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The Saturday Club - Thy Infinite Gifts - A Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore

Sounak Chattopadhyay

The programme will trace the many faces of Tagore and his immense contribution to a nation, a society and an entire epoch. Music, dance, play-acting and readings will all come together to explore the man as a poet, a composer, a painter, an educationist, a social reformer, a green revolutionist a patriot and a humanist.



WBRi Special Event Report - Swagatalakshmi Dasgupto and Anurekha Ghosh at Rabindrasadan, Kolkata on July 7, 2010

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshOn 7th July, 2010 we got the opportunity to experience dancing of famous singer Swagatalaxmi Dasgupto with another legendary dancer, BBC award winner Anurekha Ghosh at Rabindrasadan, Kolkata.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshEvery year, in memory of her father; Classical Legend Late Shri Pabitro Dasgupto, Swagatalaxmi arranges the annual function of her institution Ashokrenu. Ashokrenu has completed its journey of one era as it is 12 years old now.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshAnchored by elocutionist Alok Roy Ghatak, the program had three major parts; - Dance drama Chitrangada by Rabindranath Tagore, felicitation of another famous singer Lopamudra Mitro and solo program of Swagatalaxmi compromising songs of her own composition.

The sound was very good that day.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha 
GhoshThe conception of set and the lighting for Chitrangada was awesome specially presence of bow and arrow in front of a tree and a idol of a girl dressed partly as boy as and partly  as girl indicates the story of Chitrangada very clearly.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - 
Anurekha GhoshRabindranath conceptualized story of Chitrangada from Mahabharata where Manipur princess Chitrangada, who always dressed as boy as per her father’s wish, met Pandav Arjun at the time of his 14 years of absconding at the time of hunting in forest. She felt in love with him so prayed to God of Love, Madan to become feminine and beautiful and she became with his blessings. Then she went to Arjun, who was in sainthood but felt in love with her but after listening to everybody felt his love for Chitrangada as she was before getting blessings from Madan. Then Chitrangada realized the actual essence of love and went to Madan to get her actual look. She got and came to Arjun who accepted her and they married.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha 
Ghosh

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh

The dance drama used voices of Ashokrenu disciples as well as Swagatalaxmi for songs and interpretation of Chitrangada even the performers on stage were none but students of Ashokrenu along with Swagatalaxmi and Anurekha, who is eventually taking her singing lessons from Swagata by the side of her dancing.

The singing part was very good but they might use male voice for male characters in stead of female voices. After her performance as mother in Chandalika, Swagata was more matured in her second attempt as dancer as Kurupa Chitrangada (Chitrangada in male dress) but her steps were slower than expectation as per the character demanded. The dancer as Arjun has to improve as lot. We thought sometimes that he was dancing forcibly!! Madan was good but excellent was Anurekha as Surupa Chitrangada ( feminine Chitrangada ). We really appreciated her dancing skills and she truly ruled the stage as long as she was present on stage.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh


The middle part was felicitation of Lopamudra Mitro by Swagatalaxmi on behalf of Ashokrenu. Every year Ashokrenu, in memory of Late Pabitro Dasgupto, felicitates one young legend for his or her contribution in cultural field. Lopa was very cordial through out her speech.

The last part was solo presentation of Swagata where she excelled with every presentation and showed her command to sing hymns (slokas) with proper pronunciation and music as well as lyricist and composer. We hope to listen more songs of her own lyric and music again and again.

Many eminent personalities including actor-cum-singer Arjun Chakraborty were present at auditorium that day.


Tagore by Teresa Sebastián in Spanish Poetry Concert - 27 to 30 July 2010

Tagore Poetry In Concert - Teresa Sebastien

A series of Spanish poetry recitations accompanied with musical performances will be held during the new edition of the unique Poetry in Concert program to be held from 27th to 30th July, 2010.

2010 marks the premiere of  "new house" in the Spanish Theater - which is an exciting happening for Poetry in Concert enthusiasts everywhere.

Teresa Sebastian, who has famously composed and performed her wonderful "Poesi­a en Concierto - Tagore" (Tagore Poem In Concert), will perform in, and is also the Artistic Coordinator of, the event.

Washington Bangla Radio is glad to present the entire original poem and an English translation of Teresa Sebastian's poem "Tagore" as well as a live recording of Teresa reading her own poem "Tagore" with musicians J.C. Blancas on electronics/keyboards, X.Paixarino on the flute and Niraj Kumar on the Tabla.


Littlei - This week (23+26 July, 2010)

July 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Friday Night Live (FNL) are very exited to present two amazing shows this week.

Friday 23rd July @ The Big Ben:
FNL with THE MAINAK NAG CHOWDHURY FOLK ENSEMBLE
9 PM - 12 AM

Monday 26th July @ The Big Ben:
MONDAY BLUES with THE CARLTON KITTO ENSEMBLE
8 - 10 PM

These are free entry/no cover charge shows at The Big Ben, Kenilwoth Hotel.



THE DEVIPUR EXPERIMENT--FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP ON 11TH JULY 2010

It was a overcast Sunday morning. It was not raining though. The Ichhapur Headquarter of the Shevashram was as usual busy—patients flocked into the low cost medical facility, guardians waited into the waiting hutments for their day-scholar wards undergoing Sunday classes, the inmates were busy with their daily chores, some were cleaning the yards, some washing their clothes and spreading them on a piece of green field to dry in the open air.

Sukharanjan and Shyamal, two representative from the Devipur village, who are spearheading the movement there, had already reached the Ichhapur Ashram from Devipur on 10th July and had initiated the discussions with the Ashram authorities. As per their reports, since the last workshop they have achieved the followings:


Upendrakishore's Tuntunir Boi converted into English comics


2010 SAMMAN Award for Excellence in Communications - A Rotary Club of Calcutta Event

SAMMAN 2010 Awards Rotary Clib of CalcuttaThe Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City, RID 3291, is organizing SAMMAN, the awards for journalists and public relations persons who have spent their lives focusing on issues that affect us in our daily lives.

Sounak Chattopadhyay to perform at Regional Bengali Conference (RBC) 2010 | Download Nutan O Sanatan Rabindranath Full Audio MP3

Washington DC, July 12, 2010: Acclaimed young classical, light classical and Rabindra Sangeet singer Sounak Chattopadhyay, who is also well known for conceptualizing and organizing great live musical concerts, will perform at RBC2010 - Regional Bengali Conference 2010, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Biggest Fundraiser "Bollywood INCEPTION Hollywood" Fashion Show + Dance Event

Fundraiser for Sankara Eye Foundation

Barnali 2010 | Tagore Society Of Houston

Barnali 2010 Tagore Soceity of Houston

Washington DC, July 9, 2010: The Tagore Society of Houston is arranging the 2010 summer music festival BARNALI with the theme of Melody and Versatility.


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