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Anand Srivastava, a trustee of the Maharishi Yogi Trust (2nd from L) with Rajaji Tiger Reserve director Sanatan Sonkar(2nd from R) at the ashram in Rishikesh.

Almost two years after it was opened for the visitors, fans of English band The Beatles will get a chance to go through rare photos and documents at Rishikesh’s Chaurasi Kutia where the Fab Four stayed in the ’60s.

The members of the band- Ringo, George, Paul and John- visited Chaurasi Kutia ashram in February 1968 (now part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve) to learn transcendental meditation from spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During their stay here for nearly two months, the Beatles penned 48 popular numbers.
The Beatles’ India visit will complete 50 years in coming February. The Uttarakhand government intends to showcase the event in a big way, but it lacks access to material of archival value related to the Beatles’ visit. Presently, visitors to the ashram get a chance to see a couple of wall paintings, done by some others.

Due to technicalities of procurement rules and lack of funds, the state government found it difficult to participate in international auctions to buy photos or other stuff associated with the band. Even as the state forest department was busy finding a way out, the Maharishi Yogi Trust has stepped in and offered help. Anand Shrivastava, nephew of Mahesh Yogi and a trustee of Maharishi’s spiritual movement in India, recently held talks with the Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) director and agreed to donate some rare photos and documents – mostly newspaper clippings — which will be no less a treat for the international fans.

“We held a fruitful meeting with the trustees of Maharishi Yogi Trust and they have offered archival material. We plan to have the rare memories related to the band’s India visit by February,” RTR director Sanatan Sonkar told HT. “We are optimistic that visitors will get divine and knowledge experience,” Anand Shrivastava said in an email.
A section of the ashram was thrown open to the visitors in December 2015 after the Uttarakhand Wildlife Board decided to start eco-tourism activities. Since Chaurasi Kutia is inside the RTR, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given access to a limited part of the ashram as wild animals like leopards and elephants are often spotted there.

The RTR remains open to tourists from November 15 to June 15. But the visitors can go to the Beatles ashram area round the year.
Mahesh Yogi, it is learnt, obtained a 20-year lease of 15 acres from the Uttar Pradesh forest department to set up the ashram where igloo-type huts were erected. The lease expired in 1981 and this area came under the jurisdiction of Rajaji National Park (now RTR) in 2003.


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Attention North American Beatle Fans.

Come together on Saturday night, November 25th, for Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, which is being broadcast on PBS.

It’s a great activity idea for Thanksgiving weekend to bring fans, families and friends together to celebrate the Beatles and support your local PBS station. In most cities this will be followed by an all new pledge event for Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution – the documentary that picks up when The Touring Years end. It’s a PBS Beatles themed holiday marathon not to be missed.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS premieres Saturday, November 25, 8:00-10:30 pm ET (check local listings) on PBS.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.”  It reveals their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film focuses on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band’s members, prompting them to stop touring and devote their prodigious musical talents to their groundbreaking studio recordings.


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John and Yoko Ono, 1980.

German police say they have arrested a man suspected of handling stolen objects from the estate of John Lennon, including diaries. Berlin police said the 58-year-old suspect, whom they didn’t identify, was arrested in the German capital on Monday. They said another suspect lives in Turkey and is currently “not available” for law enforcement authorities, without elaborating. Police said in a statement that the objects, including diaries written by the late Beatle, were stolen from Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, in New York in 2006.

They reappeared in Berlin, and authorities this year launched an investigation of suspected fraud and handling stolen goods and the objects were seized.


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Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the “Yoko Mono” bar. The operator may no longer call his pub “Yoko Mono”. It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar.


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On the eve of Paul’s much-awaited Australian tour, the Big Issue bring you one of his greatest hits – a very personal Letter to My Younger Self. The Beatles legend reflects on his teenage years, the music, the girls and an amazing dream he shared with John Lennon.

Also: Davey Lane from You Am I, Yon from Tripod and former Big Issue editor Alan Attwood – to write about the Paul song that most inspired and impacted them.

Paul talks love, Liverpool and John Lennon in a very special Letter to My Younger Self.