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Sanjay Nag's MEMORIES IN MARCH To Premiere Globally; "unique opportunity to watch first day, first show" - Mahendra Soni

[Memories In March Film Poster]

Kolkata, March 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): Shree Venkatesh Films' multilingual film (primarily in English with some dialogue in Bengali and Hindi) Memories in March (2010) was critically acclaimed in it's successful premiere at the 15th PUSAN International Film Festival 2010 over October 7 - 15, 2010. The film is directed by Sanjay Nag and stars Deepti Naval, Rituparno Ghosh and Raima Sen in leading roles. Music is composed by Debajyoti Mishra (WBRi interview).

In a wonderful development for Indian cinema lovers across the world, after successfully trying out simultaneous releases of their movies in India and North America, leading Bengali film producer Sri Venkatesh Films, is taking the next step by simultaneously releasing the film worldwide.

Munni Badnam Hui.... without Lalit Pandit!

Munni Badnam Hui.... without Lalit Pandit!

March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Look who’s complaining! Lalit Pandit! Although the composer has been credited as the composer of the smash-hit Munni Badnam Hui, his name has not reached all the right places. Like? Guinness Book of Records! The composer thinks that the people, who sweated out to create a world record by dancing to the tunes of Munni, should have also given in his name for the records, since he was the composer for the same! Or, the Guinness folks should have credited him too!

Lady Gaga Supports 13-Year-Old Rebecca

Lady Gaga Supports 13-Year-Old Rebecca

March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Not every singer is like Lady Gaga and not everyone gains popularity for the same reason. So what is the big deal if Rebecca Black’s claim to fame has been a bad song. Gaga says that her trial shows she is nothing less than a genius.

Big B and Rekha Don’t Eye Bollywood Together

Big B and Rekha Don’t Eye Bollywood Together

March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Rekha’s role in Rajnikath’s upcoming film had been talked about sufficiently, but alas, the veteran actor is not going to shoot for Rana. Even as the news on Rekha comes in, the complete masala on the issue is that as she walks out, Big B has walked in the movie.

Evan Rachel Wood Undresses With Kate Winslet

Evan Rachel Wood Undresses With Kate Winslet

March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Kate Winslet has had her share of scorching onscreen moments. No doubt she is a pro at it now, and can probably lend a helping hand to her contemporaries, who may be feeling jittery about their first nude scene.

Evan Rachel Wood, who was in her first such shoot for HBO’s upcoming episode Mildred Pierce, was nervous about undressing. Kate, it appears, helped encourage the actor, by being beside her and giving her the mental strength for the act.

Akshay Kumar shoots in Antartica for Housefull 2

Mumbai, March 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Akshay Kumar is returning with another bash in his upcoming Hindi film, Housefull 2. He will star in the movie opposite Asin. The flick will begin with an introductory stunt similar to that of James Bond. He will be directed by Robert Alonzo, the stunt coordinator for Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 4. He is expected to play a mean, devilish and destructive character as he did in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.

Chandrabali R Dutta presents an evening of Rabindrasangeet on 30th March 2011: Birla Sabhaghar

  Come 30th March, 2011, Birla Sabhaghar in Calcutta will be resonating with the soul singing of Chandrabali Rudra Dutta and her myriad presentation of Rabindra-sangeet. 

A well known vocalist, Chandrabali made her mark in Music quite early in life. Trained initially under her mother and later in classical vocals , Chandrabali is also proficient and has received able guidance in Rabindra Sangeet, Puratani / Tappa, Nazrulgeeti and Adhunik under renowned maestros; she is considered as one of the promising voices belonging to the Bengali Traditional Musical Styles post 2K. Among the well known gurus who contributed to the making of Chandrabali -'The singer', are Shri Sunil Bose, Shri Dhiren Das, Late Sj. Shailaja Ranjan Majumdar, Late Shri Aurobindo Biswas, Shri Prasad Sen and Sri Subhas Choudhury, Shri Chandidas Mal, Shri Biman Mukherjee, Shri Samaresh Roy, Shri Sukumar Mitra and Shri Jatileswar Mukherjee. 

Planning for more than 3 months ahead, Chandrabali wishes to present about a dozen Tagore Songs in the first half on the 30th Mar, which will include many compositions that harbor both Basanta and Puja Flavors, like "Aj Jyotsna Raate" and " Eki Labonye Purno Praan"!

Interview: Acclaimed Writer-Journalist NIRENDRA DEV On His Books

[NIRENDRA NARAYAN DEV]Washington, DC, March 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Nirendra Narayan Dev is a well-known name in the world of political journalism in India. His books Ayodhya - Battle for Peace, The Talking Guns North East India, and Godhra - A Journey to Mayhem, have been critically acclaimed in observers and commentators on the political scenario of India. He is not only a writer, he is also associated with and a special correspondent of one of India’s and the World's most revered news dailies - The Statesman. Nirendra spared a few minutes to talk to Bidisha on WBRi about the political scene in India, about journalism, plagiarism and his current and future projects.