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ANUREKHA GHOSH in CHITRANGADA with ASHOKRENU and SWAGATALAKSHMI DASGUPTA at Rabindrasadan | 7th July 2010 6 PM

Acclaimed danseuse Anurekha Ghosh (WBRi Interview) will perform one of the major characters in the Tagore musical dance-drama Chitrangada in conjunction with songs and music performed by Rabindrasangeet exponent Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta and her organization Ashokrenu at Rabindrasadan on 7th July 2010 at 6 PM in Calcutta.

WBRi Event News | GANDHAR Drama Group of Kolkata presents KACHER MANUSH in Germantown, Maryland, USA

Washington, DC, July 6, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gandhar - the Kolkata Bengali Drama (Stage Theater) - will present their production, the Bengali play "Kachher Manush" on July 18th, 2010 at 4 PM at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.


Stage Play (Drama) Review | Road to Hell - A Stage Fusion production - Kalamandir, Kolkata

3rd July, 2010 – the weekend evening was gloomy, the weather was stuffy and I was on road to hell!! Road to Hell!!?? Yes! That evening I was watching Stage Fusion’s ( from Assam) famous murder mystery “Road to Hell” at Kalamandir, Kolkata.

Eka, Eka Noi - Solo recitation program by Sumantra Sengupta | WBRi Kolkata Event Review

Sumantra Sengupta - Eka Eka Noi

As commenced earlier, the solo recitation program of Sumantra Sengupta as “Eka, Eka Noi” was held on 28th June rainy evening at Rabindrasadan, Kolkata.

Happy Birthday USA - 4th July Greetings

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Washington Bangla Radio - the world's #1 Bengali radio broadcasting from the suburbs of our nation's capital - wishes all our listeners, visitors and well wishers  a very happy Independence day. Founded by an immigrant and a proud United States citizen, using and improving on technologies invented by Americans, including the Internet and the processors that power WBRi's servers, Washington Bangla Radio is proud to serve the ethnic Bengali community across the globe. Happy birthday and God bless America !


Monday Blues at The Big Ben, Kenilworth Kolkata

Monday Blues

Kolkata, India, June 28 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Big Ben, Kenilworth – Kolkata, home of the celebrated and nationally acclaimed Friday Night Live shows that have changed the face of musical performances and defined live music trends in Kolkata over the last year, now ventures into the past to revive one of the cities most celebrated musical eras. Monday Blues, a weekly Monday evening show is conceptualized by the creative production company Littlei which is also responsible for the Friday Night Live performances. The concept, derived from the very successful Jazz and Blues performances at FNL, draws a parallel to the 70s when these genres defined the sound and vibe of the Calcutta lifestyle. Monday Blues is supported by Congo Square, the hosts of the renowned Congo Square Jazz Festival as well as the French cultural division of Alliance Française.

Monday Blues at The Big Ben, Kenilworth Kolkata

Monday 28 June 2010. 8 PM – 10 PM

THE CARLTON KITTO ENSEMBLE

The transition from Swing to Bop happened in the late 30s (38 - 39) by a young guitar genius Charlie Christian who died at the age of 22. This however was taken up by a group of highly talented musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk - Max Roach and others and during the early experimental sessions at the Minton's in Harlem came to be known as Be Bop Jazz. The most challenging form of music from all angles. Harmonically - technically - lyrically or from any other form. It soon revolutionized the world. Be Bop Jazz still remains authentic in form and this movement is the mainstay of our music which we have been trying to promote for many years mainly through myself and the devoted Nondon Bagchi. We have had many changes in the Carlton Kitto Ensemble and at one point the Carlton Kitto Big Band; we hope to go on keeping Be Bop alive in India and hope all you Jazz lovers will help us in this endeavor.

- Carlton Kitto

♫ Carlton Kitto on Guitars

Carlton Kitto is the uncrowned king of Jazz, not only in his city but throughout India since his legendary performances at venues on Park Street in the 70s. Comprehensive articles on Carlton Kitto can be found here:

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2313/stories/20060714002210000.htm

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070318/asp/calcutta/story_7527829.asp

♫ Nondon Bagchi on Drums

Nondon Bagchi started playing in December 1968, thus completing 42 years of playing professionally with some of India’s biggest rock, jazz and fusion bands.

