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Indian Film & TV Institute Golden Jubilee Celebrations Laumch by Dev Anand the Bollywood Megastar Hero

March 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the premier film and television training center of the country in Pune, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year starting March 20.

Renowned Bollywood personality Dev Anand will be the chief guest in the Year’s commencement celebrations today in its campus. It will include screening of the films of the first batch and a Prabhat Studio (which now forms FTII) film “Amrit Manthan” (1934), Magic Lantern Show (pre-cinema activity of 1890s), marathon, etc.

Dev Anand classic Hindi movies are available on DVD online - click here »

Established in 1960, its alumni include leading figures of India’s film industry like Subhash Ghai, Mani Kaul, Nasiruddin Shah, Jaya Bhaduri, Raza Murad, Shatrughan Sinha, Mithun Chakraborty, Tom Alter, Kanwarjit Paintal, Adoor Gopal Krishnan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Resul Pookutty, etc.

Washington Kali Temple - Upcoming Events and Programs March - April 2010

Mar 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Kali Temple has announced the list of planned upcoming events over March and April of 2010.


16126  New Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866


Bengali Movie Stars at Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010

Bilaat Bangla Utshab London England UKMar 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) 2 Days To Go !  The eagerly anticipated first Bilaat Bangla Utsav offers an opportunity to Bengalis across the globe to watch their favourite Bengali cinema stars and be part of an unique initiative by Panchamukhee to bring the vast bengali community in UK the essence of Bengal. Contemporary Kolkata Bengali movie heroes and heroines present at the event include Indrani Dutta, June Maliah, Swastika Mukherjee, Indrani Haldar, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Biswajit Chakraborty and many more.

There are only a few tickets left for the sold-out event. Tickets may be available online at or by phone at 02084168989, 07894465953, 07917404302, 07780866336, 07881555648, 02073705692.

The Bilaat Bangla Utsav is being held at Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, HA5 4EA on 20th and 21st March, 2010.

Ticket prices are £10 (20/03/2010) & £15 (21/03/2010), Season Tickets £20.

There is a lucky draw for free air tickets to Kolkata sponsored by INDIADOOT during the event. Register your interest by clicking on the following link:

A wide choice of food would be available to buy at reasonable rates.

Washington Bangla Radio wishes Bilaat Bangla Utsav's organizers Panchamukhee and attendees a wonderful time and grand success.

Kolkata Event News | The Right Stuff: Bertie live @ Someplace Else, Calcutta - 19 March 2009

Bertie Da Silva: The Right Stuff: Bertie live @ Someplace Else, Calcutta - 19 March 2009March 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) T2 and Someplace Else present "The Right Stuff" - Bertie Da Silva Live at Someplace Else, Calcutta - 19 March 2009.

Someplace Else is located at The Park, 17 Park Street, Kolkata; Ph: +91 33 22499000.

The Right Stuff is how Bertie Da Silva describes the new songs he’ll be playing. These are songs composed over the last two months, songs with a different feel, opening up into another side of the man.

Some of the songs have acquired the quiet mellowness of one coming to terms with life. Others rip nastily at the meaninglessness or the sadness of it all.

And then he goes back to his older songs and invites Amyt Dutt to play along with the rest of the band: Willie, Sooman, Suraj and Anindya.

Amyt taps into the raw guts of the music, tearing out amazing passages of lyric beauty and then pieces of searing, passionate intensity.

Come listen to what happens next.

Oscar winner A. R. Rahman’s Chicago Concert tickets sell for US$1,050 each

Some of the tickets for Oscar winner A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) Chicago (USA) June 18 “Jai Ho Concert” are now selling for US$1,050 (about Indian Rupees 47,700) per person on his official website.

This “Jai Ho Circle” ticket includes: no waiting in line - express entry, separate entrance on green carpet, and pre-show service of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The lowest price ticket available (for Section 206) for this Concert costs US$54.50 (about Indian Rupees 2,475). The concert will be held in Sears Center and there is a limit of eight tickets per order.

Acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Rahman to lower the price of the bottom ticket to US$20 so that all his fans could enjoy his Concert in these times of recession. Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, however, commended Rahman for taking the Indian music to new heights and bringing respect and international recognition to Indian film music.

