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Interview - Arin Paul : Film-Maker - Doshta Dosh - 10:10, Jyanto Durga - Durga Live,

ARIN PAUL - TOLLYWOOD CALCUTTA BENGALI MOVIE DIRECTORDec 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Arin Paul - the smart young and talented director from Kolkata, talks to Arijit Chakraborty about his background and career in this exclusive, informal and intimate audio interview broadcast on-demand from WBRi.

Arin Paul was born in Belur but moved to the picturesque mountain town of Shillong with his parents when very young, and grew up in Shillong. He returned to Calcutta where he graduated from high-school and went to college. Soon after graduating from college, he studied at the famous Asian Academy  of Film & Television (AAFT) of NOIDA, and started assisting directors in making films, initially at New Delhi and then in Calcutta. Read on ...

The King's Speech (Academy Awards Nominee-multiple categories)

If I could just use one word to describe this film, I would have said ‘excellent.’ But that’s not what I am going to write because ‘The King’s Speech’ is much above of being just excellent. 

Regional Research Institute of Ayurveda in India - A Centre for Research and Alternative Medicine

Gangtok, Feb 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The study of age old practice of Ayurveda is entrenched in the Indian education sector with numerous institutional and research centres in every State of the country preserving and enhancing the growth of medicinal plants.

Sikkim, a Himalayan State blessed with a rich biodiversity, is also under the Ayurveda studies umbrella with Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare setting up a Regional Research Institute (Ayurveda) here at Tadong, 4 kms away from the capital town of Gangtok. The institution is not only providing health services to the people here but is also engaged in research work and survey of the 500 odd medicinal plants found in Sikkim.

Utpalendu Chowdhury | Exclusive Video Interview | Watch & Listen Online to Great Singer of Bangla Folk Bengali Tribal Baul Songs

Washington DC, Feb 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Utpalendu-da has passed away, leaving back a legacy and memories with millions of Bengalees across the world. I had a chance to meet Utpalendu-da in October of 2008 and vividly remember his inspiring words, and we recorded this interview in a casual setting. May his soul rest in peace. - Supratim Sanyal, WBRi.

WBRi Exclusive Utpalendu Chowdhury Interview Utpalendu Chowdhury is one of the most popular singers of the present genre. Utpalendu gathered his repertoire under the guidance of his father Nirmalendu Chowdhury, the legendary folk singer from Bengal and carries on his quest to know more intimately the splendors preserved by the teacher-to-disciple oral transmission. With a single-minded purpose he looks forward to popularizing the folk songs that he has inherited from his father and the rivers of Bengal.

Eminent Folk singer Utpalendu dies at 62!

Utpalendu Chowdhury, dies today at 62, in a medical facility of the city suffering form cancer for a long time now.

11th century Preah Vihear Hindu Shiva temple complex damaged by Thai-Cambodian crossfire

Hindus upset at damage to landmark Hindu temple by Thai-Cambodian clashes

Nevada, USA, Feb 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus are shocked and upset at the reported damage to 11th century Preah Vihear Hindu Shiva temple complex because of Thai-Cambodian crossfire at their border.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged the international community to urgently intervene to stop the fighting in order to save the landmark Hindu temple from further damage.

Let there be peace... (Cairo, Egypt)

With the recent political turmoil in Egypt and with Cairo being turned into a semi battlefield with thugs and protestors clashing, the only thing that the World can pray for that country now is Peace. I have travelled across the World extensively and Egypt was perhaps one of the nicest of all countries that I have visited in my lifetime. So, this is a prayer to God Almighty to restore peace in that “otherwise” peaceful nation. The country is full of historic treasures, nice, polite and friendly people, great food and the majestic river Nile… let peace be restored and let everything and everyone be safe. 

Discuss Asish Basak's M-Factor about Muslim impact on India from Md. Ghori-Timurlane till Shahrukh Khan-Katrina Kaif

M-Factor by Ashish Basak
M-Factor by Ashish Basak - click on the picture to zoom in

‘M-Factor’, written by Asish Basak, is an absorbing tale from vehement times of Mohammad Ghori and Timurlane till the rollicking days of Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. It begins when Islam appeared like a desert-storm in the Arabian peninsula and thundered to India on stomping hooves and flailing swords, It maps Muslim impact in India’s ‘Mission Possible’, and how the Muslims slowly Indianised to become a part and parcel of this wonderfully endowed time-tested civilization.