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Interview: Kevin Dalvi - Co-Director, Simanaheen (2013) Bangla Movie Chats with Gurjeet Singh on WBRi

Writer, Director and Producer Kevin Dalvi

Kevin Dalvi was born in India and grew up in the United States. His interest in film-making blossomed early on when, through one of his family friends, he watched shooting of the Bollywood blockbuster "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun", including filming of Madhuri Dixit dancing to the legendary Hindi film song "Didi Tera Dewar Deewana". In this exclusive audio interview, Kevin gets candid with Gurjeet Singh on WBRi about Simanaheen, his career in film making, his other film "Promise Land" that is also about to open in theaters, and next projects.



British Asian producer DJ Dips Releases "Ik Kurri" Feat. Inderjeet Nikku

DJ Dips - Ik Kurri (ft Inderjeet Nikku) [4Play Recordings Ltd]DJ Dips previously presented the Bhangra scene with foot tapping, shoulder shaking dance floor tracks such as 'Nachale Sanu Naal', 'Tohar' and 'Gerra De De' and now he brings fans another sure-fire party hit with 'Ik Kurri'.

Watch an interview, listen to the exciting promo free online and download MP3 from iTunes. More details at WBRI.


SURER RAMDHANU RONGE by Partha - Parna: Listen to New Bengali Audio Songs Album Release (Gathani Records)

A contemporary romantic music album featuring Bengali modern songs (Bangla Adhunik Gan) "Shurer Ramdhanu Ronge" (Tunes in Colors of a Rainbow) by the popular duo Partha and Parna (who we have featured before along with their acclaimed album "Emotions") was released by Gathani Records, Kolkata for Puja 2012. This album was released at the prestigious TARA CLUB program on TARA MUZIK channel, on July 17th, at the venue ICCR, Kolkata. Eminent singers such as Abhijit Bose and Pt Santanu Bandopadhyay added to the glory of the event by their presence.

Album Cover

The songs are composed by their friend - renowned Kolkata based singer and composer Shuvodeep Mukherjee. The lyrics are written by acclaimed lyricist Gautam-Susmit, Saptarshi and Dr. S.D. Chatterjee. The music arrangement was beautifully done by Sri Partha Chatterjee.

Bangla Adhunik - Bengali Modern Songs New Audio Album Launch

Listen to the Bengali audio songs album free online exclsuively via WBRi, in association with Gathani records.



MON BEDOUIN: Listen to Suvodeep Mukherjee's Bengali Audio Songs from New Romantic Album (Gathani Records)

Kolkata based singer and composer Suvodeep Mukherjee's  Puja 2012 album "MON BEDOUIN" was released by Gathani Records, Kolkata. This melodius and romantic album is all set to impress Bengali music lovers. The music is composed by Suvodeep himself, Shri Kundan Saha and Shri Kalyan Sen Barat while the lyrics has been composed by renowned lyricist Gautam-Susmit, Saptarshi and Dr. S.D. Chatterjee.

Listen to the Bengali modern songs audio album free online via WBRi, in association with Gathani Records, Kolkata.

Mon Bedouin Bengali Songs Album by Suvodeep Mukherjee


Somranjan Chakraborty - North Indian Instrumental Classical Guitar Chaturangui Artist (WBRi Feature)

Somranjan Chakraborty - North Indian Hindustani Classsical Instrumental Slide GuitarOne of the most talented Indian Classical Guitarists of the younger generation SOMRANJAN has the subtlety and sweetness in Raga  rendition and great energy on the stage.




PARIJAAT: The Bangla Folk Fusion Band from Kolkata (WBRi Feature)

One rainy evening of July 2007, a group of young men with dreams in their souls felt an inexorable need to express their thoughts, feelings and desires about the present society and the times. They decided to do so the only way they knew. Music, only Music, and nothing but Music.

And from that very moment the ball started rolling. Parijaat Bangla Band had arrived.


Interview: Actor Chandrachur Singh on his background, films, acting career and Bengali connection

Chandrachur Singh and Jyoti SinghChandrachur Singh in his debut role, won a Filmfare Best Debut Award in 1996 for his remarkable performance in Tere Mere Sapne, and followed it up with his acclaimed appearance in the film Maachis opposite Tabu. He has appeared in numerous subsequent films, like Daag and Josh. This year, his most recent releases are Chaar Din Ki Chandni and Prem Mayee. His upcoming films include Zilla Ghaziabad and The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by renowned film-maker Mira Nair.



Spirit of Siliguri: A Fun Song Dedicated to the 2nd Largest City in West Bengal

Spirit of Siliguri Audio Song Album CoverSiliguri, West Bengal, India, Nov 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) "Spirit of Siliguri" is a fun song from Siliguri, to Siliguri and by the people of Siliguri. It is the result of a sustained collaboration between people.



Interview: Internationally Acclaimed Rabindrasangeet Artist Shreya Guhathakurta

Shreya GuhathakurtaCleveland / Pittsburgh, Oct 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed Rabindrasangeet singer Shreya Guhathakurta chats with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio during Shreya's 2012 North American tour in this interview.

As most of our audience is aware of, Shreya is a grand-daughter of Shubho Guhathakurta, founder of Dakshini and Gitabitan Tagore music and arts schools in Kolkata. Shreya therefore naturally grew up in an environment of Rabindrasangeet. Though her institutional training on Rabindrasangeet is from Dakshini, given her family background she has been fortunate enough to learn from stalwarts like Kanika Bandopadhyay who Shreya considers to be a second grandmother. Shreya took lessons from Mohordi from age 7 and is still learning music from her uncle Sudeb Guha Thakurta.



Interview: NIHARICA RAIZADA on her dual careers, Bollywood films, Bengali movie "Damadol" and Much More

Niharica Raizada

Niharica RaizadaBesides her dazzling beauty, Niharica Raizada has a strong mind and a willingness to work hard - traits which made it possible for her to work at Johns Hopkins from 9 AM to 5 PM, take a train to New York to pursue acting / modeling from 9 PM to 1 AM, catch a train back to Baltimore (the last train, as she points out) and show up for work the next day. Hard work pays and today Niharica, a fully qualified medical doctor, has decided to pursue her interests in acting and the performing arts in Mumbai, India and has already been signed up for three films by a major Bollywood production house with the first of the three going on the floors in January of 2013. She will also appear in a Bengali film song in Manoj Michigan's Kolkata Bangla movie "Damadol".

In this exclusive interview with Minakshi Bajpai on Washington Bangla Radio Niharica talks about her dual careers, childhood, growing up, her famous grandfather, her Bengali and Hindi films, the man of her dreams and much more.

Niharica RaizadaNiharica appears in the Bengali film "Damadol" (her debut feature film) and will be seen in lead roles in three films already in the pipeline. The producers of Damadol were looking for a fresh "naive looking" face for Damadol directed by Manoj Michigan. Someone passed on a picture of Niharica and the Damadol crew watched her performance in Mumbai. She was offered the role soon after. Niharica is very particular about the roles she plays - in this case, her appearance is in a Bengali film song in Damadol (an "item number" or "item song") titled "Ami gorom cha". She checked out the song (written by lyricist Rana Mazumder and music composed by Bengali music director  Pritam) in Mumbai and liked it, and accepted the role. Bengali Actor Saswata Chatterjee (who was seen recently in "Kahaani") also appears with Niharica Raizada in the song. The song goes something like  Ami gorom cha / phoo diye kha ...

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