Saturday, August 04, 2007

Photo Essay - Blind Man Playing Sitar in a Piano Shop

Snapshot moments captured in one of Delhi's more charming landmarks.

[Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Mr. Ishrat Ali is an employee of Godin & Co., the capital’s legendary piano shop at Connaught Place, for the last thirty years. He cannot see; neither can he remember his age. He is not from Delhi; neither does he play piano. His expertise, instead, is in the sitar. (The piano shop also sells sitars, guitars, tablas, dholaks and harmoniums) He learned the art from his late father, a sitar player from Lucknow.

Try spending some time in the shop if you happen to walk by the Regal Cinema building. Mr. Ali can often be seen, and heard, playing Raag Pahari within the quiet of its run down charm. But be warned – he can be very eccentric.

To Play or Not to Play

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Where Are the Customers?

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To Play or Not to Play

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To Play

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Piano Vs Sitar

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Watching Him Play

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The Concert Audience

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The Sound of Raag Pahari

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The Show is Over

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Waiting for a Customer, Once Again

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Where 1, Regal Building, Parliament Street Timing 11 am to 7 pm (Sunday closed) Ph 23362809

Related Reading City Landmarks – A. Godin & Co.

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