Tribal tribal folk songs recorded colonial archivists

Shekhar Krishnan Posted: Sat Jul 12 1997 IST

[…] The recording industry has come a long way since the days when colonial archivists would travel the corners of British India recording tribal folk songs and temple bhajans making wax masters which they took back to England for pressing. The Dum Dum factory of the Gramophone Company of India — later known as HMV (His Master’s Voice) — was established in 1908, and was India’s largest record manufacturer until Polydor opened a Bombay factory in 1969. But as vinyl record production increased, it was steadily eclipsed by newer mediums until the present day, when it is no more than a collector’s item. […]

Source: The fading sounds of LP records
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