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Korla is a documentary about a television pioneer, a spiritual seeker, and the godfather of exotica music, organist Korla Pandit. This is also a story that mixes Hollywood in the 1950's ... See full summary »

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John Turner

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Eric Christensen (story), John Turner (story)

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Korla Pandit
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Korla is a documentary about a television pioneer, a spiritual seeker, and the godfather of exotica music, organist Korla Pandit. This is also a story that mixes Hollywood in the 1950's with racial reinvention, as it looks at the career of Korla Pandit, who successfully passed as an Indian from New Delhi, when in fact he was the son of an African American minister from Columbia, Missouri. The film covers the arc of Korla's career, from having his own music show on television in the 1950's to years later where he developed a cut following playing tiki bars and lounges. The secret of his true identity, he carried to his grave and was revealed only after his death in 1998.

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25 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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I'm not making this up
8 March 2017 | by derekph-1See all my reviews

This film popped up on one of my local (SF Bay Area) PBS stations, and the name was odd enough to catch my eye, so I DVR'd it, and eventually, because it was taking up a lot of space, I watched it, not expecting much. Silly me. It's a delight. First, the story it tells is fascinating, about a man who creates, and lives for fifty years, an imaginary character, in order to have a career that would otherwise be impossible. Second, the archival footage and commentary are enthralling, especially to a Californian. There are scenes of LA in the forties and fifties that are to die for, and if you don't wish you could visit Kelbo's Restaurant on Pico (Google it, I dare you) after watching this, you're on the wrong planet. How did I not know about this guy before? There's a dark side to the story that emerges in the final third - and in these early days of the Trump-Bannon era, are a bit chilling - but still, if you don't laugh and cheer at this, you need new batteries in your pace-maker. I seldom award more than seven stars to a movie, but this one is a solid eight!


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