The Beatles And India: new documentary to shed light on infamous Beatles trip

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A new movie, The Beatles And India, will, aims to shed light on The Beatles‘ infamous trip to Rishikesh, India, in 1968. Accompanied by Donovan, Beach Boy Mike Love and actress Mia Farrow the band, prompted by George Harrison, sought enlightenment in the meditation classes of famed spiritualist, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Less committed to the cause than Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met clandestinely in each other’s rooms during the break to plot the next Beatles album, which turned into The White Album.

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 film was inspired by the book Across The Universe – The Beatles In India by author Ajoy Bose, which was published in 2018. It will premiere on June 6 at the BFI in London as part of the Tongues On Fire UK Asian Film Festival, and will receive a full release in the autumn.

The film will also be accompanied by a soundtrack album, which will feature contemporary cover versions from Indian artists of Beatles songs inspired by the trip. The first of these to emerge is from Indian singer-songwriter Nikhil D’Souza, who performs John Lennon’s India, India. The song was recorded by Lennon in 1980, but not released until it appeared on the John Lennon Signature Box in 2010. Full tracklist below.

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