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WBRi Kolkata Event Announcement | Charupith presents Aalor Paane Praner Chola

Subhomoy Mukherjee
Subhomoy Mukherjee

Washington Bangla Radio, June 1, 2010: Charupith Celebrates 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath and 111th Birth Anniversary of Nazrul as “Aalor Paane Praner Chola” under direction of Tapati Bandapadhyay at Aikotan, EZCC, Salt Lake at 6 PM on 6th June, 2010.

Special Programme: “Rabi Kirane Kabi” conceptualized by Subhomay Mukhopadhyay, elocution by Partho Mukhopadhyay and singing by Sudeb Chattopadhyay, Compere: Swagata Das


Sukhwinder Singh and Bollywood Diva Tanushree Dutta in JAI HO Concert in Washington DC | Buy Discounted Tickets Online

Jai Ho Concert Live in Washington DC Tanusree Dutta 
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Program Details

Sukhwinder will be performing live with an ensemble of leading Bollywood musicians and is all set to set the stage at the DAR Constitution Hall on fire come June 5, 2010. Bollywood diva Tanushree Dutta will also perform in the show.

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Local Impresario, Puneet Ahluwalia who is promoting Singh's show in Washington DC is all excited over the initial response of the
Indian Diaspora living in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Sizzling hot Tanushree Dutta from Bollywood

"Sukhwinder Singh is bigger than the limits that are put on him. It all has to do with the individual journey of this great international singer and music director," stated Puneet Ahluwalia.

Ahluwalia is simultaneously promoting a new reality talent show "Your Minutes of Fame" For the first time ever, talented individuals of the South Asian Diaspora are being provided a platform through this ground-breaking new reality phenomenon - "Your Minutes of Fame," informed Ahluwalia.

Sexy Tanushree Dutta Bollywood 
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Many different talents can be exhibited in the series, such as contortionism, juggling, magic tricks, stand-up comedy & beat boxing, aside from singing and dancing acts. The winner will be given the unique opportunity to perform at the Sukhwinder Singh Concert.

Hot Indian Bollywood Tanushree Dutta

Sukhwinder shot to fame with "Chaiyya Chaiyya" for which he won the Filmfare award for the best playback singer in 1999. This song was also featured in the musical Bombay Dreams. This song was so inspiring that noted Hollywood director sent a message of multiculturalism by using the same song for the title credit of his blockbuster film - Inside Man.

Sukhwinder was unstoppable and acquired more international fame for the award winning song 'Jai Ho' from the award winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Sukhwinder's other notable hits are:- Chak De India... Dard-e-Disco, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Beedi, Jalwa, Aaj Mera Jee Kardaa, Ramta Jogi, Dhan Te Nan and many, many more.  So popular is Sukhwinder that sponsors are clamoring to be a part of this historic concert. Center for Social Change, King fisher, Hilton Hotels, TV Asia , and  Zee TV are the lead sponsors for this concert.

Other Highlights of the live show include:

  • Bollywood DIVA Tanushree Dutta, added to the list of STARS for June 5th Concert. (HINDI, MARATHI, TELUGU AND TAMIL FILMS: Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Veerabhadra, Chocolate, 36 China Town, Bhagam Bhag, Risk, Good Boy Bad Boy, Raqeeb, Dhol, Speed, Saas Bahu Aur Sensex, Apartment, Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai, Rokkk)
  • Nikkitasha Marwaha of "Dance INDIA Dance" Fame to Host "JAI HO" MAY 8 Concert
  • Finalists of 'Your Minutes of Fame' to perform live at Sukhwinder Singh Concert in DC!  (Audience will decide who deserves to go to the next level)
  • Looking for 5 Young South Asian Suitors for the famous Bollywood Actress.


Friday Night Live | May 28,2010

Friday Night Live at Kolkata

Friday Night Live: 28 May 2010

FNL with FOUR-ON-A-SWING and THE REAL ART OF FUSION

28 May 2010 @ The Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata 8:30 – 10:00 pm

FOUR-ON-A-SWING: The jazz quartet comprising Paddy, Willie, Jiver and Sumith present a mix of swing, blues, bebop in an all out jam session.

10:00 – 11:30 pm

THE REAL ART OF FUSION with maestro USTAD RAZA ALI KHAN and jazz pianist PRADYUMNA MANOT.


Tridharaye Teen Kanya - Rajlakshmi on Piano, recitation by Rituparna Das, Rabindra Sangeet by Riddhi Bandyopadhyay

May 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In an endeavor to revive the PIANO – an exquisite classical instrument which is fast being replaced by electronic instruments; and to introduce young, talented and upcoming artists in the field of performing arts and music which is an all embracing phenomena breaking all barriers and boundaries, PBI Group - a boutique fashion-marketing-events firm engaged in the creative industries in New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent, & Axis Bank are organizing TRIDHARAYE TEEN KANYA - an unique musical interface of Pianist Smt. Rajlakshmi, Recitation by Smt. Rituparna Das, and Vocal Rabindrasangeet by Smt. Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, celebrating 150 years of Rabindranath Tagore.

