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Katha Manabi - Mallika Sengupta is no more!!!

I am in the 'blue' zone today... can't take it any more... since the beginning of this year 2011, I have been writing  'obituaries' here quite often, which involved people close to my heart...like Pintu Bhattacharya, Geeta Dey, Ramaprasad Banik, Suchitra Mitra, Utpalendu Chowdhury...the list is quite long... and today once again I am here to write my blog in the memory of one of my favorite poet of Contemporary Bengali poetry Mallika Sengupta, who passed away today, the 28th May 2011, after a long spell of suffering. 


A breast cancer survivor, she was under treatment since Oct. 2005. 2728senguptaand passed away,leaving her partner poet Subodh Sarkar and a young son behind.

May her soul rest in Peace!


Interview: Neal Whittle - Author, "HOWZAAAAAT!" - Everything About the Game of Life can be Learned from the Game of Cricket

[Neal Whittle]Washington, DC, May 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Neal Whittle, author of Howzaaaaat!, chats with Marian Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio from Sydney, Australia. Born in Wimbledon, London, UK to anglo-Indian parents from Hyderabad, India, and living in Sydney from age 11, Whittle naturally has a remarkable insight into cross-cultural diversity at a personal level. A computer technologist by profession, Whittle finally gave in to his heart's call of trying his hand at writing when his mother passed away suddenly, and the result is Howzaaat! - a book that has received rave reviews and a response that is amazing to witness.

Listen to the audio interview.



WPAS recognized as one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country

Washington D.C., May 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) has been chosen from a field of 471 nominees from 48 states as one of 50 finalists for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This selection distinguishes WPAS as one of the country’s top arts-and-humanities-based programs in the field of youth after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities learning programs.


Cosmic Strings First Music Album "Unstring"

Gurgaon, Haryana, April 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Cosmic Strings is a Indian band doing fusion music. They are based out of Gurgaon, Haryana. They define their music as world fusion and constantly experiment with different music genres to crate a unique sound and rythym pattern. They have 2 members in the band - Akshay Saxena and Pritam Sunar.


First Australian Film Festival Of INDIA (AFFI) 2011

Mumbai, April 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) The first Australian Film Festival Kick Started on 26th & 27th March, 2011 at Cinemax, Versova Mumbai. The screenings showcased the artwork by the Ace Australian Director Bill Bennett and some of the best movies made by the Australian film fraternity.


Oriental French Rock Band Les Boukakes - Live in Concert at Calcutta: Free Entry

[LES BOUKAKES Live In Concert in Kolkata, India]

Calcutta, March 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Consul General of France & Alliance Francaise du Bengale present LES BOUKAKES EN CONCERT on Tuesday 5 April at THE HYATT REGENCY, KOLKATA Regency Ballroom Lawn at 8 pm.

Since the creation in 1998, the adventure of the band LES BOUKAKES has been shared with about 20 musicians and singers coming from all over the Mediterranean sea.

Their name itself is a reply to some of the less than friendly comments they received in their time on the streets, ”Boukake” being a phonetic mixture of two typical racist insults. But for them, that did not have anything of degrading, because the “ Boukake” was born during the long trip of exile, a rich child of the world and its prohibited loves. Without making ostensible political comments in their songs, this deliberate attitude says something for their resistance to bias and ignorance generally.


Chandrabali R Dutta presents an evening of Rabindrasangeet on 30th March 2011: Birla Sabhaghar

  Come 30th March, 2011, Birla Sabhaghar in Calcutta will be resonating with the soul singing of Chandrabali Rudra Dutta and her myriad presentation of Rabindra-sangeet. 

A well known vocalist, Chandrabali made her mark in Music quite early in life. Trained initially under her mother and later in classical vocals , Chandrabali is also proficient and has received able guidance in Rabindra Sangeet, Puratani / Tappa, Nazrulgeeti and Adhunik under renowned maestros; she is considered as one of the promising voices belonging to the Bengali Traditional Musical Styles post 2K. Among the well known gurus who contributed to the making of Chandrabali -'The singer', are Shri Sunil Bose, Shri Dhiren Das, Late Sj. Shailaja Ranjan Majumdar, Late Shri Aurobindo Biswas, Shri Prasad Sen and Sri Subhas Choudhury, Shri Chandidas Mal, Shri Biman Mukherjee, Shri Samaresh Roy, Shri Sukumar Mitra and Shri Jatileswar Mukherjee. 

Planning for more than 3 months ahead, Chandrabali wishes to present about a dozen Tagore Songs in the first half on the 30th Mar, which will include many compositions that harbor both Basanta and Puja Flavors, like "Aj Jyotsna Raate" and " Eki Labonye Purno Praan"!



Indie Film The Wayshower (2011) Goes From Sundance to FirstGlance Film Festival, Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA, March 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) The Wayshower will screen with the FirstGlance Film Festival April 10 and will be attended by co-directors http://msia.org/john-roger Rev. Dr. John-Roger (NY Times #1 bestselling author and spiritual teacher) and Rev. Dr. Jsu Garcia (Atlas Shrugged, Che, The Lost City, Along Came Polly). This independent spiritual film turned heads at the Sundance Film Festival and is now drawing attention for their selection in the FirstGlance Film Festival. Inspired by the real life events of Jsu Garcia and John-Roger, this story has been described as 'The Adjustment Bureau' meets 'Eat Pray Love' and centers around Jsu Garcia's change of fate from hollywood fame to serving and traveling with spiritual teacher John-Roger.

The Wayshower stars Eric Roberts (Dark Knight), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Jsu Garcia (Along Came Polly), Evan Hart (Law Abiding Citizen), Leigh Taylor-Young (Sunset Beach), with Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland (JFK) and introducing Howard Lazar and Denmark's TV celebrity and rockstar Nina Bergman.


Bangla Natok RAJA Presented by Natyam to mark centenary of composition by Rabindranath Tagore

[Saswati Guha Thakurta in Bangla Natok Raja presented by Natyam]

Calcutta, March 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Natyam Theater Group of Kolkata will present Rabindranath Tagore's play RAJA to commemorate the centenary of its composition.


Punjabi Sufi-folk singer Satinder Sartaaj launches new audio album Cheerey Wala, says Talk2Me

Satinder SartaajChandigarh, Mar 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Does your heart skip a beat at the thought of talking to your favourite star? Do you dream of getting up-close and personal to your heartthrob? UTV gives you the opportunity to make your dream come true! For the first time ever, the very talented singer, composer and lyricist from Punjab, Satinder Sartaaj will be on voice chat to interact with his fans.

Sartaaj, who is already a name to reckon in Sufi music, has recently launched his new album ‘Cheerey Wala’. His Sufi folk style of music has garnered him fervent fans across the globe and UTV bring, to these fans, a chance to speak with him in person. He will talk about his latest album “Cheerey Wala”, his passion for music, his love for Punjab and much more. It’s a chance to get to know the real Sartaaj.


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