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King Jr releases "Boom Boom Boom" Soccer Music - King Jr's Official World Cup Football Song 2010

King Jr - Official World Cup Football Song 2010May 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) King  Jr, who is signed to Amico Productions London (APL), has released a new single “BOOM BOOM BOOM SOCCER MUSIC”.

There are three versions of the single - Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music, Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music “Zamina African Edit” and Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music “House Remix”.

King Jr has graciously share his World Cup Soccer 2010 official single with Washington Bangla Radio's listeners - listen to the three versions online.

Download the Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music MP3 songs by King JR online from Amazon.com - click here »


Aditya and Ashidhara Das - Talented Singers from San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA | WBRi Exclusive Feature

The husband and wife pair of Aditya and Ashidhara Das are well known singers from the San Francisco Bay area in northern California. Aditya is currently a Pharmaceutical Consultant (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and MBA (Strategy)) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ashidhara is a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Ashford University (in an online Program designed for Undergraduates). Their sons Anirban (11) and Ayan (8) both learn Hindustani Classical Vocal from Shubhangi Sakhalkar in the Bay Area.

Among numerous acclaimed performances as talented vocalists, Aditya and Ashidhara are particularly proud of performing with the great Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka during a performance of Saare Jahan Se Accha (music composed in Raga Pilu by Guruji and sung by them during the madhyalaya gat) to celebrate India's 50th Independence Anniversary at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Their fondest memory is certainly the call they received from Guruji 4 days before the performance, inviting them to sing on stage with him.

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Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997  Pandit Ravi 
Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997
Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidhara Das, Live in concert, 1997

Listen to audio recording of Aditya and Ashidhara performing live online.



Interview | Mukesh Asopa - internationally acclaimed award-winning film maker - WBRi exclusive (audio)

MUKESH ASOPAWBRi Washington Bangla Radio had the opportunity to speak with the award-winning director Mukesh Asopa. Click on the play button on the player below to listen to the exclusive interview online.

Mukesh Asopa is a young, smart and internationally acclaimed film-maker from Toronto, Canada. Mukesh has made two films so far - Aisha and Rahul (2009) and The Taste Of Relation (2010). Both films have received international acclaim and numerous awards at a multitude of film festivals across the world. The films are, fortunately, available on DVD online.


In the interview (audio), Mukesh talks about his roots in Calcutta and his favorite actors and directors from childhood, including Mithun Chakraborty, Prosenjit, Tapas Pal, Uttam Kumar and so on.

Mukesh also succintly explains the background and theme of his two films, and shares some anecdotes from the shooting of the films. As an experienced actor-writer-director, Mukesh talks thoughtfully about contemporary aspects of Indian film - he dwells on art-house/parallel and commercial movies, and the way a significant number of films are now being made by independent film-makers living abroad, all of excellent quality and some of which have actually started making inroads into the purely commercial Bollywood film industry.

Mukesh offers some excellent words of wisdom and advice for the nascent generation of young film-makers who are now choosing to seriously study film-making as a viable career option in a resurgent India.

It is a pleasure to listen to Mukesh speak, as you will no doubt find out.

Watch the theatrical trailer of The Taste of Relation.


Paramita Palit - Bengali Poem Recitation (Bangla Kobita Abritti)

Paramita PalitDr. Paramita Palit is a molecular biologist by profession. Paramita has an inborn creativity from the age of three years when she performed first time on stage and received an award, the list prolonged to a couple of state championship awards in extempore and debate in 2002, 2003, University Championship in 2005 and 2006 in Extempore.

A poet, elocutionist, dancer - all together a multifaceted personality, Paramita feels herself most comfortable as an anchor. She has won various awards in inter-state, inter-college and inter-university competitions in debate, extempore and recitation.

She has trained herself through the workshops conducted by Nandikar, the famous theater group of Kolkata, and has successfully performed in Nandikar Jatiya Natyamela as a child artist.

Listen to Bangla Kobita Abritti (Bengali Poem Recitation) by Dr. Paramita Palit and read all about the remarkable Bengali lady on WBRI.


Syed Rafique Mahmud - North Indian Classical Instrumental Flute in Modern Bangladeshi Style

Syed Rafique Mahmud Indian Classical Flute InstrumentalSyed Rafique Mahmud comes from a noble Muslim family in Bangla 13 Ashwin 1380(16 Ramadan) at Gaibandha district of Bangladesh. His father late Syed Abdul Baquee was a listed folk singer of Radio Rangpur and Rajshahi, He was a drama  writer  and actor also.

Rafique started to play flute (Bamboo Flute) during his childhood at 7 years old. His father bought a Bamboo flute from local BOISHAKHEE MELA according to his only demand. Hence he  starts to blow, and now a days he has built up his own style as 'Modern Bangladeshi style'.

Listen to Rafique's North Indian Hindustani Classical Flute presentation online on Washington Bangla Radio live and on-demand channels.


