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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 for consideration towards publication.

Soha Ali Khan and Lisa Haydon Light Up Kolkata Ramp as Viswanathan Anand Makes Style Statements | Blenders Pride Fashion Tour

Soha Ali Khan in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Soha Ali Khan in Kolkata

Celebrated Bollywood actresses Soha Ali Khan and Lisa Haydon turned showstoppers and chess ace Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand stepped into the shoes of style-speaker as Blenders Pride Fashion Tour recently reached Kolkata. WBRi chats with Soha Ali Khan, some of the top fashion designers in India and Viswanathan Anand in this exclusive photo-feature.

Lisa Haydon in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Lisa Haydon in Kolkata

Bengali Film-Maker Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee)'s "Brahman Naman": Sid Mallya's Debut Film to Premiere and Compete at Sundance

Siddharth Mallya.jpg
"Siddharth Mallya" by - Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.

Siddhartha "Sid" Mallya, the Indian-American actor who grew up mostly in the UK, is seeing his film career fall all in place. Sid is currently completing his degree at The Royal Central School of Drama in London, and is over the moon about his debut film - Bengali film-maker Q's Brahman Naman that is not only premiering but also competing in the World Cinema dramatic competition section at the famed Sundance Film Festival in USA.

Urvashi Rautela Spreads Bindi and Jhumka Magic among Fellow Miss Universe Pageant Contestants

Urvashi Rautela with other Miss Universe Contestants in Las Vegas (WBRi)

Miss Universe India 2015 Urvashi Rautela spreads her magic with bindi and jhumkas!

FALU’S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA to Perform in Washington DC at Wolftrap

Falu's Bollywood Orchestra at Celebrate Brooklyn Concert
Falu's Bollywood Orchestra at Celebrate Brooklyn Concert (Photo via Facebook)

Fronted by one of India’s most influential musicians - who’s collaborated with masterminds including Yo-Yo Ma and A.R. Rahman - Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra combines the timeless elegance of Bollywood’s musical golden age with an inventive modern style. The remarkable ensemble has performed for such dignitaries as Oprah Winfrey and President Obama.

নতুন জয়ঢাক

জয়ঢাক পত্রিকার ৩৬তম সংখ্যা (ত্রয়োদশ ইন্টারনেট সংখ্যা) প্রকাশিত হল। এই ঠিকানায় দেখুনঃ । 

Actress Koneenica Banerjee Launches BOND Forever Collection at Sonar Sansar Jewelry Show Kolkata

Bengali Actress Koneenica Banerjee (WBRi)

BOND...Forever, Kolkata’s premier independent jeweler launched its exclusive finest quality diamond jewellery at Sonar Sansar - The biggest consumer jewellery show of East India at "Stall No. A11" at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. The exhibition will be on from 4th December - 7th December, 2015.

Coffee or Sex? Randeep Hooda celebrates success of "Main Aur Charles" in Kolkata (Interview)

Randeep Hooda (WBRi File Photo)

WBRi catches up with Randeep Hooda during his Kolkata visit to talk about his film "Main Aur Charles" in an exclusive interview.

Arijit Dutta Launches Jalpaiguri Royals Bengal Celebrity Cricket League Anthem in Starry Affair

Raima Sen
Raima Sen

As the members of  film and television industry are gearing up for the Bengal Celebrity Cricket League which consists of  six teams playing against each other on the 22 yards, Jalpaiguri Royals, a team owned by Arijit Dutta (affectionately called Dadul-da) of Priya Entertainments Pvt. Ltd launched its anthem at Taa'am Restaurant in the iconic PRIYA cinema.

Shiboprasad Mukherjee - Nandita Roy at Rotary Club of Calcutta Gaurav Awards

Shiboprosad Mukherjee (WBRi File Photo)
Shiboprosad Mukherjee

The second edition of  ‘Gaurav Awards’ by Rotary Club of Calcutta was recently held  at Rotary Sadan in the presence of well-known filmmakers Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy, CEO and President of Apollo Gleneagles, Kolkata Rupali Basu, veteran  actor and writer Mr. Barun Chanda. They were accompanied by the member of the national women’s  Cricket team Jhulan Goswami, and Naparajit Mukherjee, Chairperson of State Human rights & Former Director General of Police, who actively engaged themselves at the award show. The event also witnessed the presence of other esteemed guests and dignitaries from Rotary Club. An exclusive report by WBRi.