Wolf Trap to live stream Parody and Satire - One act operas live webcast

May 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Wolf Trap is organizing a special streaming event from The Barns at Wolf Trap, "Parody and Satire", on Monday, May 24 at 7:30pm.

Wolf Trap's Discovery Goes Digital will stream performances of two entertaining and touching one-act operas: John Musto's Bastianello and William Bolcom's Lucrezia, both with libretto by Mark Campbell. These operas were recently performed at The Barns at Wolf Trap as part of The Discovery Series, and thanks to a grant from the Altria Group, Inc, opera lovers will be able to watch them from their own home in this one-time-only event.

The streaming event will include entire performances of both operas (sung in English, with subtitles), an artist question-and-answer period that took place after intermission, and the chance for viewers to chat live with the artists during the streaming event.

To tune into the live internet broadcast, go to www.wolftrap.org/discovery by 7:30 pm EDT on Monday, May 24, 2010.



SONAR TORI album release | Rabindra Sangeet feat. Indian and Bangladeshi singers

SONAR TORI Rabindra Sangeet Audio Songs AlbumKolkata, May 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)
By Aditya Chakraborty, WBRi Kolkata

For the first time in the history of Rabindrasangeet artistes from both India and Bangladesh have jointly collaborated to bring out a CD to pay attribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary called ‘Sonar Tori’.This audio feature is based on letters, poems and songs that Rabindranath wrote during his several stays around the river Panda, in Shelidaha, Shahajadpur, Kushtia and Patisar.

Full Rabindra Sangeet audio songs are available in MP3 download format online - click here.

The Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh released the album on 15.5.10 along with Bharati Roy, Vice-President of ICCR and ex MP Krishna Bose.

The album has been conceived and directed by Debashish Raychaudhuri after his extensive tour to places like Shelidaha, Shahajadpur and Kushtia in Bangladesh where Tagore lived.

The narration has been done by Chaitali Dasgupta and she has also written the script as well.

This is the third international audio project on Rabindranath by Debasish Raychaudhuri, the first two being ‘The Dust and the Sunlight’ (based on Gitanjali) with poet and translator William Radice and ‘Scottish Ballads and Irish Melodies and Transcreations
by Rabindranath Tagore.

Debashish and his daughter Rohini are the only father-daughter duo in the world of Rabindrasangeet.(their website is www.debashishandrohini.com).

Debashish and Rohini have song for this album and Chaitali Dasgupta has written the script and done the recitation whereas the artistes from Bangladesh are Rezwana Choudhuri Bannya and Md Anisur Rahaman who have sung the songs and Asaduzzaman Noor who has read from Tagore’s letters.

The album has been released by Hindustan Record.


Bengali movie LE CHAKKA (2010) Audio Music Launch by DEV-Payel Sarkar (Video)

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio We got the opportunity to cover exclusively the music cum media release of Ley Chakka at Topaz of Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata.

Pundit Ajay Chakraborty to perform live at Washington Kali Temple to mark 9th year of service

Pt Ajoy Chakraborty

Acclaimed Indian Classical vocal exponent Pundit Ajoy Chakrabarty will mark the 9th year of service of the Washington Kali Temple by a live performance in the Temple's main hall on Friday June 11, 2010 at 8 PM.

Donations of $15 per person are requested by the Temple management. Reservations can be made by e-mailing kalitemplewashington [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Purchase Pandit Ajay Chakraborty's albums online or download MP3 audio songs: Pt Ajay Chakraborty full song MP3 downloads >




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Bollywood Style Utsav by Spondon and Hindu Cultural Association of Hillingdon

Spondon Bollywood Music Program May 2010

May 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Spondon is organizing the live show "Utsav - Bollywood Style" by the Hindu Cultural Association of Hillingdon.

The evening is expected to enthrall Bollywood Music lovers with leading Bollywood Musicians of UK performing live with Spondon. You can join the performers in an evening of sheer listening bliss at the Winston Churchill Hall, Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL (Near Ruislip Station).


Brahmyakhepa organizing Shahaj Manush concert with Bauls and Kolkata Bangla Bands live

Bengali Baul Band Brahmya KhyapaMay 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) BRAHMAKHYAPA, the baul band is organizing a gala evening packed with baul songs on May 22, 2010 where eminent baul singers will be performing along with a guest performance by Calcutta city band CHANDRABINDOO.

Brahmyakhepa's debut album "BHROMOR" created history in Bengali music by being the first Bengali album to be released online simultaneously with store-release in Kolkata. Download Brahma Khepa's BHROMOR album in pristine MP3 format exclusively from WBRi Store - click here.

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