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Washington DC, April 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) HealingPAQ teaches the art and science of self healing, distance healing and healing of living earth using love, joy, peace and compassion and our unique connection to divine love, light and energy.

Interview: Bengali Film-maker Sanghamitra Chaudhuri & her films BIDEHIR KHONJE RABINDRANATH, ROOH, STRINGS OF PASSION & more

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Writer-Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri]Washington DC, April 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, the young and talented Bengali film-maker from Kolkata, chats with Arijit Chakraborty about her films in this audio interview. At the time of the interview, her new film Jibon Rong Berong had just opened in theaters in Calcutta. Her forthcoming films include Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath - a film on an unexplored aspect of Rabindranath Tagore, Strings of Passion, a movie on alternative lifestyles, ROOH - a film about a HIV-positive girl and so on.

Listen to the audio interview broadcast with Sanghamitra Chaudhuri exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio telecast service.

Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's prior films include Raat Porir Rupkatha (2007) [buy Bengali Film DVD in USA] starring Bollywood veteran Jackie Shroff with Indrani Haldar;  Jeena: The Endless Love (2009) [DVD] starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee, Indrani Haldar, and Arpita Mukherjee with music by Shamik Sinha; Chakra (2007) [DVD] starring Jishu Sengupta, Koel Banerjee, Rajatava Dutta, Rupa Bhattacharya and Manoj Mitra with music by Saikat Deb; Rahasya The Bhoutik (2009) [DVD] starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee, Chandni Dey, Swarna Kamal Dutta, Debashree Roy and Sumit Ganguly with music by Debasish Chowdhury; and Premer Phande Kakatua (2009) starring Jishu Sengupta, Aishwarya Basu , Biswanath Basu, Jayjit Banerjee, Kanchan Mullick, Kaushik Chakraborthy, Rupanjana, Tanima Sen, Paran Bandhopadhyay, Siddhartha , Lama and Priyambada Sarkar. In addition, Sanghamitra has also directed acclaimed documentaries and a slew of advertisements.

Amar Maa (2010) Goes to Cannes: Samir Banerjee, Sujoy Banerjee & Anyesha Das Share their Excitement (Interview)

Germantown, Maryland, April 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In the year 2001 a group of Indian-American professionals decided to form ‘SB Talkies’ pursuing their passion for movies and the art of making films. A decade later, a film of theirs has been selected for screening at the Short Film Corner at the revered Cannes International Film Festival, as well as festivals in New Zealand and Bangalore, India. The remarkable trio of young film-makers and producers Samir Banerjee, Sujoy Banerjee and Anyesha Das speak to Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio.

Samir Banerjee
Samir Banerjee

Samir Banerjee's Amar Maa (2010) stars Rachna Shah, Don Castro, Pallavi Desai, Uttara Desai and Avik Sur. The film is a Short Film Selection at Cannes. The cinematographer of Amar Maa is Katsumi Funahashi. The film has been shot on locations in New York City, New York.

Previous films by the trio include Junoon (2002) written by Sameer Banerjee, starring Suken Bhandari and directed by Sujoy Banerjee & Siddharth Sanghani; Sophie (2003) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee starring Preeti Pahwa, Omar Kapadia, Chiku; The Waiting (2004) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee, starring Kristen Childers, Avik Sur; and Gift Of Sight (2004) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee, starring Kristen, Laura, Sarah & Anoushka.

Listen to the trio in an informal chit-chat with WBRi.

Sujoy Banerjee
Sujoy Banerjee

Anyesha Das
Anyesha Das

Betty Boo : Rapper from Washington DC Making Souls Younger with her Music

[Betty Boo - The Beautiful Young Rapper From Washington DC]Washington DC, April 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Betty Boo has the vibe, personality and determination to put on a great show for all ages.

Betty Boo is a well known rap artist. She enjoys living her life with friends and family and she is also known for bringing the party to the party. Betty Boo performances can not be copied, her style and formation of the culture of rap music has determine her to be known as Ms.Grim rapper.

Listen to Betty Boo and watch her perform live via Washington Bangla Radio.

