People - Biography

Interview: Bengali-American Painter Saumi Nandy

Scorpion - A Painting by Saumi NandyCalcutta, Nov 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Saumi Nandy is a passionate painter, a compulsion almost akin to breathing as she states. The California based Bengali painter was born and bought up in the ‘city of joy’ completing her schooling from Calcutta Girl’s High School. She then completed her bachelor degree in English Hons and went abroad to earn her MBA degree in Human Resource Management from The University Of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. She worked as a Human Resource Executive for a leading MNC giving up a lucrative career to pursue her calling.

Saumi chats with Subhomoy Mukherjee in Kolkata in this exclusive video interview on WBRi.



Shubh Mukherjee - The Upcoming Bollywood Star from Shiamak Dawar Camp

By Raksha Narang

New Indian Bollywood Hero SHUBH MUKHERJEE
Shubh Mukherjee the next Bollywood star from Shiamak Dawar camp. The new kid on the block is the Shakal and Akal of the upcoming movie "Shakal Pe Mat Ja".

Mumbai, Oct 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shubh Mukherjee who is a Delhi based boy and is the Shakal as well as the akkal behind the upcoming movie, ‘Shakal Pe Mat Ja’ which hits the theatres on 4th of November 2011. He has been Shiamak Davar’s student for many years, thus his dancing skills cannot be doubted even by an iota. Shahid Kapoor too was a Shiamak Dawar student when he entered Bollywood and now Shubh Mukherjee is the next student of Shiamak Dawar who is en route to touch the stars.

The movie is produced by Linc Entertainment, Saritaa Jalan and Hrishita Bhatt. The movie is about a real life incident where the actor/director, Shubh encountered such a situation. The producers and the entire cast and crew of ‘Shakal Pe Mat Ja’ have complete faith in this upcoming sitara and have not spared a thought before praising this multi talented star.

A superstar, who can direct, act and dance. Now that is what you call a heavy combination!!

Watch the Official Shakal Pe Mat Ja Trailer.



Indian-American Actress Sheena Sujan in Hollywood

Indian-American Actress Sheena Sujan

Maharastra, Mumbai, September 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Meet Sheena Sujan, a beautiful Indian-born actress who is quickly becoming the "it" girl in Hollywood.

Sheena was born in Mumbai, India and was raised in the States. Although she is relatively new to the entertainment industry, she is on the fast track to making a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top model/actresses!

Sheena has always loved performing. She started ice-skating at the age of 4 and by the age of 16, she had participated in several competitions including a National level competition, where she took home the gold medal.


Interview: Bengali Film Actor Priyangshu Chatterjee

By Shoma A. Chatterji

The Indian National Award-winning film writer and researcher presents a profile and an interview with the actor in this article sponsored by Databazaar Media Ventures. Also do not miss our exclusive interviews with Goutam Ghosh, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aparna Sen and many others in our features section.


Aparna Sen & Priyanshu Chatterjee
Priyangshu Chatterjee & Aparna Sen


Calcutta, September 22, 2011 (Databazaar Media Ventures) Priyangshu Chatterjee is born with the smashing qualities of being a top-drawer as an actor in the film industry. He is very tall, well-built, fair, has sculpted features and is extremely handsome. He also has a golden honey voice to go with his looks.His most recent Bengali film is Iti Mrinalini directed by Aparna Sen that has been acquired for distribution, screening, telecasting and streaming by Databazaar Media Ventures for North America and Canada. He flies between Mumbai and Kolkata and was in the US during the Kolkata release of Iti Mrinalini. Bollywood has not yet given him the space he deserves but he is being more than compensated with very good banners, films and roles in Bengali cinema.

“I began as newsreader for UGC in Doordarshan several years ago. This newsreading job went alongside good modelling assignments and roles in television serials.  My first film was Tum Bin with newcomers like myself. It was not a big commercial success. But very good Bengali films have more than compensated for the lack of better films in Bollywood. As far as I can recall, my first role in a Bangla film was Bidhataar Lekha where I play the villain but my character spans from being a young man to becoming quite old when the young heir I killed comes back reborn to avenge the wrong done to him. I enjoyed the role and my face became familiar to the Bengali audience,” he says.

About his role in the path breaking Moner Manush directed by Goutam Ghose, Priyangshu says, “The entire package was attractive and challenging. I was delighted to work with Goutam Ghose on the project. I play Jyotirindranath Tagore, an older brother of Rabindranath Tagore. More than a century ago, both Rabindranath and Jyotirindranath were drawn to poet Lalon Phokir’s philosophy of love and compassion. Jyotirindranath drew the only portrait available of Lalon Phokir in the former’s houseboat on the river Padma. It is one of the best roles of my career.”


Indrani Bandopadhyay's Home Coming Song!

edited1web  Rabindrasangeet in it's true form, as enjoyed by afficionados since a  very "l-o-n-g" time ago!


Tanmayee Banerjee - Award Winning Bengali Singer from London | WBRi Feature

[Tanmayee Banerjee]Washington, DC, Sept 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Born in North Calcutta in early 1980, Tanmayee Banerjee grew up in Konnagar in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Her parents tell her even before she was brought home from the hospital after her birth, a brand new harmonium was bought by her paternal aunts with a desire to give her lessons in music! Just as it is difficult to remember the early days of one's life before learning to talk or even walk, Tanmayee cannot remember the days when she did not sing.

