Head to this seventy-year-old shop in the city to find the rarest col­lec­tion of vinyl LPs.

India Today - - FEATURE - _ By Priyadarshini Chat­ter­jee

While walk­ing down Mirza Ghalib Street to­wards New Mar­ket, keep­ing strictly to the left, it is hard to miss the In­sta­gram-wor­thy gramo­phone propped up on a podium placed on the foot­path, right in front of a tiny shop called Vi­bra­tions. The shop sells in­ex­pen­sive clothes and fash­ion ac­ces­sories but it was not al­ways a gar­ment shop. And the gramo­phone is a ves­tige of it's far re­moved past. It stands as a re­minder of the times when the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian shop was thronged by the city’s mu­sic lovers.

Love Lost

"The steady de­cline in de­mand for cas­settes and records forced us to wind-up the orig­i­nal busi­ness," says 32-year-old Md Shah Nawaz, whose grand­fa­ther set up Vi­bra­tions seven decades ago. How­ever, Shah Nawaz con­tin­ues to sell an in­ter­est­ing as­sort­ment of vin­tage vinyl LPs from a dingy stall a few steps away.

Trea­sure Trove

For Shah Nawaz, the record stall is not merely a to­ken from the past, it is his be­quest. “This shop is our fee­ble at­tempt to keep alive our fam­ily legacy,” says Shah Nawaz, whose per­sonal col­lec­tion of vinyls boast rare num­bers like a 78 RPM Jana Gana Mana record from the early six­ties, an Iron Maiden lim­ited edi­tion Pic­ture Disc (a col­lec­tor’s item) from the 80s and hard-to-find vinyl of RD Bur­man’s Pan­tera, his only in­ter­na­tional al­bum recorded in San Fran­cisco in 1987.

Eclec­tic Notes

The stall, noth­ing more than a few racks mounted on the crum­bling wall of an old build­ing with rick­ety wooden doors, caters to a niche au­di­ence mainly com­pris­ing back­pack­ers who throng the ho­tels in nearby Sud­der Street, ca­sual col­lec­tors who pick up a few LPs and a few se­ri­ous vinyl junkies who come for the sound of ana­log record­ings. The col­lec­tion is an eclec­tic mix of East­ern and West­ern mu­sic—Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brother share a shelf with Pan­dit Du­lal Roy and Hi­mang­shu Biswas, and Mozart’s Pi­ano Con­cert, stands next to the vinyl LP al­bum of Ger­man Elec­tronic mu­sic band Kraftwerk’s 1978 re­lease The Man ma­chine.

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Pho­to­graph by SU­BIR HALDER

Shah Nawaz con­tin­ues to sell an as­sort­ment of vin­tage vinyl LPs from a dingy stall

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