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An excerpt from Ajoy Bose's book on The Beatles, Across The Universe

Sunday, February 25, 2018

In the first week of July 1966, barely a month after George (Harrison) met Ravi Shankar for the first time, he along with the other members of the band were in Delhi, the Capital of India, for a brief 24-hour flying visit. Some weeks after he started his lessons, George had been told by his tutor

In the first week of July 1966, barely a month after George (Harrison) met Ravi Shankar for the first time, he along with the other members of the band were in Delhi, the Capital of India, for a brief 24-hour flying visit. Some weeks after he started his lessons, George had been told by his tutor that he needed to get a decent sitar which would be available only in India. Since the Beatles were planning their first tour of Asia in late June and early July, the plan was that on their return journey to England, George would get off in Delhi, buy a good sitar, spend a few days getting his first feel of India and then head back home to prepare for the band's tour of the United States some weeks later. After many twists and turns during a traumatic Asian tour, with the boys debating whether they too wanted to stop over in Delhi, fate took matters in hand and, almost as a fait accompli, brought all the Beatles to India for the first time:

Source: indiatoday.in

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