NEW DELHI, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Over 160,000 people in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in West India gathered to sing in one voice and made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, local tabloid Mail Today said Tuesday.
The mammoth gathering paid a tribute to the 15th century South Indian Telugu composer Tallapaka Annamayya by singing seven classical songs composed by him at the Secunderabad Parade Grounds in the twin cities Sunday evening, according to the report.
The previous record was set more than seven decades ago by a German choir on Aug. 2, 1937, when 60,000 people sang the German national anthem in chorus under Nazi orchestration.
In the twin cities, the sprawling ground was packed with people of all age groups and from all walks of life. They joined a team of classical singers led by Carnatic -- a south Indian form of music -- vocalist Garimella Balakrishna Prasad. The event marked the Telugu composer's 601st birth anniversary, said the report.
The composer wrote over 35,000 songs in praise of Hindu Lord Venkateswara.
A Guinness representative, Raymond Marshal, announced after the choir finished its performance that a new record had been set. ¡¡