Spenta Multimedia unveils ‘The Wonder that was the Cylinder’

19 Sep,2014

By A Correspondent


Leading custom publishing house Spenta Multimedia has launched a coffee-table book, The Wonder that was the Cylinder, a fascinating account of India’s contribution to early sound recording of 1900s. The book was launched by Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (IC), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (IC) and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India here last week. Much of the content in the book is being published for the first time in the history of India and will prove to be of inestimable value to researchers, collectors and lovers of music and Indian history around the world.


“When the idea of The Wonder that was the Cylinder was proposed to us, our first and only thought was that this was a crucial part of our musico-cultural history, which not only requires to be preserved, but also deserves to be disseminated to all lovers of music. It is a tragedy that we do not value our tradition even when it is on the verge of disappearance and extinction. Permanent museums should be created to house these legacies. This book is our small contribution,” explained Maneck Davar, Publisher, Spenta Multimedia.


The Wonder that was the Cylinder has been written by AN Sharma, drawing from his vast knowledge of the subject and from a very rare collection of more than 200 cylinders. He has been assisted by his daughter, talented writer and editor, Anukriti A. Sharma. Together they bring to light India’s remarkable legacy in music, theatre and film through perfectly preserved cylindrical recordings discovered through Sharma’s personal efforts over the past two decades. Currently, Sharma is an officer with the Indian Revenue Service and a serving Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax in Mumbai.


It also includes a DVD of rare cylindrical recordings of legendary Indian artistes. The book is priced at INR 6000 ($100).


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