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Kolkata Kali Puja Online: 24 PALLY - WBRi Special Calcutta Kali Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

24 PALLY Sarbajanin Shyama Puja

A special photo-feature of the 24 PALLY Kali Puja pandal and idol, part of WBRi's Calcutta Shyamapuja Puja Online Parikrama for NRI Bengalees worldwide who miss the carnival in the city of joy.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you).

Kali Puja - India, USA & Worldwide - a Global Puja Parikrama


According to Ramkrishna Paramhansa Deb, darkness is the Ultimate Mother, or Kali:
My Mother is the principle of consciousness. She is Akhanda Satchidananda; indivisible Reality, Awareness, and Bliss. The night sky between the stars is perfectly black. The waters of the ocean depths are the same; The infinite is always mysteriously dark. This inebriating darkness is my beloved Kali.

Film Preview: DEV as Rock Star with Bengali Actress RITTIKA SEN Lead Aparna Sen's ARSHINAGAR (2015) to Christmas Release Date

Hot tollywood actress RITTIKA SEN and Aparna Sen

Bengali actress Rittika Sen is the current teenage hot flame of Tollywood. She debuted in Raj Chakrabarty’s "Borbaad" opposite fellow new-comer Bonny Sengupta.  Rittika's character of Julekha Bagchi is derived from Shakespeare's Juliet. DEV appears opposite her in a modern-day Romeo role. Read the complete Bengali movie preview on WBRi.

Bappaditya Bandopadhyay's Sohra Bridge (2016): the last bow of a brilliant film-maker

English: Cherrapunjee or Sohra - Wettest place...

English: Cherrapunjee or Sohra:
Wettest place on earth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By J P Mandal (author) and Asmita Mukherjee (editor)

The story of "Sohra Bridge" is based on a father-daughter relationship. The director dealt with a provocative dilemma in the film.

Bertie Da Silva Live In Concert | Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata - Aug 22, 2009 @ 7 PM

Bertie Da SilvaCome on over to GD Birla Sabhagar on the 22nd of August at 7 pm to experience where original rock music in English is progressing. It's unlike anything you've been hearing.

Tickets @ Rs 100 are limited and going fast from:

Kookie Jar - Rawdon Street & City Centre
Guitar Centre - Tollygunge phari

Tickets will be available at the venue 20th onwards.

Read the complete post for more information and to purchase tickets.

Interview - Kabir Suman - Singer-Songwriter and Politician: "I Miss America"

Kabir Suman Songs MP3 Download

In the following interview, Kabir Suman talks about his recent entry into politics, and expresses his gratitude and longing for the United States of America and how deeply he wants to walk America's roads one more time.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Fashion Designer From Kolkata | Calcutta Fashion Design Goes Global

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a Fashion Designer from Kolkata, India  with a global footprint, and his own Fashion line of creations. Read all about Fashion Designer Sabyasachi Mukherji and watch videos of his Fashion shows online.

EKTI TARAR KHONJE Kolkata Bengali Movie to be screened in Washington DC by Sanskriti and Databazaar Media Ventures

Sanskriti Bengali association of Washington DC and and Databazaar Media Ventures have announced a special screening of Kolkata Bengali movie Ekti  Tarar Khonje (English title: Beyond The Stars) on August  8, 2010 at 4 pm at the 300-person capacity Kreeger Auditorium, Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland.

The movie  Ekti  Tarar Khonje (Beyond the Stars) is another great production from four-time National Award Winners Anirudha Roy Chowdhury and Avik Mukhapadhya. The Bengali language film is presented with English subtitles.

Washington Bangla Radio's exclusive series of interviews have recently included the cast and crew of Ekti Tarar Khonje - check out WBRi exclusives:

Tickets are available for $ 7.00 each from Devasish Ray -, Phone: 240-988-1112 and Tapan Bera -, Phone: 301 279 5463.

Exclusive Interview | Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) Award Winning Indian Bollywood and Bengali Movie Actor

Actor Subrata Dutta (Subrat Dutt)Mar 25, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukheree, Washington Bangla Radio: Subrata Datta, known as Subrat Dutt in Mumbai, is a powerful award-winning character actor appearing in parallel, art-house as well as commercial films. Subrata talks to Washington Bangla Radio in an intimate and informal interview.

Watch Subrata Dutta talking about his fascinating experiences in Indian Cinema.

Interview | Amitabha Bhattacharya - Joy Baba Bholenath Bengali Movie (Video)

Actor Amitabh Bhattacharjee

In this exclusive interview, Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio chats with Amitabh Bhattacharjee at a shooting location for upcoming Kolkata Bengali movie Jay Baba Bholenath.

Fossils 3 Bengali Album wins Anandalok Award

Fossils at Anandalok Awards 2009

Kolkata Bangla Band Fossils album FOSSILS 3 has won the Anandalok Award 2009 in the category of Best Non-Film Music Album (Shera Non Filmi Album).

The Fossils band has the following message for its fans and followers:

"We are very happy that all of u have liked the album so much and voted for it.
FOSSILS will like to thank all its Fan & Followers for appreciating the Album & for voting it.

Anandalok Awards or Anandalok Puraskar (আনন্দলোক পুরস্কার) ceremony is one of the most prominent film events given for Bengali Cinema in India. The Anandalok, only film magazine in Bengali language, published from Ananda Publishers and Ananda Bazar Patrika presents this Award (Puraskar). The magazine was started on 25 January 1975 and the awards (Puraskar) ceremony was started in 1998.

Interview: Bangla Movie Actor Shaheb Bhattacharjee - "Directors are welcome to push me to any limit as actor" (WBRi Exlcusive)

Indian Kolkata Bangla Movie Actress Suchandra Vaanya and Actor Saheb Bhattacharya [WBRI]]
Bengali actress Suchandra Vaanya and actor Saheb Bhattacharya in a still from "Not a dirty Film" (2015)

Shaheb Bhattacharjee is one of the most prominent faces among the younger generation of Bengali film Industry. The young turk of Tollywood is currently busy promoting his upcoming new Bangla movie Not a Dirty Film’ which is based on the porn racket operating under the cover of massage parlours in Kolkata. Shaheb recently talked to Washington Bangla Radio correspondent Jyoti Prakash Mandal and spoke at length about the film, his take on porn rackets and more.

Babuji Dheere Chalna (Scarlett Wilson-Salman Yusuff Khan): Scintillating Sensual Evolution of Geeta Dutt's Aar Paar Classic

Babuji Dheere Chalna - HD Music Video - Salman Yusuff Khan & Scarlett Wilson

Originally composed by the legendary O.P. Nayyar and sung by Geeta Dutt, this jazz infused groove tune is rearranged by Sumit Ramachandra and sung by Anjum Katyal. Watch the HD music video online via WBRi.

Movie Review: Guddu Ki Gun (2015)

Guddu shines with golden Gun, falls victim to a climax gone wrong

Guddu Ki Gun poster - Exclusive WBRI film review
Guddu ki Gun Poster

Guddu Ki Gun’ is the latest adult comedy in Bollywood which stars Kunal Khemu in the lead. This first ever sex comedy (in India) is the tale of Govardhan a.k.a. Guddu and his fight with his own self to get rid of a curse because of which his male organ has been turned into gold.

Bengali cine legend Soumitra Chatterjee launches Prangon, a book of Poems

Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee recently released ‘ Prangon ‘, a book of poems written by Jhoom Chowdhury.