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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???


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.

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


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


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.

Hindustani Vocalist Prasanna Gudi Enters Guinness World Records

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May 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindustani vocalist Prasanna Madhav Gudi with the Guinness World Records certificate.

The record attempt by Hindustani vocalist Prasanna Madhav Gudi of Dharwad, who presented the longest concert lasting for 26 hours and 12 minutes in December 2008, has been considered as a record by the Guinness World Records Limited.

River Songs of Bengal | A Music Album feat. Folk Songs of Bangladeshi Boatmen

River Songs of Bangladesh (A Bengali Folk Songs 
Album)River Songs Of Bangladesh is a collection of beautiful folk songs of Bengal sung by the boatmen. The album lifts the spirit and has therapeutic value, at least based on what Leroy writes in his review of the CD, "I got this CD as a present and it looked like an ordinary CD when I opened it. but when I put it in my CD player it transported me on a pleasant journey to Bangladesh, endowed me with millions of Bangladeshi women, and empowered me to get out of my wheelchair and begin dancing. I asked my doctor about it and he said it was normal. I think it might have cured my cancer too but that wasn't at least until I got to song 4."

The 10 beautiful audio songs in this album are:

1. Asharh Maishya
2. Amar Gaye
3. Sagar Kuler Nalya - Chandana Banik
4. Ashar Tori
5. Sob Kichhu Diye Tare
6. Dhalla Nodi
7. Kon Ghate
8. Tista Nodir Pare
9. Sarbanasha Padmanodi
10. Sonar Tori

You can listen to free online samples and download the songs in MP3 format online - click here.

WE ARE HAPPY - A Short Story By Dr Ratan Lal Basu | WBRi Online Magazine

‘Oh that’s the tree,’ gaunt Prabhu cried out in ecstasy. Fat Prabhu nodded to indicate that he too had seen it and they climbed down the slope of the embankment and made for the tree. The path was strewn with thorny thickets, titillating bushes and furthermore snakes could be lurking in the thick bushes. They battered down the bushes and thickets with the long bamboo clubs they had brought along and advanced slowly toward the tree and reaching at the bottom of the tall old sal tree they started to examine the trunk of the tree closely and were elated to find the red vermillion mark at a height of five feet. It was an asterisk drawn neatly by vermillion dissolved in oil so as to save the marking from being distorted by rain water. They removed the creepers from beneath the red marking and were reassured to find the x-markings edged out deeply in the trunk. Both of them smiled jubilantly.