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New vinyl record store & collectors’ haven opens in New Delhi

Digging In India - Vinyl Records & Collectibles offers obscure genres from around the world alongside plenty of local gems

  • Words: Henry Cooper | Image: Digging in India
  • 23 February 2024
New vinyl record store & collectors’ haven opens in New Delhi

New Delhi is now home to a record collectors' haven, Digging In India - Vinyl Records & Collectibles, which is stocked with a diverse collection spanning decades, genres and continents.

Digging In India has been amassing an eclectic assortment of records for over eight years, featuring genres that may even surprise seasoned enthusiasts. From Desi disco to Tamil funk, Bengali baul sangeet to qawwali, ghazal to Hindustani classical, and beyond, the store also encapsulates the richness of the local music scene.

It offers rare gems from the wider world, including Japanese city pop, afro-funk, Middle Eastern pop, and everything in between, and even stores unique sounds such as spoken word, political speeches, and poetry — a paradise for crate-digging samplers.

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But Digging In India isn't just about records; it's a haven for collectors of all kinds. The decor reflects a passion for nostalgia and vintage, featuring Pokémon cards, stamps, vintage posters, old-school ads, and all things vintage and kitsch, topped off by a striking centrepiece crafted by a talented artist from the streets of New Delhi.

Ultimately, Digging In India aims to demystify and make vinyl culture more accessible, welcoming both seasoned collectors and newcomers alike.

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Sharing the space with Bobo Cakery, a designer cake studio, Digging In India offers a delightful fusion of music and indulgence, inviting visitors to savour cake, bakes, and beverages alongside their favourite tunes.

Mixmag Asia spoke with owner Nishant Mittal about the space and his passion: “One of my end goals with my project Digging In India was always to open a physical space. In my experience, buying records in person has a charm of its own. If I’ve bought a record in person, I always remember where I picked it from, the story behind it, or what made me buy it. It’s also easier to discover new sounds in a store. These things are not possible when you buy vinyl online.”

Digging In India - Vinyl Records & Collectibles is now open from 12pm-7pm daily and can be found at 141A/2 1st Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi.

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Henry Cooper is a Writer at Mixmag Asia. Follow him on Instagram.

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