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Indian Rock Band "Sifar" Launch Modern Rock Songs

Indian Rock Band SIFAR

New Delhi, June 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Sifar, the popular hindi rock band, has been launched by the renowned Delhi based music production academy, BeatFactory Music, a move which promises to thrill their army of fans across the globe, according to a press release.

Featuring three punk and grunge infused modern rock songs, this EP release will provide the fan base- a combination of high-energy guitar playing, powerful drums, melodious vocals and heartfelt lyrics. The underlining theme bears testament to the personal life experiences, that the songwriters Amit Yadav, and Anshul Bansal have gone through and have experienced at various stages of their lives. With the songs they have tried to capture certain moments of their lives that touched them to the core and made them ponder further, thus resulting in this amazing output.

The ambidextrous vocalist and lyricist- Amit Yadav says, “We're excited with the finished versions. It has taken us quite some time to get to the kind of quality we wanted, but I think we've got something we all are proud of.” According to Amit, Beatfactory is one of the few music labels in India that is truly savvy, and has the capability of working successfully in an industry that is subject to a rapid change. Moreover they have given Sifar a 100% creative freedom which proved to be the cherry on the cake.


Bengali Remix: DJ AKS - Gupt Gupt (Yeke Yeke Remix) - Aksclusive Remixes

Listen to Bengali remix song Gupt Gupt (Yeke Yeke Remix) - Aksclusive Remixes by DJ Aks This song is also being aired on WBRi Live Bengali Radio channel.

DJ AKSDJ AKS is a Dubai-city born and brought up self-taught musician who started music production in 1999. In 2005, Aks joined 2 Times MTV Immies winner and India's No.1 Bollywood DJ Suketu to Co-produce Music. Since 2005 they had the opportunity to work with artists such as Adnan Sami, Salim- Suleiman, Pritam, Himesh Reshammiya, Ishq Bector, Kunal Ganjawala, Shaan, Anushka Manchanda, Sophie Chowdhury, Javed Ali, Sukhbir, Zubeen Garg, Mika, Mustafa Zahid, Atif Aslam and many more.



Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ Video Controversy

Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ Video Controversy

June 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): It has been viewed for more than 12 million times, in about a week’s time! And it’s just a clip form R&B singer Rihanna’s latest music video ‘Man Down’ from her fifth studio album, ‘Loud’!

And the kind of response it got! Boy, loud it is!

Reggae-infused pop song that debuted last week on YouTube has caused outrage among watchdog groups, so-much-so that they want the clip to be banned from BET.

Wonder, why?

Audio | John Van Burek, Director of "Post Office" Drama Production by Pleiades Theater Toronto Adapted from Tagore's "Dak Ghar"

JOHN VAN BUREKWashington DC, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) John Van Burek lives in Toronto and is a director, translator and theater teacher. In 1997, he founded Pleiades Theater whose main goal is to celebrate global cultural diversity through plays that originate in languages other than English.

A scene from His current project has been to direct the English drama "The Post Office" translated from  "Dak Ghor" by Rabindanath Tagore. Translated by Dr. Julie Banerjee Mehta (also recently interviewed by WBRi) this is the first professional level performance of "The Post Office" in Canada. The play was  performed with an international cast from May 7 through June 4, 2011 at the Berkely Street Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. 2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of "The Post Office" which has been translated into some forty languages and performed all over the world.

Listen to a fascinating chat with John.



Sandip Bose & Vikram Singh Reunite with Stairway To Heaven

Donovan and Jimmy Page got together a few days ago at the Royal Albert Hall - a big surprise relished by all lovers of rock 'n' roll since Page rarely appears in public these day. Among the myriads who must have wished they were there would be guitarist Sandip Bose and vocalist Vikram Singh.

Sandip Bose a.k.a. Sandy hails from Kolkata is the musical brains behind the recording. Primarily a lead guitarist, Sandy can play the guitar, keyboards, drums and can also sing - skills that have helped him to evolve on way to becoming a composer. Growing up listening to Tagore songs and western classical music; and then into Elvis and rock n roll, he evolved naturally into Classic Rock. He began his career as a guitarist in the early 90’s and played with some of the top bands of Kolkata. In the year 1999 he moved to London and played with a British Heavy Metal  band called “Through the storm” for 4 years. Coming back home, he got into the Bangla band scene and formed “Rudraa” which conceived an album titled “Neel Swapno Laal Golpo” . With an exposure to Indian classical music, he is  trying to fathom a way to incorporate it into his favourite, that is classic rock. Apart from his solo projects, he has also formed a band called “Blue Forest” which includes the acoustic guitar, sarod, tabla, bass guitar and the drums. They are into world music.... mostly Indian classical and cool jazz. He is also into teaching and producing very promising young musicians. He is also the guitar teacher of Birla High School for boys.

The vocalist Vikram Singh, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur was the front man on quite a few scintillating rock concerts in Eastern India in the early ‘90s. His influences include rock, sufi music and ghazals. He’s a natural singer who’s not afraid of attempting vocal challenges. By day, he develops cutting edge applications for iPhone and Android for his company.

