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Goodbye Johny... (Dev Anand)!!!

humdonodevanand  Dev Saab is no more???!!!

Dev Anand breathed his last in London yesterday after a cardiac arrest...

The Evergreen, 88 year old young man bid adieu to his millions of fans, followers, co-actresses and co-actors, directors etc...forever... humming: "Main Zindagi ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya... har fiqr ko dhuyen mein uraata chala gaya..."

"JAJABOR (The Nomad)", Dr. Bhupen Hazarika leaves us forever!!!

bhupen   Born on the 8th of September, 1926, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika breathed his last on the 05th of November, 2011 at exactly 16:37 hours in Mumbai Dhirubhai Ambani Medical Centre, after a multi-organ failure where he was initially admitted in the  ICU on the 30th of June this year with a respiratory trouble.

My first meeting with this man was in the year 1976 in Mahajati Sadan, where he and my father, Batuk Nandy shared the stage for an all-night musical extravaganza. At that time his songs; AMI EK JAJABOR, MANUSH MANUSHER JONNYE, DOLA HE DOLA, GANGA AMAAR MAA & AAJ JIBON KHUJE PAABI, were a rage among the Bengali Song aficionados all over the world. His typical 'nasal' tone appealed to me greatly as well as his vision of music itself; it was so global!

A PhD. from "Columbia University, New York" in Sociology, Dr. Hazarika was a true genius and an erudite man in the strict sense of the meaning.


jagjitsinghGhazal Samraat JAGJIT SINGH passed away this morning at about 0800 hours at the age of 70 in Mumbai.With his demise a very big chapter in Ghazals has come to an end. 

No one will sing and present Ghazals the way he used to do... to be very honest, no one even knows the 'magic' of bringing such a specialized subject like Ghazal into the hearts of common listeners, old and young alike, presenting it in such a romantic and easy manner that the listener is captivated in the very first line.

Born, in Rajasthan on the 08th of February, 1941, Jagjit Singh was and will forever remain the UN-DISPUTED king of Ghazals till Armageddon.

BAISHE SRABON (2011) Bengali Movie Review by Nilanjann Nandy


Calcutta, September 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) I was waiting for this movie since the day the promos hit the tube! Reasons were many...

The Six Scenes That Set MAUSAM (2011) Bollywood Film Apart: Hindi Movie Review


One of the "most well made and unforgettable Romantic Saga" ever made in this country.

Certainly not for those people for whom a romantic film only means over-dramatic situations, mega stars, unrealistic script and unnecessary songs!!!

Jiyo Pankaj Kapur!!!

Review by Nilanjann N.