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Interview | SOMNATH DASGUPTA (SHOM) - Poet, Composer of AMI BUDHIN BOLCHI talks to WBRi and writes about his path-breaking album

SHOM - AMI BUDHIN BOLCHI - Audio Music CD Album Cover

Shomnath Dasgupta - Ami Budhin BolchiApril 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shomnath Dasgupta, or Shom, is a poet, lyricist and composer and writes about his recent album "Ami Budhin Bolchi". Also, Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Shom in an informal video interview (above). The album is a landmark in Bengali music in that it is one of the first "concept" albums in which the tracks are thematically woven together in an attempt to transmit a story and a message from the poet-composer to the listener. The compositions and the album itself are in the style of psychedelic and socio-politically critical albums that defined alternative and rock music around the middle of the last century which eventually morphed into techo-ambience and even trance-electronica of today as one offshoot, with the other offshoot continuing to be mainstream satirical and self-critical rock music. The revolution ushered in by bands like Hawkwind, Pink Fairies and Pink Floyd (of course!) and later by composers like Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin delivering thematic electronic soundscapes has reached the shores of Bengal in the form of Shom's "Ami Budhin Bolchi". Shom's album is themed around the world of a tribal boy named Budhin Mahato, and features elocutionary contributions by Soumitra Chattopadhyay and Pradip Chatterjee and guitars by Amyt Dutta.

Somnath Dasgupto alias Som writes about his cultural journey and his debut album Ami Budhin Bolchi ...

Interview | Sonnet Mondal - the internationally acclaimed young poet speaks with WBRi and recites his poems (video)

Apr 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The internationally acclaimed poet and youngest Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondol talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio and recites a couple of his poems. Watch the interview video and listen to Sonnet's recitation online exclusively on Washington Bangla Online Radio.

Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondal is one of the illustrious names in the field of English Poetry and Literature. Starting his poetic career in 2007 through his book “A Poetic Peep Into The Post Modern World”, at present he has authored two other collections of poetry namely “The Curse of Atlantis and Other Poems”(released in 2009), “21 lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century” (due release in Kolkata book fair 2010), Sonnet’s Treasure of Poems (due release in 2010 in Sweden) and a translation work namely “Songs from the Ashes”(Due release in Kolkata book fair 2010). He has been honoured several times with many International awards and recognitions and his poetry has been featured in several world famous journals and magazines. His poetries and messages have been read out in radio shows Like World Poetry Café Show, Canada, etc. Reader’s say the specialty of Sonnet’s writings lies in its wide variety, range and simplicity in language. Sometimes he experiments upon traditional poetry, sometimes rhyming and sometimes free verse. But each time he lures his readers into a different World where one can feel a fresh breathe while reading his poems.

Mondol's Book Inauguration on World Poetry Day
Sonnet Mondol's Book Inauguration on World Poetry Day, Mar 21, 2010

Sonnet’s has been praised by eminent personalities like Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Harvard President Dew Fraust, Dr. Stephen Gill, Dr. Thiagarajan, Dr. Leo Rebello,Dr. Sandra Fowler, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya, Taslima Nasrin, Nora McCarthy, Trade Martin, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Subodh Sarkar and many others. The appreciation letters sent to him via emails and through different forums amount to over 1000 from peoples of more than thirty countries.

In 2009 Sonnet’s name was included in the Dictionary of Contemporary International Poets published by International Poetry Translation and Research Centre, China.

His books have also been given as Government Book Award from the Government of West Bengal(DMC),India to well performing students in class 10 and 12.

Partho Mukhopadhyay - Bengali Recitation-Elocution | Listen to Bangla Kobita Abritti Live recording Rabindra Sadan, Feb 2, 2010

Bengali Poem Recitation - Bangla Kobita Abritti - Partha 
MukhopadhyayApril 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) - By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent: The space anywhere available is not enough to write something about Elocutionist Guru Shri Partho Mukhopadhyay. I have so many words to write that I complete ultimately by writing a little. He is really Guru by nature because anybody can describe him as teacher rather than performer. He always skips the opportunity to perform and provide the space for his students as he always seems happiest to see his students famous. We can take example of one and only elocutionist Bratati Bandapadhyay, his most famous and favorite disciple.

Partho Mukhopadhyay's solo programme on 2nd February, 2010 at Rabindra Sadan is a tribute of Sarathi disciples to their Guru. His accompanist was Santanu Bandopadhyay on Background Music. The set was very good that day. His excellent presentation was divided into two parts.

 Listen to a complete audio recording from Partho Mukhopadhyay's program online via WBRi on-demand Bangla Radio service. These rare and unique recordings are also being broadcast on Washington Bangla Online Radio channel.

Interview | Director of ITI MRINALINI (Bengali, 2011) APARNA SEN Talks About "The Japanese Wife"

World-renowned actress-director Aparna Sen is about to release her eagerly awaited Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2011).

