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Kolkata Gears Up for Nandikar National Theatre Festival at Academy of Fine Arts - Schedule Published

28th Nandikar National Theater Festival 2011 KolkataCalcutta, Dec 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 28th Nandikar National Theater Festival 2011 will be held from 16th through 25th December 2011 at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. The festival will feature 19 live drama performances by Indian, Bangladeshi and Israeli drama troupes.

The 10-day celebration of theater will include a dramatic-musical collage "Our Dear Rabindranath" and performances by groups from the Indian states of Assam, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. Also of special interest will be productions of National School of Drama Repertory Company and National School of Drama TIE Company, Delhi, and of course, productions of the resurgent and vibrant group theater companies of Kolkata, West Bengal.

There will be a Children’s chapter with performances by children. Last but not the least, the event will also feature exhibitions on Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.

Bollywood Star Couple Kajol & Ajay Devgn to Attend Charity Dinner to "Educate a Widow’s Child in India"

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Cherie Blair, Britain’s former first lady, to inaugurate The Loomba Foundation’s Annual Charity Dinner in Delhi to help ‘Educate a Widow’s Child in India’. Confirmed attendees include Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Bollywood star couple Kajol & Ajay Devgn, among several other dignitaries.

New Delhi, Dec 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Loomba Foundation today announced that it will be hosting its Annual Charity Dinner to support its ongoing ‘Educate a Widows Child in India’ programme, on Saturday, December 10, at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. Cherie Blair, Britain’s former first lady, and President of The Loomba Foundation, will be in India to inaugurate the charity event.

Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Honorable Chief Minister of the Government of NCT of Delhi, has consented to be the Chief Guest for the evening. Bollywood star couple, Kajol and Ajay Devgn, who are the international brand ambassadors for The Loomba Foundation, will participate in the event to express their solidarity to the cause of raising funds to educate the children of poor widows in India.

"Red Flower" - A Tribute to Tagore by Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas Presented by Rotary Club of Calcutta Inner City

Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de HaasCalcutta, India, Nov 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) A cascade of melody was set flowing at the G.D Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata on November 28, 2011. Organized by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Inner City, “Antwardhani - the Inner Voice” was a tribute to the genius of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore that had called for a stellar performance by the husband-wife duo of Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas. A protégé of the famous sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Shubhendra is an acclaimed sitarist who is also known as a “thinking musician” constantly making path-breaking efforts to stretch the limits. It is perhaps this experimental spirit that led him into a successful collaboration with this long-term companion and wife, Saskia de Haas, master cellist and the pioneer of the Indian Cello. Having performed at Kolkata’s famous Dover Lane Music Conference, the duo were not new to the city but it was the first time they had performed on Tagore’s compositions.

Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas

It was an event with a cause. The fund raised though this event would go into developing infrastructure and education in villages in districts like South 24 Parganas and Hooghly, said the organizers. Present at the event were Rotary Club President Mr. Kallol Basu, Secretary Mr. Ashok Dutta and many eminent Rotarians. The Guests of Honor for the evening were Mr. Uttam Ganguly, the District Governor Elect (DGE) and Mr. Rajani Mukherjee, the District Governor Nominee (DGN).

The first evening of the three day event had its focal point as the “Red flower”, a musical dialogue themed upon the conversation that took place between Tagore and Einstein regarding the perception of music by different individuals. It was through a fine weave of two seemingly different paradigms of culture and music that the duo chose to present this innovative concept. Reinterpreting Tagore’s songs, the artistes infused Mozart and Celtic music to impart a different flavor to much-known songs of Tagore like “shokoli phuralo” and “phule phule dhole dhole” from the dance drama, “Kalmrigaya” and the lively and inspirational, “ekla cholo re”, which also happens to be the favorite of both Shubhendra and Saskia among all the compositions of Tagore.

In a short conversation with the duo, they spoke about their creative stimulation, their striking compatibility and their interpretation of the Tagore’s music. Exploring and reinventing the works of Tagore had been a one-of-its-kind experience for the artist duo, however, Shubhendra modestly conceded, “It is only the surface that we have scratched”. Talking of inspiration, Shubhendra and Saskia shared the same view, “everything around us is inspiring…even a child singing is inspirational”, in Saskia’s words. When asked about the future of the Indian Cello and whether this innovation is catching up with the youngsters, Saskia sounded confident about its success as an instrument that would appeal to the next-gen, which she says has matured over the years and has the ears for both, contemporary and traditional, “the young generation has come of age”, beamed a very positive Saskia. Agreeing upon the universality of music, the couple also added that it was this monolingualism of music that has made such a unique synchronization as theirs possible.

Complete report at WBRi.

Pt. Ronu Majumdar & Anubrata Chatterjee Live In India Concert Presented by Bickram Ghosh - Melting Melodies, Touching Souls

Pt. Ronu Majumdar & Anubrata Chaterjee Live in Concert

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Live in Concert - Live in India

Calcutta, Nov 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Live In India presented an enchanting musical program titled "Live In Concert" on Nov 26 at ICCR Auditorium in Kolkata. Ace flautist Pt. Ronu Majumdar accompanied by noted Tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee created a heavenly ambiance for the audience that evening.

Joshua Bell performs with Sam Haywood at The Kennedy Center

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Washington, D.C.­, Nov 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A perennial Washington favorite known for his broad and eclectic musical repertoire, Joshua Bell returns to perform for WPAS this season at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday, January 23. Said the Washington Post of Bell’s appearance here last season, “Bell and pianist Sam Haywood delivered a trademark performance of athletic virtuosity and yearning, unquiet musicianship.” The New York Times described Bell’s Carnegie Hall recital last season as a “showcase for Mr. Bell’s gleaming tone and virtuosity.”

Despite his youthful appearance and punishing schedule of some 200 performances a year, Bell has now ranked among the world’s great violinists for almost three decades, having made his debut at age 14 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bell began his new post as Musical Director of London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields in September 2011.