News - Calcutta & Bengal

Bengali Recitation Guru Partho Mukhopadhyay to perform solo

India '05: Rabindra Sadan

Guru Partha Mukhopadhyay will perform recitation as his 1st offcial solo program on 2nd February, 2010 at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata.

Entry is free for all.

Katie Price urged to take a dip in holy river Ganga during ongoing Kumbh Mela

Map showing the Himalayan headwaters of the Ga...

Welcoming British celebrity Katie Price’s reported interest in spiritual trip to holy river Ganga in India; Hindus suggest that taking the dip in Ganga’s sacred waters during the current Kumbh Mela period would be more beneficial.

According to a belief, all sins/evils committed by the Mela pilgrims and their ancestors back to the 88th generation will be washed away forever by a dip in Ganga during these dates and that they will achieve salvation and emerge regenerated and healed. Its observance is believed to go back to ancient Vedic period and the legend of “Churning of the Ocean” is associated with it.

Australian Director of Moulin Rouge Baz Luhrmann to paint a mural on Mumbai wall

Oscar nominated Australian film director-actor-producer-writer Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) will paint a dance-themed mural on a hotel wall in India in the near future, according to reports.

It is said to be in collaboration with a Melbourne (Australia) based portrait painter Vincent Fantauzzo who won Archibald Prize for portrait of late Oscar winner Australian actor Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight).

The reports suggest that during this India visit, Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann, 47, will also photograph villagers in Rajasthan and show an exhibition of his photographs in Indias capital Delhi.

Experimental Bengali Movie DVD Release - Five No-Budget Films by Little Fish Eat Big Fish: Kolkata Book Fair 2010

In the best of Calcutta traditions, a group of smart intellectual Bengali cinema enthusiasts have decided to challenge the decay in Indian cinema driven by commercial box-office greed and subsequent erosion of quality in mainstream Indian cinema being produced commercially and the increasing capability of a hitherto smart audience to digest kitsch.

This group calls themselves Little Fish Eat Big Fish. They write in their blog, "Therefore, we view the existence of a "producer" in the process of film making as an unwanted intervention of the consumerist culture to control and, thereby, subjugate the auteur.". They go on to boldly pursue their goals of great film-making, and challenge film-lovers "to come and see what kind of quality a no budget film can deliver."

Bengali cinema still leads India - Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's 2008 film Antaheen (DVD) just won the Best Film National awards a few hours ago. Along with the commendable efforts of groups like Little Fish Eat Big Fish, the Bengali film lover can be sure Bangla cinema will continue its remarkable eloquence and position of prestige and acclaim as a showcase of the best of Indian film makers.

Bengali Movie Five No Budget Films DVDFive No Budget Films

The "Five No-Budget Films" DVD contains the following 5 short films released under the banner of Little Fish Eat Big Fish:

Watch Bangladeshi Pop Singer Mehreen Live at Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010

Mehreen Live In London

The leading POP Singer from Bangladesh Mehreen is performing LIVE at the Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010.

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