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RIMA MUKHERJEE - An Exclusive Musical Chat with the Renowned Bengali & Hindi Film Songs Playback Singer (WBRi Interview-Feature)

Singer Rima MukherjeeCalcutta, July 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of  WBRi, Soumitra Talukdar talks to Rima Mukherjee, the popular and acclaimed Hindi and Bengali film songs playback singer, in an informal and intimate video interview. This is a very special interview feature where Rima chats about her musical background, training and career, and being equally adept in Hindi as well as Bengali, spontaneously sings some wonderfully nostalgic songs, including O Akash Sona Sona, Dafliwale, a song from her memorable first Bengali film that was nominated for Anandalok Award for Best Playback singer (female) and many more over the course of this adda.

Rima started training as a singer from Srimati Sabita Mukherjee from the age of just two and a half years. After that she trained with Sri Asit Sengupta and Pandit Girish Chatterjee. Her first break as a singer was from music director Snehashish Chakraborty in a Bengali TV Serial. She sang in many tele-films and TV shows on popular Bengali TV channels, including on ETV Bangla, Akash Bangla and Rupashi Bangla. Rima subsequently moved into a spectacular career in playback singing in Bengali and Bollywood Hindi films.

Rima was nominated for Best Playback Singer at Anandalok Award 2004 for the film Gandagol directed by Haranath Chakraborty, and for Suthol Telecine Awards 2007 for the film Shakaal Sandhaya directed by Swapan Saha.

Singer Rima MukherjeeRima has worked with well-known composers like Anand Milind, Babul Bose (interview), Ashok Bhadra, S. P. Venkatesan, Ashoke Raj, Chandan Roy Chowdhury, Rishab, Asim Chatterjee and Snehashish Chakraborty.

Over her distinguished and continuing career, Rima has performed songs in almost 40 Bengali, Hindi and south-Indian movies, including duets with Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawela, Shreya Ghosal, Priya Bhattacharya and Javed Ali. She has worked with most top directors in Tollywood Bengali Film industry like Haranath Chakraborty, Swapan Saha, Ravi Kinagi and Sujit Guha.

Rima has recently released a Rabindra Sangeet album under the label of Purple Music (MP3 Download).

Some of the movies featuring songs by Rima include Gandagol, Baazi, Manik, Raju Uncle, Hungama, Maharan, Mastan, Swapno, Shokal Sandhya, Agni Pariksha, Jeeban Saathi, Prem, Narir Samman, Partner, Baazimat, Blood, Muqabla, Narir Protishodh, Premi No 1, Apon Shatru and Piriti Kathaler Atha.

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Interview - SHYAMAL SENGUPTA - Renowned Lyricist of Bollywood Hindi and Kolkata Bengali Movie Songs & Film Screenplay Writer

Shyamal Sengupta - Kolkata Bengali Movie Lyricist WriterCalcutta, July 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio, Mou Sanyal talks to famous Bengali movie songs' lyrics and film screen-play writer Shyamal Sengupta in an exclusive video interview captured on camera by Soumitra Talukdar.

In his childhood, Shyamal Sengupta had a knack for writing. His first album as a lyric writer was released from Sahana Cassettes sung by singer Anand with music composition by Babul Bose (interview) in the year 1980.

In the year 1985 he went to Mumbai. The famous Bollywood actor Danny Denzongpa and singer Swapna Chatterjee sang songs on his lyrics in an album with Babul Bose’s music direction. After that, he joined the Venus Music Company as a Bengali lyric writer.

As a lyric writer he became very busy at this time when two cassettes from Mumbai and two cassettes from Kolkata were released simultaneously from Venus and Sagarika.

Watch the full interview.

Interview: Tollywood Hero Anshuman Gupta on His Career in Bengali Movies

Anshuman GuptaWashington DC, July 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Angshuman Gupta is a rising star of Tollywood. He started his career in the glamour world as a model. In 2006, he participated in Grasim Mr. India and he got the chance in final round there as one of the Top Ten finalists.

After Grasim Mr. India contest, he signed some modeling assignments in Mumbai and he was trying to establish his career there.

Scope was limited in Mumbai as competition was very tough and he did not have mentor there.

But he did not give up and he tried to be an actor so he joined renowned Prithwi Theatre there to learn acting.

Watch our exclusive video interview feature on Angshuman.

