On-Demand Audio Broadcast / Podcast

Interview | Kharaj Mukherjee - Bengali Movie Actor (Le Chakka, Cha E Chuti, Patalghar), Singer, Songwriter, Music Composer

June 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) As you know, Kharaj Mukhopadhyay is an acclaimed actor whose roles in films like Patalghar (PATALGHAR DVD Release in USA/Canada ») and Cha E Chuti have been appreciated by Bengali movie lovers. He plays a lead role in the film LE CHAKA which is in theaters at this time. A couple of weeks after this audio interview was recorded, Kharaj Mukherjee was bestowed an award for the best comedy role in Cha E Chuti (2010, Bengali) at the Film Awards Bengali (FAB) 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Aniket Chattopadhyay's Cha E Chuti itself won an award for the Best Experimental Bengali Film at FAB 2010.

Starting with Hulusthul (1980), some other films that Kharaj Mukherjee appeared in are Bhalobashar Choan (2000) [Buy Bengali movie DVD online] with Prasenjit Chatterjee, Mouli Ganguly; Prem (2007) [DVD] with Rajatava Dutta, Shreya Pandey, Debasree Dey; Rabi Kinnagi's Bhalobasha Bhalobasha (2008) [DVD] with Hiran Chatterjee, Srabanti Malakar; Raj Mukherjee's Love Story (2008) [DVD] with Anshuman, Varsha; and Arjun Chakraborty's Tollylights (2008) [DVD] with Sreelekha Mitra, Abhishek Chatterjee, Samaresh Chakraborty, Komolika Banerjee, Haradan Bose, Gita Dey, Arjun Chakraborty and others.

Kharaj is also a popular singer and music director. He composed and directed an excellent Bengali Drama album featuring Pratik Chowdhury, Rupankar, Subhamita, Kharaj, Jojo, Haimanti Shukla and Srikanto Acharya titled Bhushundir Maathe which is available for MP3 download HERE.

Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent, talks to Kharaj Mukherjee in an audio interview that you can listen to by pressing the Play button in the player above. Don't miss the little snippets of Kharaj's singing in the interview !

Subhomoy Mukherjee reports from Kolkata.


Interview | Canadian-Indian Film-maker Mukesh Asopa right after winning an award for The Taste Of Relation in 2010 Las Vegas IFF

Mukesh Asopa receiving an award for THE  TASTE OF RELATION at 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival |  Washington Bangla Radio exclusive Washington Bangla Radio caught up with acclaimed Canadian-Indian film-maker Mukesh Asopa just after he received an award for his film THE TASTE OF RELATION (2009) at the 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival.

The Taste of Relation has received a remarkable number of awards and international recognition, including

  • Rising Star Award- Canada International Film Festival-2010 (Vancouver)
  • Vista India-Global Cinema Festival-2009 (India)
  • Official Selection-Jaipur International Film festival-2010 (India)
  • Golden Palm Award-2010 -Mexico International Film Festival
  • Official Finalist Award-2010-Las Vegas Film Festival
  • Golden Aphrodite Award-Cyprus International Film Festival-2010
  • Van Gogh Award-2010-Amsterdam Film Festival-2010
  • Official Selection-Woshougal International Film Festival-2010-Washington

Listen to Mukesh Asopa talk about his feelings on receiving the award and also news about future projects that Mukesh may undertake with people he meets at these world-class film festivals.


Interview | Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey - Young Film Makers and Multi-faceted Creative Artists from Calcutta | WBRi Exclusive

Anamitra Roy - Bengali Movie DirectorANAMITRA ROY is a multi-faceted artistically talented young man from Kolkata. He is a well known parallel / experimental film-maker of the new generation, an accomplished poet, guitar player and artist, and has substantial contribution to and is an enthusiastic supporter of the little magazines in Bengal, among many other things.

Watch the theatrical trailer of Five No Budget Films.

Anamitra is a founding member of the independent film-making group LITTLE FISH EAT BIG FISH which released a five-film DVD in 2009 called Five No Budget Films (download the full movie DVD - click here) that included his own film "Jean Luc Godard Had No Script". He is a firm believer in the alternative / parallel cinema movement, and a strong supporter of the film as an art form more than a commercial product. He is barely out of his teens, and his energy and passion are infectious, and Washington Bangla Radio looks forward to seeing Anamitra as a powerful world-renowned film-maker before long.

Sriparna DeySRIPARNA DEY is also a founding member of Little Fish Eat Big Fish and a great cinema enthusiast herself, and a close friend of Anamitra. Sriparna is an accomplished artist and graphic designer among other things.

