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Korla Pandit

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Among exotica’s most exotic statistics, Korla Pandit was a superstar of kinds in the 1950s with a Southern California tv program (also syndicated to other areas of the united states) that featured his body organ playing. Putting on a turban rather than speaking, Pandit basically performed on the Hammond B-3 body organ while staring in to the camcorder, embellishing his riffs with details of china and taiwan and (to some much lesser level) Latin music. It generally does not sound extremely “unique” now, however the simple presence of a guy of Indian source for the then-new moderate of tv was very book within the ’50s. Not really that Pandit was always Indian; biographical information remain secret, although he says he was created in New Delhi. Although he performed some unique music, a lot of his repertoire was actually exoticized renditions of specifications. Due to that, he was quite definitely in the center from the exotica custom, which didn’t seek to provide authentic “globe music” just as much as it do to decorate mainstream pop with gentle world music affects, in order to become palatable to the center American viewers. Pandit documented prolifically in his heyday (over twelve albums for Dream only), and in the past due ’80s and ’90s produced something of the return as his music was found out by a young era. Interviewed for the Extremely Unusual Music, Vol. 2 publication, he in addition has provided some live shows, and got a cameo as himself within the Ed Real wood film.

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Full Name Korla Pandit
Died October 2, 1998, Petaluma, California, United States
Profession Organist, Composer, Pianist, TV Personality
Nationality American
Spouse Beryl DeBeeson Pandit
Parents Ernest S. Redd, Doshia O'Nina Johnson Redd
Siblings Frances Redd, Dorothy Redd, Harry Elmer Redd, Ernest Redd, Ruth Lankford Redd, Pauline Marie Redd
Music Songs Trance Dance, Turkish Dance, Song of India, Magnetic Theme, Harem Bells, Procession of the Grand Moghul, Joyful Tango, Miserlou, English Music Hall Theme, Tale of the Underwater Worship, Aicha's Dance, Pelone Telefone, TV Show Opening, Maria Bonita, Kartikeya, Love Song of the Nile, No Love Is Lost, No Me Quiero Tanto, Orchids in the Moonlight, Kashmiri Love Song, The Hypnotist, Tales of the Underwater, TV Show Close, It Happened in Monterey, La Comparsita, Ode To A Desert Love, French Trio Theatre Theme, The Rose of Descanso, Festival of Flowers, Theme From Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, Lara's Theme, Black Orpheus Theme
Albums Grand Moghul Suite, The Universal Language of Music, Vol. 1, Plays Music of the Exotic East, Tropical Magic, Rememb'ring (Digitally Remastered), The Bajello, Korla Pandit's Musical Gems (Digitally Remastered), The Korla Pandit Collection, Vol. 1, Merry Christmas (Digitally Remastered), Exotica 2000, Remembering Korla Pandit, Latin Holiday, The Voices of Christmas, Days To Come, Delicious Christmas, Christmas Collection (Original Classic Christmas Songs), Christmas Organ Music, Playing Christmas Themes, It's Christmas Night, Explore, The Christmas Book, The Perfect Christmas, Gaudy Colours, Easily Stop Time, The Christmas Collection - Carols and Hymns, Broken Colour, The Korla Pandit Collection, Vol. 2, Christmas Time, The Best Christmas Present Ever, Vol. 9, Universal Language, Curl up with Korla (The Dave Cash Collection), The Real Meaning of Christmas, Christmas With Korla Pandit, Express Yourself, Silver Bells (The Christmas Songs), Confectioner's, World's Novelty Champions: Korla Pandit, Christmas Melodies, The Christmas Music Family, Original Christmas Songbook (Original Artist, Original Recordings, Digitally Remastered), The Christmas Time, Waiting for Santa Claus, Trance Dance, Christmas With Korla Pandit At the Mighty Pipe Organ (Original Album 1962), Season's Greetings (Christmas Recordings Remastered), Star Bright (Christmas Recordings Remastered), Odyssey, Christmas Music (The Sound of a Special Day)
Movies Korla, Ed Wood, Which Way Is Up?


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ed Wood 1994 Indian Musician
Which Way Is Up? 1977 The Hindu
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Guest Musician
Something to Live For 1952 Hindu Man (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ed Wood 1994 arranger: "NAUTCH DANCE" / performer: "NAUTCH DANCE" / writer: "NAUTCH DANCE"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time for Beany 1951 TV Series 1 episode
Adventures in Music 1948 TV Series

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kissing a Dream 1996 grip - as Korla Pandit Lord

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television 1986 TV Movie Himself
Adventures in Music 1948 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soundies, Vol. 8: The Exotic World of Korla Pandit! 2007 Video documentary Himself

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