Photo Essay – Blind Man Playing Sitar in a Piano Shop


Snapshot moments captured in one of Delhi’s more charming landmarks.

[Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Ishrat Ali is an employee of Godin &a Co., the capital’s legendary piano shop at Connaught Place. He has been here for the last thirty years. Mr Ali, however, does not know how to play piano. His expertise, instead, is in the sitar. The piano shop also sells sitars, guitars, tablas, dholaks and harmoniums. Mr Ali learned the art from his late father, a sitar player from Lucknow.

Try spending some time in the shop if you happen to walk by the Regal Cinema building. Mr Ali, who cannot see, can often be seen, and heard, playing Raag Pahari within the quiet of its run down charm. But be warned–he can be very eccentric.

Where Are the Customers?


To Play or Not to Play


To Play


Piano Vs Sitar


Watching Him Play


The Concert Audience


The Sound of Raag Pahari


The Show is Over


Waiting for a Customer, Once Again


Where 1, Regal Building, Parliament Street Timing 11 am to 7 pm (Sunday closed) Ph 23362809

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