SiliconAndhra Created Guinness World Record by Singing Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya Compositions

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SiliconAndhra created a new Guinness World Record by nonstop group singing marathon for 101 hours, 5 minutes and 1 second. 1193 Annamacharya Sankeertnalu (1008 non repetitive Keertanalu) were sung by 4590 singers from 63 towns and villages of India at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India from May 23-27, 2010. The record for the longest singing marathon was achieved by SiliconAndhra during Annamacharya 602nd Jayanthi Utsavam - Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana.

'Mission accomplished in popularizing Annamacharya compositions and creating global visibility for this all time great Saint Composer of India' - Anand Kuchibhotla, Founder Chairman, SiliconAndhra

SiliconAndhra celebrated Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya 602nd Jayanthi with Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana. The singing of Annamacharya Keertnas for 101 hours, 5 minutes and 1 second by 101 groups non-stop from May 23-27, 2010 created a new Guinness World Record. This is third Guinness World Record achieved by SiliconAndhra in the last 24 months.

The closing session was held in a grand manner at the Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram in Vijayawada amidst cheers and jubilation of artistes, the audience and the organizers. 4590 singers created a new world record for the longest singing marathon by multiple singers by rendering 1193 Annamayya compositions. The previous record was held for 42 hours in Hungary.

The memorable event was organized by SiliconAndhra in association with Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams to mark the 602nd birth anniversary of Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. The main objective of the programme was to popularize the Annamacharya compositions among the general public with an emphasis on youth involvement. Annamayya wrote 32,000 keertanas in his life time. Only 12,000 are available today. SiliconAndhra selected 101 groups and distributed 10 keertanas (songs) to each group to practice and present during the event. Music teachers and students grabbed the opportunity right away to learn the rare Annamayya Keertanas. The singers came from 63 cities and towns of India on their own with utmost devotion to render the Annamayya compositions.

Amanda Mochan, the Guinness World Records adjudicator presented the Certificate and congratulated the organizers and the singers who created the new record. Anand Kuchibhotla, Founder and Chairman of SiliconAndhra said ' It gives us immense pleasure to popularize Annamayya Keertanas and create awareness about his compositions among youth. The Guinness World Record gives global visibility for Annamacharya Compositions.' Mandali Buddhaprasad said ' This historic event is clearly a milestone and opens a new chapter in the Telugu culture'. Girija Lolla, Gayathri Malapaka, Rammohan Pillutla and Prabhakar Nanduri led the event organizing team. Gokaraju Ganga Raju is the honorary chairman and Thondepu Hanumantha Rao is the Convenor for this mega event.

SiliconAndhra is a non-profit organization, established in 2001, with the goals to maintain, preserve, and perpetuate the Telugu Culture, Literature and Tradition among youth. SiliconAndhra intends to organize unique cultural and literary events that depict the rich cultural heritage, traditions and arts from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. SiliconAndhra has drawn accolades across USA and India. More information could be found at http://www.siliconandhra.org SiliconAndhra’s objective is to present the rich Indian art and literary forms through Dance Ballets, Dramas, and Songs radiating the vibrating Indian culture to all the people in different areas. SiliconAndhra conducts Telugu classes through 'ManaBadi' in 14 states across USA to hundreds of youngsters.

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