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

Bengali Recitation - Bratati Bandopadhyay, Prithwiraj Choudhury of Poems written by Prithwiraj Choudhury - Bangla Kobita Abritti

Bangla Kobita - Prithwiraj ChoudhuryWashington Bangla Radio presents Bangla poetry recitation by acclaimed elocutionist Bratati Banerjee and  poet Prithwiraj Choudhury of poems by Prithwiraj Choudhury. Listen online to Bengali recitation on-demand. These recordings are also being broadcast on WBRi Live Kolkata Online radio.

Submit your poems and elocution to WBRi for global broadcast and publishing in the top-rated WBRi Online Bangla Magazine.

Dr Jayant Balaji Athavale, founder Sanatan Sanstha | Listen to Guide on Spiritual Practice Online. Learn Science of Spirituality

His Holiness Dr Jayant Athavale | PhotoWashington Bangla Radio Special On-Demand broadcast.

Listen online to Dr. Jayant Balaji Athavale, founder of the Sanatan Sanstha, as he guides us as to which spiritual practice should be undertaken by us so that the fastest spiritual progress occurs.

Christian Podcast Sets Ipods on Fire

Timothy JonesCharlotte, NC (Washington Bangla Radio USA - PRWEB) September 18, 2010: What started out as evangelism to a few faithful followers has spurned into a blazing fire on Apple Itunes. According to Libsyn (, the Mixtape Ministry Mixshow with BliSs ( has charted an unprecedented 130,000 downloads in less than 5 months.

Auto Racing Champion Marco Ferrera in 2nd place with Honda JDM

Marco Ferrera

Miami, FL (Washington Bangla Radio - PRWEB) September 19, 2010: Marco Ferrera, the auto racing victor, reached second place in his Honda JDM Type R at the Fara Stock Car Race.

"I'd like to thank The Brazilian Steak House Feijao com Arroz which supports my team and honors the event with its unique Brazilian food and beautiful Brazilian girls at the finish podium as well," he said.

Life Express (2010) Hindi Film Review - Divya Dutta is brilliant, Rituparna wins hearts

Bengali Tollywood Hero SAHEB and actress RITUPARNA SENGUPTA at Life Express Premiere
SAHEB and RITUPARNA SENGUPTA at Life Express (Hindi, 2010) Premiere at Nandan, Kolkata
Image (C) Aditya Chakrabarty / WBRi

'Life Express' tells us about an urban couple Tanvi and Nikhil who do not have time for anything other than their careers but have to turn to a couple from rural India, Mohon and Gauri who stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

This film is about motherhood, love, aspirations and priorities people have in their lives touching upon major social issues as well. The subject matter is a little complex, but very able actors and actresses have been chosen to play parts which befit them. The film directed by Anup Das (a first time director) [check out Washington Bangla Radio USA Exclusive Interview] stars our very own Rituparna Sengupta, Nikhil Janjani, Divya Dutta, Yashpal Sharma, Alok Nath and Anjan Srivastav - all brilliant actors and actresses in their own right. Life Express is a new film on surrogate motherhood and is probably the first of it’s kind from Bollywood. It helps us to understand motherhood in a way which has never been shown before. It tells us about two women from two stratas of society and their outlook motherhood, life, their priorities, heir beliefs etc.It raises many questions which we encounter in our daily life.

Gayatri mantra chants open International Day of Peace celebrations in Nevada, USA

International Day of Peace, Nevada, USA
From left to right are—Fair co-chair Lisa Stiller, Hindu leader Rajan Zed, Fair co-chair Paula McDonough

Nevada, USA, Sept 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio USA) Religious statesman Rajan Zed opened the “International Day of Peace” celebrations in Reno (Nevada, USA) with “Gayatri mantra”, the most sacred mantra in Hinduism, on September 19.

Announcing cast of Shukti Intl. presentation of Bangla Natok Prothom Partho by Buddhadev Bose

Announcement of the cast with brief biographies of Shukti Antorjatik Shilpi Goshthi presentation of Bangla Radio Natok Prothom Partho written by Buddhadev Bose. This will be 2nd Bangla Radio Drama by Shukti produced and presented by Washington Bangla Radio. Final rehearsals are in progress now; the Bengali radio drama audio will be recorded and broadcast very soon and will be made available from Washington Bangla Radio's Audio-on-demand service as well as our podcast in Apple iTunes.

