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25 January 2011

EAP132: Digital Archive of North Indian Classical Music

This week we have started to catalogue the material created as part of EAP132: Digital Archive of North Indian Classical Music. Run by the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, the project digitised approximately 1,150 hours of north Indian (or Hindustani) classical music held by private collectors and institutions.

Collectors in West Bengal provided most of the material, and one collector was committed enough to transport his material from Venezuela to be digitised. A follow up project - EAP274 (stage two)- is currently underway, which focuses on special collections of relatively rare styles (such as dhrupad singing) and Bengali popular music from 1902 to 1936.

Sound recordings are threatened by the physical decay of their carriers and technological obsolescence, and material was digitised from gramophone discs, vinyl, cassette tapes and CDs in various states of repair. The EAP is working with the British Library Sound Archive to ensure that our digital copies can be accessed in the future.

274_SSM0990_1 copy 

The user community of the SCTR digital archive have set up a website featuring audio clips, video footage and biographies of the performers featured in the collections. The site also provides a forum for users to exchange information about the collections and related resources.

Alex

 

Comments

Hi Lynda,
A fantastic initiative! Will post the information on HarmoNYom's Blog if agreed with you: http://harmonyom.blogspot.com/
We are based in New York and promote all Indian Classical music to music lovers. All concerts and events are as well presented on our website http://www.HarmoNYom.org
Thank you.
Best wishes for your new ventures!
Veronique@harmonyom.org

Hi Veronique
Thanks for your interest in our blog. Alex is cataloguing this collection of North Indian Classical Music and will be blogging about it more in the future, so I hope you'll keep reading!
Please do put something on the HarmoNYom's Blog. We want people to know about the collection and be able to enjoy it.
Regards,
Lynda
EAP Curator

Hi Lynda,
You are welcome!
I posted a link on our "We love" section but would like to write a special blog with more details just about the collection.
Can you send me a quick email with what you would like me to write and how music lovers can access or listen to it!
Much appreciated. Thank you.
Best,
Veronique
Founder - HarmoNYom - New York

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