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‘Ghazal Srinivas’ enters Guinness book

‘Ghazal Srinivas’

‘Ghazal Srinivas’  

Staff Reporter

Offers tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, singing in 100 global languages

HYDERABAD: Kesiraju Srinivas, a.k.a ‘Ghazal Srinivas’ is now a Guinness World Record holder for the most languages sung i.e. 76 in a concert, which was held in Vijayawada between June 2 and 3, 2008. The singer was felicitated for his achievement by chairman of Lanco Foundation Lagadapati Rajagopal here on Thursday.

On the concluding eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha centenary celebrations, ‘Ghazal Srinivas’ offered a musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in 100 global languages in Vijayawada. The tribute started on June 2 at 6 p.m. and ended at 3 a.m. on June 3. He sang the song in 44 foreign and 56 Indian languages during the concert.

“The song based on the Satyagraha philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi was written and composed by me. I worked with foreign musicians and translated the song into their language. It took me nearly 13 months to learn and then record this song in 100 different languages,” Mr. Srinivas informed in a press conference on Thursday.

The singer translated his song into foreign languages of the countries that include, among others, Mozambique, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Germany, Portugal, Italy, China, Armenia and Ethiopia. “We have developed an album of the song sung in 100 languages and by next month President of India Pratibha Patil will be releasing it in New Delhi,” Mr. Srinivas informed. In fact, the singer has set his sight to embark on a unique series of concerts in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and other gulf countries to spread the Satyagraha message of Mahatma Gandhi. “Thanks to Lanco foundation, I am able to plan such an event in foreign countries. I would take up this trip in few months from now,” he said.

The chairman of Lanco Foundation L. Rajagopal, after felicitating the singer, assured him of full support for the cause of Satyagraha.

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