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Interview | Ramanjit Kaur, Arthur Cardozo of The Creative Arts Studio, Tollygunge, Kolkata - WBRi Exclusive

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April 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee:

The Creative Arts Studio of Tollygunge, Kolkata regularly organizes workshops on theatre, dance, music, creative writing, advertising, photography, fitness and film-making, because from their year of establishment in (2002), they focus on creating awareness about and impart formal, systematic training in various fine arts, especially theater and to involve artists from various fields for creative encounters.

In this video interview, WBRi's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee has an informal chat with Ramanjit Kaur and Arthur Cardozo, members of TCA's Advisory Board, about TCA and its founding principles, goals and advantages.

Personalities like Govind Nihalani (picture on right), Neelam Man Singh Chowdhury, Sujata Sen, S.V. Raman, Samarjit Guha, Neena Singh, Prof. Ananda Lal, Anjum Katyal, Nandita Pal Choudhuri, Swati Lal, Arthur Cardozo, Ramanjit Kaur, Taranjit Kaur, Sangeeta Bapuli, Shuktara Lal, Suman Sarawgi, among others, form the Advisory Board and Faculty of TCA.

Since 2002 till date , TCA has produced site-specific performances and expressive dance shows, created original scripts and art exhibitions besides organizing workshops and seminars with excellent response from print and television media.

Original Children’s Productions by TCA:

  • The Forest Party (2002)
  • Essence of Life (2003)
  • Saving of the Old Mango Tree(2003)
  • Closed Spaces(2005)
  • Arguments Goodbye(2008)
  • No Nightmares(2008)
  • Tiya’s Farewell Party(2009)
  • Manu Finds a New Home(2009)
  • Manav – The messenger(2009)
  • Snow White and The Saline Curse(2009)

Original Site-specific Productions by TCA:

  • Is Job Charnock coming to Dinner?(2004)
  • The Merry Go Round(2005)
  • Upon a Yarn(2006)
  • The Merry Go Round – another spin(2006)

Installation Performances by TCA:

  • Launched Arthur Brendon Cardozo’s First Solo Exhibition of Charcoal Pen an Ink Sketches with an installation performance “Faces and Verses”(2006)
  • Indo-UK collaboration Theatre Science Project (2006-2008)
  • Showcased Theatre Science play ”Crab Soup” in Imagining The Future III bin Bangalore(2007)
  • Shows of “Crab Soup” in Theatre Science Festival, at Lylian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells, London (2008)
  • Shows of “Crab Soup” in Tara Arts, London (2008)

The year 2010 is memorable to TCA for launching The Creative Arts Studio for performances, workshops, collaborations and residencies.

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Sonar Tori | An Indo-Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet Album from INRECO announced

Apr 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee:

The revered INRECO Music company has announced a unique Rabindra Sangeet album "Sonar Tori" to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore's birthday, popularly observed as Rabindra Jayanti in West Bengal, Bangladesh and the world.

Listen to free previews and download full songs and INRECO audio albums in MP3 format from WBRi Online Store.

Sonar Tori is a special album in many ways:

* For the first time in the history of Rabindrasangeet an Audio CD is being designed involving artistes from Bangladesh and India.

* To commemorate the 150th Birth anniversary of Rabindranath we have planned an Audio CD based on the songs, poems and letters Rabindranath wrote during his stay around the banks of the river Padma, namely, at Shilaidaha, Patisar, Shahazadpur and Kushtia...all are now in Bangladesh!

* Concieved by singer and director Debashish Raychaudhuri, the script and compilation is by Chaitali Dasgupta.

* Artistes: From Bangladesh: Rezwana Chaudhuri Bannya, Mohammad Anisur Rahaman (songs), Narrated by Asaduzzaman Noor

* From India: Rohini & Debashish Raychaudhuri ( the Father-daughter duo) (songs), Narrated by Chaitali Dasgupta.

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

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