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Interview: Acclaimed Writer-Journalist NIRENDRA DEV On His Books

[NIRENDRA NARAYAN DEV]Washington, DC, March 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Nirendra Narayan Dev is a well-known name in the world of political journalism in India. His books Ayodhya - Battle for Peace, The Talking Guns North East India, and Godhra - A Journey to Mayhem, have been critically acclaimed in observers and commentators on the political scenario of India. He is not only a writer, he is also associated with and a special correspondent of one of India’s and the World's most revered news dailies - The Statesman. Nirendra spared a few minutes to talk to Bidisha on WBRi about the political scene in India, about journalism, plagiarism and his current and future projects.


Director Reema Mukherjee talks about her debut Hindi feature film ARDHANGINI EK ARDHSATYA (2011) - Interview

[Ardhangini Ek Ardhasatya]Michigan, USA, March 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Reema Mukherjee is a debutant director and her first step into the film industry is with Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya, the Hindi feature film adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ghare Bairey.’ Reema took some time out of her busy schedule and spoke to WBRi about her current project and even about the upcoming ones.


Payel Kar - The Rapidly Upcoming and Talented Singer from Kolkata: WBRi Exclusive Interview-Feature

[Kolkata Bengali Singer Payel Kar]Calcutta, March 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The young and rapidly upcoming Bengali singer Payel Kar from Kolkata talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee in this informal chit-chat. Also listen to a few songs by Payel, including one written by Rabi Guha Majumdar with music by S D Burman.


Director Sushanta Pal Choudhury On Bengali Movies APARAJITA, ANTARDAHO, AJO DUCHOKHE TUMI, AAMAAR SHOPNO TUMI (Interview)

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Calcutta, March 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Susanta Pal Choudhury is known in Tollywood as a sensible director. He started his career as a freelance journalist at the time of studying ground engineering. That time he came in touch with film journalist Tapas Banerjee, who was directing 'Raja Sona' starring Subhendu Chatterjee around 1985-86. Sushanta got the opportunity there to copy the script.

After that he completed his masters in Drama from Rabindrabharati University in 1989. Then he worked with Ajit Ganguly as third assistant director in Biday starring Prasenjit Chatterjee and Satabdi Roy. There he started his acting career too as replacement of Shakti Thakur. That time he acted in “Katha Dilam’ too. But he was keen on directing films.

In early 1990s, he met renowned director Sukhen Das and his son Rajat Das and joined them as chief assistant director. Read all about the current and forthcoming fils by Susanta.


Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in AVATAR - A meeting of Celestial Strings (Live Concert Audio Recording)

Calcutta, March 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Siddha presented Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in Avatar - Meeting of Celestial Strings, a live concert on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Calcutta School of Music at 7 pm Indian time. The concept of Avatar was "If God manifests before man, his shape and form or Avatar, will be music."

To explore this celestial reincarnation, Grammy nominee Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, the pioneer creator and inventor of Indian slide guitar, chose the medium of divine celestial strings, his Trinity of Guitars – the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, a family of new generation slide guitars.

The accompanists for Pandit Bhattacharya are international classical and acoustic guitar virtuosos Johannes Möller of Sweden, Nutavut Ratanakarn of Thailand and Matthias Muller of Germany. Mike McCormick of Canada on Electric Guitar and Nishad Pandey of Australia on Western Classical Guitar ably assist them. The Indian musicians in this heavenly parade are Biplaw Singh on Western Classical Guitar, Subhashish Bhattacharya on Tabla, Mainak “Bumpy” Nagchowdhury on Bass Guitar, Somranjan Chakraborty on Anandi (the third eye of the Trinity of Guitars), Soumyajyoti Ghosh on Bansuri, Raja Mukherjee on Western Violin, Charu Hariharan on Mridangam and Sambit Chatterjee on Western Drums. These musicians have collaborated for a week, creating new compositions based on Indian Ragas, Western Classical Music and Thai Music.

Read all about the concert and the musicians and listen to audio clips online on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio broadcast service.



