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"Exerpt from DOSE_CD Review"

"...Madooo is not interested in simply translating Beatles songs into traditional Indian arrangements. Rather, he is a contemporary musician with a combination of Indian and Western rock infleunces, and his versions are hybrids.They tend to work best when he is trying lesser-known Beatles songs such as ‘You Can’t Do That’ and ‘Things We Said Today’, although he demonstrates that Harrison already had a certain Indian leaning in ‘If I Needed Someone’ even before he went public with his interests. The best of his remakes is 'I Saw Her Standing There', probably because Madooo seriously alters it, creating a dance-rock version reminiscent of the Power Station, even down to his Robert Palmer-like vocal.”... – William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide, Sept. 21 2005 - All Music Guide

"Comment from Radio Host of World Beat"

“Greetings Madooo, my friend: Interviewing you and playing tracks from ‘To the Fab Four from Liverpool... A Tribute from India’ on KMSU fm was a real pleasure, for both Gully and me. Its definitely one of the highlights of my fifteen years, as host of the World Beat.” – Mark R. Thomas, World Beat host/producer: KMSU/KMSK FM - The Maverick Radio Network - The Maverick Radio Network

"On CMJ Top 20 list..."

“Hey Madooo, I'm glad you found out that the "Tribute" was doing well here. New releases have 2 months during which we chart & report & your record placed into the Top 20 on at least one of our reports to CMJ! The "Tribute" is now in our regular library -- for now it's filing in the International section, but I may create a section specifically for covers & tributes which will make it easier for DJs to locate it in the years to come. Thanks so much for thinking of us ... & congratulations.”
– Matthew Finch: KUNM Music Department - KUNM Music Department

"Note from Music legend Richie Havens"

“You have done a great job of your interpretations... It looks like you are a very good part of the global scene in a very big way to me... Congratulations... It is a great contribution to the fab four's legacy...”– Richie Havens - Through personal e-mail

"Radio Host's Comment On-Air"

“This album is Indian music-salute to The Beatles” – Archer from 99.5 The Mountain’s ‘Breakfast With The Beatles’, CO, USA - Breakfast With The Beatles - CO

"Review on, Italy"

“I really like the CD. My favourite is ‘You can't do that’. Also ‘Across the universe’ has a very Roger Waters kind of vocal arrangement. All of the album is very interesting...the songs are very different...finally something different for the Beatles-Cover world.” – Simone at, ITALY - By Editor/Founder

"Ken Dashow from New York's Q104.3FM"

“We DID play it a couple of weeks back - great job! I will stay in touch. Thanks, Madooo! Love” – Kenneth Dashow, Q-104.3 (New York’s Classic Rock Station) - E-mail comment from Ken Dashow

"World Fusion, CD Reviews"

“In a beautiful marriage if Indian instruments, other infleunces and Madooo flare, the collection boasts an impressive interpretation worthy of any Beatles fan.” – Jill Ettinger, World Fusion, CD Reviews - Jill Ettinger

"Comment from Beatles-Collectors"

"It's quite an engaging meld of "East Meets West". It's got just enough Indian influence to be interesting, but not overpowering. There are 14 Beatles songs covered as well as two versions of Madooo's John Lennon
Tribute. I really like the John tribute. Actual newscasts of Dec 8, 1980 are woven into an "Imagine/Watchin' the Wheels/Give Peace a Chance" medley. This is the second time I've listened to it and both times I choked up." - Mara from -

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Like Lemon Curry?, June 12, 2005
“Another album which defies easy description or classification. Imagine an alternate universe in which the Beatles started out as an Indian raga band instead of a British skiffle band, and then years later somebody decided to update and modernize those old raga songs. That's not really the whole picture here - Madooo grew up in India, toured the Midwest with a Vietnamese band, and is known for his Elvis and Jim Morrison impersonations - this CD is a mix of Western rock and Indian percussion. Beatles music helped introduce sitar music and some of Hindu culture to America, it's clear from this CD that Beatles music was influential introducing Western rock to India as well. - John Holderried - John Holderried


