Rupam Sarmah sets Guinness World Record with 500 musicians playing 315 kinds of musical instruments

Gargi Dutta Chowdhury, Manoj Gupta, Subhen Chatterjee, Rupam Sarmah, Anjan Sinha, Papiya Adhikari
Gargi Dutta Chowdhury, Manoj Gupta, Subhen Chatterjee, Rupam Sarmah, Anjan Sinha, Papiya Adhikari

Rupam Sharmah with Guinness World Record
Rupam Sharmah with Guinness World Record

Kolkata, March 6, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Rupam Sarmah and his team of 500 musicians with their 315 kinds of musical instruments created a new Guinness World Record in the category of “Most number of unique instruments used in a musical composition”. The group performed for thirty-two minutes and broke the earlier record by a Japanese group. which had performed with 181 instruments for a seven-minute Japanese song.

A press meet organized in honor of Rupam Sarmah saw the presence of eminent personalities like Papiya Adhikari, Bengali film director Anjan Sinha, Subhen Chatterjee, Manoj Gupta (the Managing Director of Balaji Group of Companies) and Gargi Dutta Chowdhury (Director of Balaji Group of Companies).

The symphony was composed and directed by Rupam Sarmah. He organized the event as part of his mission of bringing peace to the world - thus naming the event “Musical Journey for world peace”. The event was organized by Mazumba Media and Entertainment on the 24th of February at Jorhat Sports Complex at Jorhat in Assam.

Speaking to WBRi  Rupam said the event was a collaborative effort to form a musical bridge to bring local musicians and artists on one platform. Classical music, folk music, Jazz, Bihu, Japanese, Latino, Irish, Borgeet - the event saw a huge conglomeration of various kinds of music. The lyrics of the songs are in English, Hindi, Assamese and Bengali.

Rupam said he was not really aiming to set a Guinness Record. His simple aim was to just spread the message of love, peace and humanity with the help of his music.

The Bengali lyrics of the song have been written by Gautam Sushmit and the Hindi lyrics have been written by Rakesh Tripathy.

Rupam highlighted the fact that there were participants from all over the country as well as from Japan, UK, USA, Sweden and Ireland. Noted musicians who played in this symphony included Alan Roy Scott from USA and Ken Koshio from Japan. The Kolkata connection in this symphony is also very strong. Noted arranger Madhu Mukherjee and eminent tabla player Subhen Chatterjee were also part of the unique orchestra.

Subhen Chatterjee, Rupam Sarmah, Anjan Sinha, Papiya Adhikari
Subhen Chatterjee, Rupam Sarmah, Anjan Sinha, Papiya Adhikari

Director Anjan Sinha who was present at the press meet congratulated Rupam and noted that Rupam had earlier composed songs for one of his films named "Sagar Kinare" in 2006. The talented musician was destined for big things and he proved that with his feat, said Sinha.

Rupam Sarmah

Actress Papiya Adhikari was all praise for the musician. She stressed on the positive effects of music on the minds of the people. She felt that it is only with music that one can achieve world peace. She hoped Rupam will again break his own record and create another one in the future. On her request, the musician sang a few lines of the Bengali and Assamese songs from the symphony. The Bengali lines went  “Sabuj Sabuj Ghaser Mathai, Sisir Konar Jhikimiki”.

Tabla Maestro Subhen Chatterjee who has known Rupam for many years now, praised the musician for his passion for music. Subhen Chatterjee is proud to be have been the rhythm organizer in the symphony. He is associated with the works of Rupam for ten years now and has been working in all his projects as rhythm composer. The tabla maestro was also impressed with the audience at Jorhat, Assam. The crowd of about forty thousand people was patient and took the minor delay before the event started in their stride. He even suggested a catchphrase for tourism in Assam: “Awesome Assam”.

Rupam Sarmah has some Bengali and South Indian films to work with in coming days. He also plans to organize events to showcase Indian music on the world stage.

- By Priyanka Dutta (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)