Over 35,000 attempt record 17-km long Swami painting

More than 35,000 schoolchildren and teachers attempted a world record by drawing an over 17-km long painting on the theme of 'Swami Vivekananda and Bharat' here Sunday. The event was organised by Swami Vivekananda Sardh Shathi Samaroh Samiti as part of celebrations to mark his 150th birth anniversary.

Students from 300 schools from the city and nearby villages assembled at Samta Ground for the event. The drawing of painting started at 8 am and went on till 10.30 am.

The students and around 500 teachers drew paintings on twin themes of Swami Vivekananda and Bharat (India) on canvas with acrylic paint. As many as 60 rays of canvas measuring hundreds of metres were set up on bamboo sticks. The rays originated from a circular structure of canvas around the main stage.

"In all, 35,710 students and teachers participated in drawing 17,857-metre long painting of Swami Vivekananda and Bharat or India. This is a new world record," state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama announced as the time for drawing concluded.

"We had informed the authorities of Guinness World Records last month. Now, we shall send them photographs and video evidence of the event seek a certificate of the record of the longest painting of the world. We are expecting the certificate in next three to four days," Bhargav Bhatt, convener of the Samiti, said.

Incidentally, the exiting record of the longest painting was established in the city in 2008 when around 8,000 people drew a 7.2-km long painting.

Besides Chudasama, Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, Vadodara MP Balkrishna Shukla, local MLAs, mayor Jyoti Pandya, district collector Vinod Rao and municipal commissioner Ashwini Kumar attended the event.

The participants were charged Rs 50 each. Organisers said they would be given certificates of participation.

Incidentally, this is likely to be the second world record effort within a month. On January 12, two private schools had created a world record by forming the largest human torch with help of 1,600 students.

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