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Mahatma Gandhi - His Spiritual Message to the World (78rpm) LB 67

£19.99

Product description

In 1888, when Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) arrived in England to study law, hardly anyone came to receive him at the port. He dressed like an average Englishman and went about his business in obscurity. In 1931 this same man arrived again in England to attend the Second Round Table Conference to broker peace between the British government and the Indian Independence Movement. This time huge crowds of people poured in the streets of London to have a glimpse of him, for he was dressed in a loincloth, like the poorest of Indians whom he came to represent. Hundreds would gather to listen to this “Nanga Fakir” (as Mr. Winston Churchill used to call him). The crowds were touched and influenced by the thoughts he expressed in his clear voice and simple English.

On the occasion of one such speech at Kingsley Hall, technicians from the Columbia Gramophone Company were present with a record cutter. They had in mind to make a profit by making the first ever recording of Gandhiji’s voice. While they were successful in persuading Gandhiji, he expressed his unwillingness to commit any political speech to shellac. So he chose his old essay ‘On God’ and recorded it for Columbia Company in the third week of October 1931. The title of the disc was ‘Spiritual Message’ and this six minute long speech was issued in two parts, and on two sides of a 78-rpm disc (catalogue No. LBE 50). Gandhiji also signed a legal contract with the recording company at this time, and according to the terms and conditions, any royalty earned by him on the sale of copies of this disc was to be credited to the ‘Sakal Charkha Sanghatana’ (All India Weavers Association), Ahmedabad.
Side one has a scratch on it at the start of the recording, but if moved beyond that seems to play well, for it's age.

Item details

Catalogue number:
LB 67
Condition:
Fair
Genre:
World & international
Label:
Columbia
Sleeve condition:
Good

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In 1888, when Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) arrived in England to study law, hardly anyone came to receive him at the port. He dressed like an average Englishman and went about his business in obscurity. In 1931 this same man arrived again in England to attend the Second Round Table Conference to broker peace between the British government and the Indian Independence Movement. This time huge crowds of people poured in the streets of London to have a glimpse of him, for he was dressed in a loincloth, like the poorest of Indians whom he came to represent. Hundreds would gather to listen to this “Nanga Fakir” (as Mr. Winston Churchill used to call him). The crowds were touched and influenced by the thoughts he expressed in his clear voice and simple English.

On the occasion of one such speech at Kingsley Hall, technicians from the Columbia Gramophone Company were present with a record cutter. They had in mind to make a profit by making the first ever recording of Gandhiji’s voice. While they were successful in persuading Gandhiji, he expressed his unwillingness to commit any political speech to shellac. So he chose his old essay ‘On God’ and recorded it for Columbia Company in the third week of October 1931. The title of the disc was ‘Spiritual Message’ and this six minute long speech was issued in two parts, and on two sides of a 78-rpm disc (catalogue No. LBE 50). Gandhiji also signed a legal contract with the recording company at this time, and according to the terms and conditions, any royalty earned by him on the sale of copies of this disc was to be credited to the ‘Sakal Charkha Sanghatana’ (All India Weavers Association), Ahmedabad.
Side one has a scratch on it at the start of the recording, but if moved beyond that seems to play well, for it's age.

Catalogue number:
LB 67
Condition:
Fair
Genre:
World & international
Label:
Columbia
Sleeve condition:
Good

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