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

It's a Wonderful Afterlife (Brit/Indian Film review)


Can Gurinder Chadha be called an Indian director? Certainly yes, because she is a person of Indian origin and all her films revolve around Indians, mostly settled in the UK…the most popular being ‘Bend it like Beckham.’ But ‘It’s a wonderful afterlife’ is called a British film. It is based in Southall, a suburb of London and revolves around an Indian family.

KITES goes - "bho-katta"... KITES (2010) Hindi Movie Review by Nilanjan Nandy

"KITES" has 'run loose', what we Bengalis love to term as "BHO-KATTA" !!

Kites (Indian/Hindi movie review)


Bollywood’s ‘drop dead’ gorgeous Hrithik Roshan has not been able to keep the ‘kites’ fluttering merrily in its open sky. Rakesh Roshan has always directed his son well and the results have been phenomenal, starting from Kaho Na Pyar Hai to Krrish. But, this time he has handed over the directorial responsibility to Anurag Basu and unfortunately, the results haven’t been very pleasant.

Amanush (2010, Bengali) - a psychological thriller!

Amanush is a psychological thriller and it satisfies to an extent, but why drag the 1975 title a super hit Uttam Kumar film which is more or less a classic, for a 2010 thriller???

THE JAPANESE WIFE - AN APARNA SEN FILM - Review by Nilanjan Nandy

Aparna Sen's THE JAPANESE WIFE is a visual delight, but lacks pace and special performance moments that matters in a film like this.

Aditya and Ashidhara Das - Talented Singers from San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA | WBRi Exclusive Feature

The husband and wife pair of Aditya and Ashidhara Das are well known singers from the San Francisco Bay area in northern California. Aditya is currently a Pharmaceutical Consultant (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and MBA (Strategy)) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ashidhara is a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Ashford University (in an online Program designed for Undergraduates). Their sons Anirban (11) and Ayan (8) both learn Hindustani Classical Vocal from Shubhangi Sakhalkar in the Bay Area.

Among numerous acclaimed performances as talented vocalists, Aditya and Ashidhara are particularly proud of performing with the great Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka during a performance of Saare Jahan Se Accha (music composed in Raga Pilu by Guruji and sung by them during the madhyalaya gat) to celebrate India's 50th Independence Anniversary at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Their fondest memory is certainly the call they received from Guruji 4 days before the performance, inviting them to sing on stage with him.

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Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997  Pandit Ravi 
Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997
Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidhara Das, Live in concert, 1997

Listen to audio recording of Aditya and Ashidhara performing live online.


Friday Night Live | May 28,2010

Friday Night Live at Kolkata

Friday Night Live: 28 May 2010

FNL with FOUR-ON-A-SWING and THE REAL ART OF FUSION

28 May 2010 @ The Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata 8:30 – 10:00 pm

FOUR-ON-A-SWING: The jazz quartet comprising Paddy, Willie, Jiver and Sumith present a mix of swing, blues, bebop in an all out jam session.

10:00 – 11:30 pm

THE REAL ART OF FUSION with maestro USTAD RAZA ALI KHAN and jazz pianist PRADYUMNA MANOT.

Tridharaye Teen Kanya - Rajlakshmi on Piano, recitation by Rituparna Das, Rabindra Sangeet by Riddhi Bandyopadhyay

May 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In an endeavor to revive the PIANO – an exquisite classical instrument which is fast being replaced by electronic instruments; and to introduce young, talented and upcoming artists in the field of performing arts and music which is an all embracing phenomena breaking all barriers and boundaries, PBI Group - a boutique fashion-marketing-events firm engaged in the creative industries in New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent, & Axis Bank are organizing TRIDHARAYE TEEN KANYA - an unique musical interface of Pianist Smt. Rajlakshmi, Recitation by Smt. Rituparna Das, and Vocal Rabindrasangeet by Smt. Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, celebrating 150 years of Rabindranath Tagore.

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