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And The Award Goes To Magician Gopinath Muthukad

Calcutta/New Delhi, 12th June, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): Illusionist, magician, escapologist, and stunt performer from Kerala, India, Gopinath Muthukad wins the International Merlin Award instituted by the International Magicians' Society. He is the second Indian after PC Sircar junior, to win the prestigious award. The Merlin Award to magic is what the Oscar is to the movies, what the Emmy is for television, and what the Tony is for theater.

An Attempt In English Quatrain

Calcutta, 12th June, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): As eminent Indian painter M. F. Husain breathed his last on 9th June, 2011, it was an inspiration for poet and writer Rijurekh Chakravarty to write his first English quatrain remembering the celebrated and controversial painter. 

“I look up to thee, eternal muse,
Through the images I have of thine.
For life, as ever, a little obtuse,
Here to sleep the naked byzantine...”

Commemorating Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's 91st Birthday

Calcutta, 12th June, 2011 (WBRi/ OOBE):  Shatabdi Ballet Troupe is commemorating Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's 91st Birthday at Rabindrasadan, Calcutta on coming 16th June from 6pm. The programme has been named "Aamar Gaaner Swaralipi Lekha Robe". The troupe has been celebrating Hemanta Mukhopadhyay's Birthday for the last 5 years. This year the Chief Guest will be Honorable Minister Mr. Subroto Mukherjee and Renowned Rabindrasangeet Singer Sumitra Sen.

Interview: Director Saptaswa Basu Shares Thoughts On Pyschological Drama Thriller "The Forlorn" (Bengali, 2011) and Film-Making

Director Saptaswa BasuWashington DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A young woman rents an apartment previously occupied by a researcher in para-psychology who died of mysterious circumstances. The apartment right across her is rented by a shrink.

One day, the woman finds the diary of the dead parapsychologist. She starts to read it, and gets fascinated.

As director Saptaswa Basu points out in this candid interview with Ananya Paul, "The Forlorn" (Bengali, 2011) is a psychological thriller centered around this young woman and the peculiar sensation we all get of being watched even when being alone. The film takes us on a journey into the contrasting fields of psychology and para-psychology. It is not a supernatural thriller, but more of an experimental suspense-drama which is made to appeal to a wide audience, not just Bengalees. In fact, Saptaswa indicates the film will be subtitled in English and he even plans a English-dubbed version.

Morgan Freeman to be honored by AFI

Morgan Freeman to be honored by AFI