‘Jhanda uncha rahe hamara’….Indian Tricolour heading for Guinness Book attempt….reports Asian Lite News
A Guinness Book world record attempt is being made by UK Asian Business Council (UKABC) to create the world’s largest painting of the Indian national flag.
The attempt will be made on Sunday, 21 August at Indian Gymkhana Club in Thornbury Avenue during the Indian Independence Day celebrations hosted by the High Commission of India in coordination with Indian community organisations.
Chairman of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC) Taha Kutay has briefed about the world record attempt and artiste Jignesh Patel, and has invited the community to participate in large numbers to make it successful.
Mr Kutay said: “We are making this attempt outside India as we have huge Indian community living here and there is a huge enthusiasm surrounding it. Jignesh already holds records and this attempt will be observed by the Guinness Book Records officials on 21st August. Those who participate shall also get certificates”.
Speaking on the occasion, former Mayor of Southwark Cllr. Sunil Chopra has emphasised on the relevance of Indian community investing in businesses and properties in the UK than in India where many of the NRIs do not live anymore. Stephen Fry, CEO for Hounslow Businesses was also present, along with several community leaders including Telangana NRI Forum and Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence.
Ragasudha Vinjamuri of Sanskruti has highlighted that it will also be an occasion to remember Pingali Venkayya, the conceiver and designer of the Indian national flag.
Pingali Venkayya, who largely remains an unsung hero, has proposed the idea of national flag at an Indian National Congress meeting held in 1921. It was approved with few modifications by Mahatma Gandhi. A freedom fighter and an educationist, Pingali was born in Krishna district in August 1876 and was proficient in Urdu and Japanese apart from his mother tongue Telugu.
Last year, more than 10 000 people have attended the Independence Day event at Gymkhana, and this year more attendees are expected.
For the world record attempt, paint and canvas shall be provided by UKABC. Information for booking the free tickets is available on www.ukabc.co.uk