Interview: Award-Winning Film-Maker Indrasis Acharya On "Living Beyond the Line" and "Ektu Antorikotar Jonno"

Indrasis Acharya - Writer-Director of Award-Winning Bengali Films Washington, DC, July 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Indrasis Acharya based in Kolkata chats with Arijit Chakraborty about his films and his next big project in this audio interview broadcast.

In spite of not being a professional film-maker, his first two short films "Living Beyond the Line" and "Ektu Antorikotar Janya" did remarkably well in the film festival circuit, both winning critical acclaim and a slew of awards.

Working a full-time job in a Multi-National information technology organization means Indrasis can pursue his passion for making films only after work, which naturally led him to try short films first.

Interview - Singer Somlata On Her Bengali Movie Songs & Anjan Dutta's Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na, Bappaditya's Elar Char Adhyay

Playback Artist SOMLATA ACHARYA CHOWDHURY - Singer in Bengali Film SongsWashington, DC, July 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In this audio interview broadcast, Arijit Chakraborty chats with Somlata, the primary female playback singer in Anjan Dutta's (interview) latest Bengali feature film "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na". Somlata talks about her background and career, and describes her fascinating experience in singing songs originally composed and performed by Anjan Dutta, that too in a film directed by Anjan-da!

Pianist, Singer & Composer Debanjalee Banerjee Talks About "Rimjhim" Bengali Modern Songs Album (Anwesha & Debanjalee)

Debanjalee Badopadhyay - Singer & Co-Composer of RIMJHIM (Bihaan Audio)Washington DC, July 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Singer-Composer Debanjali Banerjee talks to Arijit Chakraborty about the international Bengali modern songs album "Rimjhim" (a Bihaan Music release) for which she has composed a couple of songs, including the title track that is performed by the prodigal Indian singer Anwesha Dutta Gupta (interview). Debanjalee has also performed two of the songs in "Rimjhim" - "Chena Ki Ochena" (a song that will invoke 1980s nostalgia with  Alisha Chinoy and Nazia Hussan ) and "Shudhu Gaan" - a number with heavy Jazz influence.

RIMJHIM - Anwesha & Debanjalee - Full Songs MP3 Audio Album Download: To listen to producer and co-composer Aninda Bose online and download "Rimjhim" feat. Anwesha & Debanjalee in MP3 Bengali audio songs format, check out our exclusive interview-feature on Aninda Bose.

Debanjalee grew up in Tanzania and Zambia, and is a trained western classical pianist who has performed with Indian and American artists in concerts. She has also composed and written a couple of songs in Rimjhim. Debanjalee now lives in New Jersey.

Listen to Debanjalee share with us the story of the making of "Rimjhim" exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview - Singer Anweshaa Dutta Gupta on International Bengali Modern Songs Album RIMJHIM, Her Background & New Film Songs

Indian Singer Anweshaa Dutta GuptaWashington DC, July 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The prodigal Bengali and Bollywood (and Tamil and other regional languages!) singer Anweshaa Dutta Gupta started taking singing lessons from her mother Mita Duttagupta when very young, and subsequently commenced her training in North Indian Classical vocals when she was barely four years old from her Guruji Shri Jayanta Sarkar, who she still is a student of.

In this informal chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Anwesha talks about her grooming in the world of music, and especially about her latest album "RIMJHIM" which is an international production of Aninda Bose (interview) recorded in a studio in New Jersey.

Rimjhim - Anwesha-Debanjalee MP3 Download: To listen to producer and co-composer Aninda Bose and download "Rimjhim" feat. Anwesha & Debanjalee in MP3 Bengali audio songs format, check out our exclusive interview-feature on Aninda Bose.

Anwesha expresses her gratitude to Debanjalee Banerjee, the composer of the title song "Rimjhim", which she describes as a very sweet and romantic song. Thanks to Aninda's efforts, arrangements for recording and production were pretty complete before Anwesha arrived in New Jersey to sing her songs in the album. Her experience of working with the world-class musician and sound engineer (ex-bassist with Bon Jovi) Dan Skye was, not surprisingly, excellent. When Aninda sent her the finished tracks later, Anwesha was very impressed and thinks Dan did a great job in mixing. She says the recording experience in a studio in New Jersey was distinctly different from that in India - and the studio itself (Skylab Recording Studios) is in a quiet secluded "forest" as she describes.

