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Premieres October 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.​ on PBS SoCal
Airs on other PBS stations nationally beginning February 2017.

The Documentary

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Korla is the amazing story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and reinvented himself as a musician from India. He played the piano and organ, wore a jeweled turban, had a hypnotic gaze and never spoke a word while performing on his own live television program, "Korla Pandit's Adventures in Music". korla pandit organ

He also found fame as an actor, spiritual guide and recording artist, and was later celebrated by a new generation of fans who crowned him the Godfather of Exotica music. As one of early television’s pioneering musical artists, Korla Pandit's life was one of talent, determination, ingenuity and racial passing, a story not fully realized until after his death in 1998.

Korla is co-produced by PBS SoCal. Directed by John Turner, Produced by Eric Christensen and John Turner, Executive Producer Brenda Brkusic, Associate Producer Michelle Merker.

For PBS SoCal

  • President & CEO: Andrew Russell
  • Station Manager: Ed Miskevich
  • Executive Producer of Program Development & National Productions: Brenda Brkusic
  • Program Development Coordinator: Michelle Merker

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