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In Pictures: Rare collectibles and artifacts at Qurio City Shop

The Qurio City shop at Kamraj Road is a place where you can revisit history and probably bring home some of it too.

If you love antique and vintage items
this shop is for you! Tucked away on Kamraj Road, Qurio City shop is reminiscent of a bygone era. Decorative art from the colonial period sits among the antique cameras, telephones and a mix of other treasures. Started by S V Ramachandran, an ex-airforce officer this shop is a treasure trove that has a wide collection of antique arts, vintage posters, Victorian furniture and precious vinyl records. “I started this in the year 2006 out of sheer passion. I’ve always loved collecting antique items from childhood and when I was posted in Bangalore, it was just a natural progression for me to do something that always fascinated me.”

From aqua tint photographs to seven wheel clocks, miniature LP record players and 78 RPM records you will find all that is rare and old here. “I’ve been collecting antiques for over ten years now; I source things from various dealers who go to houses and collect things. I also travel quite a bit and my favourite jaunts are Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad where you always end up finding something precious. I also attend the antique auctions that take place in Chennai twice a year. This is a difficult business but my love for these rare artifacts is what drives me.” says Ramachandran, who has spent his life savings just procuring various rare collectibles.

Ramachandran believes that the antique market is booming in Bangalore but says that real collectors are rare to find. “It’s just the nouveau riche who flaunt their wealth by splurging on antiques but have little significance for it. But the good news is, more and more youngsters are finding this fascinating and are turning to collecting old records, gramophones and kitschy posters,” he explains.

At this store you will be surrounded by history which will leave you in awe. As Ramachandran shows his collection of records and pictures, he says “I have a copy of the book ‘Discovery Of India’ autographed by Jawahar Lal Nehru himself. Apart from that I have records of speeches given by Mahatma Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu and other freedom fighters during independence. I have lithographs and oleographs dating back to 1820 which are extremely hard to find now.”

Ramachandran’s collection of records is truly astonishing; he points to an old record which has legendary singer M. S. Subbulakshmi's live performance for Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1945. Apparently Gandhiji was so impressed with her singing that he asked M.S. Subbulakshmi to record his favourite bhajan ‘Hari Tum Haro’ for him. There’s another one which contains an inspirational speech by Jawahar Lal Nehru during his travel to the United States Of America in November 1961. Apart from this he also restores old clocks makes interesting curio cases, bookshelves and other furniture with the help of an artisan.
The prices range from Rs. 50 - Rs. 3,000

Qurio City Shop

No.101, Nr Shree Eye Hospital,K Kamaraja Road
Commercial Street, Bangalore - 560042 Map

(91)-(80)-32953064, 25553914

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Sampad Chakrborty Feb 07th, 2013 12:06 AM

Hi i am looking for any vintage lighters which are still in working condition, my requirement is a little bit urgent as it is a gift, and i am seriously interested in buying one.
please call me on 9886481164

ritu panakj Nov 11th, 2012 11:14 PM

kudos to mr. ramachandran. he continues to be a patriot by exploring, recovering, restoring, nurturing and nourishing the  history of india and preserving the aroma of the 'old'. a sincere thank u for all the help and motivation u have given to my little one.

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