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Chinese set Guinness record musical performance with 'Sihu'

world Updated: Sep 06, 2010 21:38 IST

Over a thousand Chinese musicians, who together played the traditional Mongolian instrument 'Sihu', entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Monday for the largest number of people performing with the instrument in sync.

The four string musical instrument has a history of 800 years, and the event was aimed at popularising it.

The group of 1,151 musicians played the "Sihu" together in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Wu Xiaohong, a notary for Guinness World Records, witnessed the 6-minute show, and recognised it as a record for largest number people of playing the "Sihu" at the same time, Xinhua news agency reported.

Many of the players burst into tears when the world record was announced.

"We hope our efforts can save the ancient instrument from dying out," said Xu Zhiming, an official of the county government of Zuoyizhong Banner in Horqin, where the show was organised and staged.

The show had been aimed to promote the popularity of the musical instrument on the world stage.

He said the county government had tried its best to invite as many "Sihu" players to the show as possible, as nowadays only senior folk and art school students usually play it.