9th issue of Joydhak webzine uloaded

The 9th issue (bosonto songkhya) of the Children's magazine Joydhak has been uploaded. As usual this issue brings a set of uniquely chosen treats for children of every age. Your physical age does not matter. As long as you are green in mind, Joydhak will entertain you. check it out at

GURU DUTT - Tribute at 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival 2010

The prestigious 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), from March 21 to April six, will pay special tribute to India’s late actor-director-producer-writer Guru Dutt, whom it calls “Bollywood Guru”.
Festival will showcase his “Kagaz Ke Phool” (1959, with Waheeda Rehman) [Blu-ray DVD], “Mr & Mrs 55” (1955, with Madhubala) [Blu-Ray DVD], “Sahib Bibi aur Gulam” (1962, with Meena Kumari & Waheeda Rahman) [Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam Blu-Ray DVD], and “Pyaasa” (1957, with Mala Sinha & Waheeda Rehman) [Pyaasa Blu-Ray DVD Release] films. While “Sahib Bibi aur Gulam” was directed by Abrar Alvi, rest were all directed by Filmfare Award winner Guru Dutt himself.

Bangla Natok : Pagla Ghora Bengali Play Directed by Amol Palekar and five other productions in Theater Festival in USA

Amol Palekar - Image (C) Rediff IndiaMar 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The New Jersey based theater group Epic Actors' Workshop will perform the Bangla Natok (Bengali play) Pagla Ghora (The Crazy Horse) directed by acclaimed Indian cinema and theater icon Amol Palekar on April 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Auditorium, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Maryland.

The Pagla Ghoda performance is one of six stage plays that will be performed in a two-day Theater Festival organized by Natya Bharati (  as a part of their Grand 25th Anniversary Celebration event, marking 25 years of excellence in Theater. The theme of the event is "bringing the community together through theater".

Get complete event details and buy tickets.

Acclaimed Danseuse Anurekha Ghosh promoting Indian Classical Kathak Dance and Choreography Across The World

Anurekha Ghosh Dance Company Kathak Program
Anurekha Ghosh Kolkata Premiere Event Poster - click to zoom in

Anurekha Ghosh is an accomplished Indian Classical Kathak Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Anurekha Ghosh & Company, UK.

Born to a new generation of dancers and choreographers, BBC award winning Anurekha Ghosh is an inevitable name in the world of Indian (Kathak) dance. She has shown her excellence in Choreography.  Anurekha is based in United Kingdom.  Her technique and style is a combination of “tradition and modernity”. 

In October 2009 Anurekha was invited by Her Majesty The Queen at the Buckingham Palace, London and The British Prime Minister – Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, to celebrate the extraordinary talent and contribution of British Asian Artists in the world.

The danseuse and her troop will present Kolkata with their Premiere Performance on 17th March 2010 at 6:30 PM at Purbashree Auditorium, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201, Salt Lake City (Near AMRI Hospital / No 13 Water Tank), Kolkata – 700106.

Watch Anurekha in performance via a free video from You Tube.

Indian Bollywood Hindi Cinema Heroine Rani Mukherjee gets her own retrospective in Indian Film Festival Australia New Zealand

Cover of "Hum Tum (Sub)"

Cover of Hum Tum (Sub)

Mar 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  “Indian Film Festival 2010” in Australia and New Zealand is holding special “Rani Mukherjee Retrospective”.

Calling Filmfare Award winner Rani, 31, “Queen of Bollywood”, it is showing her following Hindi films: Bunty Aur Babli, Black, Hum Tum, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Paheli, and Saathiya.

Festival is being held at Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand, concluding on April 15.

Bollywood productions being shown in it include 3 Idiots, Dev D, Dil Bole Hadippa, Dostana, Ghajini, Kaminey, Love Aaj Kal, Luck by Chance, New York, Paa, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and Wake Up Sid.

Its “Beyond Bollywood” category includes regional Indian films Chaturanga (Bengali), Harishchandrachi Factory (Marathi), Kanchivaram (Tamil), Mee Sreyobhilashi (Telugu), Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai (Tamil), and Shob Choritro Kalponik (Bengali).

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