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Sanskrit mantras to open both Alaska State Senate & House for first time in USA

Rajan ZedMar 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Both Alaska State Senate and House of Representatives in Juneau (USA) will open with Hindu prayers reportedly for the first time on April nine.

Rajan Zed, Hindu leader, will read the opening prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before Senators and Representatives on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Bollywood Top 10 Full Audio Song MP3 Download Albums | March 2010 - Soundtrack, OST, Dance, Party, Remix hits

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio's monthly Bollywood Hindi Top 10 Best Songs MP3 Downloads.This month, the top two positions get swapped - Karthik Calling Karthik climbs to number 1 while ISHQIYA drops to #2. Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge enters at #3. PAA drops off the Top-10. Listen online to free previews and download the soundtrack OST albums in MP3 format from Washington Bangla Radio affiliate online store.


The children's webmag joydhak is conducting a survey on a few important aspects of Bengali E magazines and the various areas it should cover, especially in the case of a  children's Webzine in Bengali .

Unique Hindu Baccalaureate Service (Dikshant Utsav) enters third year at University of Nevada

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Hindu Baccalaureate Service (Dikshant Utsav), held for the first time in Western USA at prestigious University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in May 2008, enters third year next month.

Organized by acclaimed Indo-American leader Rajan Zed in collaboration with Indian Student Organization of UNR, it will bless graduating class in the traditional Hindu style according to ancient scriptures, complete with applying tilak (religious mark) on the foreheads of graduates.

Various religious, political, and educational leaders who 
participated in 2009 Hindu Baccalaureate Service
Various religious, political, and educational leaders who participated in last year’s Hindu Baccalaureate Service

Besides keynote address by a Hindu monk, it will also include blessing prayers by Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, Tao, Confucian and Native American religious leaders. Well known musician Jim Eaglesmith will chant a kirtan number in Sanskrit with audience following him in the chant.

Starting with ‘Gayatri Mantra’ (the most sacred verse from oldest scripture Rig-Veda dated around 1,500 BCE) recitation by Rajan Zed and traditional lamp lighting before the statue of goddess Saraswati, patron of learning and the arts; it will include blessing the upcoming graduates with wisdom from Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita—all ancient Hindu scriptures.

Forum for Hindu Awakening Dharma Satsang - Chaitra Shukla Trayodashi, 28th March 2010, 7.30 pm to 8.30

Forum for Hindu Awakening invites you to a Dharma satsang on Chaitra Shukla Trayodashi,  28th  March 2010, from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm EST (US time).

The satsang will be held via phone conference.
Phone Number: +1-219-509 8020
Participant code: 443194
Please try to log on 5 minutes before the satsang time

Niharika feat. Someswar Chakravorty | Pioneering 1980s Bangla Band | Listen to Bengali Band Songs MP3 Online | Watch Live

In the Indian capital of New Delhi, in the early 1980s, a few friends coming from different professions formed a choir group, initially singing folk songs from different parts of India. Angered and disappointed with then contemporary Bengali songs, they decided to write and perform their own songs.

Pandit Subhankar Banerjee - Interview | Indian Classical Instrumental Tabla Maestro | WBRi Exclusive

Shubhankar Banerjee online interview (video)Pundit Suvankar Bandopadhyay – the Living Legend. Though he does not like salutation as Pandit or living legend but the world recognizes him as Pundit and Living Legend  so we salute him. We are proud to get him in a very informal hour long discussion with us at a Sunny Sunday Morning. We covey our sincere gratitude to him.

Watch the complete hour-long exclusive WBRi video about Pt. Banerjee.

Ustad Rashid Khan - Puriya Dhaneshree | Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata, North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Vocal

Mar 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Recently in a world-class North Indian Hindustani Classical music concert in Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata, Ustad Rashid Khan performed Puriya Dhaneshree accompanied by Pundit  Jyoti Goho on Harmonium and Pundit Shubhankar Banerjee on Tabla.

Listen to a clip from the concert online.