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   Longest singing marathon-world record set by Mandd Sobhann

[Feb 4]MANGALORE, India--43 groups, singing one after the other with 1,711 singers, sang 645 songs over 40 hours and set the new world record for the longest singing marathon by multiple singers.  
    Mandd Sobhann went past the Brazilian group’s record at 6 pm on Sunday when the 39th group from Jeri Meri Mumbai gave its performance.
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     It was Eric Ozario, Gurkaar of Mandd Sobhann, who was leading his own Mandd Sobhann team, the last and 43rd batch on the final stretch of the record attempt. Pullin, in a brief interaction with the presspersons, he said the event was well organised.

   Teams from different parts of the nation, including Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore took part in the venture to break the historic record at the Kalaangann in Mangalore.

     The record for the "World’s Longest Singing Marathon by Multiple Singers” was previously held by a group from Ulbra, Brazil, called "Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo". It sang for 36 hours during July 3-4, 2004.

    While the Brazilian group achieved the feat with 36-hours of singing, the Mandd Sobhann group extended it by four hours with a 40-hour effort.    

   "The Kalangan Amphitheatre, the venue of the record-breaking event, erupted in a triumphant chorus of whistles, loud applause and congratulations", says Roshan De Souza, a US-based Mangalorean and the moderator of the website,

    The website,, provided regular updates during the entire 40-hour-long singing. Konkani as a language is spoken by people who live or have lived along the Konkan belt. The region is spread over four states, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala.

    "The recent world record should unite all Konkani-speaking people across India and the world. The language now has unified on the world stage", says Malwin De Souza, a Goan, based in Cayman Islands.

       This is the 974th record from India, which has found its way into the Book of World Records. "There have been approximately around 973 records from India or relating to India; which have found their way into the Book of Records", says Pullin.

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