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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.


প্রকাশিত হল শীত ২০১৫র জয়ঢাক

কালপুরুষের ও পাড়ে খুলেছে joydhak winter2015

বইয়ের নতুন স্টল
ভিড় করে আসে ভিনগ্রহী যত 
খুদে পড়ুয়ার দল
 কারো দুটো মাথা,কারো পিঠে ডানা 
কারো মাথাজোড়া টাক
কাড়াকাড়ি করে পড়ছে সবাই 
দুরন্ত জয়ঢাক




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.



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

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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!