Aparna Sen's The Japanese Wife Movie PosterDevasish Ray, Director, Databazaar Media Ventures talks to Ms. Aparna Sen, internationally acclaimed film-maker and director of The Japanese Wife live on Washington Bangla Radio. This telephone interview was broadcast live on Washington Bangla Radio at 7 AM Eastern US time on April 8, 2010. Written by Kunal Basu (buy the book online), produced by Saregama, edited by Rabiranjan Maitra, music by Sagar Desai, camera by Anay Goswamy, the film's star cast includes Rahul Bose, Chigusa Takaku (Kurianesu), Raima Sen, and Moushumi Chatterjee. In Bengali-English-Japanese-Hindi, it was filmed in Kolkata and Sunderbans in India and Yokohama, Tsukuba and Ibaraki in Japan. Takaku reportedly did not know any English and the crew had to talk to her through an interpreter on the sets. Its tag-line is “A love poem”.

Listen to the interview audio via on-demand service free online from Washington Bangla Radio.

Farid Bangabashi - Music Composer, Music Director, Lyricist and Singer from Chittagong, Bangladesh

Farid BangabashiFarid Bangabashi is a contemporary composer, song-writer and singer from Bangladesh. Primarily a music composer, Farid is the founder of Munalisa Music, Bangladesh.

Farid composes music for various artists in Bangladesh using world-clsss composition software and tools including Steinberg Nuendo, Reason, FL Studio, Stylus RMX.

Listen to Farid Bangashi's songs on our on-demand radio broadcast as well live online internet radio stream.

You & I .. - Back to the Future | Audio CD Album MP3 Download Release from the Kolkata Experimental Indian Classical-Fusion Band

You And I - Back To The Future - Bengali MP3 Download Audio
Songs AlbumMar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) "You & I ... " is a musical unit formed by Soumyojit and Sourendro who are working together for years now. They have presented musical compositions on unique fields which came to high public applause and press circulation by major press houses of the town. Even the German Press house commented on their recent involvement with German and French musicians.

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Bangla Kobita Abritti - Dr. Pinaki chattopadhyay - Bengali Poetry Recitation

Bangla Kobita Abritti | Pinaki Chatterjee Bengali Poem Recitation Pinaki was awarded ABRITTI RATNA (2004) in a function at Bangla Academy by Padmashree Debdulal Bandopadhyay on behalf of Samantaral for his contribution in recitation and his youthfulness in performance (‘tarunyo r abrittir hridoye hridoy joge korechhen….’). The function was covered by DD News and other media.

December 6 Abritti Audio CD Album Review in Dainik StatesmanHis audio album DECEMBER 6 was released by Washington Bangla Radio partner Music 2000. Listen to audio clips online from his Bengali recitation album December 6.

Interview - Madhabi Mukherjee - Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress Talks About Mahanayak Uttam Kumar

WashingtonBanglaRadio.com WBRi KOLKATA TUBE | Madhuri 

In this audio interview, listen to Kolkata Bengali movie veteran actress MADHABI MUKHOPADHYAY talk about her work in Bengali cinema with  hero and megastar UTTAM KUMAR in lead roles.

You have had the opportunity to work closely with Bengali actor Uttam Kumar who was an extremely popular actor among Bengali movie lovers. How was your experience in working with superstar Mahanayak Uttam Kumar ?

17th ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA)Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata 2010 | Listen to Ustad Zakir Hussain Live Program

17th ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan 2010 Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive Ustad Zakir HussainITC organised their 17th Sangeet Sammelan from January 8th to 10th, 2010 at ITC Sangeet Research Academy compound, Kolkata with “cream de la cream” of Indian Classical Music Artists.

Pandit Ajay Chakraborty, Abir Hussian, Arshad Ali Khan, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Shrimati Girija Devi, Ganesh Kumaresh Duo, Shri Kushal Das, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Shaswati Mandal Paul, Shashank Maktedar, Saket Sahu, Supratik Sengupto, Ustad Zakir Hussain performed at the festival.

Read all about the event, and listen to Ustad Zakir Hussain's North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Tabla performance live recording audio. Download Zakir Hussain MP3 albums online.

We are grateful to Sangeet Research Academy for inviting us as well as for compilation of some informations on Ustad Zakir Hussain.

By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Kolkata News.

Brototi Paul - Creative writer, Elocutionist & a Painter par excellence

Brototi Paul

Creative writer, painter and elocutionist Brototi Paul won her first award in a recitation competition at age 3. Since then, she has won numerous awards in elocution at local and regional levels.  Her first book ASWAD, a book of poems, and her second book ATO TUKU ASHA – a novel, were inaugurated at the Kolkata International Book Fair in 2004 and 2005. Listen to Brototi's recitation of her own poems.

Submit your recitation for airing on WBRi global live Radio Channel.

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