Mountaineer Anand Bansode successfully climbed the Europe’s tallest Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe on 17th July 2014 at 10.32 AM. Mount Elbrus isn’t technically a mountain — it is an inactive volcano located in the western Caucasus mountain range, near the Georgian border in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia, Russia. The height of the mountain is 18,510 feet (5,642 meters). Mountaineer Anand Bansode, a member of Mission Everest 2012, has entered the Limca Book of Records 2013, for being the first person to play the national anthem on the guitar at the height of 6300 m (26669 ft) above sea level at Camp 2 of Mount Everest on May 6, 2013. Mr. Anand Bansode, a true Ambedkarite, holds the Guinness Book of World Record for conducting a music concert at the highest peak for more than 15 minutes during the same expedition on May 6, 2013 fulfilling the guidelines of Guinness Book regulations. With this performance, he broke the record of Germany’s Musikkapelle Roggenzell who held a ten-minute long concert with ten musicians.
Mr. Anand Bansode, aged 27, hails from a middle class Buddhist family from Solapur, Maharashtra, never let the lack of financial resources get in the way of his dreams. He received complete support of his family, both, financially and morally. His father mortgaged their house and his mother sold all her jewelry to arrange the Rs 20 Lakhs (about US $ 31250) needed for his trip to Mount Everest. He prepared continuously for six years for his trip to Mount Everest. Five days a week he used to do a one hour workout in the morning and ran for two hours in the evening. On the weekends he used trek up Sinhagad Fort, near Pune. Mr Anand Bansode says that singing national anthem on the mountain and creating a world record was a very emotional moment for him. His future dream is to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents. Mr. Anand Bansode is M.Sc. in Physics and presently he is undertaking a research project at National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. His next target is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. The height of Mountain Kilimanjaro is 5895 Meters (19,341 ft). The Mountain Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano. Of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo, the highest, is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption has been dated to between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Although dormant, Kibo has gas-emitting fumaroles in its crater. Several collapses and landslides have occurred on Kibo before, one creating the area known as the Western Breach.
Recently a University from UK has awarded Honorary Ph. D. to Anand for his research Thesis playing music on Mountain at the function held on Delhi. His research work will be referred as Record References all over the world. Anand has got several Awards for his outstanding achievements. He dedicated his several awards for some social causes
Mr. Anand Bansode can be reached at +91-9730277759 / www.anandbansode.com
Published in Issue VI, May 2015