The 9/11 Memorial Song.
All tracks from current BEATLE Tribute album and 9/11 album are streaming on College radio, and areavailable on iTunes and CD Baby


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Beatles' sound and the rest of the world’s music – and India most especially, have had a remarkable relationship. The nature of the band, its sound and look and the way the world heard rock and pop music all changed as their decade of the sixties wore on. Those changes influenced a generation, not only in Britain and the US., but everywhere. When the Fab Four went to the East in the early sixties as ambassadors of Western pop culture, they returned with a multitude of “new” Indian and Far-Eastern sounds as well as the Mahareeshi Mahesh Yogi as their spiritual advisor. What went unnoticed at the time was that they had also, inadvertently, planted seeds in their wake from which a new generation of rockers would someday sprout. Somewhere in South India, stood a boy, waiting in line for hours to get his first listen to the Beatles' version of ‘Twist and Shout.’ “As a child, then living at a boarding school in Madras, India, I really did once stand in a queue to have a chance to hear the sound of that band from Liverpool, the Beatles. There was one phonograph available to the students, which we were allowed to use once a week at break time before dinner...I remember being blown away completely by their music,” says that boy, Madooo, “When Hard Day’s Night came out, I knew that someday I would sing and play guitar. And when I was in my first band, The Voodoos, we would await every new release, then go into rehearsal and try to copy the sounds.”

”Madooo” (His full name is Madhukar Chandra Dhas) did reach stardom in his native India, singing and putting on Western rock music shows. In fact, the moniker “Superstar” was practically attached to his name by the Indian press. Yet he left that fame to come to the United States. He has recently changed his stage name to Madooo, formally adopting the name everyone has called him for years. Madooo has always been one of those people for whom creative expression takes different forms. Music and art have constantly been intertwined in his life. His love of Rock & Roll brought him to these shores. And he presently satisfies the art muse as a graphic designer at Deutsch Advertising.

Madooo’s father originally wanted him to become a doctor. While at Madras Christian College, however, Madooo decided art was his calling. When, through his father’s influence, a seat opened up for him in a State’s Medical College, Madooo was apprehensive, afraid that he would have to abandon art. “Fortunately, the spot was lost at the last minute...otherwise I might have killed a few hundred people in botched medical procedures by now.” Madooo jokes. Madooo moved to Bombay, the heart of India's advertising industry then, taking a job on a trial basis with the Interpub agency. A billboard cartoon campaign he had created, as well as work for Air India and a local soft-drink manufacturer, landed him a job with Lintas: India. He eventually became a visualizer (or art director). While at Lintas, Alyque Padamsee, the managing director, who also is a renowned producer of theatrical shows was in pre-production and wanted to cast Madooo as Jesus in Padamsee’s Indian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. “I wanted to play the part of Judas.” he relates, “I was worried about the controversy surrounding the play at that time.” Instead of playing Judas, chosen from a field of many aspiring actors and singers, Madooo played the lead. He needn’t have worried. In fact, he was surprised at the reception of the audience, many of whom were Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims. “Many people cried at each performance,” he recalls. The show was a smashing success, running for a year and a half, even giving a command performance for then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Madooo says it was one of the best years of his creative life: “I would work in the agency all day, then go
straight to the theater, do the show, then head for the club where I would play with my band until one or two in the morning.” After he quit ATOMIC FOREST (one of India’s pioneer Rock-bands in the 70s), Madooo toured India, and the Asian English-speaking hotel circuit, with solo shows. In one show, he was among the first to incorporate graphics, slides of his cartoons projected behind him on stage. The projectionist was his new bride, Sophia, a model and dancer, who also performed in the show. In another show, called ‘The Evolution of Mr. Rock,’ Madooo both satirized and celebrated the Western pop music scene, parodying various singers. Eventually, he decided to go to America. “The music scene in India is very provincial; there is a limited Western pop-music audience. I was booked on to the circuit, playing five-star hotels, but there was nowhere else to go, plus, the American quality in recording was so much better.” Madooo hooked up with a Vietnamese band (playing American rock & roll) that was booked on an American tour, playing throughout the Midwest. Finally, after a stint with an Elvis-impersonating band, he and his wife found themselves at