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A new documentary detailing The Beatles’ time in India has been announced. Its release will come alongside a companion album, featuring notable Indian musicians interpreting Beatles tracks.
The Beatles And India features rare archival footage, recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and location shoots across India.
A statement about the film describes it as “the first serious exploration of how India shaped the development of the greatest ever rock band and their own pioneering role bridging two vastly different cultures.”
The film is directed by Ajoy Bose, who also wrote the book Across The Universe – The Beatles In India, with co-director Pete Crompton also serving as “cultural researcher.”
The documentary’s accompanying album. The Beatles And India: Songs Inspired By The Film, will feature interpretations of Beatles songs that they were inspired to write from their time in India by a number of contemporary Indian artists: Vishal Dadlani, Kissnuka, Benny Dayal, Dhruv Ghanekar, Karsh Kale, Anoushka Shankar, Soulmate and more.
You can hear the lead single, a cover of John Lennon’s India India, below.
The documentary will premiere on 6th June at the BFI as part of the Tongues On Fire UK Asian Film Festival ahead of a full release in autumn.
The full tracklist of the album is below. It can be preorderd here.
- Tomorrow Never Knows – Kissnuka
- Mother Nature’s Son – Karsh Kale / Benny Dayal
- Gimme Some Truth – Soulmate
- Across The Universe – Tejas / Maalavika Manoj
- Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey) – Rohan Rajadhyaksha
- I Will – Shibani Dandekar
- Julia – Dhruv Ghanekar
- Child Of Nature – Anupam Roy
- The Inner Light – Anoushka Shankar / Karsh Kale
- The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill – Raaga Trippin
- Back In The USSR – Karsh Kale / Farhan Ahktar
- I’m So Tired – Lisa Mishra
- Sexy Sadie – Siddharth Basrur
- Martha My Dear – Nikhil D’Souza
- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – Parekh & Singh
- Revolution – Vishal Dadlani
- Love You To – Dhruv Ghanekar
- Dear Prudence – Karsh Kale / Monica Dogra
- India, India – Nikhil D’Souza
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