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Michigan: 01st March 2011: আজ বহু বছর আমি কলকাতা ছাড়া......খুব ‘মিস’ করি আমার এই প্রিয় শহর কে। হোক না ভীড়, তবু ভীষন সুন্দর। তাই যখন নিউ ইয়র্ক শহর কে প্রথম দেখলাম, মনে পড়ে গেল কলকাতার কথা। আর মনে পড়ল ‘রাস্তা চলেছে যত অজগর সাপ, পিঠে তার ট্রাম গাড়ি পড়ে ধুপ ধাপ, দোকান বাজার সব নামে আর ওঠে, ছাতের গায়েতে ছাত মরে মাথা ঠুকে......ট্রাম গাড়ি তো নেই, তবে বিশাল লাক্সারি গাড়ি আর বাস, সব যেন ধাক্কা ধাক্কি করে চলেছে...গায়ে গায়ে সব দোকান, নানা দেশের লোক নানা জিনিস বিক্রি করছে আর গগনচুম্বি সব অট্টালিকা, যাকে নাকি আমরা বলি ‘স্কাইস্ক্রেপারস’...নীল আকাশ প্রায় দেখাই যায় না।

India-Asean Business Fair to Leverage Brand India – Bilateral Trade to Touch US$ 70 Billion in Next Three Years

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New Delhi, March 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India)  India’s search for economic and strategic space in changing world order resulted in ‘Look East’ Policy. The bedrock of this policy is to foster economic and security cooperation with our east neighboring countries. Believing in philosophy of the Look East Policy, India is aiming at leveraging its economic and strategic interest by greater integration with East and South-east Asia. It is also an attempt to forge closer and deeper economic, social and institutional assimilation with its eastern neighbours. Keeping this in mind, India signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which now provides a land bridge to connect with member countries. ASEAN is not merely an external economic policy; it is also a strategic shift in India’s vision of the world and India’s place in the evolving global economy with intent to become India’s partner in trade and investment which is a significant factor in our policy paradigm.

Tollywood Hero Saurav talks about debut Bengali movie PIRITI KATHALER ATHA (2011) - Interview

[New Tollywood Hero SAURAV in Debut Film PIRITI KHATHALER ATHA]Germantown, MD, Feb 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Saurav plays the lead role in his debut Bangla film, Piriti Kanthaler Atha (2011). The movie has been a big hit in Kolkata. In an exclusive interview for WBRi, Saurav talks with Arijit Chakraborty.

Piriti Kanthaler Atha is produced by Niranjan Mistry and released under the banner of Arati Chitram 2009. The film is directed by Reshmi Mitra (interview) of Bhalobasha Zindabad fame and stars Saurav, Riddhima, Debika Mukherjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Shakuntala Barua and others. Malay Bandopadhyay (interview) has written the story, screenplay and dialog of the film. The Bengali film songs are penned by Gautam Susmit and music is by Pinak Bhattacharya. The film released in theaters across Kolkata on Feb 18, 2011.

Singer Bisakh Jyoti - Saregamapa Singing Superstar Finalist From Kolkata (Interview)

Bisakh Jyoti Majumdar - Bengali Singer From KolkataWashington DC, Feb 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bisakhjyoti Majumdar - who is popularly known as Bisakh Jyoti - is a rapidly upcoming song writer, music composer, music director and singer from Calcutta. Bisakh Jyoti is the playback singer for the title song of Bollywood superhit film No Problem (2010), which was also his first Bollywood venture. He was the 2007 Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa second runner up and the 2010 Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2nd runner-up, and the only Bengali singer in that contest to make it to the top three among the hundreds of thousands of contestants. Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi chats with Bisakhjyoti in this interview with Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Danseuse-Actress Soumili Biswas (Teen Tanaya, Sudhu Tomake Chai, Kanchanbabu) talks about her career in Bengali films

[Bengali Actress Soumili Biswas]Washington DC, Feb 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Soumili Biswas is an established dancer and actress currently working out of Tollywood (the Calcutta Bengali film industry). Aalo (DVD), her first feature film, was released in 2003. Her acting career, however, started when she a 9th grade student with Shimarekha  - a television serial. Other credits include hosting Syllabus-e Nei, a non-fiction TV program aired on Tara Bangla channel, and Bengali movies like Gerakol (DVD), Sangram (DVD), Bajimat (DVD), Agnisapath, U-Turn, Agnisakkhi, and most recently Teen Tanaya, a one-film trilogy based on Rabindranath Tagore's poems, in which she plays the role of Camellia. At the time of this post, at least two more of her films are in the final stages before release.

Arijit Chakraborty talks to Soumili in this informal chit-chat with the beautiful and talented Bengali actress on Washington Bangla Radio.

Here are a few more pictures of Soumili.

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Bollywood Honors the Best of the Worst

Bollywood Honors the Best of the Worst

February 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work):
Thought Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were too fancily dressed for their roles in Guzaarish? Or that Kareena Kapoor just looked too young at her daughter’s wedding in We Are Family?

Coming Soon... Housefull 2!

Coming Soon... Housefull 2!

February 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): If you loved Lara Dutta and Akshay Kumar in Housefull, and had been awaiting the sequel to come in, your wait is about to end, to a certain extent. Sajid Khan, the movie’s director, has already decided that he is ready to give the public a taste of what the next one is going to be like. And what better time than the dhamaal of the ongoing World Cup in India to show that!

Listen to Anupam Roy live at Eso Kichu Kori (EKK) Fundraiser in Calcutta

Calcutta, Feb 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned Bengali Singer-Songwriter-Music Director Anupam Roy performed live at a fund-raising event for Eso Kichu Kori on February 26, 2011 at the University Institute Hall in Kolkata at 6:30 PM. The event was sponsored by the popular Television news channel Mahua Bangla Khobor.Watch Anupam perform Amake Amar Moto Thakte Dao live at the remarkable event.