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Pranic Healing at Solace

On 13th August, 2010 I experienced a entire new thing to me, “Pranic Healing” at Middleton Chambers, Kolkata.

Pranic Healing is an ancient therapy established in India and China thousands of years ago. The science and art has been rediscovered, formulated, adapted and systematized by the founder of modern Pranic Healing, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui.

First Look at Sankar Roy's JUG JUG JIYO (2010) Bengali movie capturing Soccer excitement

“Jug Jug Jiyo” is a Bengali Film produced by Saheli Film Productions and commenced by Bappadityo. Directed by Sankar Roy and written by Ujjal Chatterjee, it is a film based on soccer.

Indra Chaudhury, who left his native village Jagatpur accused as betrayer by own club Yubashakti, returned there after 12 years. Yubashakti President Nateshwar Dutta and Indra’s lover Nandini welcome him. Indra was in tussle with Rudra Roy of arch rival club Bhatri Sangha for Nandini. Now Indra hopes that his brother Raju should fulfill his dream by defeating Bhatri sangha and regain respect for him. But Raju wants to be a rich man by any means. So he rejects Moina and tries to get faith and love from Riya but Riya rejects Raju as he is brother of Indra. Then Indra supports Raju mentally and prepares him to play for Yubashakti against arch rival Bhatri Sangha and there starts the actual dimension of the film “Yug Yug Jiyo” with suspense of personal life drama and entire excitement of Soccer.

SHUKTI ANTORJATIK SHILPI GOSHTHI presents International Bangla Natok Broadcast Series on Washington Bangla Radio

We are pleased to announce AAJKER NATOK - a series of Bengali Radio plays (Bangla Natok) by the international cultural organization SUKTI ANTORJATIK SHILPI GOSHTI to be aired on Washington Bangla Radio commencing shortly.

This series of radio plays will be a first of it's kind in the sense the actors and actresses will not be together in the studios of Washington Bangla Radio but participate from their homes across the globe playing their roles.

The series will be broadcast on Washington Bangla Radio Channel-1 on weekends. Announcements will be posted on this blog about each episode. Audio recording of the broadcasts will also be available free for listening on demand via posts in this blog.

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Announcing upcoming natok Prothom Partho by Buddhadev Bose & Megh by Utpal Dutta

Following the fabulous response to KONKAL, we are pleased to announce our next two Bengali Radio Dramas (Bangla Natok) produced by Shukti International and coming up on Washington Bangla Radio.

Bangla Film Premiere of Antim Shwash Sundor (Last Breath Beautiful) 2010 | Bengali Movie Review - Subrata Dutta shines as Prem

Subrata Dutta, Indrani Halder, Kris Alin, Purbayan Chatterjee at Premiere of ANTIM SHWASH SUNDOR
Subrata Dutta, Indrani Halder, Kris Alin, Purbayan Chatterjee at Premiere of ANTIM SHWASH SUNDOR (C) WBRi

Antim Swash Sundar’ or Last Breath Beautiful is a film directed by Kris Alin who is directing his first film as well as producing it. He has taken up his peculiar name because though he is a Hindu, he does not want people to know his real name right now. This film is about morals, principles, virtues and righteousness or simply about what life is all about. It is but natural that film is philosophical in nature which has certain inner meanings if one is able to comprehend the purpose of this film.

First look of Kagojer Bou (2010) Bengali movie | Vimukhti Jayasundara to direct next Bengali Film

KAGOJER BOU 2010 Bengali Movie Actress PAOLI DAM with Sri Lankan Director Vimukhti Jayasundara

Who wants love? Is love the last word? Or will passion overtake it to meet the desired needs of heart? That’s all there in this tale of desire, passion, love, lust, hate, betrayal and unstimulated enigma. Director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay (WBRi Exclusive Interview) brings alive a heart rending story by novelist Sirshendu Mukhapodhyay that will make you think about life in a different light altogether. Kagojer Bou (Paper Wife) - a screen adaptation of Mukhopadhyay’s best selling novel of the same name - is more than just a story of love overturned by wild desire.

Thriven Media launches URJAA - A Relaxation Album feat. Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Debojit Saha et al

Debojyoti Saha at URJA Audio Songs Music Album launch

Thriven Media have released a music album called Urjaa to release people of their stress and give some positive energy to them when they are worn out in today’s world where people have hardly have any time for themselves.

There are four songs which have been sung by the likes of Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Debojit Saha and others. One hopes to get some positive energy on hearing these songs and get some peace of mind.

