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Surbahar Announces Batuk Nandy Smriti Samman Awards 2011

Batuk Nandy Smriti Samman Awards 2011

Calcutta, July 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Surbahar, the acclaimed Kolkata-based music institute founded by instrumental guitar wizard Batuk Nandy in 1964, will present the 2011 BATUK NANDY SMRITI SAMMAN awards in a gala evening of Music and Poetry to be held in Rabindra-Okakura Bhaban, Salt Lake City, Kolkata on Friday, the 15th July 2011.

The coveted “BATUK NANDY SMRITI SAMMAN 2011” Award Recipients for 2011 are:

World Music Day Concert Celebrated by Abraham Mazumder and Kolkata Music Academy

[World Music Day Concert in Kolkata, India]

Calcutta, June 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) It was indeed a tribute to World Music,  at the World Music Day Concert celebrated on June 21st, 2011, to a packed and enthralled audience at GD Birla Sabhaghar Kolkata. The Concert featuring a 120 member orchestra and choir celebrated music through the ages…… from Bach to Beatles…. From Mozart to Mohiner Ghoraguli… from Bob Dylan to Raag Behag….. it was pure and exalted music dished out in rapid succession, cutting across musical genres, language and geographical barriers.

The Concert started with melodic renditions by the Junior Orchestra, and gradually shifted to the Baritone voice of Anupam Roy (interview) belting out a popular Harry Belafonte number. All along, these performances , and the ones we are going to talk about were backed up by some 50 musicians on violins, Cello, Double Bass, piano and guitar… all playing in perfect unison to provide an exotic garnishing to some inspired vocal and instrumental solo performances.

Ratha Jatra to be held in Maryland

Lord Jagannath who is Krshna Himself in the mo...

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Reno, Nevada, June 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Ratha Jatra (Hindu Festival of Chariots) will be organized in Lanham (Maryland, USA) on July three afternoon.

It will be held at Murugan Temple of North America and will include chariot pulling, pooja, offering coconuts and flowers, mahaprasad distribution, and cultural events. Purpose is to seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath, organizers say.

It will reportedly feature a decorated chariot carrying images of Hindu deities Lord Jagannath (a form of Krishna), Baladev (Krishna’s elder brother) and Subhadra (Krishna’s younger sister); which will be pulled by the devotees. People of all denominations are invited, according to Shreekanta Nayak and Soumya Kanta of the Ratha Jatra Committee.  Anthony G. Brown, Maryland Lieutenant Governor, is expected to participate.

11th Tele Cine Awards Kolkata Celebrates Bengali Film and Television Creativity

Srijit Mukherjee & Churni Ganguly
BEST DIRECTOR – Srijit Mukherji for Autograph

Rituparno Ghosh Best Actor Award

Calcutta, June 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) TELE CINE AWARDS is one of the biggest awards of Bengal - just a step forward to reward, acknowledge and appreciate the embodiments of creative excellence in the world of art and culture. It felicitates the creative heads mainly from two sectors like Television and Cinema in Bengal. It first started its journey in the year 2000 with a dream to highlight and convey recognization to the Bengali Film and Television Industry. From the beginning of its origin the film and television fraternity has rewarded appreciation to the conclusion Tele Cine Awards has brought to them.