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Interview: Bengali Actress ARPITA MUKHERJEE On Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath & her films

[Bengali Actress Arpita Mukherjee]Washington, DC, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with Bengali film actress Arpita Mukherjee in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India where Arpita is shooting for one of her upcoming films. We have previously watched Arpita in director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa and Jeena The Endless Love (Buy Bengali Film DVD in USA) co-starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee and Indrani Haldar, and her latest film Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath also directed by Sanghamitra opened in theaters in Kolkata a few days ago marking the first film release commemorating Gurudev's 150th birth anniversary. Arpita has also appeared in Tollywood Bengali films like Mama-Bhagne, Haranath Chakraborty's Jor Jar Muluk Tar (DVD) and quite a few Odiya movies.

Arpita's ongoing film projects at this time include a Bengali love-story directed by Dayal Acharya (of Lajja - The Shame (Bengali, 2010) fame) and a film in Odiya.

Interview: Tollywood Actor Souryadeep Ghosh on "Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath" (2011) and Forthcoming Hindi & Bengali Movies

[Bengali Actor Souryadeep Ghosh]Washington, DC, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul talks to Souryadeep Ghosh in this audio interview with young upcoming actor from Kolkata. Souryadeep debuted in the world of Bengali cinema with a role of an assistant art director in award-winning film-maker Atanu Ghosh's (interview) Angshumaner Chobi, and subsequently appeared in Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa. He plays a lead role in Sanghamitra's docu-feature Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath that recently premiered in Kolkata on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birthday.

Listen to the on-demand audio interview broadcast exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Director Agnishwar Mukherjee Talks About Bengali Short Film "A"

[Agnishwar Mukherjee]"A" Bengali Short FilmWashington, DC, May 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with film-maker Agnishwar Mukherjee in Kolkata to record this audio interview. Agnishwar is making a short film titled "A".

An Out Of Box Entertainment presentation, "A" is in some ways an experimental film exploring human psychology and stars Malay Ghosh, Satpal, Neha Gupta & Sanjoy Saha.

Interview: Pouroosh Sorcar (P C Sorcar Master) Talks About Magic & Bengali Movie "Baaj"

[Actor Magician Pouroosh Sorcar, P C Sorcar Master]Washington D.C., May 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Pouroosh Sorcar, the famous Magician P C Sorcar Master, chats with Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio about his background, experience, magic shows, Bengali film Baaj (2011) and many other topics the day before he left for Chennai for a multi-month Magic show.

Pouroosh is the only grandson of Jadoo Samrat P. C. Sorcar Sr., son of P. C. Sorcar Young, and goes by the stage name P. C. Sorcar Master. He learned magic from his father. Along with his profession as a magician, he has also recently entered into the world of Bangla movies.

In this informal but candid talk, Pouroosh touches on the challenges of being a live performer and invariably facing technical difficulties, and believes that how one faces these moments truly defines a magician's personality.

Sounak Chattopadhyay in Toronto: Interview

[Sounak at the National Mall, Washington DC]Washington, DC, May 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sounak Chattopadhyay, one of the brightest shining stars of the young generation of contemporary Indian Classical vocal artists who is also known for his sterling presentation of Rabindra Sangeet, was recently in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to perform at the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School on St.Andrews Blvd. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Sounak in Toronto in this wonderful chit-chat with the young maestro, a performance of special significance to Sounak because he is himself an alumnus of the famous Don Bosco school of Kolkata at Park Circus.

Sounak speaks to Washington Bangla Radio from Toronto and sings a few lines for us.

Interview: Anupam Roy - The New Music Star of Tollywood Bengali Cinema

[Anupam Roy]Calcutta, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) He was very shy in childhood but he used to communicate through music even then. From his early days he likes to eat, drink and sleep music. When he was very young, this brilliant student sang songs of Rabindranath Tagore at different cultural functions as well as in school. Now he is the new icon of Bengali Music for his lyrics, composition and definitely singing. Meet music director Anupam Roy whose composition “Amake Amaar Moto Thakte Dao” from the film Autograph has broken many records in Bengal’s music History.

Listen to Anupam Roy speak to Subhomoy Mukherjee on Washington Bangla Radio.

Ganer Adda - The Bengali Band from Mumbai: Interview & Live Performances

Washington DC, April 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) An upcoming Band group named GANER ADDA at J B Nagar, Andhery East Mumbai , where Soumitra Talukdar on behalf of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Rohit Roy, Bob and Mayuk Sarkar (Tipu) with their  live musical extempore performances at their workshop.

Watch the video-feature and listen to Ganer Adda on Washington Bangla Radio.

Suddhasatya Ghosh Presents Babumoshai by Sankha Ghosh & Ebar Hoyeche Sandhya by Shakti Chattopadhyay

Continuing our series of Bengali poem recitation (Bangla Kobita Abritti) by Suddhasatya Ghosh, presenting Babumoshai by Sankha Ghosh and Ebar Hoyeche Sandhya by Shakti Chattopadhyay recited by Ghosh.

Interview: Film & Theater Actress Sonali Chatterjee (Bengali Movie Kono Ek Meye, ETV Serial Sholo Ana and more)

[Kono Ek Meye (2011) Bengali New Movie Poster]April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actress Sonali Chatterjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this candid but indformal audio interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

Sonali Chatterjee plays the lead role in the Bengali film Kono Ek Meye directed by Indranil Banerjee (interview). Sonali grew up in the Dumdum-Nagerbazar neighborhood of Kolkata, and after graduating, commenced on a career in acting with roles in Television programs. She is a lead actress in Bengali TV serials (like the mega-serial Sholo Ana on ETV Bangla [watch live Bengali TV channels online on PC or TV]) and her recent films include Sunando Mitra's Ogo Bodhu Sundari (2010) where she played the role of Opekkha, Satabdi Roy's Paribartan (awaiting release), Rituparno Ghosh's Shob Choritro Kalponik (2010) [buy Bengali film DVD in USA], Aniruddha Bhattacharya's Box Number 1313 (2009) [USA DVD release] and others.

Interview: Bengali Film-Maker Indranil Banerjee Talks About KONO EK MEYE (2011), SHIKAR UTSAV (2007) & His Movies

[Bengali Film-Maker Indranil Banerjee]Calcutta, April 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indranil Banerjee is an independent film-maker from Kolkata who has previously made a couple of documentaries and a short film. Indranil chats with Arijit Chakraborty on WBRi in this informal but candid audio interview.

[A still from Kono Ek Meye]

His first Bengali fiction short film Kono Ek Meye takes up women's rights and portrays the evils of sexual molestation of the girl child, which, in most cases, is perpetrated by close family members - a six-year old girl's uncle in the case in Indranil's film.

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