armed
around 11.20am on Wednesday, Bangladesh
tried to make history by getting tens of
thousands of people to sing ‘Amar
Sonar Bangla Ami Tomai Bhalobashi’ (My
Golden Bengal, I Love You).
May 6 last year, the Sahara India
Pariwar had set a Guinness Book record
by arranging the singing of the Indian
national anthem by 121,653 people.
attempted to surpass the feat by getting
a far larger body of people to sing its
own national anthem.
joined the grand event by not only
gathering at the parade ground but
assembling in other parts of Dhaka city
from all walks of life gathered at the
National Parade Square since morning as
the nation ventured to make history by
setting a new Guinness record.
old businessman Haji Motin came from
Uttara to join the chorus.
I have sung the national anthem with
students. It feels that I went back to
my school days. I feel great to take
part in such a great event,” he said.
Gazi from Dhanmondi led three
generations. “We have joined the mass
singing to set a world record. So far
things have gone well; let’s hope for
of the Guinness Book of World Records
observed the entire event. Their report
would determine whether it finds a place
in the record book.
began gathering at the venue way before
6am, when the gates were to open.
Educational institutions, political,
social and cultural organisations as
well as transport and garments factory
workers had come together to make
event began at 8am with a cultural
function, staged by the Shilpakala
Academy, featuring eminent artistes. The
final singing will be preceded by a
Prime Minister arrived, sporting the
national flag, around 10.30am. She
joined the chorus of a thousand voices
from a stage erected at the north side
of the 9th Sector of the Parade Square.
in a white Jamdani saree with red-green
border, the head of the government waved
at all. In response, the participants
fluttered the national flag in their
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice
Md Muzammel Hossain, former planning
minister AK Khandker, Finance Minister
AMA Muhith, Planning Minister AHM
Mustafa Kamal, Cultural Affairs Minister
Asaduzzaman Noor, State Minister for
Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu, State Minister
for Information and Communication
Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Army
Chief Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, Navy Chief
Muhammad Farid Habib and Chief of Air
Staff Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari,
and the Prime Minister’s Special
Assistant Mahbubul Haque Shakil were on
then, 231,000 people were already at the
square. Some 251,000 people joined the
first rehearsal at 10.55am, while
254,681 people lent their voice in the
the singing began, Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina, in a brief speech, appealed to
all present to boost their spirit of
independence with the national anthem.
always create history. They will again
make new history. We express our love
for the country and the people through
our national anthem; it inspires me with
the spirit of independence; tens of
thousands of us will sing the song that
will become a part of world history,”
greeted all participants along with the
event organisers, political leaders,
school, college and university students,
Border Guard Bangladesh, police, RAB,
Ansar and VDP personnel, garment
workers, women, children, and cultural
headcount was done every time an
individual was let in. There was an
automatic counting machine at each
entrance. A gate along with the counting
system was also erected at the entry of
the special podium made for the Prime
Minister and other VIPs.
came draped in the national flag and
wore green-red bandanas around their
parade ground was divided into 15
sectors to maintain order.
participant was given a cap and a bag
containing the national flag, a
certificate, and a card containing the
national anthem and relevant rules,
water bottle, juice, and saline.
big screen, set up in each sector,
showed the strength of the gathering at
special podium was set up for the Prime
Minister and important persons on the
north side of the 9th Sector, while the
ministers, MPs, diplomats and others
were seated on the southern side.
main stage was set up opposite the Prime
event began at 8am with a cultural
function staged by the Shilpakala
Academy featuring eminent artistes. The
final singing was preceded by two rounds
of rehearsal. The Prime Minister and
cabinet members also joined the
can’t express my feelings in words,”
Minister Asaduzzaman Noor told
bdnews24.com after the event.
Minister Matia Chowdhury said, “It is
us who can do it.”
worker Hosne Ara Begum, on her way back
home from the mass singing event, said,
“At first I felt bad in the sun. Now I
am feeling good. I used to sing the
national anthem in school. This time I
have sung with so many people.”
Rahman Saikat, a student of Nabab
Habibullah Model School, said he had
enjoyed the whole thing though he had to
remain standing for quite a while.
Arifur Rahman of Titumir College said he
had woken up at 4am and left home at
arrived here at 7am. I took all this
trouble for the world record,” he
from various fields expressed their
solidarity with the event.
Cultural Affairs Ministry was in charge
of the programme, while the army was
tasked with the management.
people fell ill in the sun. At least 30
were treated in a medical camp set up by
the army at the Bangabandhu
International Conference Centre.
women lose to WI
116 for victory in their opener,
Bangladesh were bowled out for 79.
were thwarted by their inexperience in
the tournament after bowling their
Caribbean opponents out for 115 at the
Sylhet Divisional Stadium.
is Bangladesh Women’s first
participation in the world event.
losing their openers Ayasha Rahman (10)
and Sanjida Islam (8) in quick
succession, skipper Salma Khatun (17)
put up some resistance before being
trapped leg before by Anisa Mohammed.
Bangladesh women failed to put up any
worthwhile partnership. The fifth wicket
stand of 28 runs between Rumana Ahmed,
the hosts topscorer with 26, and Nuzhat
Tasnia (6), was the only notable
return, trapped leg before by Anisa for
her second, triggered a spectacular
batting collapse. They crumbled from 72
for 4 to 79 all out.
Quintine was adjudged woman of the match
for her three wickets haul. Tremayne
Smartt and Anisa took two wickets each
for the Caribbeans.
electing to bat, the West Indies Women
posted 115 all out in 20 overs.
lost wickets regularly starting from the
being bogged down at 43 for four in 10.4
overs, Deandra Dotting and Stacy-Ann
King paired up for a 40-run fifth wicket
stand to take their side out of the
made a run-a-ball 34 to topscore for the
West Indies followed by Stacy-Ann King
who made 20 off 14balls.
they fell, Anisa Mohammed (15) held one
end before walking back in the
penultimate ball of the final over of
Tul Kubra bagged three wickets for the
hosts. Skipper Salma and Fahima Khatun
picked up two wickets each.
Women will take on England Women on
Friday (March 28), while the West Indies
will face Sri Lanka later on that day in
their next matches.