Indonesian and Local Languages Participated in the World's Record-making on Poem Recitation


There were approximately 140 languages in the world participated in an effort for the world's record-making on children's poem recitation titled 'Be Like a Child,' organized by a social organization called 'World Harmony Run,' in Central Park, New York, on Thursday, 26 August 2010. The event 'New Guinness World Record Attempt in Central Park, "Be Like a Child" Poem Recited in over 130 Languages' is held to support one of UNESCO activities, namely International Year for the Rapproachement of Cultures.
The poem 'Be Like a Child,' quoted from the collection of poems by Sri Chinmoy titled 'The Jewels of Happiness,' is chosen to be translated into various languages to be then recited by the participants. As an opening act, U.S. legendary runner, Carl Lewis, recited the poem 'Be Like a Child' in English. Beside representatives from diplomatic corps of various nations including Indonesia, also attended the event were artists, journalists, as well as other members of the society, who participated in the poem recitation in their languages. In this occasion, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia recited the poem 'Be Like a Child' in Indonesian language and several local languages, such as Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese, and Ambonese.

Recitation of the poem 'Be Like a Child' in 146 languages during the event broke world's record for poem recitation in various languages because the previous record was noted for only 111 languages.

'World Harmony Run' is an organization established by Sri Chinmoy from India to promote running as a tool to create global friendship and harmony. 'World Harmony Run' based in New York, United States, and owns branch offices in more than 40 countries around the world. This event was the second time held by 'World Harmony Run' as a promotion of friendship among nations. (Source: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York)