Historical chords! 111 years old Lahore music houseSmriti Saxena
What is it? This legendary music shops in the bylanes of Old Delhi, with histories spanning a century, is not just carrying on a musical legacy but provides fodder for old music lore too. They manufacture, retail and export musical instruments in more than 12 countries. They have two manufacturing units, one in Chandigarh, and the other in the outskirts of Delhi.
What’s the history? Lahore Music House has been in the area for more than seven decades – ever since its founder Harcharan Singh Sachdeva moved the shop from Anarkali Market in Lahore during Partition. The shop was established in Delhi in 1947, but with its Anarkali market roots, it has a history of 111 years.
What’s with the legacy of the customers? It started with All India Radio artistes , Ghulam Ali Khan sahab, Begum Akhtar and many more. Even Pakistani legends Mehdi Hassan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, too, have graced their shop over the years. Infact, the Lahori qawwals still swear by trademark Lahore Flute harmoniums.
Their most famous visitors, however, were four mop-headed musicians, who once took over the world like a storm. In 1966, when they took a short detour to India on their way from Australia to London, The Beatles dropped by at Lahore Music House. Since the Beatles’ visit, the shop has been quite popular amongst a lot of foreign visitors.
Where? 3705, Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110002
Timings: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Nearest metro station: Chawri Bazaar
Content sourced from: DNA. Cover image: onthegrid