This is a folding harmonium, made in Germany for export in the late 19th century. It was shipped to Karachi where it was bought from a music store for my grandmother, Inderjit. Just before Partition it was shipped to India along with her household goods. When I was 11, she gifted the harmonium to me. I have had it shipped to the UK and restored to musical health, but the foot pedals and the keys are all still the original materials. As is the beautiful walnut casing.  One interesting fact is that reed organs like this became co-opted into Indian music and the design eventually evolved into the floor or tabletop harmoniums which were more popular with Indian musicians as it fitted better with their group playing style, seated with other musicians. 

Kavita A. Jindal

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