More than 35,000 school children of Vadodara on Sunday created a world record by making the longest painting that went on to imbibe the ideals of Swami Vivekananda among them.
The programme was undertaken to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda who had spread the message of Indian spirituality all over the world. The theme of the 17,875 metres long painting was appropriately chosen as “Swami Vivekananda and vision of Bharat” as the great monk had envisaged. It was not just another painting experiment as all the children, aged between 7 to 13 years studying in IV to IX standards, were few days ago given books on Swami Vivekananda so that they could paint episodes from his illustrious life, programme Coordinator Bhargav Bhatt told The Pioneer on Sunday. “The idea was to enable the children to learn from Swamiji’s life,” he added. The citizens of Vadodara too participated in the unique endeavour as the entire `47 lakh required for the event was contributed only through their donations, including from various social organisations. The event, organised by Swami Vivekananda Shardhsadi Samaroh Samiti which has Maa Amritanandamayi as president, is set to enter the Guinness Book of Records though none of their representatives were present at the venue, the Samata Ground spread over 30 acres.
The painting on 17,875 metres long canvas required 12,000 litres of acrylic colours and 40,000 brushes of different sizes were distributed to 35,710 children from 300 schools in Vadodara. As many as 5,000 children were from Low Income Groups studying in municipal schools in the city, Bhatt told The Pioneer on phone. The previous world record for the longest painting is currently held by Eritrea for its 7,166 metres long work on global pollution made in 2011, informed Bhatt. Since the Guinness Book people were not present at the spot, the event has been properly video recorded in the presence of the city Mayor, Notary Public people and some independent observers. Reeling out some amazing figures about the event, one of the organisers Satyen Kulabkar said that 3.5 lakh nails were required to tag the canvas on the bamboo poles while 300 buses, 14,000 two-wheelers and 3,800 cars were used to ferry the children to the venue. (Source: dailypioneer.com)