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A.R. Rahman having “Jai Ho” concerts in 16 world cities choregraphed by Amy Tinkham

Mar 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) will be taking his “Jai Ho” concert worldwide, starting June 11 from New York (USA) and ending in London (United Kingdom) on July 26, according to reports.
During this period, he will reportedly have live concerts in USA, Canada, Netherlands, France, Norway, and United Kingdom; covering the cities of New York, Atlantic City, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Amsterdam, Paris, Oslo, Glasgow, Manchester, and London. More concerts of this world tour will be announced in the future.

Perturbed Hindus ask for immediate recall of Shiva & Ganesh puppets

Upset Hindus have asked for the immediate withdrawal of Shiva and Ganesh puppets and few other similar products, calling it inappropriate, upsetting, and denigrating.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Kolkata Rock Band FIVE LITTLE INDIANS (FLI) Announce their debut album

Mar 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Five Little Indians(FLI) is a 5-piece rock outfit featuring two vocalists based in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

Over the past couple of years, FLI have drawn up a delightful catalogue of what sounds like modern rock hit music. The five-track sampler available for listening online echoes Toad The Wet Sprocket, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Switchfoot. The band features two vocalists, Neel Adhikari and Sayak Banerjee each bringing a unique sound to the table. It’s not just strong harmonies – FLI also add in Indian classical vocals, courtesy Bannerjee which seem to work on few tracks and sound slightly forced on some. The very able rhythm section (Arko Das – drums, Sanket Bhattacharya – bass) holds down a tight groove, while also adding just the right flavour on tracks like the groovy ‘Screaming At The Sun’ and the hard-rocking ‘Go Back In Time’. They also get sensitive on the moody, beautiful ‘You Make My World Turn To Lead’. Guitarist Allan Ao perfectly complements Adhikari’s acoustic strumming with his intelligent parts and occasional rock god moments.

BEAUTIFUL (album FREEDOM) : Akon feat. A R RAHMAN Music Video Released - MP3 Download

Freedom - Beautiful - Akon A R Rahman MP3 Download Audio Song FullAkon - Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam - an acclaimed Grammy nominated US Singer with roots in Senegal, has featured the mild and mellow A R Rahman in a music video spreading like wildfire via You Tube.

In the music video of the song "BEAUTIFUL", A R Rahman makes a short appearance. The song BEAUTIFUL is by AKON, Kardinal Offishall and Colby O'Donis.

The song Beautiful is from the album FREEDOM available for MP3 Download HERE »

Watch the music video of the song BEAUTIFUL via Yahoo Music free online. Per the yahoo post, the video is © 2009 Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Records.

Hindus welcome Catholics to yoga

Hindus have welcomed Roman Catholics to yoga practice.

Holy Name Cathedral Parish (Roman Catholic) on Wabash Avenue in Chicago (USA) has launched weekly 75-minute yoga sessions every Wednesday at the Parish Center.

Its website says: “…yoga has evolved across the ages as a means of tuning the body for better communion with God through prayer and meditation. Join us as we explore the multiple spiritual and physical benefits of yoga practice…Typical sessions will include an opening prayer, inspired movement & strengthening, and contemplative prayer to close.” It organized a Special Workshop on Ash Wednesday—“Holy Name Yoga-Based Prayer for Body & Spirit: Creating Your Home Practice”—with proceeds supporting weekly yoga program.

Grammy winner American cellist Darling plans to record Hindu-themed album

Grammy winner American maverick cellist and composer David Darling (Buy CD / Download MP3 Online) plans to record a Hindu-themed album.

Titled “Everything Is Heart Breaking”, Darling reportedly wants to record this solo CD with meditation drones and singing in raga scales in collaboration with German producer Manfried Eicher of ECM Records and keyboardist Kit Walker. He has recorded over 20 albums and his “A Prayer for Compassion” won the prestigious Grammy last month.

Congratulating David Darling on winning Grammy, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called for introduction of “kirtan” as new field of awards at Grammys next year. Outside India, “kirtan” was attracting large audiences in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and many other countries of the world, resulting in various new albums and creation of star “kirtan” artists. It was the time Grammys organizer National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of USA opened its eyes to the sentiments of people, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.

Indiana born Darling, 68, who now lives in Goshen (Connecticut), dabbled in various styles, including jazz, African, classical, Brazilian, and Indian music. He has written and performed in over a dozen movies, including MTV nominated “Heat” (Michael Mann). His other albums include “8-String Religion”.

HIP-HOP Show in India by Music4Peace Tour - “Hip-Hop Summit” November 2010

Feb 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) India to have “Hip-Hop Summit” in November.

“Music4Peace Tour” will organize a “Hip-Hop Summit” in India in November, according to reports.

The “Music for Peace Tour Initiative” is a coalition of organizations and non-profits who have banded together to help bring “peace and harmony” to world. It is an attempt to bring social change “by uniting people through the universal language of music”, it is claimed.

KABULIWALA: A story about fathers & daughters

An audio-presentation of Rabindranath Tagore’s short story KABULIWALA: On the surface we are all so different; but most human relationships are surprisingly familiar. Visit BANGLA GOLPO-BENGALI STORIES PODCAST ( for more audio presentations of classic stories and novels in bengali.
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