“I wanted to name it Museum of Music but the word ‘gramophone’ is likely to attract more people,” says Mohammed Shafi from Kallai, Kozhikode, of his Gramophone Museum and Analysis Centre at Thalipuzha in Wayanad. Shafi admits that music is his life as he tries to get the appropriate tempo for a file positioned on a gramophone that has seen higher days.
Not with out cause is Shafi popularly often called Gramophone Shafi. He has devoted his life to not simply gramophones, however its predecessors and successors starting from vintage valve radios or file gamers.
The Gramophone Museum, for starters, homes round 4000 vinyl information. This isn’t even 1 / 4 of Shafi’s assortment at his house in Kallai and his gramophone restore store at Palayam in Kozhikode.
“I caught this obsession from the days when I was working in Kolkata 20 years ago,” says Shafi, including that he spends all his earnings and extra for his ardour. “I have hunted down rare devices from all over the country, as if my life depended on them.”
The museum homes round 40 gramophones representing totally different eras. A Symphonion Music Field from 1856, is the oldest music gadget whereas a Gypsy Gramophone made in Germany in 1910 is the oldest gramophone in retailer. Then there’s the Almarah Gramophone, field gramophones of varied sizes, and quite a lot of the favored gramophone with a horn speaker manufactured from brass.
Additionally a part of the gathering are a ‘Cylinder Record’ of a Phonogram, a 1920 Mickey Cellphone from Japan, the dpool recorder/participant and changers that may play a set of information one after the opposite. Shafi can be the proud proprietor of a Sitar and a Pedal Harmonium. “I don’t think even All India Radio has some of the sound records that I have,” Shafi mentioned, choosing out the sound information of Subhash Chandra Bose, Sarojini Naidu, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru and, after all, Mahatma Gandhi from his assortment.
“There are solely only a few producers of information nowadays, like Saregama and Sony Music. The newest ones embody information of songs from motion pictures like Mughal-e-Azam, Dil to Pagal Hai, Mohabattein and 1942: A Love Story,” Shafi mentioned buzzing ‘Hum ko hamee se churalo’ (Mohabattein).
“Once you get used to music played on a gramophone, you won’t like it coming from any other device,” is his clarification for the renewed curiosity amongst a piece of music lovers.
Shafi’s Gramophone Museum is just not the primary of its form. That credit score goes to his shut good friend Sunny Mathew who set one up in Pala, Kottayam, a couple of years in the past, with assist from Shafi. What makes this second museum particular is that each gadget on show is in excellent working situation.
“This is a live museum. These exhibits are not just for show. They are functional too. I have dedicated a lot of time to this fine art, which one can not master without enough interest and patience.” Shafi curates the gramophone collections of many a collector within the nation together with Sunny Mathew.
“I want more people to enter the world of gramophones. Setting up a museum in a tourist spot like Wayanad is the first step,” Shafi mentioned earlier than being swept away by a Mohammed Rafi music on his newest file participant gifted by a effectively wisher.