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Interview | ATHOI - the progressive folk band of Kolkata | WBRi Exclusive (Video)

Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata correspondent, talks to ATHOI - a progressive folk band of Kolkata.

Washington Bangla Radio has previously featured ATHOI along with their sound recordings available here.

Raajneeti - the latest by Prakash Jha is a hard-hitting Film!! | Bollywood Hindi Movie Review

RAJNEETI - Prakash Jha delivers a punch !

An original and exclusive Hindi Movie review of RAJNITI by Nilanjann Nandi.

Sahaj Manush presented by Brahma Khepa | WBRi Special Event Report (Video)

Bengali Baul Band Brahmya Khyapa Live Concert Sahaj ManushSAHAJ MANUSH PRESENTED BY BRAHMAKHYAPA - A video report from the Event

By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent

BRAHMAKHYAPA, the popular baul band organized a gala evening packed with baul songs on May 22, 2010 at Gyan Manch from 6 PM to 9 PM where eminent baul singers performed along with a guest performance by eminent city band CHANDRABINDOO.  Artist SHUVAPRASANNA felicitated great baul exponent SUBOL DAS BAUL for his contribution to the Baul music and philosophy for 50 long years. The evening turned out to be a complete extravaganza of baul tradition and deliberation. Apart from baul followers, enthusiasts and music lovers, artists from all spheres were present to grace the occasion.

Watch video excerpts from this live show exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

WBRi Features Shashika Mooruth | The girl "born in the wrong country" takes her sweet Bhakti Bhajans to over 25 countries

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Audio SongsShashika Mooruth was born and educated in the Republic of South Africa. Till the age of 24 she was untrained yet would sing with ease and skill. In her childhood, she performed in many local concerts around South Africa. At the age of 12 her talent was recognized by the legendary Kishore Kumar who invited her to sing in his concert in Durban, South Africa. Kishore-da labeled her as a singer ‘born in the wrong country’ and advised her father to send her to Bombay to train and become a playback singer! Shashika has also accompanied Shri Mahendra Kapoor and Pandit Hrdayanath Mangeshkar on stage.

A science graduate from University of South Africa, Shashika has also studied Speech and Drama at Trinity College of Music, London and the South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association.

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Live Online RadioIn 1987 she enrolled for the degree course in Hindustani Music at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan with the intention of returning to South Africa to teach music, but soon realized the vastness of the music field and hence settled in India permanently.

In 1995, she was honored at the World Hindu Conference in South Africa for her contribution to Indian music.

She has travelled several times to twenty five countries with her devotional music and is always in demand for her  unique presentation style.

Many of her bhajan albums produced by herself are available on the net or her website

Says Shashika, “I love to experiment with different styles and therefore on the commercial front I have rendered my voice in devotional, pop, filmi, semi-classical and even techno compositions. Last year I decided to dedicate more time to commercial music in Mumbai and hence came my first song in Hindi cinema. I penned and recorded a piece in Western voice for a title song by Adnan Sami for a film titled Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De with music by Saawan Kumar Saawan. I hope to make a contribution to the music world in this lifetime.”

Listen to the beautiful voice of Shashika and her sweet Bhajans online using the player at the top, or on WBRi live radio channel.

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, Kolkata - Latest News and Updates

Here is latest news from Mohun Bagan from their facebook fan page.

Hinduism Summit in Lake County Temple to address Hindu issues and Dharma education

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Washington Bangla Radio, June 3, 2010: Amongst the selected speakers for the second Hinduism Summit in Chicago there is renowned human rights activist and president of Forcefield, Dr. Richard Benkin, noted Hindu scholar of Seven Stars foundation, Shri. Dileep Thatte and regional vice-president of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Shri. Shrinarayan Chandak. Some of the topics to be presented at the summit include the Human rights case of the Bangladeshi Hindus, Misconceptions about Hinduism (Sanaatan Dharma) and the Seven Stars’ approach, and the Anti-Hindu bias in the media.

The Chicago Hinduism Summit or Hindu Dharma Sabha is being organized by charitable organizations, including the Hindu Temple of Lake County and Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA). It is receiving support and blessings from noteworthy Hindu and spiritual leaders, organizations and activists from all over the world. It hopes to unite everyone interested in Hinduism, to preserve Hinduism for its unique spiritual scientific basis that holds out concrete solutions for many of the problems rampant in society today.

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Interview | Mukesh Asopa - internationally acclaimed award-winning film maker - WBRi exclusive (audio)

MUKESH ASOPAWBRi Washington Bangla Radio had the opportunity to speak with the award-winning director Mukesh Asopa. Click on the play button on the player below to listen to the exclusive interview online.

Mukesh Asopa is a young, smart and internationally acclaimed film-maker from Toronto, Canada. Mukesh has made two films so far - Aisha and Rahul (2009) and The Taste Of Relation (2010). Both films have received international acclaim and numerous awards at a multitude of film festivals across the world. The films are, fortunately, available on DVD online.

In the interview (audio), Mukesh talks about his roots in Calcutta and his favorite actors and directors from childhood, including Mithun Chakraborty, Prosenjit, Tapas Pal, Uttam Kumar and so on.

Mukesh also succintly explains the background and theme of his two films, and shares some anecdotes from the shooting of the films. As an experienced actor-writer-director, Mukesh talks thoughtfully about contemporary aspects of Indian film - he dwells on art-house/parallel and commercial movies, and the way a significant number of films are now being made by independent film-makers living abroad, all of excellent quality and some of which have actually started making inroads into the purely commercial Bollywood film industry.

Mukesh offers some excellent words of wisdom and advice for the nascent generation of young film-makers who are now choosing to seriously study film-making as a viable career option in a resurgent India.

It is a pleasure to listen to Mukesh speak, as you will no doubt find out.

Watch the theatrical trailer of The Taste of Relation.