To promote Urja, the music launch of this album was held at Kolkata on Aug 17, 2010 at HHI (Hotel Hindustan International) in the presence of Kumar Sanu, Debojit Saha, Dron Acharya (the composer), veteran actress Madhabi Mukherjee, Dr. Robin Sengupta - Director of Neurosciences, Dr. Krishna Bhattacharya who is a scientist, ex cricketer Sambaran Banerjee and Samir Kumar Dhara who has conceptualized the entire event.

Audio Songs and Music Launch of Natobar Not Out (2010) Bengali Movie - a special report from Kolkata

Debojyoti Mishra at Natobar Not Out Music Launch

‘Natobar Not Out’ a comedy film which will release very soon should appeal to all minds of people-rural or urban. It is about a budding poet, a topic which is very close to most Bengalis. This is the story of Natobar a poet from North Kolkata who does not get recognition from any quarters but suddenly one day he gets a job as a copywriter in an ad agency and he stars getting acclaim for his copy. His life changes overnight and he starts living a life of luxury. He starts getting closer to his colleague Ujaala rather than his girlfriend Misthu. However all this does not last long as his company loses the contract for which he was working and he goes back to his father’s factory and starts working there.

The rest of the film is to be seen to understand why Natabar is still ‘not out’ at the end of the film. The film stars newcomer Mustofa Prakash (from Bangladesh) [WBRi exclusive interview] as Natobar, Raima Sen as Misthu, Ananya Dutta [WBRi exclusive interview] as Ujaala, Kaushik Ganguly, Ramaprasad Banik, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Sudeepa Bose, Kharaj Mukherjee and others while Jeet, Moon Moon Sen, Mir, Biplab Chatterjee and Saswata Chatterjee have guest appearances in the film.

The music for the film has been composed by Debojyoti Mishra (WBRi exclusive interview)and the songs have been sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Upal, Anindya, Anwesha and others.

The music launch of this film was held at Muktiworld, Kolkata on August 17, 2010 in the presence of the director Amit Sen (WBRi exclusive intervciew),  most of the members of the cast and the music director Debojyoti Mishra.

Proceeds from each album will go towards the benefit of underprivileged children of Hope India who were present on the occasion.

Hindus applaud Finland and want “net neutrality” preserved

Hindus have stressed the need of preserving “net neutrality”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that
openness, freedom, and level playing field of internet should be maintained.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that every
citizen of the world should have access to high speed internet, and
corporate greed should not be allowed to govern it.

Interfaith panel discussion on “God” in Nevada to mark 9/11

**Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is organizing a panel discussion
on “God” on September 11 in Reno (Nevada, USA), which will portray how
different faith traditions define and view “God”.

A Christian pastor, Muslim imam, Hindu leader, Buddhist priest, Jewish
rabbi, and an Atheist thinker will explain and discuss “God” and shall
answer related questions in it. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is also
Director Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, is the

Indo-Americans laud Obama for quoting Gandhi while addressing young African leaders

**Indo-Americans have applauded US President Barack Obama for quoting
Mahatma Gandhi while addressing 115 young leaders from over 40 countries
across Africa on August three.

Obama reportedly said in this address: “So one of the things that I think
everybody here has to really internalize is the notion that -- I think it
was Gandhi who once said you have to be the change that you seek.

Pennsylvania’s famed Allentown Museum exhibiting Vishnu & other Hindu sculptures


Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania (USA) is currently exhibiting various
Hindu sculptures under its Indian Art exhibition, which will continue till
September five.

It includes over two dozen important sculptural works in bronze, stone and
wood ranging from sixth to 20th centuries, including “Lord Vishnu Flanked by
Attendants”, a 16th century sandstone sculpture from Central India.

Please - Shoumika Ganguli

The word which originated from a Latin word ‘Placere’ which means to be accepted to make things smooth. A big word indeed for everyone’s perusal. Not just big but rather very strong indeed. Sometimes it’s the only word that’s enough to seduce someone and sometimes its so powerful that it can melt a rock solid heart.

Picture of guru “Neem Karoli Baba” attracted Julia Roberts to Hinduism


Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) became interested
in Hinduism after seeing a picture of Hanuman devotee Hindu guru Neem Karoli
Baba, who died in 1973.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has heartily welcomed Roberts into Hinduism.

Catholic media criticizes “Eat Pray Love” movie & appears to belittle Hinduism

Catholic media has been largely critical of Oscar winner Julia Roberts
starrer “Eat Pray Love” movie and in the process appeared to belittle
Hinduism concepts and symbols.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that
we were all looking for the truth.