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Anurekha Ghosh - MUDRA | Anurekha Ghosh and Company presentation - Mar 17, 2010, Kolkata | WBRi Event Report

Anurekha Ghosh MUDRA Dance Program Kolkata Event ReviewApril 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 17th March 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Anurekha Ghosh presented MUDRA at Purbashree Auditorium, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, integrating 3 forms of Dance – Chhau (from Purulia), Gotipua (from Orissa) and Kathak, creating a fascinating and visually dynamic gestural and communicative language.

An exclusive event report from Washington Bangla Radio.

Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmasabha) awakens Chicago to Hindu concepts and issues

Apr 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) This Saturday, 24th April 2010 (Adhik Vaishakh Shukla Ekadashi 5112 as per Hindu calendar) the Hindu temple auditorium at Lemont reverberated with the auspicious sounds of conch blowing and Vedic recitations, commencing the much awaited Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmasabha) held by Forum for Hindu Awakening and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. Eminent speakers, Dr. Richard Benkin of Forcefield, Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra of Geeta Mandir, Shri. Kalyan Vishwanathan of Sanatana Dharma Foundation (Dallas) were awarded the ‘Vishwa Hindu Ratna’ for selfless service to Hinduism. Swami Varadananda of Vivekananda Vedanta Society blessed the Summit with His presence. The Swami was honoured duly at the hands of Shri. Prasad Yelamanchi of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, among other honoraries, namely the Hindu temple president L Bhima Reddy, Shrinarayan Chandak of Global Media Forum, Madhu Patel and A. V. L. Narsimharao.

TAMBOURINE-- launching of the first Indian literary webzine for children in English

At last its here--the first ever completely web based literary magazine for children in English.

The TAMBOURINE (  aims to fill in a huge gap that exists in the webspace for children. You One will find innumerable websites meant for the young people--ranging from academic assistance to providing online gaming facility , but no fully literary website completely dedicated to them.

We are here to fill in that gap. Enjoy the first issue here:

here's a sample:

WBRi Event Announcement | Sudeshna Basu, Debu Nayak Live In Washington

Sudeshba Basu Live ShowDilip K. Som & Gurjeet Singh Proudly Present
An Evening of Bengali & Hindi Melodies
Accompanied by
Debu Nayak on tabla
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 pm

In celebration the spring season, the season of love and color, Sudeshna will explore India’s rich musical heritage music from different regions. She will include many traditional and much heard songs in her recital. Sudeshna Basu started her musical training under the tutelage of famous Hindusthani classical vocalist Smt. Meera Bandyopadhyay of Patiala gharana. After a training in classical music, Sudeshna started taking Rabindrasangeet
lessons under the great maestro Sri Ashoketaru Bandyopadhyay. Recently, she has started taking lessons on Dhrupad from the famous Gundecha Brothers. She now divides her time between Washington DC, USA and Kolkata, India. To get information about her CD’s, concerts and music lessons, please visit her website

Debu Nayak Tabla PlayerDevapriya Nayak (Debu) began learning tabla at the age of three from his grandfather, Chaudhury Kausalya Nandann. Later on he became a disciple of Pt. Radhakanta Nandi. Debu continues his taalim from Maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee and Pt. Samir Chatterjee. For more information please visit:

19706 Maycrest Way, Germantown, MD 20876
Contact Information:
Dilip K. Som (301) 512-1295
Sudeshna (240) 478-0395
Debu (703) 795-3019

WBRi Event Announcement | Littlei presents special debut NISCHAY PAREKH, JIVER and PADDY Jazz Trio | Apr 23, 2010

SUMITH RAMACHANDAN, PRADYUMNA MANOT, JIVRAJ SINGH debut with a massive blues, swing and bebop session

Friday Night Live (FNL) with THREE-ON-A-SWING & Singer

23 April 2010 @ Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel
9:00 – 10:30
THREE-ON-A-SWING: A jazz trio comprising 10:30 – 12:00
A special debut featuring singer-songwriter & guitarist NISCHAY PAREKH with JIVER on drums and PADDY on keys.

It's a free an open to all show. Pub rules are no shorts/open toed footwear for gents. 

Interview | Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening on the upcoming Hindu Dharma Sabha in Chicago (Apr 24, 2010)

Hindu Dharma Sabha Chicago USA April 24 2010

Apr 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Hinduism Summit (Dharma Sabha) to be held on April 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, USA aims to promote an understanding about the unique science behind Hinduism concepts and practices, and provide practical guidance on living Hinduism. The Hinduism Summit aims also to unite everyone interested in Hinduism, to preserve it in the face of denigration and misconceptions about Hinduism today. For tickets and more information, please visit the Forum for Hindu Awakening we-bsite.

The Dharma Sabha is indeed a unique event for every person interested in understanding, living or preserving Hinduism, and will be webcast live on Saturday 24th April from 2:30 to 6pm US EST on  and  sites. It will feature speeches by selfless leaders and scholars like Dr. Richard Benkin on Bangladeshi Hindus' ethnic cleansing and Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra on the message of the Bhagavad Geeta.

Listen to an exclusive interview with Ms Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening by Sanatan Dharma Foundation on Hindu Unity and their forthcoming Hindu Dharma Sabha in Chicago - press the play button above to tune in.

