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Pishi maa realises Agantuk's insecurity in Ganga Ki Dheej on Sahara One

Mumbai, Mar 01, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRlog) Dadabhai's sister, Pishi maa comes to stay at the haveli.

Deven of SAB TV show Mrs Tendulkar has a huge fan following

Mumbai, Mar 01, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Remember the dialogue ‘Ram Ram Chote Sarkar’ from the movie Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar? Of course we all do! This famous line was made popular by none other than the adorable Gattu of Baa Bahoo aur Baby or we also know him as ‘Kareema’ from the popular sitcom ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh’. Yes, we are talking about the very famous Mrs. Tendulkar aka Deven Bhojani! His fan following is such that people have now started addressing and knowing him as Mrs. Tendulkar from SAB TV’s latest offering, ‘Mrs. Tendulkar’. Such is our favorite Deven Bhojani!

Hamari Beti Raaj Karegi Contest by Sahara One

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Mumbai, Feb 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Brief of Sahara One's Hamari Beti Raaj Karegi Contest by Sahara One: Mr. Praveen Saini, Mrs. Savita Saini, and Son  Vansh Saini, the lucky winner family of the “Hamaari Beti Raaj Karegi Contest” by Sahara One.

Maximum India festival in Washington DC showcases India's top talent

Nevada, March 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC is hosting three-week long “Maximum India” festival ending March 20, showcasing India focused events involving dance, music, theater, literature, film, exhibitions, and cuisine, and can cost up to $100 each for a single event.

Prominent festival participants include Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Dilip Basu, Shyam Benegal, Nandita Das, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Hariharan, Zakir Hussain, Girish Karnad, Shankar Mahadevan, Deepa Mehta, Ketan Mehta, Rajan and Sajan Misra, Ashis Nandy, DJ Rekha, Salman Rushdie, Nayantara Sahgal, Sharmila Tagore, etc.

Interview:Director Sukla Mitra & Music Director Gautam Mitra on Bengali films TEEN TANAYA, NAUKADUBI, CHOKHER BALI & ROBIR ALOYE

[Bengali Film-maker SHUKLA MITRA in Calcutta]March 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sukla Mitra, director, and Gautam Mitra, music director of Teen Tanaya (Bengali, 2011) appear in this live conversation with Arijit Chakraborty for WBRi.

Sukla Mitra has narrativised Rabindranath Tagore's short stories and novellas for a long time, including Chokher Bali, Noukadubi, and a set of three telefilms in a series titled Robir Aloy. Ms. Mitra had been thinking of creating and directing Teen Tanaya - based on three of Tagore's poems - for about 3 years. Many of Tagore's short stories have been presented on TV, but rarely of his poems. For Teen Tanaya, Ms. Mitra created 35 to 40 minutes on film for each poem. She had initial concerns about how to narrativize the poems, but once she decided to focus on creating a simple and accessible picture story, the script was not hard to develop at all, particularly because Tagore's writing itself is so picturesque.

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

নিউ ইয়র্ক (New York City, United States)

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.