Rituparna Sengupta and Tanushree Chakraborty Turn Showstoppers as Sharad Sundari Kolkata Beauty Pageant Gets a New Winner

Sharad Sundari 2015 Beauty Pageant Winners Aratrika Paul, Sneha Mitra, Tina Dey
From Left: Sharad Sundari 2015 Beauty Contest Winners Aratrika Paul, Sneha Mitra and Tina Dey

Kolkata, November 30, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): Tollywood superstar Rituparna Sengupta along with gorgeous actress Tanushree Chakrabarty turned showstoppers at the Grand finale of  the Sharad Sundari 2015 beauty contest recently organised by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. Sneha who is making a mark in all most all the beauty contests in the city told WBRi  that it’s her intellect which is helping her achieving these feats. “Being able to give intelligent answers to the questions asked by the judges makes all the difference. I am happy to do that,” she said. 

Rituparna Sengupta
Rituparna Sengupta and others at Sharad Sundari 2015 Kolkata Beauty Contest

The evening was not about only showcasing  the  fashion but also dance and music as the dance troop from Sukalyan Dance Studio headed by eminent dancer Sukalyan Bhattyacharya enchanted the audience with their performances ...

Urvashi Rautela reaches Las Vegas to represent India at 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant

Urvashi Rautela waves the Indian flag

Mumbai, Dec 2 (Washington Bangla Radio): Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela is on her way to Las Vegas to represent India at Miss Universe 2015.

Watch: INTERVIEW - An Intimate Evening with URVASHI RAUTELA - MISS UNIVERSE Contestant from India [WBRi]

The 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The Network Agreement also includes rights for The MISS USA Pageant.

Acclaimed Bengali Actress-Model Bidita Bag: "Make your college life interesting and enjoy it fully"

Bidita Bag in
Bidita Bag in "X: Past Is Present"

Bidita Bag (WBRi File Photo)Nov 25 (Washington Bangla Radio): "X: Past Is Present" actress Bidita Bag (WBRi Interview) says she was so career-oriented and busy with her life as a model that she could hardly enjoy fun moments in college.

"Today I feel I have made it big as a model but somewhere deep down I regret I couldn't live my college life to the fullest and couldn't enjoy it," Bidita said during a visit to a college recently.

The 2015 collaborative Indian movie "X: Past is Present" is directed by 11 directors - Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Qaushiq Mukherjee (aka Q), Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. Bidita plays a young actress in Abhinav Shiv Tiwari's "Audition" sharing screen space with Rajat Kapoor and Pooja Ruparel.

Internationally acclaimed for her powerful performances in serious socio-political films, Bidita's impressive filmography includes From Sydney With Love, Kagojer Nouka, Icche, Mukti, Target Kolkata and many more.

Bengali Actress BIDITA BAG


Film Preview: Srijon Bardhan’s Bangla Movie "Postmaster" Selected for Delhi Film Festival with Rajkahini and Teenkahon

Bengali Actress Pujarini in Postmaster (Bangla, 2015) Movie
Bengali Actress Pujarini in a still from Postmaster (2015)

Kolkata, November 29, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): ‘Postmaster’, a Bengali movie based on Tagore's eponymous short story, is all set to be screened  in the prestigious Delhi International Film Festival this year. The film will participate in the competitive section of the festival along with the two other Bengali movies: the much acclaimed  "Rajkahini" by Srijit Mukherji, and the highly appreciated by both the national and international viewers and winner of quite a few prestigious international film awards "Teenkahon" by Bauddhayan Mukherjee. The festival will be held from 5th to 10th December 2015.

Bengali Actors Ishaan Majumder and Pujarini in Postmaster (Bangla, 2015) Movie
Actors Ishaan Majumder and Pujarini in Postmaster (2015)

Debutant writer, director and composer Srijon Bardhan seemed very excited about the selection of his film  in the Delhi film festival. He said, “Romance is universal and love-life blooms in nature in its own course; there is no limiting boundary to regulate it. I have shown it in my film through the characters of Nanda Sen and Ratna.”

The director is also the story-writer and music composer of the film. He narrates a synopsis of Postmaster to WBRi in his own words.

Salman Khan to see Urvashi Rautela off to Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas?

Salman Khan and Urvashi Rautela

Mumbai, Nov 30 (Washington Bangla Radio): Urvashi Rautela, who is busy preparing for Miss Universe 2015 pageant is all set to leave for the pageant. Reportedly, Salman Khan might visit Urvashi and also see-off the actress.

Salman Khan and Urvashi Rautela

Urvashi had recently met Salman on the sets of Great Grand Masti and  believes that Urvashi has a perfect face and right candidate to represent India at the Universe Pageant. A source close to the actress said that Salman might visit Urvashi to wish her luck for the pageant.