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For music buffs

Music shops normally stock all kinds of cassettes. Here is a shop which focusses on devotional and classical music.



MELLIFLUOUS MUSIC: A connoisseur browsing through the collection at Giri Trading Agency - Photo: K. Ananthan

FOR THOSE lovers of devotional and classical music forced to pursue their passion at shops that mainly housed film music and related stuff, there is a shop with a difference. The Chennai-based Giri Trading Agency Pvt Ltd, dealing in devotional music, books and related paraphernalia, has recently set up shop at R S Puram in the city.

From devotional and classical to Carnatic music, the shop offers a variety of choice in the form of audio cassettes, CDs, CD ROMs and MP3. One could buy the collections of legends like M S Subbulakshmi, D K Pattammal and their contemporaries. The shop also houses collections of younger artistes like Unnikrishnan and Nithyashree.

But, it is the recordings of devotional songs that occupy most of the shelf space. "We have upanayanam cassettes and many people who come to the shop buy bhajan cassettes," says B S Arulboobathy, Branch Manger. Not just music, the shop also has books and pooja items, including dhoties, towels, rudraksha and tulasi malas for Ayyappa devotees. Temple thoranams, temple car decorations and pooja vastrams are also available.

In books too, the shop exhibits a distinct variety. Religious books in Tamil, English, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Telugu and Kannada, collections of stotras and puranas, children's books and numerology, astrology and vaasthu books also find a place. "We are planning to buy granthams in the near future", says the Branch Manager of the shop, located on Thadagam Road near Kamakshiamman temple.

Panchangams, both old and new, can also be purchased at the Agency. "We have panchangams that are 60 years old," Arulboobathy says. Devotional and classical collections of S. P. Balasubramaniam, T. M. Soundararajan and K. J. Yesudoss and the folk music of "Pushpavanam" Kuppusamy are also displayed in the shelves.

The Coimbatore shop is the only branch of the Agency in the state and sources its stock from the head office.

The Agency is firm that it will not house cinema-related stuff. However, drama is welcomed. Maybe why, it sells audio cassettes of dramas scripted by "Crazy" Mohan and S.Ve. Sekar.

In all, a refreshing change and an opportunity for the religious-minded to buy their choice under a single roof.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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