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Award-Winning Model PRAKASH PATIL Competes at South Asian Prince North America 2013 Pageant

Prakash Patil

Fashion is the passion of Prakash Patil and he loves working in the fashion world. "I wish to network with people and share knowledge", says the handsome young man. Other than fashion, he is also active in pursuing his interests in music, dance and photography.

Prakash Patil

Prakash is from Mumbai, India. Born and brought up in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, he completed Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Pune and Masters in Business Administration in USA. He has worked in IT software sector with companies like Microsoft, IBM, Cognizant, TCS and more.


Singer, Actor, Director and Producer KASHIF SOHAIL Competes at South Asian Prince North America 2013 Pageant

Kashif Sohail

Kashif Sohail was born in Sialkot, Pakistan. He is very sophisticated, highly self motivated, enthusiastic, disciplined, goal-oriented, organized, resourceful, personable, nice, friendly, dashing, ambitious, dedicated, elegant, determined, passionate, hardworking, 6’-2’ tall and strong professional.



Fashion Designer Renuka Malhi Participates in SAPNA South Asian Princess North America 2013 Pageant and Fashion Show

Renuka Malhi

Washington, DC, March 1, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Renuka Malhi is from New York. Born in the North Indian city of Ludhiana, she holds Masters Degrees in Literature and in Fashion, and a handful of diplomas in Interior Design and IT. Other than fashion designing, Renuka is an acclaimed and enthusiastic poet, artist and Interior Designer.

She discovered the meaning of the word AMBITION at the age of 8 when she realized that, in her words, "I am born for a reason to do something remarkable in life. Slowly I started to invent the qualities inside me and started my journey on stage by participating and winning several Painting competitions, Folk Dance programs, Won many awards as an ALTHLETE and then moved on to Fashion Shows and Choreographies. My academic life has been very interesting and went through many different recognizable stages."

In addition to the awards mentioned above, Renuka also won two Pageants during her college life which gave a big boost to her confidence. She is known for her Leadership qualities, optimism and strong confident personality which is the key to her achievements.

She is also known for her pleasant accommodating nature and a strong Fashion sense which sets examples.

Read all about Renuka on WBRi.



Satya Jyothi Kovvuri Debuts by Participating at South Asian Princess North America 2013 Pageant

Satya Jyothi Kovvuri

Satya Jyothi Kovvuri  is from Kakinada, a small town in Andhra Pradesh. First in a family of 3 kids, she always had encouragement from her parents to explore the world beyond academics. Her Dad was and is her biggest influence and motivator in her life – he is the one who taught her to visualize beyond what is visible to the naked eye. A triple gold medalist in her Bachelors in Computer Science and Systems Engineering, she moved to the United States for her Masters in Computer Science from University of Miami, Florida.



"Har Har Byomkesh" Audio Songs Release by Film Unit Members in Kolkata

Har Har Bomkesh Audio Songs OST Music Launch
Har Har Byomkesh Music Launch

The Bengali film songs and music soundtrack of the new Byomkesh Bakshi film "Har har Byomkesh" was recently launched by Tollywood megastar Prosenjit Chatterjee. The film's cast and crew members were present at the event, including Abir Chatterjee, Ritwik, Sohini Sarkar, Nusrat Jahan Rachel White, June Maliah, Koneenica and director Arindam Sil.

Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh

The music director for the film is Bickram Ghosh.



Interview: URVASHI RAUTELA - Contestant from India at Miss Universe, Las Vegas, USA in an Intimate Chat with Marian Chatterjee

Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive

Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive

In this exclusive wide-ranging audio interview with WBRi Washington Bangla Radio's Marian Chatterjee, Miss Universe contestant from India Urvashi Rautela talks candidly about her remarkable career, her excitement, goals, hopes, aspirations, role models and crushes.



High Street Market Exhibition again a hit in Kolkata; Tollywood Beauties PAYAL SARKAR and NUSRAT JAHAN show-stoppers


wallpaper hot tollywood actress Nusrat Jahan
NUSRAT JAHAN (c) WBRi Inc.

A fashion and lifestyle extravaganza called High Street Market, organized by Lopamudra Mandal Saha saw many pretty and popular faces from Tollywood and Kolkata’s fashion circle gracing the occasion. Tollywood Actor Anshuman, Actress Nusrat Jahan, Model Jessica Gomes, Socialite Neelanjana Chakraborty, model and actress Parijjat and Pamela were also present at the exhibition to add to the event’s glamor quotient.

