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2,000 guitarists will knock on Guinness door

Digambar Patowari, Hindustan Times  Guwahati, October 23, 2007
First Published: 01:08 IST(23/10/2007) | Last Updated: 17:05 IST(7/6/2012)

Over 2,000 guitarists, both professional and amateur, will gather at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya for The World Record Guitar Ensemble during the autumn festival on October 26.


Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum ( MTDF) is being organised the Shillong autumn festival. MTDF’s vice chairman, Larsing M said on Monday that the tunes from guitar strings of the event would create a new record on guitar ensembles. 

“Our attempt shall be 2,000 plus guitarists performing Bob Dylan’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The guitarists will be from all over Meghalaya, the Northeast and will include tourists,” said the MTDF vice chairman. Larsing M said celebrity guitarists from all over the country were contacted to be part of the record-making attempt.

The current Guinness Book of World Records’ guitar ensemble stands at 1,721 guitarists from Kansas City, US performing the rock classic Smoke on the water on June 4, 2007.

On selection of Dylan’s classic, the MTDF vice chairman said the popular song’s lyrics match Meghalaya, which is also known as the ‘abode of the clouds’.  

The participants’ rehearsals for the gala event begun from Monday at  Shillong , which is known as ‘ Scotland of the East’. MTDF has already invited an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Last year, 7,951 drummers in Shillong had set a world record for the largest drum ensemble by performing for five minutes.

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