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“Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles And India” Is Released

“Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles And India” Is Released

The album, “Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles And India” features a diverse cast of Indian artists (Vishal Dadlani, Kiss Nuka, Benny Dayal, Dhruv Ghanekar, Karsh Kale, Nikhil D’Souza, Anoushka Shankar, Farhan Ahktar, Soulmate and many others) all bringing their own musical styles, as well as contemporary and classical Indian influences and techniques to the record. The album features Beatles’ songs written during their stay in Rishikesh, India including “Mother Nature’s Son,” “Revolution,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Dear Prudence,” “Child of Nature” among others. It also includes songs from their incredible catalogue which were colored by their earlier leanings to the magical sounds of India.

The hypnotic, lyrical soundtrack for “The 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, Budapest, Hungary and Pune, India. Both a classically trained composer and a skilled music producer and engineer, Benji has scored music for projects across film, television, installations and events. His distinctive musical voice is in high demand and he is known for SAS: Red Notice, Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, Dynasties, General Magic.

The award-winning film, “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 Beatles And India” was directed by Ajoy Bose and co-directed by Peter Compton. The film was produced by Reynold D'Silva (Renoir Pictures / Silva Screen Productions) with executive producers Adam Greenup and Keith Ferreira. The documentary won Best Film Audience Choice and Best Music at the 2021 UK Asian Film Festival.

“As with his 2005 book The Beatles In India, Ajoy Bose’s directorial debut (co-director Peter Compton) suspends current censoriousness to catapult us to a world where it wasn’t unforgivable to get things wrong about other cultures as long as you were trying to get it right… Over 50 years later, what survives is gratitude on all sides that the Beatles and Indian musicians, teachers and fans they met got to be part of each other’s story.” - Uncut

The album is available from Amazon and may be streamed at Apple Music and Spotify.



 
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“...impressive… Rich in content, scope and its use of archive footage and interviews with the Fabs and the other major players in this saga, this is a world apart from anything resembling your stereo typical Beatles documentary.” - Shindig

 

CD 1: Songs Inspired By The Film

01 Tomorrow Never Knows (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Kiss Nuka

02 Mother Nature’s Son (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Karsh Kale / Benny Dayal

03 Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon) Performed by Soulmate

04 Across The Universe (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Tejas / Mali

05 Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey) (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Rohan Rajadhyaksha /  

Warren Mendonsa

06 I Will (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Shibani Dandekar / Neil Mukherjee

07 Julia (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Dhruv Ghanekar

08 Child of Nature (John Lennon) Performed by Anupam Roy

09 The Inner Light (George Harrison) Performed by Anoushka Shankar / Karsh Kale

10 The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Raaga Trippin

11 Back In The USSR (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Karsh Kale / Farhan Ahktar

12 I’m So Tired (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Lisa Mishra / Warren Mendonsa

13 Sexy Sadie (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Siddharth Basrur / Neil Mukherjee

14 Martha My Dear (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Nikhil D’Souza

15 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Parekh & Singh

16 Revolution (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Vishal Dadlani / Warren Mendonsa

17 Love You To (George Harrison) Performed by Dhruv Ghanekar

18 Dear Prudence (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) Performed by Karsh Kale / Monica Dogra

19 India, India (John Lennon) Performed by Nikhil D’Souza



CD 2: Original Score - Composed by Benji Merrison

01 Main Titles

02 Diminutive Yogi

03 Crazy Trailblazer

04 Selling Like Hotcakes

05 A Few Lessons

06 Something Very Grateful  

07 Rishikesh Bridge

08 Jai Guru Dev

09 A Simple Existence

10 Old Ashram

11 The Prayer Room

12 50 Years Ago  

13 Feeling and Heart

14 All Of India

15 Birthday Party

16 Spiritual Teacher

17 A Dealbreaker

18 Secrets Revealed  

19 Down To Kerala

20 Small Gift To The World

21 End Credits

Available October 29, 2021



originally published: 10/25/2021


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