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Interfaith Sunrise Prayer Service for World Peace in Nevada brings together Religious leaders

Sept 12, 2010 Reno, Nevada (Washington Bangla Radio) Various religious leaders prayed for world peace as the sun was rising behind hills at Red Rock Consecrated Sanctuary in Reno (Nevada, USA) on September 12 morning.

Interfaith Meet
Religious leaders who participated in the Interfaith Sunrise Prayer Service for World Peace in Nevada. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is in the orange robe.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed recited hymns from ancient Hindu scriptures Rig-Veda, Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita at this peace service, urging the almighty to “lead us from darkness to light”, suggesting attendees to “act selflessly” and stressing “unity and concord”.

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The Monkberries Live at Princeton Club Sep 17, 2010

The talented Kolkata Band The Monkberries will perform live at PRINCETON on 17th September 2010 : 9 pm onwards. The show is free.

Calcutta Band Monkberries Live Concert

Disney India to distribute select UTV Motion Pictures titles through Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY INDIA TO DISTRIBUTE SELECT UTV MOTION PICTURES TITLES THROUGH WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT Mumbai, India, July 27, 2010: The Walt Disney Company India and UTV Motion Pictures today announced an agreement whereby The Walt Disney Studios will handle home entertainment distribution for some of the key titles from the UTV Motion Pictures studio.

European Union urged to defend Roma

Hindus are asking European Union to come to the defense of helpless European Roma (Gypsy) when various countries of Europe were expelling them and dismantling their settlements. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that “Decade of Roma Inclusion”, launched with big fanfare in 2005, had failed to deliver any solid results, and Roma reportedly continued being used as scapegoat for failures of societies and economies of various countries of Europe. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that France and Italy stubbornl

Roop Kumar Rathod turns music director in LIFE EXPRESS (2010) Hindi Film | Exclusive Press Meet Photos

Kolkata, India (Washington Bangla Radio) Life Express is a new film on surrogate motherhood and is probably the first of it’s kind from Bollywood. It helps us to understand motherhood in a way which has never been shown before.

Life Express tells us about an urban couple Tanvi and Nikhil who do not have time for anything other than their careers but have to turn to a couple from rural India Mohon and Gauri who stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Jishu comes back - Kokhono Biday Bolo Na (2010) Bengali movie review by Aditya

Sept 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kakhono Biday Bolo Na is a story about love, emotions, suspense and how fate changes things so quickly in a film. The storyline of the film is quite different from the rest of the films and that is good news. This film is the comeback film of Jisshu Sengupta as the lead role after a while as he has fallen back in the rat race among the other heroes in the industry and a lot depends on the box office which would determine Jisshu’s fate as a male lead.

Newcomer Tollywood Actress ROOPSHA MUKHERJEE
Tollywood's newcomer heroine RUPSHA MUKHERJEE (WBRi exclusive interview)

Also check out WBRi exclusive interviews of director Sukanta Roy and new Tollywood hero Aarav who plays Rohit against Roopsha's character in Naayika (2010).

Malabika Banerjee-Jishu-Rupsha Mukherjee at Kakhono Biday Bolo Na (2010) Bengali Movie Audio Songs Music Launch

Newcomer Tollywood Actress ROOPSHA MUKHERJEE
Tollywood's newcomer heroine RUPSHA MUKHERJEE

Jishu and newcomers Malobika Banerjee and Rupsha Mukherjee (WBRi Exclusive Interview) star in ‘Kakhono Biday Bolo Na’, a film which has all the essential elements like love, romance, action, suspense and even good music to keep us entertained. This is a film where Jishu will be playing the major lead role after a long time as a few of his past films did not exactly see him in the lead role. Jishu, Rupsha and Malobika promise to set the screen on fire with their performance and looks.

Jishu Sengupta

The film has been shot in Kolkata and in Malaysia which gives the film a new look altogether.

Ek mutho jolshar kolorob - In memory of Pulak Bandyopadhyay (May 1931 - September 7, 1999)

By Kohinoor Dasgupta
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

On the evening of Tuesday, September 7, 1999, lyricist Pulak Bandyopadhyay killed himself by jumping off a launch into the Hooghly river at Howrah. He was 68. His body was retrieved on Thursday, September 9, 1999. Words were in short supply in the suicide note he left behind. After having worn his heart on his sleeve as a professional writer for four decades, he had nothing more to say.

Bandyopadhyay lived in Howrah. He was educated at Scottish Church College, Calcutta. He came from a family that enjoyed the Arts — drama, literature, music. Many of his songs were written for Bangla movies, tailored to suit “situations” outlined by screenplay writers and directors. The rest were songs written for the Puja releases and other albums of well-known singers.


The Devipur Experiment is all about  creating self-reliance through internal resource management in a remote Sunderbans village. 

After the initial preparatory phase, the experiment  has started its entry into the next phase now with some tangible results begining to appear. Read the full report at

Toronto Film Festival Audience Impressed By Dhobi Ghat

Toronto Film Festival Audience Impressed By Dhobi Ghat

September 11, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut movie Dhobi Ghat was premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on the night September 10th. The entire cast of the movie was present at the screening of the movie at the city’s Elgin Garden Theatres and the audience was totally taken by its artistry and fluidity.

Compensation demanded for maltreated Roma in France & Italy

Hindus have asked European Commission (EC) to demand adequate compensation from France and Italy for Roma (Gypsy) communities whose settlements were demolished and/or they were deported. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that France and Italy seemed to be defying the pressure and continuing with their maltreatment of Roma. It was time for EC to show some guts and censure France and Italy.

Welcoming footballer Ricky Williams to Hinduism, Hindus ask NFL to make yoga part of player training

Welcoming well known American football player Ricky Williams to Hinduism fold, Hindus have suggested inclusion of yoga into practice routine of National Football League (NFL) teams. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed applauded Errick Lynne "Ricky" Williams Jr., running back for the Miami Dolphins of NFL, for turning his life around and resurrecting his career reportedly through spirituality, yoga, meditation and ayurveda. His spiritual journey, which reportedly transformed him to a healthy warrior at the ripe age of 33, could prove inspiring to other players.

Bang On Target - DABANGG (2010) Bollywood Hindi Movie DABANG review by Nilanjann Nandy

Nilanjann Nandy finds Dabangg bang on target as a Bollywood entertainer.

Turkish Dating Site Offers Free Box of Turkish Delight if Users Cant Find Their Partner

London, UK (Washington Bangla Radio) TurkishDirect is one of the most popular Turkish dating sites on the web. This website allows Turkish men and women to post their personals and to search for prospective singles for dating. They are so confident about the effectiveness of their dating website that they have announced an interesting promotion. They are giving away a box of Turkish Delight for users who cannot find their Turkish dating partner of their choice.