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Interview: Actress JYOTI SINGH On Her Films 9 ELEVEN, LIFE! CAMERA ACTION and More

Jyoti SinghWashington DC, April 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian-American actress Jyoti Singh has essayed the lead role of Sarita Gupta in Manan Singh Katohora's award-winning Indo-American feature film 9 ELEVEN (the film is available via online streaming by Databazaar Media). She has also appeared in Gaurav Rawal's Iraade Maum Ke, Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Action, Shailja Gupta's Walkaway and many other feature and short films, Television shows and commercials. Jyoti is an accomplished Indian classical singer, free-style dancer, script writer and badminton player, and also loves Yoga and Cooking (she was one of the participants at the Varli Cooking Festival in New York). Gurjeet Singh caught up with Jyoti on an April evening, and as you will hear, what ensued is an informal and candid conversation with Jyoti about her background, career, films and other projects.

Interview: Tejash Natali - the Don of "9 Eleven" award-winning Indian-American Bollywood Hindi thriller movie

Tejash NataliWashington, DC, April 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gurjeet Singh chats with actor Tejash Natali about his career in films and his roles in Bollywood thriller 9 ELEVEN and the upcoming film LOLCI.

Tejash Natali was helping out his friends - film-maker Manan Singh Katohora and producer Narain Kumar Mathur - with casting for their award-winning Indo-American Bollywood style Hindi thriller film "9 Eleven", when the idea of casting Tejash himself as an underground Don named Samir Bhai in Mumbai was floated. Once Tejash listened to the description of the character and the part he plays in the script, he decided to give it a shot, drawing confidence from his early experience in growing up in the seat of Bollywood and watching stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri and Paresh Rawal.

The film 9 Eleven has nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It is actually about 11 people being abducted and put into a room. The intriguing thriller, the caption of which is "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid", captivates its viewers while the abductees try to figure out the reason for their predicament as one of them is killed every nine minutes! Each character is from a distinctly different background - the script is remarkable in the way it weaves the story. Viewers have reported a distinct sense of one's Karma catching up, irrespective of how long ago the deeds may have been done, when watching the film.

New Bengali Songs Audio Album - A Tribute to KISHORE KUMAR on his 25th Death Anniversary

Kolkata, April 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Manojit Goswami, who is well known as a lyricist for Tollywood Kolkata Bangla movies, has released a Bengali audio CD featuring new songs written by him in tribute to Kishore Kumar and performed by renowned singers from India. Music is by Ajay Das.

Listen to free Bengali audio song previews from the Kishore Kumar 25th Death Anniversary Tribute album and read all about it via WBRi. (No download is available at the time of writing.)

Interview: Actress ANINDITA BOSE on Bengali Movies BHUTER BHABISHYAT and KHASHI KATHA - A GOAT SAGA (2012) & Other Films

Bengali Actress Anindita BoseMichigan, USA, April 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengalis the world over know her as Nalini, Ratri or the smart and confident television journalist Jhinuk Sanyal. They have also started to know her as Rinka in Anik Dutta’s Bhooter Bhabishyat and will now see her in quite a few Bengali films.

Anindita Bose is a dynamic young actress in Tollywood Kolkata Bangla movies. In this audio interview, She spent some time chatting with WBRi after her hectic shooting schedule to talk about her upcoming film Khasi Katha - A Goat Saga and future projects.

Interview: ANOUSHKA SHANKAR Chats with Bharati Mitra & Her Return to Washington DC with the Traveler Ensemble Presented by WPAS

Anoushka ShankarWashington, DC, April 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated sitarist, composer, and conductor  Anoushka Shankar returns to DC with The Traveler Ensemble to perform live their "Raga-Flamenco Journey" concert presented by Washington Performing Arts Soceity (WPAS), Co-presented with the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8PM at GWU Lisner Auditorium. With traditional instruments from India and Spain, as well as a dancer, Shankar’s ensemble condenses Gypsy music’s thousand-year migration from India to Europe into one exceptional evening, where Andalusian flamencos and Carnatic ragas merge seamlessly. Tickets to this eagerly anticipated concert event are available online from the WPAS Website or by calling 202-785-9727.

Anoushka and the Ensemble will perform selections from her latest music album "Traveler". To begin her exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Anoushka Shankar enlisted top players from India and Spain to record Traveller, promptly breaking new ground between South Asian classical and Spanish dance music, as befits the innovative legacy of her father and mentor, the great Ravi Shankar.

Bharati Mitra caught up with Anoushka in Pittsburgh to chat about Traveler and her music in general. In this audio interview, Anoushka shares her thoughts about the genesis and evolution of the album, her experience as a student and a daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar and the challenges of being a touring musician and a mother of a one-year old boy. Incidentally, Anoushka and her troupe were in a somewhat challenging position when this interview was recorded - it turns out Pirashanna Thevarajah's Ghatam (clay pot) was shattered during the journey to Pittsburgh and the team was eagerly looking for a Ghatam for Pirashanna to play in Pittsburgh!

Celebrated Composer & Tabla Player ZAKIR HUSSAIN & MASTERS OF PERCUSSION Mesmerize Washington DC WPAS Concert with Drums & Flute

By Devapriya "Debu" Nayak

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion perform  at The Kennedy Center on March 17Washington, D.C., March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After his remarkable concert with the National Symphony Orchestra a couple of years ago that is still resonating in Washington, Ustad Zakir Hussain returned to Kennedy Center today with The Masters of Percussion - some of the brightest stars of Indian music today. The concert was presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).

