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Anup Jalota Releases Devotional Songs Album "Hey Antaryami" in Calcutta

By Aditya Chakraborty

Ghazal Wizard Anup Jalota

Calcutta, Sep 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anup Jalota launched his latest devotional album called ‘Hey Antaryami’ at the Press Club recently. In this album, he has sung songs with Shyama Kabasi who is his student and is a Bengali from Baduria in North 24 Parganas.

Hey Antaryami Devotional Songs Album by Anup Jalota & Shyama Kabasi

Hey Antaryami Devotional Songs Album by Anup Jalota & Shyama Kabasi
Shyama Kabasi, Anup Jalota & Manmohan Singh

Salman Khan Biggest Brand of Bollywood ?

Salman Khan  Wallpaper

Image by News Masaala via Flickr

Mumbai, Sep 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog)  Bollywood Big Story is back again debating the most talked about Bollywood Superstar, Salman Khan. Only Salman Khan can generate the kind of euphoria, madness, passion, debates and fan following hitherto seen only with Rajnikant. The words style guru, trend setter, cool dude, heartthrob rest easily with Khan. His fans swear by him, giving him God-like status. His benevolence only add to his connect with the masses at large.

ZoOm poses the question, has ‘Brand Salman’ become invincible? It was said that only Sex and Shahrukh sell, but now it seems, only sex and Shahrukh may not sell, but Salman definitely sells, everything and everyone else is governed by the laws of nature, but not Salman Khan. Today’s generation doesn’t necessarily look for a meaningful song or a good story, all they want is something that vibes with them. Salman Khan has become one such commodity or a brand, and can be sold at anytime and anywhere and in any packaging. The association of a brand name like Salman Khan with any movie does not really require any other endorsement.

Interview: Fashion Photographer Khyati Sheth on Top Five Photographic Faces in Bollywood & Women Photographers in India

Actress Shraddha Kapoor on Special Diet to Keep Fit

By Raksha Narang

Bollywood Actress Shraddha Kapoor

Mumbai, Sept 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) How does Bollywood's new hottie Shraddha manage to keep herself fit?

Ever wondered what goes behind that perfect body, the radiant face, and the 'I can carry off anything' attitude? Not much, says Shraddha Kapoor.

Ra.One (Hindi, 2011) G.One Squad Facebook: "Ra.One is a step ahead for Bollywood" - Shahrukh Khan

By Raksha Narang

Mumbai, Sept 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) During the press release on Monday, Shahrukh Khan mentioned that Ra.One is a step ahead for Bollywood and this statement holds true for the movie across all mediums. The movie not only marks the coming of a new superhero – G.One – but we also find a special G.One Squad coming together on the popular social networking website – Facebook.

Interview: Film-Maker Ribhu Dasgupta on MICHAEL (Hindi, 2011) - Directorial Debut Premiering in TIFF 2011

Ribhu DasguptaWashington, DC, September 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ribhu Dasgupta, "Bilbo" to close friends and family, did not really plan on any particular genre when he started thinking about and writing down the beginnings of the script for his first film Michael. It is usual for a writer-director to first come up with the outline of a story he wants to tell - and slowly as the story takes shape, some sort of classification in terms of the genre may become apparent. Such was the case with Michael which eventually became, in the writer-director's own words, a "character-driven psychological thriller", which would turn out to be set in the noisy and rainy backdrop of the metropolis of Kolkata.

Michael is a father-and-son story about an ex-cop dad and his son. Indian acting powerhouse Naseeruddin Shah plays the title role of Michael the dad. The young actor Purav Bhandare from Mumbai plays the son. Other important roles in the film are played by Mahie Gill who plays a nurse, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Irawati Harshe Mayadev. Somak Mukherjee was the cinematographer.

Michael is completely shot in Kolkata. As Ribhu puts it, his thriller required a certain kind of urban environment with some degree of a decadent feel to it - and north Calcutta provides the ideal location for his story.

Michael has been selected for screening at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it will have it's world premiere on Thursday September 15, 2011 at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin) at 9:00 PM. The film is produced by Anurag Kashyap, and Ribhu believes the film will be sent to quite a number of other film festivals before being released in theaters, though, of course, Anurag also has a big role to play in charting the course of the film.

Still from Michael
A still from Michael

Ribhu is no stranger to Anurag Kashyap, having assisted Anurag during the making of the 2009 Hindi film "Gulaal" (DVD release). Working with Anurag is always a challenging and exciting experience, says Ribhu, especially for a young aspiring film-maker like him who can always learn a lot of things partly because Anurag sometimes tends to work instinctively and spontaneously with not much of a predetermined method or planning.

Listen to Ribhu Dasgupta talk about Michael in this candid audio interview with Esha Basu Roy - a Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.

Interview: Director Debashish Raychaudhuri on Bengali Drama Audio Album RAJA feat. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Chaitali Dasgupta

Washington DC, September 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shri Debashish Raychaudhuri is a professor of English Literature in Ananda Mohan College in Kolkata, India (also known as City College, North). He is also a very well known and popular personality among lovers of Rabindra Sangeet in Kolkata. He has a long association with Dakshinee - one of the famous Rabindra Sangeet institutions of the city.

