A new documentary was released this year detailing the time The Beatles spent in India, with various artists (including Ravi Shankar) and « Songs inspired by the Film », a 2CD set, is available now too, including those written during their stay in Rishikesh, India — such as « Mother Nature’s Son, » « Revolution, » « Sexy Sadie, » « Dear Prudence, »…
Rare archival footage, recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and expert comments along with location shoots across India bring alive the fascinating journey of George, John, Paul and Ringo from their celebrity lives in the West to a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss that inspires an unprecedented burst of creative songwriting. It is the first serious exploration of how India shaped the development of the band and their own pioneering role bridging two vastly different cultures.
The album features a diverse cast of Indian artists bringing their own musical styles, as well as contemporary and classical Indian influences and techniques to the record.
The soundtrack for Beatles and India was written by award winning composer Benji Merrison and recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, the legendary home of The Beatles recording sessions.
About Ravi Shankar
(1920 – 2012)
He was a master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers, most profoundly on George Harrison of The Beatles.
Ravi Shankar at Woodstock
He was called « the godfather of world music » by George Harrison.
Concert for Bangladesh (1971)
In 1971, [they] staged two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden that brought together a star-studded cast of musicians to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war.How George Harrison staged one of the most influential concerts in music history
Visit Harisongs, the Harrison family archive of Indian Classical and World music.