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Video | Toronto Bengali Drama Group Presents Bangla Natok "Suborno Onguli" (The Golden Finger) by Nirup Mitra

The Toronto Bengali Drama Group performed Suborno Onguli (The Golden Finger) on stage on Saturday April 16, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

The play Suborno Onguli is at once intense, controversial and ‘unputdownable’. The play centres around a drama involving a sweet and innocent woman Preetika, who is about to be married when a medical procedure destroys her whole future.

The play raises important questions about the medical profession – is a renowned surgeon always right?

Watch the full Bangla Natok online via Washington Bangla Radio.



Bengali Actress Nusrat Jahan Launches Basmati Rice in Kolkata

Bengali Actress NUSRAT JAHAN

"Basmati rice is one of the prominent products that makes India famous in the world market. In Bengal where rice is a staple food, no delicacy or occasion is complete without a Basmati rice - preparation."

Bengali Actress NUSRAT JAHAN
Nusrat Jahan (WBRi File Photo)





Dia Mirza Connects with Her Fans on Her Birthday!

Renowned actress and former Miss Asia-Pacific (2000), Dia Mirza, officially launched her website as well as Facebook page on her birthday i.e. 9th of December.

Interview: Internationally Acclaimed Rabindrasangeet Artist Shreya Guhathakurta

Shreya GuhathakurtaCleveland / Pittsburgh, Oct 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed Rabindrasangeet singer Shreya Guhathakurta chats with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio during Shreya's 2012 North American tour in this interview.

As most of our audience is aware of, Shreya is a grand-daughter of Shubho Guhathakurta, founder of Dakshini and Gitabitan Tagore music and arts schools in Kolkata. Shreya therefore naturally grew up in an environment of Rabindrasangeet. Though her institutional training on Rabindrasangeet is from Dakshini, given her family background she has been fortunate enough to learn from stalwarts like Kanika Bandopadhyay who Shreya considers to be a second grandmother. Shreya took lessons from Mohordi from age 7 and is still learning music from her uncle Sudeb Guha Thakurta.



Glitzy Premiere of Not a Dirty Film (2015)

Mumtaz Sorcar and Shataf Figar
Mumtaz Sorcar and Shataf Figar

“I cannot reveal my character and one has to find that out after watching the movie. What I can tell is that I may get rebuked by my parents for such a bold role. I am gonna place my director in front of them in such cases. I still cannot believe Ranadeep had convinced me to do such a role.” Mumtaz said.



Interview: Actors SALMAN KHAN and SONAM KAPOOR on their new Hindi movie "PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO" (2015)

Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor in a Romantic Still from Bollywood New Hindi Movie PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO

Mumbai, Nov 9 (Washington Bangla Radio): Diwali lights up this year with Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor who star together in Sooraj Barjatya’s grand epic PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO which releases in North American theaters this Thursday, November 12. The lead actors sat down to talk about their highly anticipated new film in this exclusive interview.



Kolkata Kali Puja Online: -ILLUMINATIONS-WBRi Special Calcutta Kali Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

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Kolkata Kali Puja Online: Fireworks - WBRi Special Calcutta Kali Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

Deepavali or Diwali is the "festival of lights" across India. Bright fireworks light up the night sky and people illuminate their houses with diyas. In West Bengal it is also celebrated as the Kali Puja, the worship of goddess Kali.

Kali Puja / Diwali Fireworks

A special photo-feature Diwali / Kali Puja Fireworks - part of WBRi's Calcutta Shyamapuja Puja Online Parikrama for NRI Bengalees worldwide who miss the carnival in the city of joy.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you).



Kolkata Kali Puja Online: COLLEGE SQUARE- WBRi Special Calcutta Kali Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

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Kolkata Kali Puja Online: 24 PALLY - WBRi Special Calcutta Kali Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

24 PALLY Sarbajanin Shyama Puja

A special photo-feature of the 24 PALLY Kali Puja pandal and idol, part of WBRi's Calcutta Shyamapuja Puja Online Parikrama for NRI Bengalees worldwide who miss the carnival in the city of joy.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you).


Kali Puja - India, USA & Worldwide - a Global Puja Parikrama

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According to Ramkrishna Paramhansa Deb, darkness is the Ultimate Mother, or Kali:
My Mother is the principle of consciousness. She is Akhanda Satchidananda; indivisible Reality, Awareness, and Bliss. The night sky between the stars is perfectly black. The waters of the ocean depths are the same; The infinite is always mysteriously dark. This inebriating darkness is my beloved Kali.

Film Preview: DEV as Rock Star with Bengali Actress RITTIKA SEN Lead Aparna Sen's ARSHINAGAR (2015) to Christmas Release Date

Hot tollywood actress RITTIKA SEN and Aparna Sen

Bengali actress Rittika Sen is the current teenage hot flame of Tollywood. She debuted in Raj Chakrabarty’s "Borbaad" opposite fellow new-comer Bonny Sengupta.  Rittika's character of Julekha Bagchi is derived from Shakespeare's Juliet. DEV appears opposite her in a modern-day Romeo role. Read the complete Bengali movie preview on WBRi.




Bappaditya Bandopadhyay's Sohra Bridge (2016): the last bow of a brilliant film-maker

English: Cherrapunjee or Sohra - Wettest place...

English: Cherrapunjee or Sohra:
Wettest place on earth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By J P Mandal (author) and Asmita Mukherjee (editor)

The story of "Sohra Bridge" is based on a father-daughter relationship. The director dealt with a provocative dilemma in the film.










Bertie Da Silva Live In Concert | Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata - Aug 22, 2009 @ 7 PM

Bertie Da SilvaCome on over to GD Birla Sabhagar on the 22nd of August at 7 pm to experience where original rock music in English is progressing. It's unlike anything you've been hearing.

Tickets @ Rs 100 are limited and going fast from:

Kookie Jar - Rawdon Street & City Centre
Guitar Centre - Tollygunge phari

Tickets will be available at the venue 20th onwards.

Read the complete post for more information and to purchase tickets.


Interview - Kabir Suman - Singer-Songwriter and Politician: "I Miss America"

Kabir Suman Songs MP3 Download

In the following interview, Kabir Suman talks about his recent entry into politics, and expresses his gratitude and longing for the United States of America and how deeply he wants to walk America's roads one more time.