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Rikhi Ram Musical Instruments Shop, CP

June 2009
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Rikhi Ram Musical Instruments MFG.Co
The famous music shop at Connaught Place, New Delhi.

I had mentioned this shop in my post about George Harrison's Kashmir visit.

In July 1966, The Beatles arrived at Delhi, it was The Fab Four's first, albeit brief, visit to India. During this trip George Harrison famously bought a Sitar from the Rikhi Ram music store at Cannaught Place. On the wall of this fine shop can still be found some great B&W photographs of 'When The Beatles visited the shop'.

Interestingly, the British started constructing Cannaught Place only in 1929 (name comes from the title of third son of Queen Victoria) and the work was completed in 1933; but the shop sign say's ' Established 1920'.

 In 1920, a music shop was set up in Lahore by Pandit Rikhi Ram and after partition, in 1948, he moved this very shop to Cannaught Place Delhi.

Comments

  1. i am a regular to the cyber cafe next to this place, i must confess 5 out 10 times i end fighting with rikhi rma's owner for parking space. i just wish they can speak a little softly... and yes this place in near connaught place not in cp, the market is called gol market.

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  2. funny world. And I actually do sometimes get lost in CP. Not too good with directions.

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