In this exclusive audio interview, Arijit Chakrabarty, Washington Bangla Radio, talks to both Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey in an informal and intimate setting. Anamitra and Sriparna talk about their childhood, their eclectic interests in various creative arts forms and how they got into film-making. They speak out boldly about the need for continuing importance of parallel / art-house cinema in Bengal and India, and analyze the Bollywoodization of Indian film and audiences preferences. Anamitra and Sriparna dwell on the interpretation of the terms like "Zero-Budget film" and "Micro-budget film", and of course about Little Fish Eat Big Fish, their members and mission.


Bengali Remix | DJ Aks presents Dushto Chele featuring Upol, Skib Khan and Sarah Ali from the album The Miracle

DJ Aks presents Dushto Chele featuring Upol, Skib Khan and Sarah Ali from the album The Miracle.

Washington Bangla Radio presents the latest Bengali DJ Remix that is taking Bangladesh Over. This song is also being aired on WBRi Live Bengali Radio channel.

Listen to the full audio song Exclusive Club version especially  for radio DJs.


Interview | Film-maker MALOY SARKAR - Blackmail upcoming Bengali Film from director of ALIEN HAND

Maloy Sarkar is a medical doctor and a well known film-maker from Kolkata with significant contribution to Telefilms for over 15 years. Dr Sarkar has previously made great documentaries, including the 2-part crime-related program Mrityudando, the full 52-episode television serial "Dweep" and others. His short film "ALIEN HAND" broadcast in the TV series "Rahasshya Golpo" on ETV Bangla perhaps still stands unbeaten in terms of viewership of any single Bengali TV program.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio spoke with Dr Malay Sarkar in Ahmedabad, India about his upcoming Bengali movie BLACKMAIL (2010). In this casual and informal conversation, Dr Maloy Sarkar talks about his early films as well as his later films. He describes how his background in medicine helps him in making crime-related thrillers. Dr Sarkar shares his view of why ALIEN HAND clicked with the audience.

About his upcoming Bangla film BLACKMAIL, Dr Sarkar says it is about a high profile movie director's life being swept away from under his feet being blackmailed for an accident committed after a drunken brawl. But the blackmailer himself feels caught in his own web and wants to flee. In this war of wits, finally the unexpected happens.

Listen to the full audio interview online.


Interview - SUBHRAJIT MITRA - Director of Bengali movies AGUNPAKHI (The Phoenix), Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited, Wangala

Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Film-Maker SUBHRAJIT MITRAThe director of upcoming Bengali movie AAGUNPAKHI - The Phoenix (2010), Subhrajit Mitra is a well known young film-maker from Kolkata. He has previously made excellent documentaries, like WANGALA which is a film on Garo tribes in the North-eastern Himalayan foothills that was shown in many international film festivals. Subhrajit has been commissioned for six documentaries so far by Doordarshan, and has made a full 52 episodes of a television series in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization.

Subhrajit Mitra's first Bengali feature film Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited was released in 2008 and is considered a significant intellectual achievement in Bengali cinema. The title of the film is also perhaps the only one in the world that has words from three languages.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Subhrajit Mitra in an informal and intimate interview. Subhrajit describes his early love for films, and in spite of being professionally qualified software engineer from Jadavpur University (the alma-mater of the founder of Washington Bangla Radio), films are his first love. He actually went and watched Jurassic Park the day before a very important competitive examination in his career!

Subhrajit tells us an interesting tale on how at the age of 18 he was given Indian Rupees 18,000 and asked to make a documentary on environmental issues / greenhouse effect. Subhrajit describes how the boat he rented almost capsized in the middle of an extremely dirty drain into the river Ganges. You have to listen to Subhrajit tell the story.

A hot scene from Bengali movie Mon AmourSubhrajit talks about Mon Amour in depth, discussing neo-realism and this film and how he wants the film to be approached by the audience.

Subhrajit Mitra also talks about his forthcoming movie AGUNPAKHI - THE PHOENIX in depth in this interview. On the outset, he wants to make clear that despite the media reports about Maoist terrorists as the backdrop of this film, the film really should be disassociated from any single activist group - it should be approached as a film about the downtrodden and neglected segments of society, and is really a humanist film.

AGUNPAKHI has just received Censor Board clearance with a rating of A (Adult - India's version of R - Restricted). Subhrajit indicates the film will be released in late June or early July, 2010. Interestingly, Agunpakhi will also be released in Russian theaters.

Subhrajit Mitra's future projects include a film adaptation of Santu-Kakababu pair of characters by Sunil Ganguly.

Washington Bangla Radio wishes Subhrajit Mitra all the very best with AAGUNPAKHI - The Phoenix (Bengali, 2010).

Listen to the full audio interview online by pressing the play button in the player at the top.


