The Beatles Story announces a year-long programme of FAB events
The Beatles Story will be running a year-long programme of unique Indian-inspired FREE events, including workshops and Q&A sessions, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ trip to Rishikesh, India.
Starting with an ‘Introduction to Yoga’, taking place on Thursday 15th March 2018, the events are designed to give participants a taste of what the India visit was like for The Beatles, and how it may have influenced their personal and musical lives.
The introduction to Yoga will be hosted by Yogacharya PR Mohanan, an Indian holy man, expert in the field of Yoga and director of the Ashram in Kerala, India. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India.
On Thursday 10th May, internationally renowned musician, Kousic Sen takes an audience through traditional Indian percussion instrument, the Tabla. Kousic is one of the foremost tabla players of his generation, whose intense and energetic performances add a new dimension to the instrument, providing a new and unique concert experience.
Transcendental Meditation specialist Helen Kennedy hosts an ‘Introduction to Transcendental Meditation’ session at The Beatles Story on Monday 11th June. The Beatles discovered this specific form of silent mantra meditation whilst attending the Maharishi’s ashram in 1968 and the technique had a lasting effect on the band.
‘Demystifying Indian Music: The Sitar’ takes place on 25th July, hosted by Jasdeep Singh Degun, winner of ‘Musician of the Year’ at the National Indian Arts Awards 2016. The event will include a magical performance and a discussion about the sitar, its history, origins and how The Beatles utilised it in their music.
Also, for the kids, the Discovery Zone will be hosting a variety of child-friendly workshops during half-term and school holidays. These FREE Indian-themed sessions will look at the music, art, imagery and fashions of India in a fun and creative way. Tickets are not required.
The ‘Beatles in India’ events will complement the attraction’s new special exhibition which opened at The Beatles Story, Albert Dock in February. Dedicated to exploring this key and relatively secretive episode of the Beatles’ story, the new exhibition features memorabilia, imagery and exclusive personal accounts from the people who were in Rishikesh with the band 50 years ago.
The events are FREE to attend, although tickets may be limited and should be claimed in advance online. For more information please visit beatlesstory.com/events.