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125 Years Celebration of Kolkata Chapter of Trinity College of Music, London: Rock, Pop, Jazz & "Bollywood" Music Courses Coming

By Aditya Chakraborty

Students performing at 125th Year celebration of Trinity College of Music, Kolkata
Students of Trinity College of Music, Kolkata performing at the 125th year celebration event

Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive, Trinity College London, Jyotishka Dasgupta, Eastern India Representative, Trinity Kolkata Chapter
A student being awarded by Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive, Trinity College London. Jyotishka Dasgupta, Eastern India Representative, Trinity Kolkata Chapter is on her left.

Calcutta, Aug 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Kolkata chapter of the Trinity College of Music completed it’s glorious journey of 125 years with a function to mark the occasion at an event at Kala Mandir on Saturday.

Trinity which has a long history as a school of music and drama in various disciplines has it’s chapters all over the world and also in many cities of India and it is only fitting that other than Mr.Jyotishka Dasgupta, Regional Head, Eastern Region, Kolkata Chapter of Trinity College of Music, the entire team of Trinity including M.H.Das, the National Manager of Trinity College of Music, Ms. Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive Trinity College London, Mr.Nick Keyworth, Chief Examiner for Music, Trinity College London and Mr. John Gardyne, Chief Examiner for Drama & Speech, Trinity College London were all present to grace the occasion. Ms.Sujata Sen,Director, Eastern India,  British Council was the Guest of Honour.

Speaking on the cassion, Mr.Jyotishka Dasgupta said that it has been seen in recent years that the trend of pursuing Western Classical music has gone up by leaps and bounds. Many factors have been responsible for this and he hoped that Trinity would further add to it’s current influences.Ms Sarah Kemp said that she was pleased to be present on such an occasion in Kolkata and further said that though Trinity College was primarily a school for western music, however in this world of globalization very soon new forms of music would be introduced like rock, pop, Bollywood and jazz to make it more complete. Mr.M.H.Das said that Kolkata was a city very rich in culture and a lot of noted luminaries had been born in this city including the great Tagore so it is only fitting that the Kolkata Chapter is celebrating it’s 125th year. He also spoke about A.R.Rahman being an ex student of the Chennai Chapter.

The teachers of the Kolkata Chapter were awarded certificates for helping create a new generation of talented musicians who would all shine in their own fields.

Finally the audience was treated to some enchanting recitals by 18 students which proved to be more than impressive and left us all asking for more.

Here’s wishing the Kolkata Chapter of Trinity College of Music and the Trinity College of London as well all the best for the future!




Whistling Woods International kicks off its Multicity Tour on Documentaries

Whistling Woods International India Tour

Mumbai, Aug 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A documentary, as a film-making genre, is often misunderstood to be boring and revolving only around serious topics. Whistling Woods International – Institute for Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts, has thus taken up upon itself to dispel these misconceptions and has begun their tour called ‘I & eye – a series of multicity seminars on Documentary Practices and Perceptions.



Sixth Annual Festivals of Speed: Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron & Mosler Raptor

Fastest Cars on Display at Festivals of Speed

Fastest Cars on Display at Festivals of Speed

Festivals of SpeedOrlando, FL, August 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PressReleasePoint) Now in the sixth year at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande-Lakes, the Festivals of Speed, Presented by Lexus of Orlando, is set for October 7-9. This heralded luxury automotive event, for benefit of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, will once again bring together world’s most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles and watercraft. This year, Festivals of Speed has continued to expand by adding an additional day of automotive appreciation to the annual, Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception, Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner, and Motorsports Collection Display as well as a VIP Pavilion that is now located directly on show field, to cater to the true speed aficionado.



Bihaan Music Launches RIMJHIM feat. ANWESHA & DEBANJALEE Composed by ANINDA BOSE - International Bengali Modern Songs Album

By Aditya Chakraborty

Anwesha, Usha Uthup, Tarun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Banerjee and others launching RIMJHIM International Bengali Songs Album
Anwesha, Usha Uthup, Tarun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Banerjee and others launching RIMJHIM International Bengali Album

Calcutta, August 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bihaan Music launched the Bengali audio CD ‘Rimjhim’, an album featuring Anwesha and Debanjalee which is the first Bengali commercial album featuring modern songs recorded, mixed and mastered in New Jersey, USA recently.

The album has 7 songs featuring Anwesha (interview) and Debanjalee (interview) who has penned and composed two songs as well.

The album has been produced by Aninda Bose (interview) who is also the primary composer of the album. The album has an international feel as Aninda's mentor Dan Skye, renowned guitarist and sound engineer  who has worked with Shotgun Symphony and Bon Jovi, is very much a part of this project as the sound engineer.

The music launch took place in the presence of well known composer Abhijit Bandopadhyay, Kolkata's favorite didi - singer Usha Uthup (interview), renowned santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya and others at International Club, Kolkata on 29th July, 2011.

Listen to free song previews and download the album in MP3 format from Washington Bangla Radio.



Soho Mojo Presents Rila Banerjee & Friends, Los Amigos

Soho Mojo - Rila & Friends + Los Amigos

Calcutta, July 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Soho mojo presents on Wednesday 27 July 2011 at 8:00 pm: Rila Banerjee & friends with Nondon Bagchi on drums, Sumith Ramachandran on guitars, Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury on bass, Dominick Saldhana on keys and Rila Banerjee on vocals, also featuring Ben Westley on vocals.

The above will be followed by India’s premier latin jazz outfit Los Amigos.



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