The sweet voice of NINA RAHMAN - Bengali Modern, Rabindrasangeet & Nazrulgeeti singer from California, USA

Nina Rahman - Bengali SongsNINA RAHMAN has a wonderful sweet voice as you will hear in the player and sings great Bengali modern as well as Rabindra Sangeet.

Born in Barisal, Bangladesh, Nina now lives in California, USA with her husband Dr. Mizanur Rahman and two beautiful children - one son and one daughter.

Read all about Nina and listen to the full audio songs from her album Taray Taray exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.


ILA ROY - author of "Bhalo Theko" (book of poems) recites her poems | Listen to Bangla Kobita Abritti (Bengali Poem Recitation)

ILA ROY Bengali Poems Recitation Bangla Kobita AbrittiPoet-songwriter-singer-elocutionist ILA ROY is perhaps not known to you, but after a few minutes you may get a idea of who she his through her words.

Ila Roy was born to Promila and Subodh Chandra Roy  and lives in Duttapukur, a little village in West Bengal, India. . She considers herself a simple lady, a patriotic Indian, and proud of her country's heritage of great personalities of the stature of Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.

Ila says, "Mother is the most favorite word in my world." Unfortunately, Ila lost her mother in 2007, and remembers telling her mother "Bhalo Theko" (take care) just after she embarked on her final journey.  Ila's first book of poems, titled "Bhalo Theko", dedicated to her mother, was published in 2008.

After her first book, Ila has been busy writing poems which are regularly published in many Bengali Little Magazines, including Prometheus-er Pothe, Samajdarpon, Annoman, Nirbed, Choitali, etc.

Ila has a graduate degree from Calcutta University and a Masters degree from Rabindra Bharati  University. She has hosted Radio shows on All India Radio (Akashvani) from 2003 to 2007.

Ila says, "I love nature and want to help the poor and the solitary people because I think I am born for others."

Listen to recitation by Ila Roy of her own poems . Washington Bangla Radio is also broadcasting these recordings on our live Radio channel online.



WBRi Features Shashika Mooruth | The girl "born in the wrong country" takes her sweet Bhakti Bhajans to over 25 countries

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Audio SongsShashika Mooruth was born and educated in the Republic of South Africa. Till the age of 24 she was untrained yet would sing with ease and skill. In her childhood, she performed in many local concerts around South Africa. At the age of 12 her talent was recognized by the legendary Kishore Kumar who invited her to sing in his concert in Durban, South Africa. Kishore-da labeled her as a singer ‘born in the wrong country’ and advised her father to send her to Bombay to train and become a playback singer! Shashika has also accompanied Shri Mahendra Kapoor and Pandit Hrdayanath Mangeshkar on stage.

A science graduate from University of South Africa, Shashika has also studied Speech and Drama at Trinity College of Music, London and the South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association.

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Live Online RadioIn 1987 she enrolled for the degree course in Hindustani Music at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan with the intention of returning to South Africa to teach music, but soon realized the vastness of the music field and hence settled in India permanently.

In 1995, she was honored at the World Hindu Conference in South Africa for her contribution to Indian music.

She has travelled several times to twenty five countries with her devotional music and is always in demand for her  unique presentation style.

Many of her bhajan albums produced by herself are available on the net or her website www.urjamusic.com.

Says Shashika, “I love to experiment with different styles and therefore on the commercial front I have rendered my voice in devotional, pop, filmi, semi-classical and even techno compositions. Last year I decided to dedicate more time to commercial music in Mumbai and hence came my first song in Hindi cinema. I penned and recorded a piece in Western voice for a title song by Adnan Sami for a film titled Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De with music by Saawan Kumar Saawan. I hope to make a contribution to the music world in this lifetime.”

Listen to the beautiful voice of Shashika and her sweet Bhajans online using the player at the top, or on WBRi live radio channel.



Interview | Bengali Film Maker ATANU GHOSH (Takhan Teish, Angshumaner Chobi) | WBRi Exclusive Audio

Atanu Ghosh - Tokhon Teyish Bengali MovieAtanu Ghosh is an acclaimed award-winning film maker from Kolkata. His film AAR EK BAMPI has received a National Award for Best Children's Telefilm. Another film of Atanu - MEGH BRISHTI ROD - received the Best Screenplay award from the Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners' Association of India. Many other awards have been given for other films by Atanu. He has also contributed towards writing and editing of many other films, and has made over 30 documentary and corporate fims. Atanu Ghosh's first full-length Bengali feature film ANGSHUMANER CHOBI released in 2009 and has received critical acclaim and is very successful. His 2nd Bangla feature film is titled TOKHON TEYISH and is to be released soon.

Arijit Chakrborty of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio speaks with Atanu Ghosh in an informal and intimate audio interview. Listen to the full interview audio online by pressing the play button in the player below.


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