A scene from the stage drama RAJA
A scene from the stage drama (Bangla Natok) RAJA directed by Abhijit Sen with music direction by Debashish Raychaudhuri - A Natyam Production

A few weeks earlier we aired an interview with him (audio available on-demand here) regarding his music direction for the new album "Amar Jabar Belate" launched on the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Today he was our guest in our Toronto studios where we chatted about the album launch featuring the first ever audio recording of the play RAJA written by Rabindranath Tagore. Incidentally, as mentioned by Debashish, this play was written a hundred years ago.

The title character of Raja is played by the renowned actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty, our beloved Benu-da. Chaitali Dasgupta (interview), whose remarkable concept, script, narration and direction in "Amar Jabar Belate" is widely appreciated, plays Sudarshana.

Tanmayee Banerjee - Award Winning Bengali Singer from London | WBRi Feature

[Tanmayee Banerjee]Washington, DC, Sept 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Born in North Calcutta in early 1980, Tanmayee Banerjee grew up in Konnagar in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Her parents tell her even before she was brought home from the hospital after her birth, a brand new harmonium was bought by her paternal aunts with a desire to give her lessons in music! Just as it is difficult to remember the early days of one's life before learning to talk or even walk, Tanmayee cannot remember the days when she did not sing.

Initially a music teacher who lived in her neighbourhood was appointed to give her lessons in Classical music. Tanmayee remembers taking her first music examinations, practical and theoretical, when she was a mere first grade student. It was an ordeal more for her mother than for her. Her mother had to go through the syllabus, read and understand the various musical terms and their definitions, learn how to write the ‘taals’ with proper scansion, and teach them to her. She had to make Tanmayee practice writing them a number of times before the exam.

Read all about the young singer and listen to her online via Washington Bangla Radio On-Demand Audio Broadcast Service.

Choti Si Yeh Zidagi Re: Remembering Mukesh with 101 Old Hindi Classic Songs 3 DVD Collector's Edition from Shemaroo

By Ekta Kumari

Mr Kishore Desai, Mr Bahadur Nanji (Both had performed with Legendary Singer  “Mukesh”) & Great Comedian Johny Lever

From Left: Kishore Desai, Bahadur Nanji (both had performed with Mukesh & Comedian Johny Lever

The legendary Indian singer Mukesh best known for his playback songs in old Bollywood Hindi movie classics,  Mukesh, (full name Mukesh Chand Mathur) (1923 – 1976), is counted among the best of Indian film song singers in the same league as Mohd. Rafi, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. Shemaroo remembers the great singer on his 35th death anniversary with the release of a collector's edition 3-DVD pack containing 101 of the best of Mukesh's classics.

Mumbai, Sep 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A voice that has undefined depth and a unique perfection in its incarnation of songs belonged to one of the greatest singers of Hindi Cinema. It belonged to Mukesh.

Shemaroo remembers the great singer on his 35th death anniversary on 27th August, 2011 by releasing 101 Mukesh Hits in a premium 3 DVD pack. The pack features best of his works from the black and white days of silver screen to the colourful frames.  “Awara Hoon” , “Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam”, “Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo”, “Dost Dost Na Raha”, “Chal Akela Chal Akela”, “Hum Dono Milke Kaagaz Ke Dil” are some of his popular songs that are incorporated in the pack.

Interview & Free Song Previews: Arindam of Band KAYA on Hindi album "Kaya - Folk Rockers" & Rabindrasangeet album "Robir Kaya"

Washington, DC, Sep 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) As you know, Kaya are one of the leading music groups from Kolkata whose signature Bengali folk-fusion numbers have all been greatly appreciated and successful. In this interview, Arindam Chattopadhyay, bass guitarist and lyricist of Kaya, chats with Arijit Chakraborty about their latest Bengali album Robir Kaya and their upcoming Hindi album titled Kaya - Folk Rockers. Also listen to free audio song previews from Kaya's new Hindi album.

Kaya Folk Rockers Album Cover
Kaya Folk Rockers Album Cover (Click to zoom in)

Free audio sample TRACKLIST
bin tere.mp3
dhundne chala.mp3
khwabo ka.mp3
nai subha.mp3
naiya re.mp3
palko tale.mp3

Kaya have the distinction of being the first band from Kolkata launching a Hindi album at the national level in India. The album consists of seven original songs composed by Kaya, and is scheduled for a September launch in Kolkata followed by a pan-India launch in October. Arindam describes the work Kaya have done in this album - there is, of course, Bengali folk influence, along with which Kaya have experimented with diverse genres like Sufi and Rajasthani and various regional folk music of India. Kaya have always been strong in folk-rock fusion, and it is natural for them to expand into a greater Indian context to try to reach a larger audience across India. In addition to Archan, Kaya Folk Rockers also features vocals by Kaushik and Mukesh.

Robir Kaya and Kaya Folk Rockers are released by Purple Music whose albums can be downloaded in MP3 udio songs format from WBRi Digital Download Service here »

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