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Actress PAYEL SARKAR (PAYAL SARKAR)
Payel Sarkar (C) WBRi Inc.


MESSI | Back Story of the Bengali Movie in the Words of Riingo Banerjee and Aryann Bhowmik

Bengali Actress AISHIKA
Bengali Actress Aishika

Though named after Argentinian soccer icon Lionel Messi, the film will bring alive street soccer of Kolkata on screen. During the mahurat (first shot in shooting of a film in Indian cinema) of the film which recently took place in Kolkata, writer, director and cinematographer Riingo Banerjee revealed to Washington Bangla Radio, "Messi is a story about two brothers. The elder brother Prosun doesn’t do anything except loitering around with his girlfriend and fixing local football matches for his brother from who he gets share of winning money. The younger brother Chotu, who wears the jersey titled Messi, is highly gifted in soccer skills. He is the pride of his family and the hope of their father who once used to be a football coach."



Live Mahalaya Broadcast - Birendra Krishna Bhadra on WBRi Washington Bangla Radio USA at 4 AM Worldwide Free MAHISHASUR MARDINI

As in past years, Washington Bangla Radio USA (WBRi) - the pioneering internet Bengali online Radio station - will air Birendra Krishna Bhadra 's legendary Mahishasurmardini program on the day of Mahalaya. The 4 AM Indian time program is a direct world-wide relay from Akashvani Kolkata. Brought to you courtesy of Saregama USA. Read more to find out how to tune in.


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Ms. India America Roopali Ahuja Sharma to Grace Jewel of India Gala on Salman Khan's 50th B'Day at TV Asia

Roopali Ahuja Sharma [WBRi Feature]
Roopali Ahuja Sharma

Roopali Ahuja Sharma, winner of Ms. India International 2002 and Ms. India America 2008, will grace the eagerly anticipated Jewel of India Salman Khan Golden (50th) Birth Anniversary Celebration "Salman's Jalwa" TV Asia in Edison, New Jersey, USA. Learn all about the singer, danseuse, poet, writer, fashion designer, software engineer, business analyst and of course gorgeous model.



First Look: MONCHORA - Abir Chatterjee Turns Burgler in Sandip Ray's Next | WBRi Bengali Movie Preview

Abir Chatterjee and Raima Sen (C) WBRi Inc.
Abir Chatterjee and Raima Sen

Sandip Ray spoke with Washington Bangla Radio at a recent event in Kolkata where the first look of his new Bengali movie MONCHORA was revealed. Tollywood hunk Abir Chatterjee will play a thief in the cinematographic adaptation of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's story also starring Raima Sen, Saswata Chatterjee, June Maliah and Paran Bandhopadhaya in pivotal roles. Ray talks about this film, Professor Shonku, and the next Feluda film. WBRi exclusive - read more.




GHURI Bangla Movie Opens in Kolkata with a Sparkling Premiere

GHURI - The Kite | Bengali Movie Production Team
Team Ghuri (The Kite) - Premiere in Nandan

Kolkata, Dec 7 (Washington Bangla Radio): The premiere of Bengali film Ghuri (The Kite) written and directed by Riingo Banerjee was recently held in Nandan in the presence of cast and crew of the movie.

GHURI - The Kite Bengali Movie Poster

As reported by WBRi earlier, the film is based on Khaled Hossani’s award winning novel "The Kite Runner". The film was completed a few years ago and was produced to be broadcast on television. However, the director yearned for a commercial big screen release and roped in a financier for theatrical release on 6th December.

Watch the trailer and read more about the premiere via WBRi.



Urvashi Rautela Aces Miss Universe Talent Round with a Bharatnatyam Performance in Las Vegas | WBRi Photo Feature

Urvashi Rautela performs Bharatnatyam at Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas, Dec 8 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Two-time Miss India, Bollywood actress and model Urvashi Rautela emerged as the best performer and showcased an example of Indian culture at the Talent Round in Las Vegas at Miss Universe Pageant.



An Aperture - Moumita Adhikary | English Poem - WBRi Online Magazine

Ali Bugyal, Roopkund Trek
Ali Bugyal, Roopkund trek (Picture - Moumita Adhikary)

"An Aperture" - an English poem by Moumita Adhikary published in the WBRi Online Magazine section. You can send your poetry, story, essay, travelogue or any other form of creative writing in Unicode Bangla, Unicode Hindi or English to submissions@washingtonbanglaradio.com for consideration towards publication.