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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.

SONAR TORI album release | Rabindra Sangeet feat. Indian and Bangladeshi singers

SONAR TORI Rabindra Sangeet Audio Songs AlbumKolkata, May 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)
By Aditya Chakraborty, WBRi Kolkata

For the first time in the history of Rabindrasangeet artistes from both India and Bangladesh have jointly collaborated to bring out a CD to pay attribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary called ‘Sonar Tori’.This audio feature is based on letters, poems and songs that Rabindranath wrote during his several stays around the river Panda, in Shelidaha, Shahajadpur, Kushtia and Patisar.

Full Rabindra Sangeet audio songs are available in MP3 download format online - click here.

The Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh released the album on 15.5.10 along with Bharati Roy, Vice-President of ICCR and ex MP Krishna Bose.

The album has been conceived and directed by Debashish Raychaudhuri after his extensive tour to places like Shelidaha, Shahajadpur and Kushtia in Bangladesh where Tagore lived.

The narration has been done by Chaitali Dasgupta and she has also written the script as well.

This is the third international audio project on Rabindranath by Debasish Raychaudhuri, the first two being ‘The Dust and the Sunlight’ (based on Gitanjali) with poet and translator William Radice and ‘Scottish Ballads and Irish Melodies and Transcreations
by Rabindranath Tagore.

Debashish and his daughter Rohini are the only father-daughter duo in the world of Rabindrasangeet.(their website is

Debashish and Rohini have song for this album and Chaitali Dasgupta has written the script and done the recitation whereas the artistes from Bangladesh are Rezwana Choudhuri Bannya and Md Anisur Rahaman who have sung the songs and Asaduzzaman Noor who has read from Tagore’s letters.

The album has been released by Hindustan Record.

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Bollywood Music May 2010 | Top 10 Hindi Full Audio Songs MP3 Downloads of the month

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio's list of top 10 Bollywood Hindi Songs MP3 Download for the month. May is an interesting month with a lot of upheavals with the release of multiple popular audio songs from film soundtracks. Maniratnam's RAAVANA is at #1, followed by Kites, Housefull, Badmaash Company and Paathshala. Ishquiya slips to #6 this month. Listen online to free previews and download the soundtrack OST albums in MP3 format from Washington Bangla Radio affiliate online store.

RAAVAN (2010) soundtrack: Beera Beera by Vijay Prakash, Mustafa, Kirti Sagathia; Music: A R Rahman >

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.

Purchase Pandit Ajay Chakraborty's albums online or download MP3 audio songs: Pt Ajay Chakraborty full song MP3 downloads >

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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,