Chennai: A new world record for the largest keyboard ensemble was created on the World Labour Day today, wherein 440 students participated to create awareness on child labour.
The previous record for the largest keyboard concert was done by 400 participants.
The venue—St. Bedes Centenary Auditorium in the city– was a beehive of activity with young musicians in the age group of 7 and17 years from all over Tamil Nadu assembling to create a new world record.
The “Stop Child Labour Awareness Mega Keyboard Concert” was conducted by Isaimaamani M.S. Martin on behalf of “Melliflous Melodies on Keyboard” and “Madhuradhwani Sangeetha Sabha”, a Sabha exclusively for talents in instrumental music.
The children at the concert played patriotic songs like “Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram,” “Thai Manne Vanakkam,” and “Acham Acham Illai” among others.
Addressing the gathering, Martin said: “We have successfully conducted two recognised Guinness World record events–the largest electronic keyboard ensemble, in the past. In 2011, it was carried out by 109 children at the Music Academy here promoting Carnatic Music. The next programme witnessed 229 children, who performed for “World Peace” on January 16, 2014 at the Chennai Trade Centre.”“In 2009, we conducted the first largest keyboard ensemble with our students of Mellifluous Melodies on Keyboard along with 75 children.”
“As a special feature of the concert, this time visually challenged kids from St Louis School for Deaf and Blind also participated along with economically challenged students from aided schools for the kids, who have big dreams but are bonded in labour, on this World Labour Day. This concert is a sincere effort from our team of young keyboard musicians, parents and schools to infuse social awareness in young children in the form of Music,” Martin explained.
Special adjudicator Vivek from Asia Book of Records was present at the event and gave away the official certificate for the record.