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Pundit Ajay Chakraborty to perform live at Washington Kali Temple to mark 9th year of service

Pt Ajoy Chakraborty

Acclaimed Indian Classical vocal exponent Pundit Ajoy Chakrabarty will mark the 9th year of service of the Washington Kali Temple by a live performance in the Temple's main hall on Friday June 11, 2010 at 8 PM.

Donations of $15 per person are requested by the Temple management. Reservations can be made by e-mailing kalitemplewashington [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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Bollywood Style Utsav by Spondon and Hindu Cultural Association of Hillingdon

Spondon Bollywood Music Program May 2010

May 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Spondon is organizing the live show "Utsav - Bollywood Style" by the Hindu Cultural Association of Hillingdon.

The evening is expected to enthrall Bollywood Music lovers with leading Bollywood Musicians of UK performing live with Spondon. You can join the performers in an evening of sheer listening bliss at the Winston Churchill Hall, Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL (Near Ruislip Station).

The Great Indian Butterfly (Indian /English Movie Review)

Define 'happiness.' Well, I guess it has different meanings for each of us but can we really define happiness? Perhaps not and thats why the film 'The Great Indian Butterfly' reminded me of a small poem that I had come across,long went something like this..
           Happiness is like a butterfly,
           if you try to hunt, it'll fly away
           so, its best to cast the net,

Interview | Sahaj Ma and Utpal Fakir - the popular contemporary Bauls of Bengal

Sahaj Ma - Utpal FakirMay 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sahaj Ma and Utpal Faqir are an upcoming and popular Bengali Baul and folk song duo. Their debut album "Folktail" featured the superhit song "Allah Meherban" which made the MTV India's Bengali Top-10 list - a first for any Baul song, such was it's popularity.

In this exclusive video, Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio speaks intimately with the talented pair of singers and instrumentalists in an informal setting. Sahaj Ma and Utpal Fakir speak about the Baul philosophy and way of life, and spontaneously break into songs that are sure to touch the listener's hearts as only beautiful Baul songs can do.

WBRi EXCLUSIVE - RAJ BASU INTERVIEW | Raju-da - we will miss you | The original interview on video of the acclaimed film-maker

Raj BasuRaj Basu - our beloved Raju-da - was a hero who set out with great enthusiasm to pursue his dreams. In his very essence a risk-taker - which is partly responsible for his spectacular success at a very young age, Raju-da - an Engineering graduate from Jadavpur University with a passion for film-making, re-defined boundaries in Bengali cinema in his own unique ways.

Some say the great powers above need good people and sometimes cut short their stay on Earth to pull them over, as in the case of Raj Basu. Needless to say, Raju-da, you will live on as an inspiration to follow one's dreams in the hearts of a whole generation of Bengalees, including myself. You were, are, and will be a personal hero of mine - you have taught us what is really important and what is not.

Here is Raj Basu speaking about his ground-breaking movie Piyalir Password, recorded on Mar 19, 2009. Piyalir Password is the 3rd film by Raj Basu, after Aaghat (1997) and Wings of Hope (2001).

By Supratim Sanyal

Brahmyakhepa organizing Shahaj Manush concert with Bauls and Kolkata Bangla Bands live

Bengali Baul Band Brahmya KhyapaMay 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) BRAHMAKHYAPA, the baul band is organizing a gala evening packed with baul songs on May 22, 2010 where eminent baul singers will be performing along with a guest performance by Calcutta city band CHANDRABINDOO.

Brahmyakhepa's debut album "BHROMOR" created history in Bengali music by being the first Bengali album to be released online simultaneously with store-release in Kolkata. Download Brahma Khepa's BHROMOR album in pristine MP3 format exclusively from WBRi Store - click here.

Live webcast of Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmasabha), Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (Sunday, 16 May 2010)

May 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Watch the live webcast of the Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmasabha), Shirdi Sai Baba Templem, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (Sunday, 16 May 2010) online.

PublishAmerica Presents The Mitters of Kolkata by Dibyendu Ghosal

PublishAmerica is proud to present The Mitters of Kolkata by Dibyendu Ghosal.

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This is a romantic suspense thriller involving the MITTER family household based in  Kolkata, a city in eastern India. The author, who in his role as the protagonist Mr. Drayton Corvick, a person of Indian origin and of Hungarian descent and  who after solving the Newark Bay Railway disaster in New York (as in the first book NIGHT OF TEN), visits the  MITTER household to look for a rare material that has been kept by the family. The family comprises the head Dr. Mitter, his wife and their beautiful daughter, all of whom are of very mysterious characteristics. The young couple (the protagonist and the young daughter) develop a strong attraction towards each otherbut while generating hope to get hold of the material, she betrays the protagonist in a mysterious circumstance. But the undercurrent of the novel shows that the old British-era MITTER family is still maintaining the older values and characteristics in their lifestyles while interacting with Mr. Drayton Corvick even though the city has undergone vast changes in its name as well as demographically and in lifestyles and characterisitics in this modern era.

But above all, the author has maintained the tension and thrill from beginning of the novel to the end.  And has been able to universalize the style of writing while limiting the story within a city.