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mahadev

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Remember Peter Sellers and 'The Party' ? During the title sequence he plays sitar, ever wondered where that instrument came from ?
It's a Rikhi Ram.
The movie has been seen by millions of people which makes this a very famous sitar and Peter Sellers one of the most watched sitar players in history !



Anybody knows the whereabouts of this sitar ? It's a nice one !

Check out the forensic evidence here :



RR1.JPG rr44.jpg 


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I'd heard he took lessons from Ravi Shankar for that role. Man, British celebrities were a hot market for your sitar teachers in the sixties! I think I read once that my teacher gave lessons to Brian Jones, now he has to slum it teaching the likes of me!

He was a very funny actor, Dr. Strangelove was my favorite movie as a kid. And the Goons, sheer inspired lunacy. But don't read the Wikipedia or a biography of him if you don't want to depress yourself, he was quite an unpleasant person, in a thoroughly sad and pitiable way. Seems he gave all his personality to his [wonderful] characters and reserved none for himself.
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To be fair to Mr. Sellers, many great artists have problems with depression, insecurities, and other mental issues.
He also had issues with drugs, which exacerbated existing personal problems.
He was certainly flawed in many ways, most obviously exhibited in his problems with marriages/children, but I have several friends who were very close to him and loved him dearly.
I have heard many stories of him as a wildly fun character to be with at times, who could be kind and generous to friends.
It does not seem that that extended to family, but there you go…
There is always another side to a tale.
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This isn't the actual sitar Mr. Sellars played but it looks like a dead ringer for it. Superb sound ! http://www.karaseksound.com/ShowBigPic.php?ID=IMG0130
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Indeed , looks like he took lessons from Pandit Ravi Shankar. It must have been Panditji who arranged for that sitar, will have to ask Ajay Sharma what he knows about this.

Greetings and Birdie Nam Nam !

Check out these pictures :
sellers shankar.jpg sellers-sitar-theparty.jpg 


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So Max you are back from the Himalayas I take it? How did that go? BTW love Peter Sellars 'specially in the second Pink Panther where Dreyfuss (who does not get enough credit BTW) goes insane....... that is just SO over the top. The part where the two of them go wacko on laughing gas may be the funniest and craziest segment ever placed on film. Utter madness : )
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Hi Gregg,

will update on the Himalaya project... :wink:

Sellers was great. Silly sometimes but always enjoyable.
When I first saw The Party I was a bit ticked off, I thought he was making fun of Indians. Then I watched it a second time and I realised that was not the case at all, he must have loved Indians and India. The film actually is a scathing depiction of racism and prejudices against Indians.
His masterpiece is Dr. Strangelove I think.

Mandrake ?


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Dmitri keep your feet on the ground when you're talking to me, Dmitri!

He was actually supposed to play Slim Pickens' role (Maj Kong, pilot of the B52) but injured his ankle. I read yesterday that the original idea was also to have him do the role of Gen Buck Turgidson as well, but both Pickens and George C Scott were so fantastic in those roles I can't imagine how Sellers would've improved them, but you certainly wonder what he might have done with that!

One of my favorite Goon Show episodes, "The Red Fort" has a lot of Indian references and a few portrayals that, well, the Goon Show was irreverent to EVERYONE!

Carlton I agree, I shouldn't paint with too broad a brush, and he seemed like the sort that could be quite kind to his friends, just a bit of a tortured soul as your temperamental artist will often run towards.

RE Dreyfus, Herbert Lom passed away I think in 2012, if I recall. A great foil to Clouseau. That eye-twitch!
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One combination Russian phrasebook and bible .....

Mr. President, we cannot allow a mine shaft gap !!


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