“a unique historical chronicle"
A new documentary that discusses The Beatles’ relationship with India is due for release.
The documentary, titled The Beatles And India, features rare footage, recordings and photographs.
It will also include eye-witness accounts and location shoots across India.
The Beatles And India will premiere on June 6, 2021, as part of the Tongues on Fire UK Asian Film Festival.
A full release of the documentary will follow later in 2021.
Its release will also coincide with a new album that features Indian musicians interpreting Beatles tracks.
Ajoy Bose, who wrote the book Across the Universe – The Beatles in India, directed the documentary with co-director and cultural researcher Pete Crompton.
Speaking of the documentary, a statement released by the filmmakers says:
“The Beatles And India is a unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India that started more than half a century ago.
“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 high octane 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 greatest ever rock band and their own pioneering role bridging two vastly different cultures.”
The accompanying album, The Beatles and India: Songs Inspired By The Film, consists of interpretations of songs the Beatles were inspired to write from their time in India.
Multiple Indian artists such as Vishal Dadlani, Dhruv Ghanekar and Anoushka Shankar will feature in the album.
The full tracklist for The Beatles and India: Songs Inspired By The Film is:
- 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
Nikhil D’Souza’s cover of John Lennon’s India India is already released.
Listen to the track here: