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Interview - Rohit Kulkarni - Pitch Of Dreams: Cricket In America | Documentary on the past, present and future of Cricket in USA

Rohit KulkarniGermantown, Maryland, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rohit Kulkarni is the head of Multimedia of the South Asia division at Voice Of America, with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in Television production. Like most Indians (and people from the British Commonwealth nations), Rohit is a passionate fan of the game of Cricket. It is but natural that Rohit's vast experience in film-making and his passion for Cricket should come together, and the result is a fascinating documentary on Cricket in the United States of America.

Titled "Pitch Of Dreams - Cricket In America", the film documents the past, present and future of the game in the US. A fruit diligent research and many hours of travel with a camera, the film is a true labor of love. The journey reveals quite a few surprising facts about the game of Cricket in America - and Rohit shares with us some trivia that are surely going to surprise you as well while he talks to Marian Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the film.

Interview: Cricket Journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks about SACH - his book on Sachin Tendulkar released in the USA

Sachin Tendulkar - Launch of book SACH by Gautam Bhattacharya
Sachin Tendulkar and others at the launch of Gautam Bhattacharya's book Sach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Gautam Bhattacharya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Pictures courtesy of Utpaal Sorkkar

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHWashington, DC, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned award-winning writer and sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks to us from Dhaka, Bangladesh in this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. At the time ths interview was recorded, Gautam was in Dhaka for the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Cricket championship of 2011 which is jointly being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You will surely be infected with the cricket bug when you hear Gautam share his thoughts about the inauguration which featured a great, some may even say overdone, cultural extravaganza. The opening ceremony was of particular pride to Bengalees as Bangla songs like O Amar Desher Maati and Amar Sonar Bangla ("My golden bangla, I love you"- the national anthem of Bangladesh) were performed with people across many nations watching live. Gautam also shares with us his best educated guesses on what might transpire in this Cricket World Cup, but, needless to say, anything can happen in the game of cricket.

Gautam Bhattacharya has recently written a book titled Sach about the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a man who dreamed big, stretched his arms towards the sky and reached the summit. Sachin is applauded the world over for his cricketing feats and the person he is. This book, however, is not just another tome on Sachin. The book sizzles with new features, and a foreword by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Gautam puts it in this interview, Sach - the title of his book - is not just a nick name of Sachin, the word also means "the truth". In the book, a record 83 individuals, all path-breakers in their own right speak out on what Sachin means to them. If Asha Bhosle calls him 'God's apna aadmi', and Kapil Dev wants him 'to stand as tall as Mahatma Gandhi', Viv Richards gives him '10 upon 10'. Taking the reader through Sachin's journey of life, Gautam steps boldly on what has been 'forbidden' ground till now - the controversy surrounding the erstwhile Indian coach Greg Chappell, who breaks his silence on Sachin after four long years. The high-point of this must-have book is a set of 40 never-before-asked questions put to Sachin by Gautam.

Sach is available for purchase online in both USA via and India via using the links in this exclusive interview-feature on Washington Bangla Radio.

Punarutthan (Bengali, 2011) - A Film To Encourage The Resurgance Of Bengal | Exclusive Kolkata Bengali Movie Preview

Actress Rituparna Sengupta with Apurba Saha - Kolkata Bengali Movie Punarutthan
Actress Rituparna Sengupta with Apurba Saha

Dolon Roy, Rituparna Sengupta, Apurba Saha and Rishi Mukherjee
Dolon Roy, Rituparna Sengupta, Apurba Saha and Rishi Mukherjee; images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  'Punorutthan', a star studded film starring Priyanshu Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Victor Banerjee, Raza Murad, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Indrajit, Sabysaschi Chakrabarty, Reema Lagoo and others has a release date of March 4, 2011.

The film is being produced by Pailan Group, a leading player in eastern India having interests in education, sports, FMCG, real estate etc headed by their Chairman Apurba Saha who has also written the story for the film.

Punarutthan is directed by Rishi Mukherjee. The film features songs with lyrics by Chiranjit Basu and music by Ravindra Jain. This is the first production from the house of Pailan and they have plans of producing more films in the future.

Interview: Akash Adhikari - Actor-Writer-Director Nepali Movie KATHMANDU (2011) and Trailer

Akash Adhikari is an acclaimed Nepali film-maker with over 15 popular Nepali movies to his credit. He is the writer-director and lead actor of the eagerly anticipated Nepali movie Kathmandu (2011) with an international cast. Akash talks to Washington Bangla Radio's Arijit Chakraborty in an exclusive, comprehensive and intimate interview about his career and his films. Do not miss the special preview of his next film Suryoday (Sunrise) that Akash talks about in detail exclusively on WBRi.

