[Reader-list] The Wonder that was Cylinder: A Lecture Demonstration on the Earliest Gramophone Recordings by A N Sharma on 18 February 2015

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Thu Feb 12 04:24:20 CST 2015

                     Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

                          invites you to a lecture demonstration

*                            The Wonder that was Cylinder:*

*                           Earliest Gramophone Recordings*

                                      by *A N Sharma*

*                                      Ravikant *will Chair

                             Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 5 pm

                                      CSDS Seminar Room,

                                29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054

                                 Please join us for tea at 4.30 pm

The lecture demonstration will trace the history of the tin foil phonograph
machine invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1877 and its arrival in India
with brown wax cylinders. Interestingly, the first known commercial
recordings of Indian music commenced in 1899, in London, by Frederick
William Gaisberg and in the 1990s the Indian music-classical and
vernacular, Hindustani and Carnatic, vocal and instrumental started getting
recorded and being sold with a vengeance. The musical art hitherto confined
to mehfils and mujras provided an opportunity to the performers to achieve
mass mediatization of their art through the Gramophone.

This dynamic and rich phase of Indian history of recordings unfortunately
remained non-documented as there was no archive to store and substantiate
it. In search for these remnants of India’s singularly rich heritage, the
author in the lecture will reveal how he devoted more than two decades of
his life and created an archive of repute.

A N Sharma graduated in Botany from Patna Science College in 1978. He
joined the Civil Services in 1980 and worked for Armed Forces Headquarter
Civil Service; Indian Forest Service and Indian Revenue Service. He retired
as Commissioner recently and stays in Mumbai. Apart from pursuing his
career in Civil Services, he continued his search and deep quest for the
lost documents of Indian sound history. His two decades of research yielded
in writing of two historical works *Bajanaama: A Study of Early Indian
Gramophone Records* and *The Wonder that was the Cylinder*.

*Ravikant *is Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing


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