JORHAT, Feb 24 – The universal language of music united more than 500 artistes from across the globe who played 300 kinds of musical instruments for world peace and mesmerised the town here this evening with a half-an-hour programme which was organised by Mazumba Media and Entertainment. The event created history by going into the Guinness World Records as the ‘most number of unique instruments used in a musical composition.’ The musical piece was composed and directed by Rupam Sarmah, an international award-winning film and music director based in California, USA.
Jack, adjudicator, Guinness World Records, offered the certificate giving the recognition to the record. As many as 315 musical instruments were played during the non-classical symphony to set history. Enumerating the elements which made it special, Jack pointed out the length of the composition (more than half an hour), musicians gathered from all over the world and its attempt to send a message for world peace.
Beginning with a famous Sanskrit sloka and Sattriya dance (akhora) about 7.20 pm this evening at the Jorhat District Sports Association playground, the programme consisted of both musical and vocal performances which proceeded to other instruments and music in different languages which enchanted the listeners for more than half an hour without any interruption. Renowned filmmaker Alan Roy Scott from the USA also participated in the function.
Ken Koshio, noted musician of Japan, played the traditional instrument of the country during the course of the symphony.
After the record was set up, Rupam Sarmah said that being a person hailing from Jorhat, he felt great satisfaction as his dream to organise such a programme had come true. “When the dreams of a person resembles those of another and the number grows in such a way, only then this type of a unique event can be organised,” enthused Sarmah.
The symphony included a variety of different styles of music from world folk, classical, jazz, Bihu, Borgeet, Jhumur, Latino, Irish and many others. The lyrics for the event, too, were written in Assamese, English, Hindi, Bengali and some other languages.