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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

City to host world�s longest singing marathon

MANGALORE: The Kalaangann near Shaktinagar in Mangalore all set to host Konkani Nirantari, world�s longest singing marathon by multiple singers to create history on January 26 and 27.

The Konkani Nirantari will be organised by the Mandd Sobhann, a Konkani cultural organisation, in order to break the existing Guinness world record of 36 hours marathon singing, standing in the name Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo of Brazil.

A total of 44 groups with around 1,500 singers from various parts of the nation will sing 600 Konkani songs one after another for a non-stop 40 hours as per Guinness World Records norms. The marathon singing will start at 6 am on January 26 and will continue till 10 pm on January 27.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mandd Sobhann director Eric Ozario said that the judge from Guinness World Records, London, Keith Pullin would present to witness and certify the attempt.

There would be only 30 seconds gap between two songs and each group would sing continuously for one hour without break, he said adding that a singer performed in one group would not be allowed to perform again in another group.

Ozario said that teams from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi and singers from Gulf would participate in the mega event. �Taking Konkani to international heights is the objective behind organising the Konkani Nirantari,�� he added.

Mangalore Biship Dr Aloysius Paul D�Souza would inaugurate the event and bless the occasion while Ryan�s International Educational Institutions, Mumbai chief Grace Pinto would be the chief guest at the closing ceremony, Ozario informed.

NRI entrepreneur Ronald Colaco, Krishna Dairy managing director Pradeep G Pai and Guinness World Records tm, London Adjudicator Keith Pullin would be present.

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