The Beatles used multicultural instruments in their music that changed the world forever.
The Beatles was a band in the 1960s and 1970s and is still popular today. Unfortunately, John Lennon and George Harrison, two members of the band, aren't alive to see how much their music speaks to the young minds of the world.
Ravi Shankar, who also died recently, influenced them greatly. Lennon and Ravi Shankar were portrayed as close friends by the media. Considering the amount of time they spent together, they must have been close. Ravi Shankar taught Lennon to play the sitar, a large, long-necked Indian lute with movable frets, played with a wire pick. Shankar thought Lennon might not commit, considering it is hard to learn.
Lennon did, however, go on to learn the art of the sitar. He started featuring the instrument in his music. This created a ripple effect in the music industry. The sound of the sitar became common in rock music. Today, there are still many people who learning the sitar who are not from a South Asian background.
In Northeast Pennsylvania, many people, including me, are learning types of music and art that are not from their country of origin.
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Pariseema Pancholy, 13, is a seventh grade student at Abington Heights Middle School and a member of the Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee. She studies piano, cello, and Hindustani classical vocal music.