Sreelekha Mitra talks about Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya and her films 7 days, Uro Chithi, Kalidas O Chemistry, Mondo Meye Bhalo Meye

[Sreelekha in Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya Hindi Film Poster]Michigan, USA, March 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sreelekha Mitra is a remarkable actress and a widely known name in the worlds of Bengali and Indian cinema, television and advertisement. Her memorable performances in award winning films like Mondo meyer upakhhan (DVD), Kantatar (DVD), Tolly Lights (DVD), Smiriti Medur are just to name a few.

Sreelekha kindly spared some time out of her busy schedule to talk to Bidisha on WBRi. We are confident you will spend a wonderful time listening to Sreelekha talk about herself, her recent Hindi film Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya and other upcoming films.


Actor Samadarshi Dutta talks about BHOOTER BHOBISHYOT, AMI ADU, APARICHITA and other Bengali Movies - Interview

[Samadarshi Dutta]Germantown, Maryland, March 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tollywood actor Samadarshi Dutta talks to Arijit Chakraborty on WBRi in this informal and candid audio interview.

The emergence of Samadarshi as an actor is not a coincidence - Samadarshi has always been passionate about acting. Pursuing his keen interest and passion early on, Samadarshi played a nuymber of roles on stage in theater productions, as well as Television shows for a couple of months. Soon, he appeared in a hugely competitve selection test for an acting course at the renowned Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. This course was shut down in 1976 but was revived in 2004, and Samadarshi is glad he was selected.


Producer Mayukh Chatterjee (Purple Motion Pictures) Talks About STREET LIGHT (2011), SAPATH and more Bengali Movies - Interview

[Cast & Crew of Tollywood Movie STREET LIGHT (STREETLIGHT) At Audio Launch]Michigan, USA, March 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mayukh Chatterjee's organization, Purple Motion Pictures, is the producer of the Bengali film ‘Streetlight’ - he is a managing partner of Purple Music Company and Purple Motion Pictures in Kolkata. He spoke to WBRi about their recent films, about his company’s future projects and about the current music industry.

His company Purple Music, one of the leading music companies in Kolkata, has acquired the audio rights of 52 Bengali films in the year 2009-10.This lead the partners of the music company to think of venturing into production of films. In 2010 they decided to go for their first film project and the announcement of this was made on 24th of July 2010.


"I will direct another film this year" Arjun Chakraborty talks about Bengali movies STREET LIGHT, ALBUM, his past & future work


[ARJUN CHAKRABORTY]Michigan, USA, March 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) For over 25 years Arjun Chakraborty has been a bright star in the skies of Cinema (both Hindi & Bengali), Rabindrasangeet, theater and direction.  He has worked with quite a few renowned and respected film makers in the industry, K Balachander, Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha just to name a few  and today he is also a known name in the world of Rabindrasangeet. Arjun-da talks to Bidisha on WBRi and shares some of his experiences and his thoughts on his forthcoming Bengali movies STREET LIGHT and ALBUM with our listeners and readers.

About his childhood /teenage days and entry into films:

"I was born in a remote village of Rajasthan; my father was a doctor who was keen on social service and had moved to this part of the country to serve the people and his country. I grew up with nature, amid fields, sands, horse and camel rides. Kites and water from the wells was a part of life….it was a very different kind of childhood from all other Bengali boys of my age. When I was ready for college, I wanted to study science and took admission in Maharana Bhopal College of Udaipur. The projection room of the college was a big draw for all the students where films were screened. When a few 18 year olds met, the debate on films would reach its height. A friend had challenged me to make a film myself and then prove my arguments ...

Listen to Arjun-da chat informally with Bidisha about his illustrious career in films and music, his current movies STREET LIGHT and ALBUM and his forthcoming projects exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.



Tollywood Actor Ritwick Chakraborty Talks About Bengali Films NECKLACE, BAKITA BEKTIGOTO and other movies

[NECKLACE (2011) Bengali Movie Poster]Michigan, USA, March 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ritwick Chakraborty is a known name in the current world of Bengali cinema. His performance in films like cross connection, smriti medur and necklace has left deep impressions on the minds of the audience. Today, we have him in our Michigan studios and he has kindly agreed to talk to WBRi about his films.

Listen to Ritwick Chakraborty in this exclusive audio interview broadcast on Washington Bangla Radio.



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