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A Grocer By Trade, This 69-year-old Is The Preserver Of Old Record Tunes

A Grocer By Trade, This 69-year-old Is The Preserver Of Old Record Tunes

DUST motes dance in the sunlight, old wall clocks mark time lazily and cobwebs flutter in the musty air as the black box comes alive with the timeless rendition of Banikantha Nimai Harichandan's Odissi number Sri Radha batuli, premara satuli. The song more than matches the ambience - it was the first song to be broadcast on Cuttack air when the station was inaugurated on January 28, '48. The owner of this rare 78 rpm gramophone record is Indramani Sahu, a 69-year-old grocer from Ranihat, Cuttack. And this unlikely collector has many other such gems in his possession.

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