Interviews, Features, Events, Bengali & Indian Performing Arts & Artist Reviews

Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ on Opening-Night at Cannes

Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ on Opening-Night at Cannes

May 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Woody Allen adores the French capital! He has made this very obvious with his latest flick ‘Midnight in Paris’, which premiered at the prestigious opening-night slot at the 46th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

Bengali Movie Review: Ek Paloke Ektu Dekha (2011) - Actress Kasturi Debuts in Tollywood with Angshuman

Kasturi -  Angshuman
Bengali actress Kasturi with Angshuman
Stills from "Ek Paloker Ektu Dekha"
The Hero & Heroine - Kasturi and Angshuman at the Premiere
The Hero & Heroine - Kasturi and Angshuman at the Premiere

Bengali Movie Poster: Ek Paloker Ektu Dekha
Movie Poster: Ek Paloker Ektu Dekha

Calcutta, May 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ek Poloke Ektu Dekha is a new Tollywood film starring Angshuman and newcomer Kasturi which premiered recently in Kolkata. The movie tells a somewhat conventional tale about a guy Nayan who works in a shopping mall and is a big flirt.

One day a girl comes to the mall who is just like the girl who had appeared in his dreams. He shows her some dresses, but she refuses to buy them and says she will return if there is something new. The girl, named Moni,  returns one day and they become friends.

Read the complete movie review on Washington Bangla Radio.

The Importance of the Role of Mother in Bollywood

Mumbai, May 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Not too long back a phenomenal box office flick starring SRK had successfully captured the essence of a mother to his daughter who was unfortunate enough to lose her at the time of birth. The film was ‘Kuch kuch hota hai’ and by virtue of Karan Johar’s verbose the little Anjali could get a glimpse into the meaning of a mother. Down the years Mumbai filmdom upheld the portrait of an ever loving and ever sacrificing ways of Indian mothers.

Pandit Ravi Shankar Returns to Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington DC Celebrating 90th Birthday - A WPAS Presentation

[Ravi Shankar]Washington, DC, April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) has announced legendary virtuoso sitarist, composer, teacher and writer Ravi Shankar's return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to celebrate his 90th birthday on Monday, May 23.

Known worldwide as India’s most esteemed musical ambassador, Ravi Shankar was the student of the illustrious guru “Baba” Ustad Allaudin Khan. Already a star in India, Shankar came to international attention in the 1960s after attracting the admiration of leading western musical leaders George Harrison of the Beatles and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

Interview: Bengali Actress ARPITA MUKHERJEE On Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath & her films

[Bengali Actress Arpita Mukherjee]Washington, DC, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with Bengali film actress Arpita Mukherjee in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India where Arpita is shooting for one of her upcoming films. We have previously watched Arpita in director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa and Jeena The Endless Love (Buy Bengali Film DVD in USA) co-starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee and Indrani Haldar, and her latest film Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath also directed by Sanghamitra opened in theaters in Kolkata a few days ago marking the first film release commemorating Gurudev's 150th birth anniversary. Arpita has also appeared in Tollywood Bengali films like Mama-Bhagne, Haranath Chakraborty's Jor Jar Muluk Tar (DVD) and quite a few Odiya movies.

Arpita's ongoing film projects at this time include a Bengali love-story directed by Dayal Acharya (of Lajja - The Shame (Bengali, 2010) fame) and a film in Odiya.

Presence of Bollywood at the Thimpu literary fest

Thimpu, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Bhutan a small country in the Eastern Himalayas steeped in the bounds of its rich heritage is on its way to host a literary fest. The concerned festival is geared to upholding and exploring the rich literary traditions of both India and Bhutan. The literature centric fest which will get underway on the 20th of May is being organized by the combined endeavors of India- Bhutan foundation.

Shridhar University Pilani Rajasthan Remembers Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Pilani, India, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The country "where the mind is without fear" is the only country in which true scholarship can engage with the great issues of society. The Germany born scientist Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, both shared the conviction about univer­sality of knowledge and its infinite existence. Their undiminished faith in man and ever striving effort to gain knowledge is the legacy they have left for the future gene­ration.

It is indeed unfortunate that the youth in India today know more about English Poet – Playwright William Shakespeare than all in one Poet, Novelist, Musician, Painter and Playwright Nobel Laureate Tagore.

Interview: Tollywood Actor Souryadeep Ghosh on "Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath" (2011) and Forthcoming Hindi & Bengali Movies

[Bengali Actor Souryadeep Ghosh]Washington, DC, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul talks to Souryadeep Ghosh in this audio interview with young upcoming actor from Kolkata. Souryadeep debuted in the world of Bengali cinema with a role of an assistant art director in award-winning film-maker Atanu Ghosh's (interview) Angshumaner Chobi, and subsequently appeared in Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa. He plays a lead role in Sanghamitra's docu-feature Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath that recently premiered in Kolkata on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birthday.

Listen to the on-demand audio interview broadcast exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.