News - Calcutta & Bengal

Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmasabha) awakens Chicago to Hindu concepts and issues

Apr 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) This Saturday, 24th April 2010 (Adhik Vaishakh Shukla Ekadashi 5112 as per Hindu calendar) the Hindu temple auditorium at Lemont reverberated with the auspicious sounds of conch blowing and Vedic recitations, commencing the much awaited Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmasabha) held by Forum for Hindu Awakening and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. Eminent speakers, Dr. Richard Benkin of Forcefield, Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra of Geeta Mandir, Shri. Kalyan Vishwanathan of Sanatana Dharma Foundation (Dallas) were awarded the ‘Vishwa Hindu Ratna’ for selfless service to Hinduism. Swami Varadananda of Vivekananda Vedanta Society blessed the Summit with His presence. The Swami was honoured duly at the hands of Shri. Prasad Yelamanchi of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, among other honoraries, namely the Hindu temple president L Bhima Reddy, Shrinarayan Chandak of Global Media Forum, Madhu Patel and A. V. L. Narsimharao.

Hindu mantras & Jewish prayers opened Nevada Earth Day Celebrations

Reno (Nevada, USA), April 25:  Nevada Earth Day 2010 celebrations here today opened with prayers from ancient Sanskrit and Hebrew scriptures.

Starting with Shanti Mantra in Sanskrit, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed read “Prithvi Sukta” (hymn to earth) from Atharva-Veda (composed around 1200 BCE), invoking the Goddess Earth.

Earth Day 2010
Just before the Earth Day invocation in Nevada, from right to left are Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, and Lord Ganesh image.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also prayed from Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), where Lord Krishna is quoted as saying, “The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world, the brightness of the moon and of fire—these are my glory. With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures. Through the moon, the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all plants.”

WBRi Event Announcement | Sudeshna Basu, Debu Nayak Live In Washington

Sudeshba Basu Live ShowDilip K. Som & Gurjeet Singh Proudly Present
An Evening of Bengali & Hindi Melodies
Accompanied by
Debu Nayak on tabla
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 pm

In celebration the spring season, the season of love and color, Sudeshna will explore India’s rich musical heritage music from different regions. She will include many traditional and much heard songs in her recital. Sudeshna Basu started her musical training under the tutelage of famous Hindusthani classical vocalist Smt. Meera Bandyopadhyay of Patiala gharana. After a training in classical music, Sudeshna started taking Rabindrasangeet
lessons under the great maestro Sri Ashoketaru Bandyopadhyay. Recently, she has started taking lessons on Dhrupad from the famous Gundecha Brothers. She now divides her time between Washington DC, USA and Kolkata, India. To get information about her CD’s, concerts and music lessons, please visit her website

Debu Nayak Tabla PlayerDevapriya Nayak (Debu) began learning tabla at the age of three from his grandfather, Chaudhury Kausalya Nandann. Later on he became a disciple of Pt. Radhakanta Nandi. Debu continues his taalim from Maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee and Pt. Samir Chatterjee. For more information please visit:

19706 Maycrest Way, Germantown, MD 20876
Contact Information:
Dilip K. Som (301) 512-1295
Sudeshna (240) 478-0395
Debu (703) 795-3019

WBRi Event Announcement | Littlei presents special debut NISCHAY PAREKH, JIVER and PADDY Jazz Trio | Apr 23, 2010

SUMITH RAMACHANDAN, PRADYUMNA MANOT, JIVRAJ SINGH debut with a massive blues, swing and bebop session

Friday Night Live (FNL) with THREE-ON-A-SWING & Singer

23 April 2010 @ Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel
9:00 – 10:30
THREE-ON-A-SWING: A jazz trio comprising 10:30 – 12:00
A special debut featuring singer-songwriter & guitarist NISCHAY PAREKH with JIVER on drums and PADDY on keys.

It's a free an open to all show. Pub rules are no shorts/open toed footwear for gents. 

Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes advices to explore ancient Sanskrit scriptures to find "purpose of life"

Apr 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In view of actor-producer Wesley Snipes’ (Blade) reported fascination with exploring different religions including Hinduism; Hindus have suggested him to look more deeply into ancient Sanskrit scriptures.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita would prove helpful to MTV nominated Snipes, 47, to analyze the meaning and purpose of life.