The King from Memphis, Tennessee and his Indian Connection

No conversation about music from United States is complete without a mention of the King – Elvis Presley. The man and his music acquired world-wide fame and will live on forever but few people know about his surprising India connection. Apparently the rock ‘n’ roll legend belonged to a community called Roma, a tribe that has roots in north-west India! Presley’s Indian connection was officially celebrated by the Indian government at the Fifth Roma Conference organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Delhi in February 2016.

The city of Memphis, Tennessee is where Presley relocated as a 13-year-old boy and Memphis is full of landmarks and legends associated with this great musician. You can do a walking tour that takes you through Elvis’ life. Starting from Humes Middle School that he attended from 1948 to 1953, you can visit the record shops where Elvis spent time as a teenager, his home Graceland, and the famous Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.

For a nod to a legend of another kind, visit the National Civil Rights Museum, built at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr.’s spent the last few hours of his life. This museum will take you back in time to learn about Martin Luther King Jr’s and the civil rights movement.

To experience the best of Memphis culture head to Beale Street and spend some time on this 1.8 mile hub of entertainment. This is where you can take a vintage tram ride, eat at local cafes, visit the Blues Hall of Fame and meet locals. Oh and don’t forget to Instagram the street art here!


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