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Washington Kali Temple - Upcoming Events and Programs March - April 2010

Mar 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Kali Temple has announced the list of planned upcoming events over March and April of 2010.


16126  New Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866


Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya Live Concert - A Dhroopad Presentation Broadcast live on WBRi - Listen Online To Live Concert Recording

March 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rezwana Chowdhury Banya Rabindra SangeetDhroopad ( cultural association of Washington DC metro area organized a great concert featuring the Rabindra Sangeet (songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore) icon Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya (Download Rabindra Sangeet MP3 by Bonnya). The concert had the unique theme of "Confluence of Ragas On Rabindra Sangeet".

Washington Bangla Radio Live Webcast

WBRi broadcast the concert live on the internet direct from the concert venue. Listen to the audio recording from the audio live telecast online. Watch some video clips from the concert as well.

Banya and the musicians delivered a spectacular performance. "Banya" in Bengali means "deluge". As the MC put it appropriately, the evening was marked with a deluge of music. Soumya Chakraborty on the Sarod and Banya introduced a variety of Ragas, and demonstrated the genius of Rabindranath Tagore in experimenting and adapting Indian classical compositions into his songs in his uniquely brilliant way.

The live concert was held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8 PM at the Four Points Sheraton Manassas, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas, VA 20109. Bonnya wss accompanied by acclaimed musicians from the Washington DC Metro Area:

Tabla - Debu Nayak  (
Sarod– Soumya Chakraborty
Sitar – Sambrata Rakshit
Mandira – Krishna Shadu
Keyboard – Hiron Choudhury
Acoustic Guitar -  Zareef Hamid

Bengali Movie Stars at Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010

Bilaat Bangla Utshab London England UKMar 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) 2 Days To Go !  The eagerly anticipated first Bilaat Bangla Utsav offers an opportunity to Bengalis across the globe to watch their favourite Bengali cinema stars and be part of an unique initiative by Panchamukhee to bring the vast bengali community in UK the essence of Bengal. Contemporary Kolkata Bengali movie heroes and heroines present at the event include Indrani Dutta, June Maliah, Swastika Mukherjee, Indrani Haldar, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Biswajit Chakraborty and many more.

There are only a few tickets left for the sold-out event. Tickets may be available online at or by phone at 02084168989, 07894465953, 07917404302, 07780866336, 07881555648, 02073705692.

The Bilaat Bangla Utsav is being held at Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, HA5 4EA on 20th and 21st March, 2010.

Ticket prices are £10 (20/03/2010) & £15 (21/03/2010), Season Tickets £20.

There is a lucky draw for free air tickets to Kolkata sponsored by INDIADOOT during the event. Register your interest by clicking on the following link:

A wide choice of food would be available to buy at reasonable rates.

Washington Bangla Radio wishes Bilaat Bangla Utsav's organizers Panchamukhee and attendees a wonderful time and grand success.

Kolkata Event News | The Right Stuff: Bertie live @ Someplace Else, Calcutta - 19 March 2009

Bertie Da Silva: The Right Stuff: Bertie live @ Someplace Else, Calcutta - 19 March 2009March 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) T2 and Someplace Else present "The Right Stuff" - Bertie Da Silva Live at Someplace Else, Calcutta - 19 March 2009.

Someplace Else is located at The Park, 17 Park Street, Kolkata; Ph: +91 33 22499000.

The Right Stuff is how Bertie Da Silva describes the new songs he’ll be playing. These are songs composed over the last two months, songs with a different feel, opening up into another side of the man.

Some of the songs have acquired the quiet mellowness of one coming to terms with life. Others rip nastily at the meaninglessness or the sadness of it all.

And then he goes back to his older songs and invites Amyt Dutt to play along with the rest of the band: Willie, Sooman, Suraj and Anindya.

Amyt taps into the raw guts of the music, tearing out amazing passages of lyric beauty and then pieces of searing, passionate intensity.

Come listen to what happens next.

Oscar winner A. R. Rahman’s Chicago Concert tickets sell for US$1,050 each

Some of the tickets for Oscar winner A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) Chicago (USA) June 18 “Jai Ho Concert” are now selling for US$1,050 (about Indian Rupees 47,700) per person on his official website.

This “Jai Ho Circle” ticket includes: no waiting in line - express entry, separate entrance on green carpet, and pre-show service of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The lowest price ticket available (for Section 206) for this Concert costs US$54.50 (about Indian Rupees 2,475). The concert will be held in Sears Center and there is a limit of eight tickets per order.

Acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Rahman to lower the price of the bottom ticket to US$20 so that all his fans could enjoy his Concert in these times of recession. Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, however, commended Rahman for taking the Indian music to new heights and bringing respect and international recognition to Indian film music.

Molotov attack on a Roma family in Czech Republic Condemned

Hindus have strongly condemned recent reported Molotov cocktail attack on a Roma family in an Ostrava settlement in Czech Republic.
Expressing shock, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, asked for its early investigation and taking preventive measures nationwide that such things did not happen in future frightening the Roma community. Zed argued that Roma faced apartheid like conditions in Czech Republic.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, however, admired Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer’s strong reported statement on the issue, calling it "unacceptable, shocking, insane”.

9th issue of Joydhak webzine uloaded

The 9th issue (bosonto songkhya) of the Children's magazine Joydhak has been uploaded. As usual this issue brings a set of uniquely chosen treats for children of every age. Your physical age does not matter. As long as you are green in mind, Joydhak will entertain you. check it out at

University of Houston and Banaras Hindu University form partnership

The University of Houston, a public university in Texas (USA), and Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi (India) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in instruction and academic exchange, according to reports.