My friends

People who have helped me one way or the other

 Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma

A Vintage Record Collector from Jodhpur

Introduction

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.


 

 Vijay Kapoor of Pittsburgh

A man with a treasure trove of rare gems

Pittsburgh, a city famous for its football team Pittsburgh Steelers, is an old, industrial town now a flourishing business and academic centre; a beautiful city with the rivers flowing in the midst and sorrounded by picturesque hills of the Allegheny mountains and valleys. The city also boasts of a rich cultural life that has been enriched by immigrants from around the world including the Indian sub-continent.