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

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.

Director Reshmi Mitra talks about Bengali films Pirit Kathaler Atha, Mon Rage Onurage, Ektu Ushnotar Jonno (Interview)

[Tollywood Bengali Kolkata Film Piriti Khataler Atha Poster]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Reshmi Mitra chats with Arijit Chakraborty in a live interview for WBRi. Ms. Mitra talks about her movies, prior work, and future plans. Of her previous movies, her incomplete dream “Char Odhdhay” based on the acclaimed story by Rabindranath Tagore is still the closest to her heart. Her previous movie, Bhalobasha Zindabad was satisfying to make because of its novelty and its realistic flavor. Her docu-features on Pramathesh Barua, Salil Chaudhury, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, junior artists in the movie business, and eunuchs have moved people, and herself, and remain some of her favorites.

Piriti Kanthaler Atha, her latest movie is getting rave reviews in Kolkata. Ms. Mitra attributes this to its appeal to the current, young generation because of the combination of its entertainment factor, original story line, freshness, realistic flavor, and relatability. The fight sequences are exquisitely coordinated and CG (computer graphics) is used effectively. Created by the famous fight master (action director) from Mumbai, Andali Pathan (who has directed action sequences for heroes like Akshay Kumar and Govinda), they have a fancy-ness (“chamak”) to them, while the songs, directed by Indian classical instrumental Santoor artist Pinak Bhattacharya are classical-based and sequenced according to the story line. The lyrics of the songs are penned by Gautam Sushmit.

Listen to Reshmi Mitra talk about her films via Washington Bangla Radio free on-demand audio broadcast service.

Interview: Film-maker Anindo Banerjee on Bengali Movie CHAPLIN (2011)

[ANINDYA BANERJEE - Tollywood Calcutta Bengali Movie CHAPLIN]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Anindo Banerjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate chit-chat and presents us with a colorful sketch of his fascinating journey from the hallowed classrooms of Jadavpur University to the Bengali film Chaplin and beyond.

Listen to the free online radio broadcast of the interview exclusively from Washington Bangla Radio.

Hollywood Star Martin Sheen Urged to Take Up Cause of Apartheid of European Roma

Nevada, USA, Feb 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Golden Globe winner Hollywood star Martin Sheen (The West Wing) reportedly says that all of Europe and the Spanish government is far beyond the curve in dealing with gypsy communities through education and housing and inclusion in the community.