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Kolkata - Dhaka Cycle Rally Marks International Mother Language Day

By Indrajit Ghosh Dastidar

Arup Biswas,Gargi Banerjee,Sanku Deb Panda,Goutam Ghosh
Digniteries Encouraging Participants

Ms. Gargi Banerjee Guest of Honor
Ms.Gargi Banerjee, Guest of Honor

Inaguration at Press Club
Inaguration at Press Club

Calcutta, Feb 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. International Mother Language Day originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952.

White House 2013 Budget & AAPIs

President Obama sent his budget for the 2013 fiscal year to Congress earlier today. Below are details about how his budget creates security for Asian American and Pacific Islander families. This year’s budget reflects the President’s firm belief that our country has always done best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules. It’s a document built around the recognition that this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home and put a little away for retirement. This budget continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to keeping that promise alive by creating an economy that’s built to last – with good jobs that pay well and security for the middle class.

Varli Food Festival Returns for a Second Year with Emmy-nominated TV Host Padma Lakshmi

Emmy-nominated television host Padma Lakshmi
Emmy-nominated television host, Actress, Model and Cookbook Author Padma Lakshmi

New York, NY, February 13th, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After a tremendously successful event in 2011, the Varli Food Festival returns for a second year with Emmy-nominated television host Padma Lakshmi, according to a press release.

Varli magazine brings another gathering of the Masters of Indian Cuisine on April 4th and 5th at the 2nd annual Varli Food Festival and Varli Cook Off in New York City.  The Metropolitan Pavilion located in the heart of Manhattan will open its door to the exquisite flavors of India featuring over 60 fine Indian restaurants and 20 Award Winning Celebrity Chefs, from US, Canada, UK and India. “I’m really excited  to introduce festival guests to the vibrancy and diversity of Indian cuisine” notes Varli Singh, founder and publisher of the popular Indian food magazine, Varli.A new introduction by the Varli Magazine is a Live Cooking competition between aspiring chefs at the first Varli Cook Off. Esteemed Chefs Kunal Kapur, Prasad Chirnomula, and restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj, will be joined by internationally acclaimed Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, to be the official judges of the Varli Cook Off. Contestants will compete for the title of Varli Star Chef.  The Varli Cook Off will be held on April 4th, one day prior to the Varli Food Festival.

Sufi Sutra International Annual Musical Celebration Kolkata 2012

Sufis, ritual in Khartoum.

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By Indrajit Ghosh Dastidar & Kothakoli Sorkhel  

Calcutta, Feb 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Thanks to Banglanatak dot com a social enterprise organizing Sufi Sutra for second consecutive year from 3-5 th February 2012 at Mohar Kunj, Kolkata.

This International Annual Musical Celebration is becoming “The Event “of Kolkata. Sufi singers from West Bengal, Hungary, Morocco, Denmark, Azerbaijan, Delhi, Egypt and Kashmir are participating with their groups.

Inauguration was done by Ustad Amjad Ali khan in presence of representatives from several consulates and huge numbers of Music lovers of Kolkata.

A Review of the Performances at the 7th Chevrolet Apsara Awards

English: Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma at T...

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Mumbai, Jan 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / The 7th edition of the Chevrolet Apsara Awards that will take place at Yash Raj Studios on the 25th of January are expected to see a phenomenal line-up of performances.

Slotted to put on a sizzling performance is Bollywood Beauty, Kareena Kapoor. The actress will take a cue from sirens of the southern film industry and perform to a medley of South Indian Hits. She is expected to groove to including such popular tunes as Nakka Mukka from the film Kadhalil Vizhundhen which was also played in the movie The Dirty Picture, Ringa Ringa from the film Arya 2, and the recently popularized Kolaveri Di by Dhanush.

With many spell-binding performances slotted to take place on the upcoming 7th Chevrolet Apsara Awards at Yash Raj Studios, on the 25th of January, Band Baaja Baraat star, Anushka Sharma will be performing to a host of songs along with various TV actors. The actress will perform to three different styles of dance including Lezim, Hip-Hop and Bollywood. Nandish Sandhu, from hit TV show Uttran, will perform with Anushka to the song Dum Dum, Sushant Singh from Pavitra Rishta will accompany her on the song Thag Le and Shabbir Ahluwalia, winner of Khatron Ke Khiladi 3 will grace the stage for the song Jazba.

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