Hope and Torment | MAHANAGARI (2010) Tollywood Bengali Movie Review

Tollywood hero Firdaus - Mahanagari (Bengali, 2010)
Tollywood hero Firdaus - Mahanagari (Bengali, 2010)
Image (C) Aditya Chakrabarty / WBRi

Kanoj Das who has made certain social films like Rangamati, Thikana Rajpath and Chabiwala ((buy Bengali movie DVD online) has made Mahanagari – a film again with a heavy storyline. All his films are dramas and this is no exception. The story which is also by the director is interesting, quite unusual but the lack of strong performances and the pace makes it look like an okay film.

Bengali Actress Sangeeta Sanyal
Bengali Actress Sangeeta Sanyal
Image (c) Aditya Chakrabarty / WBRi

Kanoj Das has produced the film released under the banner of Tradition Video. It stars Firdaus, Rimjhim Gupta, Rajatava Dutta, Sreela Majumdar, Manoj Mitra, Kaushik Banerjee and others. The music is by Subhash Chandra Basu who has also written the lyrics. The playback singers for the film are Kumar Sanu, Nachiketa, Subhamita, Anwesha and Arindam Ganguly.

Ranjan Mukherjee, the noted author has won the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Mahanagari. When the press asked who is the actual inspiration behind the novel or whether the characters are actually real, Ranjan tells them the truth behind the novel.

High Growth Potential Showcased in Indian Payment Card Market

With the rising disposable income and emergence of modern middleclass households, the credit card segment in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 59% during FY 2010-FY2013.

Women In Film International Committee (WIFI) celebrate Korean and Korean American filmmakers

(Washington Bangla Radio USA - 1888PressRelease) September 16, 2010 - This year, for the 4th Annual Film Shorts, WIFI has partnered with the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA), the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and NYX Cosmetics to showcase and celebrate the dynamic works of emerging and established Korean and Korean American filmmakers.

Actress and Producer Kimber Leigh honored by Phoenix Film Community

(Washington Bangla Radio USA - 1888PressRelease) September 16, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ - Hundreds of local film, entertainment and media professionals will be honoring actress and producer Kimber Leigh on Thursday September 23rd at Hudson's Bar in Phoenix.

Leigh was recently featured in MyTekLife Magazine ( ) and cast in the upcoming feature film, 'Serial Blondes'. She has been a champion of the film industry in Phoenix spending countless hours developing and promoting the films being produced in the valley.

Samir Aich "Nerve Line of Being" show in New Delhi

(Washington Bangla Radio USA - 1888PressRelease) September 16, 2010 - Gallery Ensign presents a solo show titled "Nerve Line Of Being" that includes canvases and paper works by Samir Aich, at Gallery Ensign, B-17, Geetanjali Enclave, New Delhi - 110017, from September 21 till October 30, 2010. The artist will also present a slide show on the evening of the show opening on September 21, 2010.

Hip Hop Film "King Of Paper Chasin'" In Theatres October 15, 2010

(Washington Bangla Radio USA - 1888PressRelease) September 17, 2010 - New York, NY - in association with Triplebeam Pictures presents the release of the critically acclaimed movie "King of Paper Chasin'" available in select cities on Friday, October 15, 2010. Click here to view the trailer

Figures by Anki King wins 3rd Annual London Creative Awards Celebrate Creativity

(Washington Bangla Radio USA - 1888PressRelease) September 18, 2010 - The ambitious and elegant event was widely attended by London's artists community and press. Guests also included gallery owners from Los Angeles, London, New York and Paris, as well as many London Creative Awards entrants from around the world.

The jury committee awarded The London Creative Competition "Artist of the Year" to Anki King for her painting titled "Figures".

KAYA Interview & Full Live Concert - KAYA in USA (2007) | Feat. in HOUSEFULL Bengali Movie

Kolkata’s Bangla Band KAYA, born four years ago, has shot up in fame like a meteor, and now, all of their albums, "Kaya", "Sha Na Na" and "Dhuk Puk" are already big hits with a fourth one coming up just before the Durga Puja 2007. KAYA was honored with the Best Band Award from Zee Alpha Bangla, in 2005. The band's versatility is amazing - superlative in some sense! From folkrock numbers like Jigicha Gichang, Sujan Sujan to western-based numbers like Toke Chhute Chaai, Udashi Udashi to foot-tapping melodies like Sha Na Na, Faguner Din, Missed Call etc. - their repertoire is remarkably vast. Judge for yourself and you definitely will become an instant fan of KAYA.