He’s currently the centripetal force behind Kolkata’s favorite retro-rock outfit Hip Pocket as drummer and vocalist. Also known for being a well published food critic and accomplished cook, Nondon Bagchi is one of Kolkata’s most active and beloved music personalities.

♫ Debabrata ‘Bapai’ Mitra on Keys

Debabrata Mitra a self taught jazz pianist, is one of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the country. He has played with a wide variety of musicians, including outfits from abroad, over the last three decades. He is also a master composer, arranger and band leader specialising in jazz and jazz-oriented music.

♫ Mainak ‘Bumpy’ Nag Chowdhury on Bass

Mainak Nag Chowdhury, also known as ‘Bumpy’ in the national and international music scene, have worked extensively as a bass player and music producer in countries like China, Belgium, Bangladesh, France, Germany, Indonesia, United Kingdom, United States and United Arab Emirates apart from performing across the length and readth of India.

Of some of my performance venues are the internationally acclaimed venues of Palace De Bozar (Brussels), The Vortex (London), La Prato (Lille), Trubador (London), The British Museum(London), University of East Anglia(Norwich), Puskin Room (London), Lincoln Room (USIS kolkata), A trane (Berlin), The Big Ben (Kolkata), Someplace Else (Kolkata), The Blue Frog (Mumbai), Olive beach (Bangalore), Indian Habitat Centre (New Delhi), San Jose McEnery Convention Center (San Jose), B flat(Berlin), Indian Embassy (Berlin), The Pasaraya Convention Centre (Jakarta), Cafe Morrison (New Delhi), Hard Rock Cafe (Mumbai), ICIF2010 (Shenzhen), Opus (Pune), NCPA (Mumbai) among many others.

This is a walk in event. Infolines: 9830296942/9830046963.

Free Entry, No Cover Charge (Pub rules apply: no shorts or open toed footwear for gents)


Bengali Movie NAYIKA (2010) Audio Music Album Release | ROOPSHA MUKHERJEE-AARAV

Kolkata, India, June 26 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) D R Entertainments Producers Manajit Das and Rajesh Mukherjee released the music album of their upcoming film, Nayika, directed by Sukanto Roy, at City Centre 2, New Town, Kolkata on June 19, 2010.

Watch a video coverage of the event online in the player. Do not miss Kumar Sanu and Jojo singing live in the event with no instruments !

The film introduces new-comers ROOPSHA MUKHERJEE and AARAV in lead roles. The credited star cast includes Tapas Pal, Indrani Halder, Dilip Roy, Kalyani Mandal, Sudip Mukherjee, Subhomoy Chatterjee, Bhola Tamang, Roopsha (Heroin), Arav (Hero) and Ishita.

Purple Music is in the charge of the Music Album. You can download Purple audio music song albums in MP3 format here.

The songs of Nayika brings back the 1980s Tollywood.

Kumar Sanu, Jojo, Aneshwa, Anik Dhar and Ananya sing under music direction of Arup-Pranay Duo on lyrics by our very own Rabindranath Tagore and Debangshu and Tushu Chanda.

While the story line of the film is by Tushu Chanda, the story has been re-oriented by Rajesh Mukherjee and Debabarta Roy who has also written the script.

Edited by Malay Banerjee, the film has Ashoke Dasgupto as Cinematographer.

Debashree Chatterjee is the PRO for the film.

As a new leading cast in Tollywood, Roopsha and Aarav were present that that evening along with Indrani Halder, Jojo, Kumar Sanu, Sukanto Roy, Anik, Ananya, Producers and others.

The story of the film evolves around fulfillment of dream of a small town girl as Heroine of Tinsel Town in support of her mother and ups and downs in the path of her achievement.

The film Nayika showcases a love story of a small-town girl with a rich dude along with love story of her friend with a talented but frustrated film director.

As we know Sukanto Roy as the director of substance, we can expect Nayika as a very good meaningful and successful hit project on its release within a month at theatres.

Here are some stills from the Bengali film NAYIKA (2010).





KOEL-ABIR in M K Media's PREM BY CHANCE Bengali Movie directed by Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy | Press Meet

Kolkata, India, June 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 22nd June, 2010; M K Media Pvt Ltd Director Manoj Kumar Jain has arranged press meet at The Galaxy, The Park Hotel, Kolkata to introduce their 1st film  Prem By Chance directed by sensible and popular duo Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy who always make successful films and soaps with meaningful, humourous and family drama oriented stories.

