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

MTV Iggy Presents - The 25 Best New Bands In The World

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 voteApr 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) MTV Iggy has published a great list of The 25 Best New Bands in the World.

In this exclusive feature published by MTV Iggy at, MTV Iggy offers a definitive list of artists catching fire that music lovers across the world will surely find interesting.  The list is eclectic in its coverage of genres and features everything from Chinese No-Wave to New Zealand Dance-Punk to home-grown Brooklyn Indie Rock.

"We started by making a list of every single new musical act in the world. Then, after many hours of sweating and yelling at each other, we whittled, pared and shaved the list down until there were only 25 left", writes MTV Iggy. "Is your favorite band here? Maybe. Is your NEW favorite band here? Definitely."

The feature presents visitors to vote for their favorite bands. An in-depth profile of each band is presented, along with sparkling videos featuring songs and music of the bands. Visitors can watch the videos of each band online, read the excellent profiles, and vote.

Check out the The 25 Best New Bands in the World full list and vote for your favorite bands today at

Watch a free music video of the American band Javelin from Providence, New York.

Tumi Amader Pita - Brahmasangeet | An Exclusive INRECO Album on Tagore's 150th Birth Anniversary

Tumi Amader Pita Inreco Rabindra Sangeet Brahmasangeet 
songs audio album CD

Apr 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) As their homage to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th Anniversary, Inreco is releasing a valuable album of Brahmosangeet songs written by Tagore himself and others.

Brahmasangeet is a sub-genre of Indian devotional songs for offering to Almighty God.

It is a unique album and artists from Muisical Department of Rabindra Bharati University sing in this album.

“Love Guru” protesters wish Mike Myers good luck on “Austin Powers 4”

Apr 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus, who vehemently protested against his 2008 release “The Love Guru”, have wished good luck to Mike Myers on his upcoming venture “Austin Powers 4” as long as he assured not to denigrate Hinduism in his future movies.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who led the protests against “The Love Guru” for lampooning Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that ksama (forgiveness) was one of the main virtues of Hindu ethics.

Thank You

Thank You

We appreciate your interest in participating in VNN-WBRi Rabindra Jayanti global radio show 2010.

You will hear shortly back from one of us.

The show will be broadcast live online on Washington Bangla Radio Channel-2 which you can tune in by clicking here.

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Interview | Ramanjit Kaur, Arthur Cardozo of The Creative Arts Studio, Tollygunge, Kolkata - WBRi Exclusive

Govind Nihalani

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April 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee:

The Creative Arts Studio of Tollygunge, Kolkata regularly organizes workshops on theatre, dance, music, creative writing, advertising, photography, fitness and film-making, because from their year of establishment in (2002), they focus on creating awareness about and impart formal, systematic training in various fine arts, especially theater and to involve artists from various fields for creative encounters.

In this video interview, WBRi's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee has an informal chat with Ramanjit Kaur and Arthur Cardozo, members of TCA's Advisory Board, about TCA and its founding principles, goals and advantages.

Personalities like Govind Nihalani (picture on right), Neelam Man Singh Chowdhury, Sujata Sen, S.V. Raman, Samarjit Guha, Neena Singh, Prof. Ananda Lal, Anjum Katyal, Nandita Pal Choudhuri, Swati Lal, Arthur Cardozo, Ramanjit Kaur, Taranjit Kaur, Sangeeta Bapuli, Shuktara Lal, Suman Sarawgi, among others, form the Advisory Board and Faculty of TCA.

Since 2002 till date , TCA has produced site-specific performances and expressive dance shows, created original scripts and art exhibitions besides organizing workshops and seminars with excellent response from print and television media.

Original Children’s Productions by TCA:

  • The Forest Party (2002)
  • Essence of Life (2003)
  • Saving of the Old Mango Tree(2003)
  • Closed Spaces(2005)
  • Arguments Goodbye(2008)
  • No Nightmares(2008)
  • Tiya’s Farewell Party(2009)
  • Manu Finds a New Home(2009)
  • Manav – The messenger(2009)
  • Snow White and The Saline Curse(2009)

Original Site-specific Productions by TCA:

  • Is Job Charnock coming to Dinner?(2004)
  • The Merry Go Round(2005)
  • Upon a Yarn(2006)
  • The Merry Go Round – another spin(2006)

Installation Performances by TCA:

  • Launched Arthur Brendon Cardozo’s First Solo Exhibition of Charcoal Pen an Ink Sketches with an installation performance “Faces and Verses”(2006)
  • Indo-UK collaboration Theatre Science Project (2006-2008)
  • Showcased Theatre Science play ”Crab Soup” in Imagining The Future III bin Bangalore(2007)
  • Shows of “Crab Soup” in Theatre Science Festival, at Lylian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells, London (2008)
  • Shows of “Crab Soup” in Tara Arts, London (2008)

The year 2010 is memorable to TCA for launching The Creative Arts Studio for performances, workshops, collaborations and residencies.

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Washington Kali Temple (Shiva Shakti Mandir) Celebrates 8th Anniversary


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Apr 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Washington Kali Bari, also known an Shiva Shakti Mandir, is celebrating completion of 8 years and beginning of their 9th year at the temple located at 16126 New Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866, on Saturday May 1, 2010. The official web-site is

The Washington Kalibari is looking for volunteers to help organize the event. People who like to volunteer are requested to contact the Resident Priest at 301 476 8152.

The program for the day is as follows:

MAY 1, 2010, SATURDAY (beginning of Ninth Year)

12:30 P.M. – 2:00 PM
(Shiva – Kali – Durga – Radha Krishna – Ganesh – Lakshmi)
Individual Puja Offerings, Anjali, Arati and Bhog


11:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Chandipath, Devotional songs

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Beginning of NINTH YEAR of the Temple

Special Guest : Honorable Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive

Special Program by the Children’s Program

12:30 PM






1:30 PM


2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Distribution of  Bhog Lunch

Social Mix

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Sonar Tori | An Indo-Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet Album from INRECO announced

Apr 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee:

The revered INRECO Music company has announced a unique Rabindra Sangeet album "Sonar Tori" to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore's birthday, popularly observed as Rabindra Jayanti in West Bengal, Bangladesh and the world.

Listen to free previews and download full songs and INRECO audio albums in MP3 format from WBRi Online Store.

Sonar Tori is a special album in many ways:

* For the first time in the history of Rabindrasangeet an Audio CD is being designed involving artistes from Bangladesh and India.

* To commemorate the 150th Birth anniversary of Rabindranath we have planned an Audio CD based on the songs, poems and letters Rabindranath wrote during his stay around the banks of the river Padma, namely, at Shilaidaha, Patisar, Shahazadpur and Kushtia...all are now in Bangladesh!

* Concieved by singer and director Debashish Raychaudhuri, the script and compilation is by Chaitali Dasgupta.

* Artistes: From Bangladesh: Rezwana Chaudhuri Bannya, Mohammad Anisur Rahaman (songs), Narrated by Asaduzzaman Noor

* From India: Rohini & Debashish Raychaudhuri ( the Father-daughter duo) (songs), Narrated by Chaitali Dasgupta.

Anurekha Ghosh - MUDRA | Anurekha Ghosh and Company presentation - Mar 17, 2010, Kolkata | WBRi Event Report

Anurekha Ghosh MUDRA Dance Program Kolkata Event ReviewApril 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 17th March 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Anurekha Ghosh presented MUDRA at Purbashree Auditorium, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, integrating 3 forms of Dance – Chhau (from Purulia), Gotipua (from Orissa) and Kathak, creating a fascinating and visually dynamic gestural and communicative language.

An exclusive event report from Washington Bangla Radio.