Looking Back: Udupi witnesses world record on Vivekananda’s birth anniversary1 min read
UDUPI: Around 4,850 students from over 20 colleges assembled at Malpe Beach on January 13, in an attempt to create a world record of the “largest congregation of people wearing the same badge”, to mark Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary.
The event commenced with students carrying a 1750 meter long national flag in a procession from Gandhi Shatabdi grounds to the beach. Following this, they sang the national song, Vande Mataram, to mark the event which is also celebrated as the National Youth Day of India.
The college students during the attempt. || Photograph Courtesy: Sasha Dwivedi.
The students were trained by a team of 30 musicians, and many playback singers and musicians were also present at the event, to sing the national song alongside the students. “I felt privileged to be a part of the event. It has filled me with new enthusiasm towards working for my country,” said Anushka Kotiyan, a student from MGM College, Udupi.
Santosh Agarwal, the official timekeeper from Golden Book of World Records, handed over the certificate for the “largest congregation of people wearing the same badge” to Prakash Malpe, Chief Coordinator of the event and Head of the Samvedhana Foundation. He also stated that this was the first record in this category.
“I sang Vande Mataram with all my heart and the feeling of pride has grown manifolds with this world record,” said Shridhar Hedge from UPMC, Udupi.
Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sport, Raghupati Bhatt, former MLA and Meenakshi Bennaje, President of Udupi City Municipal Council also attended the event.
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan
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