Kathmandu - with a tag-line of "Anything can happen in this city" - is a contemporary story of the relationship between youngsters and their parents. In some ways, Kathmandu is a universal film about teenagers and the responsibilities of parents in both being protective and inspirational towards developing independence and self-confidence in their teenage children. It may be seen as a film about universal generation gap issues.

Kathmandu is shot in San Fransisco, USA and of course, Nepal using the Red Cinema 4K Camera for the first time in Nepali cinema, and features an international cast and crew. Kathmandu is written and directed by Akash Adhikari and produced by Akash Adhikari and his brother Ben-Nabin Adhikari who lives in New York. The internationmal star cast includes Akash Adhikari, Resh Marhatta, Gauri Malla, Samyukta Rana, Arjun Shrestha, Ben-Nabin Adhikari, Suresh Adhikari, Sangita Chhetri, Sunil Dutt, Subhatra Adhikari and more. The movie introduces newcomer Prapti Ghimire to Nepalese cinema. Ani Choying Dolma and Indian Bollywood singer-actor Sukhwinder Singh make guest appearances in the film.

A scene from Nepali movie Kathmandu (2011)
A scene from Kathmandu (2011, Nepali)
The Nepali film songs have been performed by Indian Bollywood playback singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Aakriti Kankard, Kailash Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan, Adhitya Narayan and Sanjivini. Rahul Pradhan has composed and directed music in Kathmandu and Dirgha Gurung has taken care of cinematography.

Akash Adhikari also talks in depth about his next film Suryoday (Sunrise). That film is about a complex relationship of a woman and multiple husbands. The Nyinba people of Nepal live high in the Himalayan mountains and practice fraternal polyandry - when a woman marries a man, in Nyinban culture, she marries all of her husband's brothers as well. Beneficial aspects of such a custom include preservation of inherited wealth and property without too much fragmenting, while obviously the relationship between the woman and her husbands is fascinating.

Vedic Chanting - Shukla Yajur Veda | यजुर्वेद Audio CD Review

[Vedic Chanting Audio Music Album: Shukla Yajurveda]Calcutta, Feb 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Yajurveda is between 3,000 to 3,500 years old and is found in two versions (Samhitas) called Shukla and Krishna - white and black. The compositions lay down the mantras (verses) for performing religious rituals, the difference being in the prose descriptions of the verses. The Krishna edition intersperses descriptive text with the verses, while the Shukla edition moves the text out separately into a kind of appendix - the Shatapatha Brahmana.

An audio CD featuring rare Sukla Yajur Veda chants is now available online via Amazon. The album features Yagnavalkya Dhyanam Ganapati, Saraswati Gayatri Dhyanam, Kanva Rudram, Kanva Chamakam, Kanva Purusha, Suktham Richam, Vacham (Shanti Suktham), Isavasyopanishad (with swaras), Ganam Brahadaranyaka (selection) and Yagnavalkya Gayatri chants.


Michigan: February 18, 2011: In Japanese, teppan means an iron plate or a steel sheet, and yaki, stir-fried food or stir-frying and Teppanyaki is stir-fried meat and vegetables cooked and eaten off a large, table-top grill.

Street Light (Bengali, 2011) Audio Film Songs Released


Locket Chatterjee, Abhishek, Arjun, Nivedita and others at Bengali film STREET LIGHT Music Launch
Nivedita, Locket Chatterjee, Arjun, Abhishek, Pulakita and others

Locket Chatterjee, Abhishek, Arjun, Nivedita and others at Bengali film STREET LIGHT Music Launch
Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Purple Music has been the audio label for many albums in the past including music albums of several Bengali films as well. Recently they have turned producers by producing their first Bengali film ‘Street Light’ under their banner Purple Motion Pictures.

Click here to download audio albums from Purple music in MP3 format >

The movie, starring Abhishek Chatterjee, Arjun Chakrabarty, newcomer Nivedita, Pulakita Ghosh, Ranjan Bhattacharya and Locket Chatterjee (WBRi interview), centers around the focal character who is torn between two worlds and looks for pleasures outside when he is getting along with his wife and he gets completely transported along a different path. You have a few other characters who are part of this journey advising him along the way. The film needs to be watched by people to know what happens next.

7 KHOON MAAF - the new vishal bharadwaj film

Immensely Boring and none-the-less confusing!!!

I wonder how a film-maker who has given at least 3 consistent films in row that made the viewers and critics alike to sit up and take notice, falters in his next films, degenerates and completely loses balance and 'touch'  hence forth, to come out with films (KAMINEY in 2009  and 7 KHOON MAAF in 2011) that are full of  such situations that haven't completed their 'full-circle', unwanted scenes seems to be 'wedged' in tight with such force that it seems to be absolutely alien and out of rhythm, the pace of the script that does not advance as needed and to top it all - the 'disjointed and half-baked' ideas that are adequate enough to KILL a film!

A Film Review by Nilanjann Nandy.