The use of gramophones have come down. Today, it has mostly been reduced to an expensive accessory that accentuates the classy interiors of a house built in a perfect traditional style. However, there are still people who harbour a fond love for this device that was probably the only way to enjoy music in the olden days.
Gramophones mean a lot to Sunny Mathew. So much so that he ended up owning at least one piece of every type of gramophone. These pieces finally ended up in his store house, which gradually turned into a museum. A retired employee of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation, Mr. Mathew has collected as many as 300 gramophones and about 1,50,000 records, which are displayed in the museum.
“My friend Mohamed Shafi, famously known as Gramophone Shafi, had organised a two-day exhibition-cum-seminar on gramophones and allied subjects at the Police Club, Kozhikode, in 2012. He persuaded me into this and said there would be enough sponsors for the programme and that the exhibition could be conducted without collecting any entry fee,” says Mr. Mathew.