Jain Group, with infrastructure as its core sector, is renowned for its presence in steel, power, energy and reality sectors. The group is now diversifying in media to entertain and enlighten audience as well as to strengthen Tollywood with meaningful and popular projects.

The film has casts as Koel ( Heroine ), Aabir ( Hero ), Dipankar, Locket, Biswajit, Arijit, Manoj Mitra, Soma De, Tanima Sen, Dwijen Banerjee and others. Crews include Pritikana Paul Roy as script and dialogue writer, Manoj Mishro as cinematographer, Rupankar as Music Director, Sujoy Dutta Roy as editor, K Murlidharan and Sankaraiya as dance directors and Harsh Babu as fight director. PRO of the film is Neil.

The film depicts parallel stories of Raju, who is a typical leader of middle class youth brigade of any Kolkata locality and village girl Purna alias Annapurna who is supposed to marry Bijoy under pressure from her father but loves Sanu. By chance Raju meets Purna. Then what has happened? Hold you breath since you should know the entire story by watching the film at theatres on release!!

The entire event was a gala and glamourous one with presence of at least ninety percent of Tollywood from all the segments of her.

We wish all the success for the upcoming venture.


Sujay, Tanushree in Bengali Movie BANDHU ESHO TUMI (2010) | Audio Songs - Music Launch

Kolkata, India, June 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 21st June, 2010; basement Dance floor of Hotel Hindusthan International, Underground has hosted Music Release Party of the upcoming Bengali film, Bondhu Esho Tumi, thrown by MCP Productions.

The film is based on love story of a painter, who is son of a flop film director, and sister of a Promoter who is very possessive about her sister and brutally punishes any man weak about his sister. Though the girl is skeptical about the boy first, finally she has felt in his love and as result, the promoter has taken the directors life. The girl flee away then with the boy. But what will happen next?--------

Please go to theatre on release of the movie to see the end.

Purple Music is in charge of the music of the film where Sanchayita is Music Director, Priyo Chattopadhyay is lyricist and playback singers are Amit Kumar, Shaan, Soham, Taushee, Tutu, Rupankar, Anewsha, Shanchita and Anik. Bandhu esho tumi by Rupankar and Sanchitas part at Ei mon sonona kichu katha bolche are very pleasant to listen.

Partha Sarathi Joardar is the director, story writer and script director of this film scripted by Md. Sanowar Hussion and produced by Vikash Madra, Sumit Chand and Saharsh Podder of MCP. Pradip Chakraborty has scored the background music whereas set designer is Ujjal Sarkar, Dance Directors are Baban and Palan and cameraman is Siddartha Dey and PRO is Debashree Chatterjee.

The casting includes Sujay as Hero, Tanushree as Heroine, Victor Banerjee, Rajesh Sharma, Tanima Sen, Pulokita, Lama, Jayanta Dutta Burman, Jayjit, Manu Mukherjee, Ramen Roy chawdhury and others.

We wish all the success for this upcoming film and its music album.


Joydhak Workshop at Devipur, in the Sunderbans – May’30, 2010.

Fifty Kilometers away from Joynagar railway station in the district of South 24 Parganas of the Indian state of West Bengal, there flows a river called Thakurani. One of its banks is covered under the dense canopy of mangroves and on the other bank, surrounded almost on all sides by the various branches of Thakurani as well as by the main river itself, stands a village called Devipur.

Devipur is a very interesting place. Its one of the frontier human settlements standing between the civilized world of mainstream Bengal and the menacing Sunderbans and thus has to serve two masters for survival. The two masters , the nature on one side and the human ‘civilization’ on the other, function at two completely different levels, both equally inscrutable and unpredictable. JOYDHAK WORKSHOP AT DEVIPUR >

The continuous subjugation to two such different , difficult and demanding masters has left an indelible stamp on the entire settlement. It’s a study in contrasts. People discuss the latest nabbing of a burglar or nabbing of a tiger on the village grounds in the same pitch as if there’s no difference between the two.

On 30th May 2010 a Joydhak  Team began the experiment of strengthening these people from inside through its first workshop at Devipur. The work will continue now. Read the detailed report on the workshop at the following link: JOYDHAK WORKSHOP AT DEVIPUR >



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