Film Screening: Korla
In Hollywood there are many secrets, but only a few lasted a lifetime – now, Korla’s can be revealed!
Known throughout Southern California, Korla Pandit’s career was rich, tragic and multi faceted. He is best remembered as a television pioneer, appearing in a daily live 15 minute all music program for KTLA that premiered in 1949. Amazingly, over the shows 900 episodes, he didn’t speak a single word, yet captivated his daytime audience of housewives with his hypnotic gaze and his theatrical performances of popular tunes and East Indian compositions, played on the newly developed Hammond B3 organ. In the 90’s, emerging as a cult figure and known as the godfather of exotica music, Korla began playing at clubs populated by the Los Angeles tiki lounge loving hipsters scene. His new found celebrity landed him a cameo in Tim Burton’s homage to 50’s low budget films, “Ed Wood.”
This show is presented by Iowa Blues, Rock ‘n Roll and Jazz Hall of Famer Dartanyan Brown. Dartanyan will discuss his connection to Korla Pandit and present original electronic music compositions dedicated to the spirit of love and human connection which Pandit celebrated.
The Basement // Doors 6:30 PM // Screening 7PM // $10