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Dr. Benkin, Dr. Mehrotra, Shri. Vishwanathan among the awardees for the 'Vishwa Hindu Ratna' at the Chicago Hinduism Summit

April 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Chaitra Krushna Ekadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5112: The Chicago Hinduism Summit has finalized its speakers and awardees for the 'Vishwa Hindu Ratna'. Noted human rights activist of Interfaith Strength, Dr. Richard Benkin, respected Hindu scholar of Geeta Mandir, Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra and President of Sanatan Dharma Foundation, Shri. Kalyan Vishwanathan are among the selected speakers and awardees. The 'Vishwa Hindu Ratna' translates into 'World's Jewel of Hinduism' and is awarded for selfless service to humanity through Hinduism based values and solutions.

The Chicago Hinduism Summit or Hindu Dharma Sabha will be held at the Lemont Temple on 24 April 2010 (Adhik Vaishakh Krushna – Kamala - Ekadashi 5112 as per the Hindu calendar.) It is being organized by charitable organizations, including the Lemont Temple, Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). With blessings from Saints like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation, there is growing interest in the Hinduism Summit, a 3.5-hour event that brings together technology and ancient tradition to present noted Hindu scholars, activists, and latest spiritual research on Hinduism concepts and issues.

Sanskrit shlokas opened both Alaska Senate & House of Representatives

Apr 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Both Alaska State Senate and House of Representatives in Juneau started day’s work with Hindu prayers on April nine.

Rajan Zed, Hindu leader, read the opening prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before Senators and Representatives on this day after sprinkling Gangajal (sacred water from river Ganga of India). After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Rajan Zed (left) reading the prayer from ancient Hindu scriptures in Alaska House of Representatives. Speaker Mike Chenault (fourth from left) is also seen

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He started and ended the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, Lead me from death to Immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged State Senators and Representatives to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Zed is one of the panelists for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and

He has been awarded “World Interfaith Leader Award” by National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families.

Rajan Zed also met Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell, Senate President Gary Stevens, House of Representatives Speaker Mike Chenault, Social Services Commissioner Bill Hogan, Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux, Catholic Bishop Edward Burns, Juneau City Manager Rod Swope, on the occasion and presented them with a copy of Bhagavad-Gita each. Priya Keane, who attended the prayer and whose mother is from India, described it as “wonderful”.

Just before the actual prayer, Zed said in both Senate and House: “It is an honorable day for us when prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures are being read in this great hall of democracy of great state of Alaska.” House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula and Representatives Max Gruenberg and John Harris personally thanked Zed for the prayers.

Meanwhile Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening has thanked Alaska Legislature for opening Senate and House with wisdom from ancient Hindu scriptures.

Alaska Senate is composed of 20 members while House of Representatives has 40 members. Lonely Planet describes Alaska as “Big, beautiful and wildly bountiful” and its Mount McKinley is the highest mountain peak in North America. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Rajan Zed (left) reading the prayer from ancient Hindu scriptures in Alaska House of Representatives. Speaker Mike Chenault (fourth from left) is also seen in the picture. 

Partho Mukhopadhyay - Bengali Recitation-Elocution | Listen to Bangla Kobita Abritti Live recording Rabindra Sadan, Feb 2, 2010

Bengali Poem Recitation - Bangla Kobita Abritti - Partha 
MukhopadhyayApril 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) - By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent: The space anywhere available is not enough to write something about Elocutionist Guru Shri Partho Mukhopadhyay. I have so many words to write that I complete ultimately by writing a little. He is really Guru by nature because anybody can describe him as teacher rather than performer. He always skips the opportunity to perform and provide the space for his students as he always seems happiest to see his students famous. We can take example of one and only elocutionist Bratati Bandapadhyay, his most famous and favorite disciple.

Partho Mukhopadhyay's solo programme on 2nd February, 2010 at Rabindra Sadan is a tribute of Sarathi disciples to their Guru. His accompanist was Santanu Bandopadhyay on Background Music. The set was very good that day. His excellent presentation was divided into two parts.

 Listen to a complete audio recording from Partho Mukhopadhyay's program online via WBRi on-demand Bangla Radio service. These rare and unique recordings are also being broadcast on Washington Bangla Online Radio channel.

Kolkata Event | Morning Glory Integrated School with Tagore Foundation School Annual Cultural Festival 2010

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Apr 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Morning Glory Integrated School and Tagore Foundation School are jointly organizing their 2010 Annual Cultural Festival (Barshik Sanskriti Utsav) on April 13, 2010 and Madhusudan Mancha, Kolkata at 6 PM.

Students of the schools will present an evening of song, music, dance and elocution. A highlight of the program will be a special reception of acclaimed Rabindra Sangeet exponent Sumitra Sen.

The program will present "Tagore On Guitar", with participating artistes:

  • Narration, Recitation, Concept: Subhodeep Chakraborty
  • Songs: Damien Trident
  • Narration: Moubani Sarkar
  • Guitar: Indradeep Mukherjee
  • MC: Naresh Nandi, Nivedita Ganguli
  • Direction: Rajiv Sengupta, Srabani Sengupta

Please contact the organizers at +91 983 016 2948 / +91 983 014 2462 for tickets and more information.

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