Simply put,  Ustad ji is a Tabla wizard and a virtuoso. He uses every part of his two palms of his hands to make the Dayan and Bayan (right and left  drums -Tabla) talk. His fingers constantly become blurry while playing, and while doing that he simply bludgeons the audience into submission. “Ustad” Zakir Hussain, a salutation which he refuses to accept (listen to his interview with B. Mitra … like everything in India there is a story behind this one too), is a master of this art and the genre’s most celebrated and recognizable artist around the world. He is also the proponent of a new movement going around the world called “Tabla science” which he teaches at Princeton University. (more info on this in my Tabla blog) . Ustad Zakir Hussain, in recent years,  has reached new heights in exposing new audiences to this ancient musical craft. Tabla, although a relatively newer percussion instrument in the sub-continent, dates only back to 300-500 years compared to Pakhawaj, Mridangam, Madol and other percussive instruments in the Indian sub-continent.

We saw Zakir ji, in the show at the Kennedy center concert hall, offer some newer and exciting elements of sound production for the Tabla lovers in the area. The stage opens with a very traditional tabla duet (which he is used to performing with his father Ustad Alla Rakha), with his brother Fazal Qureshi. The two sets of Tablas, just like any tabla duet performances in India, were set to two different octaves. They highlighted interaction of melodic movements, borrowing stories from Hindu mythological tales of Ganesh and Shiva,  interspersed with speedy syllables of “relas” and “kaida” elements (bols) of Punjab school (gharana), in this syllable-chanting duet piece. The only thing that was missing in this particular piece is the crucial role of a Sarangi player as it is done in a traditional Tabla duets/solos. They decided to keep the time with hand signals - borrowed from Karnatic style – as it’s done in a South Indian Taal Vadya Kacheri.

Interview: Ustad Zakir Hussain - a wide-ranging chat with the Master of Percussion coming to DC at the WPAS Event

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion presented by WPAS at The Kennedy Center on March 17Washington DC, March 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Residents and visitors inside and outside of the Capital Beltway are eagerly looking forward to the very special "Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion" concert presented by the The Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS - www.wpas.org) on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at Kennedy Center Concert Hall. In this audio interview, Bharati Mitra on behalf of WBRi chats with Zakir Hussain a few days before the concert in an endearing conversation touching upon diverse aspects of Indian classical music and the life, experience, training and works (do not miss the anecdotes) of one of the great musical geniuses of our times.

Along with the Tabla wizard, the concert features Fazal Qureshi on tabla & kanjira, Rakesh Chaurasia on bansuri (bamboo flute), THV Umashankar on ghatam (clay pot), Dilshad Khan on sarangi, Navin Sharma on dholak, Abbos Kosimov on doyra and Meitei Pung Cholom - dancing drummer of Manipur. Tickets are $15-65 and available at www.wpas.org or by calling 202-785-97.

Interview: Singer Actor Director NEEL MUKHERJEE on Bangla Movie GHENTE GHAW ... EKTU ONYOROKOM (2012) & Other Upcoming Projects

Ghente Ghaw Ektu Onnorokom New Bangla Movie PosterrMichigan, USA, March 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed singer, actor and director Neel Mukhopadhyay is well known for his songs and acting performances in films and on television. Encouraged by the recent refreshing developments in Bengali cinema where modern film-makers are constantly upping the bar with new story lines and directorial talent, Neel debuts as a feature film director with his first full-length Bangla movie for the silver screen titled "Ghente Ghaw Ektu Onnorokom". In this informal chat with Bidisha Bagchi, Neel describes his motivation for picking up the director's hat and describes what the film is all about.

Interview: Versatile Actor Rajesh Sharma on His Bengali and Hindi Films - "I Hope to Play More Positive Roles"

Rajesh SharmaMichigan, USA, March 7, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Among his numerous remarkable performances are Calcutta Police supercop Amit Kumar Srivastav in Baishe Srabon, Delhi Police Crime Branch officer N.K. in No One Killed Jessica, Noted South-Indian Movie producer and director Silva Ganesh and Kidda Dass in Dirty Picture, Kamalkant Kakkar aka KK in Ishqiya and so on. Bidisha Bagchi chats up actor Rajesh Sharma who effortlessly slips into such challenging roles in this informal and candid audio interview with WBRi.

Interview: Actress Pooja Bose on her Bengali film Macho Mastana (2012), Hindi movie Rajdhani Express with Leander Paes, & more

Bengali Actress Puja Bose (Pooja Bose)Cleveland, Ohio, March 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The sight of a young and pretty actress winning over viewers with charming performances is indeed refreshing. Director Reshmi Mitra’s (interview) big-budget (and hugely anticipated!) forthcoming release, ‘Macho Mastaana’ (which was previously titled "Macho Mustafa" till the government-controlled Indian film censor board decided that name was potentially derogatory to Muslims) would feature the Tollywood debut of Puja Bose, the latest among the current crop of young actresses hoping to make a mark in the Bengali film industry. In an informal chat with Arijit Chakrabarty of WBRi, Puja talked about her ‘Macho Mustana’ experience where she appears as the heroine opposite a eight-pack abs equipped Hiran Chatterjee (interview), her first forays into the movie industry, her forthcoming releases and many things more.

The conversation started out with the young actress exchanging pleasantries with the interviewer. It was also pointed out by the latter that, thanks to the stylized promos of ‘Macho Mustana’ (which are being extensively aired on all premier Bengali television channels!), Puja Bose had already become a known face among the moviegoers in Bengal. Thanks to the expertly thought-out media campaign of ‘Macho Mustana’, we had the good fortune to have an early look at this ravishing newcomer!

Speaking about her entry into films, Puja revealed that, since childhood, it had always been her desire to become an actress (a wish since ‘birth’, as the young lady put it!). Puja had been determined enough to follow her heart too, joining the showbiz industry soon after the completion of her studies.

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