Ko the Timeless releases his 4th MIXTAPE "The Subway High Life"

May 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) KO THE TIMELESS has released his newest Mixtape: The Subway High Life. Talking about his latest release, Ko (Koushik Chatterjee) says, "Its my best stuff yet I think", and emphasizes on the need to unite the musicians and fans across the world so young and talented musicians like Ko can keep making great music.

Listen to Ko's 4th Mixtape The Subway High Life free online, or download the album in full.


11:34 - the debut album of GTOWN DESI Scottish Urban Asian band release

GTOWN DESI - TYPE OF GUY - FULL AUDIO SONG PROMOMay 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gtown Desi are a Scottish Urban Asian collective, fusing each member’s individual influences. Bhangra, Breakbeat, Bashment, D&B and R’n’B all feature strongly as the group aim to filter through Asian influenced music with a touch of Urban into their tracks.

Download the full audio music album 11:34 by GTown Desi in MP3 format online: Click Here »

GTOWN DESI - 11:34 - Audio Music Album 
CD ReleaseType of Guy’ is the second single taken from Gtown Desi's debut album called '11:34'. It features vocals from Nikitta, former X-Factor finalist in Simon's '16-24' category, in. The R’n’B dance floor smash is a true representation of the group’s Urban influence with minimal hints of eastern elements. With a definitive hook and instantly relatable lyrics, the song is sure to be a hit for the summer and beyond.

Their first single ‘Peerh’, proved to be a winner amongst DJs and audiences, and was play listed on the BBC Asian Network, featured on Vic Galloway's BBC Introducing show, and was dropped by Friction and Nihal as well, even Zane Lowe has got in on the action playing 'Lok Tath' when battling Nihal on his vs. feature.

Reviews of the track and the fascinating album are scintillating. Nihal (Radio 1) said, "Some Proper Jump Bhangra! ... An Incredible Track". Zane Lowe (Radio 1) opined, "All sorts of influences put together brilliantly".

Listen to the full song "Type of Guy" by Gtown Desi from the album 11:34 free online, courtesy of Gtown Desi on Washington Bangla Radio. Watch the free promo video online.


Sounak Chattopadhyay - Nutan O Sanatan Rabindranath - Different kind of Rabindrasangeet Audio Album (CD) Release

Sounak Chattopadhyay New Album Launch CD Audio Rabindrasangeet

May 6, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed young Rabindrasangeet singer Sounak Chattopadhyay's latest music album  "Nutan o Shanaton Rabindranath" will be formally released in a ceremony in Calcutta on Saturday May 8, 2010 under the label of Times Music.

The Rabindrasangeet album is  a combined collection of Tagore songs in traditional style and with Classical Bandishes.

The CD album launch ceremony will be attended by Mr.Gautam Mohan Chakravarty, Hon’ble Commissioner of Police – Kolkata; Dr. Bharati Ray – Vice President ICCR; Shree Shuvaprasanna – Eminent Artist and Srikanto Acharya  - Top Rated Singer.

The venue of the ceremony is Music World, 18G Park Street, Kolkata. The ceremony will commence on May 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM Indian time.

Listen to audio clips from Sounak Chattopadhyay's new music album CD release "Nutan O Sanatan Rabindranath" online.



Singer USHA UTHUP On Washington Bangla Radio | Indian Pop Queen - Exclusive Interview of our favorite DIDI

Usha UthupApril 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent:

In this informal and unedited intimate chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee, Usha Uthup talks about her multi-cultural background, her family and early days with the pioneering all-girl band SAMI Sisters which she and her sisters founded, her love of music in different languages, her love for Tagore and the cultural mosaic that is India. An epitome of versatility and open-mindedness, Usha Uthup has truly transcended not only Indian regional cultures, but music in its global sense. Do not miss her song snippets in various languages including Russian.

Usha Uthup's songs are available for download online in MP3 format - click here to listen to free previews and download audio songs MP3 >


Interview | Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening on the upcoming Hindu Dharma Sabha in Chicago (Apr 24, 2010)

Hindu Dharma Sabha Chicago USA April 24 2010

Apr 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Hinduism Summit (Dharma Sabha) to be held on April 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, USA aims to promote an understanding about the unique science behind Hinduism concepts and practices, and provide practical guidance on living Hinduism. The Hinduism Summit aims also to unite everyone interested in Hinduism, to preserve it in the face of denigration and misconceptions about Hinduism today. For tickets and more information, please visit the Forum for Hindu Awakening we-bsite.

The Dharma Sabha is indeed a unique event for every person interested in understanding, living or preserving Hinduism, and will be webcast live on Saturday 24th April from 2:30 to 6pm US EST on www.HinduJagruti.org  and www.HinduAwakening.org  sites. It will feature speeches by selfless leaders and scholars like Dr. Richard Benkin on Bangladeshi Hindus' ethnic cleansing and Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra on the message of the Bhagavad Geeta.

Listen to an exclusive interview with Ms Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening by Sanatan Dharma Foundation on Hindu Unity and their forthcoming Hindu Dharma Sabha in Chicago - press the play button above to tune in.


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