My friends

People who have helped me one way or the other

 Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma

A Vintage Record Collector from Jodhpur


In June 2009 I received an mp3 CD of 187 songs by Khemchand Prakash. The CD was sent to me by Har Mandir Singh who told me that it was put together by Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma of Jodhpur. Shri Vishwakarma believes that Hindi film music (specially the vintage music from 1931-50) is part of artistic heritage and everybody should be able to listen to it. I will be posting songs from the CD soon.

Mr. Aman Durrani (1932-2011)

Mr. Aman Durrani passed away on April 9, 2011. Majority of the very rare songs on my website are there because of either his generosity or that of his friend late Allahdad Khan Sahib. Here is a write-up on him by our mutual friend, Dr. Khawar Siddiqui.

Aman Durrani

Mr. Aman Durrani was born on 12th March 1932 at Nowshera in the NWFP of British India. He was educated at the Mission High School and Edwards College, Peshawar. He joined the engineering branch of the former P & T Department in mid 1950’s and after retirement first settled in Peshawar and then at Lahore. He was also friend of the collector late Allahdad Khan sahib. He was fond of music (gramophone records and broadcast programs) from the childhood.

His collection consisted of the rare film songs and the classical renderings of instrumental and vocal items by the leading artists of the sub-continent. He always facilitated the hobbyists and was an active member of the RECAP (The RECORD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION of Pakistan). He passed away on 9th April 2011 at Lahore due to cardiac failure. I (Khawar) have the privilege of meeting him many times in Peshawar and Lahore. He was very generous with his collection of rare songs and tried his best to circulate them throughout the entire music-loving community. His global friends along with his family (3 sons and a daughter) join to mourn his demise. May the Almighty bless him and may his soul rest in peace.


Suresh Chandvankar, Honorary Secretary, SIRC

Dr. Suresh Chandvankar has retired. He used to be a member of the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He has been associated with the Society from the beginning. As the Honorary Secretary, he has given numerous presentations on the Society's work in India and abroad. Here he is seen at

the record collector's conference on 'Why Collect?' at the British Library, London, September 2001. He is also the Editor of the Society's Journal, The Record News.  As seen from the of the Journal (available at the end of each issue) he is the author of many informative and heavily researched articles. He has also written many articles on the Internet for various websites. Here is a sampling:

1. Article on K. L. Saigal for the Oldies Club

2.  Article on 100 years of Gramophone records in India for the Magazine for Traditional Music for the World

3.  Two-part article on Gauhar Jan for the the South Asian webzine

4. A list of articles on Sound Recording in India

Some of these articles are old and may have his old contact information. He can be contacted as follows:
Suresh Chandvankar, Honorary Secretary SIRC
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