Kolkata Bangla Band KALPASHABDA Explores Sounds of Ethnic Folk Instruments of Bengal (Interview & Live Concert)

By Hirak Bhattacharyya

[KALPASHABDA Kolkata Bangla Band]Calcutta, March 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kalpashabda are a five-member Bengali folk-fusion music group (the term "band" is often used in Calcutta for such groups for unknown reasons) from Kolkata. With the help of their artistry in a traditional folk posture, the group has successfully created melodious and mysterious symphonic tunes.

Watch an exclusive video interview and Kalpashabda live performance via Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Steve Zerlin, Bassist and Rishabh Dhar, Pakhwaj Player of "Fingerprints" Fusion Ensemble

[Rishabh Dhar]Calcutta, April 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington, DC based Bassist Steve Zerlin and Kolkata based Indian Pakhwaj player Rishabh Dhar chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee in this audio interview about their music and the progressive fusion ensemble "Fingerprints" of which they are both members. This interview is primarily in Bengali with segments in English.

[Steve "Z-Man" Zerlin]

"Fingerprints" (www.pulsatingfingerprints.com) is a progressive fusion ensemble of Rishabh Dhar, John Wubbenhorst (Flute), Klaus Falshlunger (Sitar), Aditya Benia (Guitar), Walter Singer (Contrabass) and Steve Zerlin. The group, the brainchild of Rishabh, is an initiative towards weaving pure magic with their unique sound, combining Eastern with Western sounds. It is Rishabh’s foray into experimental music and the tracks cover everything from Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Latino music to Western Symphonic sounds - filtered by Rishabh’s Indian sensibilities.

Interview: Deepa talks to DJ Vix on Asian Star 101.6 FM radio's The Drivetime Show

[Deepa]London, UK, April 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Radio host Deepa plays athe superhit Bhangra-fusion song "Ah Chak Botal Daru Di" by DJ Vix & Shin, and talks to DJ Vix, the award-winning writer-composer-singer himself on the popular The Drivetime Show on Asian Star 101.6 FM radio in UK.

Rituparno Ghosh Talks About the Film MEMORIES IN MARCH (2010) - Interview

Washington, DC, March 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed Indian film-maker Rituparno Ghosh chats with Devasish Ray on WBRi about the film Memories In March written by Ghosh and in which Ghosh appears as an actor playing a lead role. Memories In March is directed by Sanjay Nag and stars Deepti Naval, Rituparno Ghosh and Raima Sen in leading roles. Music is composed by Debajyoti Mishra (WBRi interview).

Listen to Rituparno Ghosh speak in this exclusive Washington Bangla Radio feature presentation.

Interview - Director Sanjay Nag on his film MEMORIES IN MARCH (2010): Rituparno Ghosh's Role is Mature, Focused and Subtle

Washington, DC, March 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Memories In March directed by Sanjay Nag opens across the world on April 1, 2011. Sanjay Nag spared a few minutes for Subhomoy Mukherjee to talk about the film, his background and his experience of making the film which stars internationally acclaimed writer-director Rituparno Ghosh, award-winning actress Deepti Naval and Raima Sen in lead roles. As you will hear in this informal and candid chat in Bengali, Memories In March is a film on relationships about a mother who loses her son and travels to a different city, re-discovering her son in the form of memories of two people she had not known before.

Listen to Sanjay Nag share his thoughts from his unique director's point of view on Memories In March exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Film-Maker Sri Joydip talks about his films Bandemataram 2011, Beyond Harvard: The Mind of Nalanda

Germantown, Maryland, March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sri Joydip (Joydip Chakladar) is a film-maker from Calcutta, and talks to Arijit Chakraborty on WBRi in an informal and candid chat. Joydip has written and directed Bande Mataram 2010 (Bengali, 2010) that was screened at the 2010 Kolkata International Film Festival. He is currently working on two films - Bande Mataram 2011 and Beyond Harvard: The Mind of Nalanda - both expected to be complete and released later this year.

Listen to Joydip talk about his films.

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