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Roquaiya Hasina Neely - Ki Sur Jagao - The 4th Rabindra Sangeet Songs Album by the Revered Tagore Singer (MP3 Download Release)


Roquaiya Hasina Neely is well known for presenting Tagore songs in its pure form. She has the quality of singing songs with unwavering voice. She primarily sings Tagore songs but she also has an interest in Atul Prasad, D. L. Roy and Adhunik.

Download her full Rabindra Sangeet album KI SUR JAGAO - click here »

Roquaiya Hasina Neely - Baaje Jhornar Gaan

Washington Bangla Radio is proud to feature Roquaiya Hasina Neely and her album Baaje Jhornar Gaan.

Ms. Neely is a Special Grade artist with Bangladesh TV and Bangaldesh Betar, renowned for her mastery of Tagore songs (Rabindrasangeet) as well Atulprasadi and Adhunik songs. Her third music album Baaje Jhornar Gaan, was released in August 2006.

You can download the album online - click here »

Nitric Dreams | 1st Metal Bangla Band from Kolkata | Listen to Exclusive Unreleased Songs MP3 Online | Watch Live Music Videos Exclusive - Nitric DreamsNitric Dreams - Previously Unreleased and Exclusive Demo Songs
  • Aagamir Gaan: Unreleased - Album Demo
  • Amar Harano: Unreleased - Album Demo
  • Biday: Unreleased - Album Demo
  • Hoarding-er Meye Ta Ke: Unreleased - Album Demo
  • Raat 12:13: Unreleased - Album Demo
  • Sarah's Song: Demo (English)
  • Tomake: Unreleased - Album Demo
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Urban Reflektions Nagar Ratri | Bengali Jazz Blues Funk Rock World Fusion | Listen Online & Download MP3 | Bangla Band Songs

Urban Reflektions started off as a project in the year 2003 by drummer/composer/arranger/vocalist Debashish Banerji "Debu"  in Kolkata, India. The main objective of the project was to bring about a change in the Bengali rock band music scenario by infusing elements of jazz, funk, soul, r&b, acid jazz, etc. into their music.

Hindu mantras & Jewish prayers opened Nevada Earth Day Celebrations

Reno (Nevada, USA), April 25:  Nevada Earth Day 2010 celebrations here today opened with prayers from ancient Sanskrit and Hebrew scriptures.

Starting with Shanti Mantra in Sanskrit, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed read “Prithvi Sukta” (hymn to earth) from Atharva-Veda (composed around 1200 BCE), invoking the Goddess Earth.

Earth Day 2010
Just before the Earth Day invocation in Nevada, from right to left are Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, and Lord Ganesh image.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also prayed from Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), where Lord Krishna is quoted as saying, “The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world, the brightness of the moon and of fire—these are my glory. With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures. Through the moon, the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all plants.”

TAMBOURINE-- launching of the first Indian literary webzine for children in English

At last its here--the first ever completely web based literary magazine for children in English.

The TAMBOURINE (  aims to fill in a huge gap that exists in the webspace for children. You One will find innumerable websites meant for the young people--ranging from academic assistance to providing online gaming facility , but no fully literary website completely dedicated to them.

We are here to fill in that gap. Enjoy the first issue here:

here's a sample:

Interview | A R Rahman - Composing songs on eight Apple iPads

Apr 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Award-winning Indian singer, songwriter and music composer A R Rahman recently came to New York and just after his 4 AM flight landed he ran to the 24/7 Apple store to buy Ipads.  By 11 AM he was in the MTV Iggy studios interviewing and playing original music on his new App’s.

MTV Iggy had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Rahman before he announced his upcoming world tour, “A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour.” MTV Iggy found that not only does he own an iPad, he now owns eight!

Watch the full video interview online.

Apple grossly underestimated demand for the iPad and had to push back European release date of the device to cope with US demand. Apple also declared record non-holiday-season quarterly revenue boosted by iPad's success. Daniel G. Lebryk writes in his iPad review, "From the first announcement of this device, I was prepared to dislike the iPad, on paper it has way too many flaws. With one in hand and actually using the device, I can honestly say it is an excellent, gorgeous, piece of hardware. The biggest flaw, it weighs a ton. The weight doesn't sound like a bad thing, but after I held this device in both hands while laying down, my arms got sore. It's a small thing, but you should be aware that it is heavy."

You can buy the Apple iPad online here »

WBRi Event Announcement | Sudeshna Basu, Debu Nayak Live In Washington

Sudeshba Basu Live ShowDilip K. Som & Gurjeet Singh Proudly Present
An Evening of Bengali & Hindi Melodies
Accompanied by
Debu Nayak on tabla
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 pm

In celebration the spring season, the season of love and color, Sudeshna will explore India’s rich musical heritage music from different regions. She will include many traditional and much heard songs in her recital. Sudeshna Basu started her musical training under the tutelage of famous Hindusthani classical vocalist Smt. Meera Bandyopadhyay of Patiala gharana. After a training in classical music, Sudeshna started taking Rabindrasangeet
lessons under the great maestro Sri Ashoketaru Bandyopadhyay. Recently, she has started taking lessons on Dhrupad from the famous Gundecha Brothers. She now divides her time between Washington DC, USA and Kolkata, India. To get information about her CD’s, concerts and music lessons, please visit her website

Debu Nayak Tabla PlayerDevapriya Nayak (Debu) began learning tabla at the age of three from his grandfather, Chaudhury Kausalya Nandann. Later on he became a disciple of Pt. Radhakanta Nandi. Debu continues his taalim from Maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee and Pt. Samir Chatterjee. For more information please visit:

19706 Maycrest Way, Germantown, MD 20876
Contact Information:
Dilip K. Som (301) 512-1295
Sudeshna (240) 478-0395
Debu (703) 795-3019