The BEATLES '68 Trip to India Subject of New Film.

'The Beatles In India' expected to premeire in the Fall.

February 11, 2018

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In early 1968, The Beatles took their now famous trip to India to learn Transcendental Meditation, and to work on some spiritual enlightenment with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles visit to Rishikesh provided some very fertile creative ground, and it was there that many of the songs that would appear on the 'White Album' later in the year were first written and rehearsed. Stories and anecdotes that are related to, and give some background for some of the songs have circulated for years, but other than that, not much else is known (except for those who were there) about what went on during that pivotal time in The Beatles' lives, professionally and personally. That will change with the upcoming release of the documentary film, 'The Beatles In India,' from Emmy winning director, Paul Saltzman. Mr. Salztman was also in India at the same time as The Beatles, and his film is based on his return to the ashram in Rishikesh, where he recounts his experiences with The Beatles from 50 years ago. Salzman befriended the individual members, and ended up taking many informal, casual photos of the 4 Beatles and the other attendees, which included Donovan and the actress, Mia Farrow. Those photos, along with "rarely seen footage, including in-depth interviews with the band," will be the centerpiece of the new movie. While there is no firm release date for 'The Beatles In India,' the hope is that it will be ready for it's premiere in early Fall, which would be perfect timing with November marking the 50th anniversary of 'The White Album.' Rock On!

Read more about 'The Beatles In India' film HERE.