Winner of numerous awards, Anwesha touches upon the importance of television reality competition shows and talent hunt programming as a platform that provides an opportunity to showcase the abilities of aspiring young and upcoming artists on a national (and sometimes international) level. Anwesha points out that this audio interview is another event that is in a way rooted to the exposure she has had in TV reality shows. She specifically mentions "Chhote Ustaad" as a talent-hunt show that pretty much launched her career - she immediately started getting offers to perform playback film songs for Bengali and Hindi films and eventually Tamil and songs in other Indian regional languages.

Anwesha considers her recent live appearance in Nashville, Tennessee as one of her most memorable performances. Other favorites of hers include her song "Megher Palok Chander Nolok" from director Amit Sen's (interview) Bengali film "Natobar Not Out" for which she recently won a Telecine Best Playback Singer Female award (she also won the Best Title Song award in the same ceremony for ETV Bangla show "Rojgere Ginni"). The lyrics of "Megher Palok" are written by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee (interview) who is the director of Uro Chithi, and music composition is by Debojyoti Mishra (interview). Anwesha's experience in recording Tamil film songs in studios in Chennai is also very thrilling - listen to her describe that experience in her own words!

Anwesha currently has her plate full - she is singing a great number of songs for South Indian and Hindi movies, including the upcoming Bollywood film "Luv U Soniyo" in which we will see the Indian cinema debut of Tanuj Virani, son of veteran Bollywood actress Rati Agnihotri.

Listen to the full interview with Anwesha audio exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Composer-Producer Aninda Bose on Bengali Album RIMJHIM feat. Anweshaa & Debanjalee | Bengali MP3 Songs Download

ANWESA RIMJHIM BENGALI SONGS AUDIO ALBUM By Anindya BasuWashington, DC, July 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aninda Bose is a co-composer and the producer of international Bengali modern songs album "Rimjhim" released under the label of Bihaan Music of Kolkata. Aninda talks to Arijit Chakraborty about the music album, his background and how he came about making Rimjhim with Anweshaa Dutta Gupta and Debanjalee performing the songs.

Listen to Aninda, watch the music video of Rimjhim feat. Anwesha & Debanjalee, and download the album in MP3 audio format online.

Bengali Film ICCHE (2011) - Interview: Shiboprasad Mukherjee & Nandita Roy with Sohini Sengupto, Samadarshi Dutta, Bidita Bag

Calcutta, July 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Produced by Vignesh Films Production and Co-Produced by Encash Entertainment Pvt Ltd. , Icche is the forthcoming feature film, based on a story by eminent author Suchitra Bhattacharya revolves around the tangible relationship between and obsessive mother and her son.

Mrinal Sen, Bratya Basu and Suchitra Bhattacharya
Mrinal Sen, Bratya Basu and Suchitra Bhattacharya at ICCHE (Bengali, 2011) Movie Web-site launch

I got the opportunity to interact with Icche director duo Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy recently along with actors Sohini Sengupta, Samadarshi Dutta (interview) and Bidita Bag. We missed actors; Honourable Minister of Higher Education of State of West Bengal, Bratya Basu and Ruplekha Mitra a lot that evening.

The directors and actors shared their experiences with Icche that day.

Watch the video interview of the directors and most of the star cast of ICCHE. A Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.

SOHORTOLI Bangla Band from Dhaka & Songs from Latest Album Release "Borabor Sohortoli" (WBRi Feature)

Washington, DC, July 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Bangla rock music group "SHOHORTOLI" was formed in 2004. During that period it had no name! In 2005, it got a name which is "SHOHORTOLI"! Back then it was a 3-member band which now has 5 members in it's family.

Bangladeshi Bangla Band Sohortoli in Concert

"SHOHORTOLI" usually feel free to work on Soft Rock, Mellow Rock, India/Bangladesh Territorial Rock, Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Fusion Rock, Folk Fusion, Symphonic Rock and Psychedelic genres. Indeed it invented and introduced a new genre "THEATRICAL ROCK".

Bangladeshi Bangla Band Sohortoli in Concert

It's their first effort in the mixed album "NAS" putting an individual signature the Entire Music Scenario of BANGLADESH with the help of the unique plotting and texture of the song and genre!

Read all about the Bangla band and listen to their songs from their latest album release "Borabor Sohortoli".

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