Varanasi’s Dr. Jagdish Pillai Achieves Guinness Record: Ramcharitmanas Becomes World’s Longest Song at 138 Hours!

The epic poem known as Shri Ramcharitmanas is receiving widespread acclaim and reaching significant milestones on a global scale. Notably, it has obtained the distinction of being recognized as the lengthiest song in the world, encompassing a remarkable duration of 138 hours, 41 minutes, and two seconds.


Dr. Jagdish Pillai of Varanasi achieved a remarkable feat by singing the Shri Ramcharitmanas for a duration of 138 hours, 41 minutes, and two seconds, setting a Guinness World Record. This incredible achievement has now secured Ramcharitmanas a well-deserved place in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records as the longest song ever recorded.

Dr. Jagdish Pillai has achieved another remarkable feat by setting a new Guinness World Record after five years of globally broadcasting the rendition of Shri Ramcharitmanas across more than 100 official audio channels. His achievement has solidified his position as the record holder for the highest number of Guinness records in Uttar Pradesh.

Previously, the esteemed title belonged to Mark Christopher Lee and The Pocket Gods, who reside in Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, UK. Their record-setting song duration of 115 hours and 45 minutes, accomplished on December 1, 2021, held the record until now. Jagdish Pillai has now surpassed this remarkable achievement with his own extraordinary accomplishment.

Jagdish Pillai’s Record-breaking Musical Achievemen

Jagdish Pillai achieved a remarkable feat in the realm of instrumental music, composing an entirely new melody for the complete book of Shri Ramcharitmanas. His extraordinary performance spanned 138 hours, 41 minutes, and two seconds, captivating audiences worldwide through popular music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, and others.

Consequently, the distinction bestowed upon Shri Ramcharitmanas by the Guinness World Records is now official, recognizing it as the “Longest Officially Released Song” and the “Longest Song in the World”.

India’s Quest for Longest Recorded Song

In 2016, Jagdish Pillai noted that the title for the longest officially released song in the world was held by an American artist, albeit in the genre of instrumental music. Motivated by India’s rich collection of epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, Jagdish Pillai aimed to surpass this record and bring it home to India.

Determined to accomplish this feat, Jagdish Pillai embarked on a personal endeavor, showcasing his own rendition and utilizing his vocal talents. Following the guidelines set by Guinness World Records, the recording of the song commenced on May 20, 2019, as confirmed by the holder of the Guinness World Record title.

Recording Delayed Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

However, as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the recording had to be put on hold for more than a year. Eventually, production resumed, and the recording reached its completion on November 10th of the previous year.

To create the extensive 138-hour, 41-minute, and two-second composition, a meticulous process encompassing recording, editing, and mixing was undertaken, spanning a grand total of four years, 63 days, and 295 hours.


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