Archive of Indian Music (AIM) is a private not-for-profit Trust that seeks to digitize and preserve old and rare gramophone records of our country. It is unfortunate that many of these rare records are on the verge of destruction and without timely action, these would be lost forever. The primary objective of AIM is to preserve the voices of our ancestors and make them easily and electronically available through an online portal for researchers, musicians, students of music and the public at large. The range of gramophone records that we restore is Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, Folk music, Early Cinema, Theatre, Speeches of great leaders of the country and voices of common Indians that were recorded starting 1902.
These tracks can be listened by all from the confines of their homes, free of cost, on the AIM website www.archiveofindianmusic.org. The Archive has also curated audio exhibitions ‘Voices of India’ in several cities of India like Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata. AIM wishes to disseminate this information freely with everyone and thereby address the issue of accessibility to these rare treasures. The Archive has been established through the generous help of Mr. T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education. It is the brain-child of Bangalore based author-historian and Sahitya Akademi award winner Vikram Sampath, who is its Founder Trustee along with Mr. Sampath Srinivasan and Smt H.N. Nagamani. Chethan Kumar is the Chief Technical Officer of AIM. The Archive would be grateful to receive your support in the form of monetary contributions or donation of old records. Register on our website and join us in this fascinating journey to preserve the rich cultural inheritance of India!