Both played together in the same band for a year in the 90s and then again met again this May. "We believe that India’s time to give the world a fresh sound. Boundaries are collapsing and there is place for an eastern initiative that appeals to the critics and fans alike." says Sandip.

Listen to their cover of the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven and share your views by leaving a comment.



Bengali-American Singer-Songwriter Rimi Basu Talks About "Crossing Over": Interview and Audio Songs from Her Bangla-Fusion Album

[Rimi Basu - The First Rock Diva in Kolkata]Washington, DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Those of us who live in the Washington D.C. area continue to have the pleasure of watching the spectacular rise of the remarkably beautiful young and talented singer Rimi Basu in the United States as well as in the Indian music circuit. In this informal and intimate chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Rimi talks about her career in music, her interests, her recent release of the outstanding fusion album "Crossing Over" (you can listen to the songs along with the interview audio using the player) and her other projects, including her scintillating new music-video tribute to Michael Jackson which is widely believed to be the first of it's kind by an American woman born to immigrants from Bengal (watch a teaser from the full music video online). Do not miss Rimi's extempore and solo singing in this interview of a Nazrulgeeti as well as a number from "Crossing Over" - you will perhaps get a glimpse of her talent from the fact that she naturally sings with beauty, delicacy and aplomb with no accompaniment and little warning that she might have to!

Rimi is a versatile pop singer and danseuse, and her Bangla fusion album "Crossing Over" was actually completed in Kolkata recently, making an immediate mark on the Bangla music industry.

The album has some of the very best talent in music and video production in Bengal today, including Dibyendu Mukherji as composer, Chandrani Ganguly as Lyricist, and Rajib Chatterjee as Production Director.  Instrumentalists on the album are also the current leaders in the rock music scene of Kolkata, including Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury on bass, Ratul Shankar on percussion, and Vikramjit “Tuki” Banerjee on guitar.

The album features a mileiu of different flavours and spans a range of emotions.  "Nesha Nesha" is a seductive number featuring Rimi rapping for the first time as well as Dibyendu's own vocals; "Phire Jaao" is Rimi's angry and emotional tribute to an ex-lover.  The song "O Sayeba" is a full-on Latin pop song that will make anyone want to Salsa, while the
ballad "Ele Naa" slows down the pace, showing Rimi's versatility.

Download The Album In Hi-Def Digital Mp3 Format from WBRi Music Store »


Indian Singer Oliver Sean from Goa in Vh1 International Music Charts

[Oliver Sean]

Mumbai, June 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) For the first time in the history of the Vh1 Top 10 International charts, an artist from Goa, India 'Oliver Sean' has hit the No 10 spot on the International charts of Vh1 India alongside  other International stars like Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jlo, Beyonce, Pitbull and others.

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Oliver Sean's music video 'Movies' was released as an exclusive video on Vh1 India on the 20th of May following which the video was then placed as the 'India Rules' video (aka Artist of the month) on the International channel and less than 2 weeks later Oliver Sean's 'Movies' clocks in at No.10 on the Vh1 International music charts on the 4th of July 2011.


New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit Hindu goddesses

The Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City.

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Reno, Nevada, June 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) of New York (USA) is organizing exhibition from June 29 to November 27 on “Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting”.

It will reportedly include rare molded-clay images of the goddess, such as Goddess with attendants dated around first century BCE from Bengal; a bronze of Yashoda nursing the infant Krishna from 12th-century Tamil Nadu; painting of Devi from Bikaner (Rajasthan) showing her assuming the form of Durga displaying the cosmic weapons but standing on lotus flowers, etc.



BANGLADESHI POP GURU AZAM KHAN PASSES AWAY

Calcutta/Dhaka, 7th June, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): The Guru of Bangladeshi Pop Music, Azam Khan (Actual Name: Mahbubul Haque Khan ) passed away on 5th June 2011 at Dhaka CMH hospital at the age of 61. He was suffering from oral cancer. On May 22, the pop singer was admitted to Square Hospitals when his pain became unbearable after the oral cancer spread to other parts. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and underwent advanced treatment in Singapore twice that year. But he did not follow up on his treatment.

The Riders To The Sea Against The Conventional Waves: UJANIA

[Members of the Bengali Folk Songs Group
Calcutta, 7th June, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): Nazmul Haque and Painter Sameer Aich ideated the popular Bangla Folk Band Ujania quite a few years back which mainly focuses on Lok Sangeet. The Band comprises of Nazmul, Debal, Gautam, Udayan, Laltu and Choton.

“Simple lyrics, profound thoughts, humanitarian philosophy, traditional & spontaneous melodies combining with world music and rustic renditions, through which the listener's soul transcends to the celestial world of satisfaction, on the viewless wings of music - that's UJANIA, as the name suggests are the riders to the sea against the conventional waves. In today's world of replication, UJANIA stands apart & are deeply rooted to their traditional values & original treasures, i.e. their very own folk music of the Indian state of Bengal. In an endeavour to showcase these rich heritage to the entire world, UJANIA has perfectly combined the original form of Bengali folk music with the Instrumentations in the line of world music, so that the music lovers of the world can feel the power of the original root music of Bengal, in their own way. Long live the root cultures, long live our heritage.” That’s how the members of Ujania describe themselves and their soul-stirring band. 

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