Korla

About This Episode


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. With this new identity, Korla Pandit was able to escape many of the racial barriers of the time to become one of early television's pioneering musical artists. Later celebrated by a new generation of fans who crowned him the Godfather of Exotica music, Korla's life was one of talent, determination, ingenuity and racial passing, a story not fully realized until after his death in 1998.

Korla is presented by PBS SoCal.