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A Dazzling Minisha Lamba Stuns Audience at Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Show

Indian Actress Minissha Lamba
Minisha Lamba at UTV Stars Launch

Kolkata, Sept 12 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) If it was angel white for Priyanka Chopra, then it was devil black for Minisha Lambha, who provided a stunning finale to the Kolkata chapter of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2011 on Sunday.

The mood had already been set by a red carpet collection from designer Rocky S that showcased a gala of Men’s wear that included sherwanis and fit suits in colour palette of blacks, greys and nudes with a dash of deep red infusing energy into classic pieces.

The outfits were already exuding a lot of oomph and the style statement was firmly expressed when Bollywood beauty Minisha Lambha scorched the ramp in a classic retro black gown from Rocky’s repertoire.



Budapest Festival Orchestra plays Bartok and Schubert at Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer with pianist András Schiff opens WPAS 2011-12 Orchestra Series at the Kennedy Center on October 26

Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer

Washington, D.C.­, Sept 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Named among the world’s top ten orchestras in Gramophone’s most recent poll of critics, the Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a performance of works by Bartók and Schubert on Wednesday, October 26. The orchestra will be conducted by former National Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Iván Fischer whose conducting has been described by the Guardian as producing “stupendous music-making.” Said Gramophone, “It’s an extraordinary set-up…a group of superb musicians who play with a passion and commitment that beggars belief. The combination of Iván Fischer, the orchestra’s founder and music director, and these fine players has elevated music-making to a level that astonishes and delights with equal measure.” Said the New York Times of a recent performance, “New York classical music audiences are getting to know the Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer, and that, it turns out, is all to the good…The orchestra played well, with a full-bodied sound and yet a transparency that helped clarify lines in the occasionally dense counterpoint.”


Gil Shaham and Inon Barnatan Perform Works by Schubert, Bach and Franck at Strathmore

Text Box:  Gil ShahamPhoto: Christian SteinerClick here to watch Shaham perform Bach’s Partita No.2-Gigue for solo violin

Gil Shaham - Photo: Christian Steiner

Text Box: Who: 		Gil Shaham, violinWhen: 		Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pmWhere: 		The Music Center at StrathmoreProgram:	Schubert		Sonatina in A minor for violin 			and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2Bach		Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo 			violin, BMW 104Franck		Sonata in A Major for violin and 			pianoTickets, $35-75, are available at www.wpas.org or 202-785-9727.

Who: Gil Shaham, violin;When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm;Where: The Music Center at Strathmore; Program: Schubert Sonatina in A minor for violin and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2 Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BMW 104 Franck Sonata in A Major for violin and piano Tickets, $35-75, are available at www.wpas.org or 202-785-9727.

Washington, D.C., Sep 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Recognized by audiences and critics alike both at home and abroad as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists, Gil Shaham appears worldwide performing concertos with celebrated orchestras and conductors and making ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Said The Guardian of a 2010 performance, “Shaham's playing is impeccable – every attack is perfectly clean, the articulation crystal clear.” Said the New York Times of Shaham’s performance at last year’s Mostly Mozart Festival, “Mr. Shaham’s playing was both sweet-toned and trim, every phrase crisply articulated. In the finale, the demand is for zest rather than thoughtfulness, and Mr. Shaham gave it all the vigor it wants with no sacrifice in clarity or shape.”

Shaham gave a series of all-Bach recitals last season, including performances in London, Istanbul, Milan, Prague and Cologne amongst others. His 2009-11 seasons were marked by several projects. His “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” highlighting masterpieces by influential composers of the ‘30s, featured performances of works by Barber, Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Walton with a “who’s who” list of great conductors and orchestras on three continents, including Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson-Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson and the New York Philharmonic, and Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.



Child Artiste Antara Nandy's "Eso Mato Lakkhi Debi" Album Promises Revival of Laxmir Panchali Devotional Song of Bengal

Antara Nandy - Esho Mataha Lakshmi Devi (Lakshmir Panchali) Bengali Traditional Devotional Folk Songs AlbumsCalcutta, Sept 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lakshmi Broto Katha was read by devotees, especially women folk of Bengal, to ascertain peace and happiness in their households. Also known as Lakshmi pachali, it is often read out during the Lakshmi Puja and every Thursday in many Bengali households.

Lighting Oil Lamp (Pradeep)
Traditional lighting of the oil lamp

Antara Nandy Singing Live
Antara performing live at her album launch

Esho Mataha Laxmi Devi Album Launch

This worship of the Hindu Goddess of well-being is traditionally performed in many households with great ardor and devotion for peace, wealth and prosperity and the stob, gayatri, anjali. Pachali forms an integral part of Laxmi Puja.

But now changing times, increasing pace of lifestyle, shortage of time,  lack of proper understanding of the Panchali contents, it's language (only in Bangla) and such factors have forced this practice to either rural Bengali folks or left it with the generations of our mothers and grandmothers. There are many examples wherein the mother has recited the Pachali, recorded the same in Cassettes or mobile etc. or have even written the Pachali in English script and given to the daughters or daughters in law to perform the rituals.




Mumbai Discovers the Magic of Melbourne

Victorian terrace on Canterbury Road, Middle Park

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Mumbai, Sept 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai will discover the magic of Melbourne, a city that is perfectly tailored towards incentive travel, at the ‘Destination Melbourne Showcase’ this week.

Hosted by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), the Showcase will feature nine of the city’s leading Business Events suppliers, emphasizing why Melbourne is the perfect place to combine business, pleasure and travel.

Ms Edwina San, MCVB’s Director – International Incentives, said the Showcase would reveal a lively, ever-evolving and culturally diverse city.

“We are delighted to be taking the Showcase to India for the first time,” Ms San said.



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