Initially a music teacher who lived in her neighbourhood was appointed to give her lessons in Classical music. Tanmayee remembers taking her first music examinations, practical and theoretical, when she was a mere first grade student. It was an ordeal more for her mother than for her. Her mother had to go through the syllabus, read and understand the various musical terms and their definitions, learn how to write the ‘taals’ with proper scansion, and teach them to her. She had to make Tanmayee practice writing them a number of times before the exam.

Read all about the young singer and listen to her online via Washington Bangla Radio On-Demand Audio Broadcast Service.



Rabindra Sangeet Icon DWIJEN MUKHERJEE Launches New Album by Tapashi Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Aug 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned actress, singer, director and producer Tapasi Roy Chowdhury (WBRi Interview) started her acting career with Jatra - the spectacular unique live open-air theater form of  Bengal. She continues to play lead roles in Jatra and Bengali theater productions. Tapasi is also well known for her performances in TV serials - her role in Trishna, a mega-serial aired on Kolkata’s Doordarshan channel is specially memorable.

kolkata bengali movie actress Paoli Dam at "Palte Gelo Din Sheddho Bhaatey Kerosene" audio songs album CD launch by Tapasi Roy Choudhury
Paoli Dam & Tapasi Roychowdhury at "Palte Gelo Din Seddho Bhaate Kerosene" Launch

Having grown up in an environment of  performing arts including acting and singing, Tapasi is an accomplished singer as well, and released her first solo audio music album “Palte Gelo Din Sheddho Bhate Kerosene” under the label of Purple Music (Mp3 download). This folk-based modern songs album was released by leading Bengali actress Paoli Dham (full report here).

Inspired by the success of her debut album, Tapasi released her second solo album - a Bengali Rabindra Sangeet CD titled "Charano Dhorite Dio Go Amare" on August 8, 2011, coinciding with Baishe Srabon and the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The album was released by Rabindrasangeet icon Dwijen Mukhopadhyay at Mahajati Sadan in Calcutta, where Dwijen and Tapashi performed some of the songs live as you can watch in the video.

Click Here to listen to free previews online and download Bengali Rabindrasangeet songs by Dwijen Mukherjee >

Tapasi Roy Chowdhury and Raja Hasan’s folk songs album “Praner Manush” (Cozmik Harmony) is also available for MP3 download here.

Charono Dhoritey Dio Go Amarey is a collection of popular Rabindrasangeet songs, mostly from Prem and Puja sections. Tapasi has her own style of performing Tagore songs while being fully adherent to the bard's music. Dwijen Mukherjee has compared Tapashi's album with an offering of a garland to the poet.

The album has been released under the label of Sagarika. Unfortunately at the time of writing, Washington Bangla Radio has no digital distribution agreement with Sagarika and we are unable to offer this album for MP3 download from our online WBRi digital MP3 download store.

Watch Dwijen Mukherjee singing live Rabindrasangeet in the exclusive video on Washington Bangla Radio.



Actress Pushtiie Shakti: The Mahi Way Girl, Reiki Master, Meditation Guru and Healer

By Raksha Narang

Actress Pushtiie Shakti played the title role in TV serial Mahi Way and her later work includes the Bollywood film "Luv Ka The End". A Reiki master and meditation trainer, her other interests include tarot card reading, crystal healing and aroma therapy.

Actress Pushti Shakti

Mumbai, Aug 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) All Good things come in Small Packages!

Pushtiie Shakti may be best remembered for her role as Mahi in the extremely popular television serial Mahi Way. However this bubbly young actress has been living her life on-screen for quite a long time now. She first appeared in the second season of the 1990’s hit comedy show on Zee TV, ‘Hum Paanch’, where she played the food-loving, adorable youngest child out of five sisters.

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WBRi Feature: Deepen Mallick (Steel Guitar) & Tutul Ganguly (Spanish Guitar) Celebrate Tagore 150 with Instrumental Album

[Deepen Mallick][Tutul Ganguly]
Deepen Mallick & Tutul Ganguly

[Deepen Mallick & Tutul Ganguly - Instrumental Guitar Tagore Songs]Washington DC, June 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian guitarists Deepen Mallick and Tutul Ganguly have released an instrumental Rabindrasangeet album commemorating Rabindranath Tagore's 150th anniversary. We at WBRi loved the album with it's mature, sophisticated instrumentation that you can listen to online using the player above, thanks to Deepen and Tutul for sharing it with you - our audience. Deepen tells us the album should be available shortly on Amazon.com: Deepen Mallick & Tutul Ganguly »

Read all about Deepen and Tutul and their great new album and listen to the audio track online via Washington Bangla Radio.



Sumana Bhattacharya - Bangla Kobita Abritti (Bengali Poem Recitation)

Sumana BhattacharyaShudhu kobitar jonno ei jonmo,
Shudhu kobitar jonno kichu khela,
Shudhu kobitar jonno eka hiem sandhyabela bhubon pariya aasa

Sumana Bhattacharya shares with us a few of her recitation recordings. These are also being aired on our live radio channel.

  • Ajike Gohon Kalima by Rabindranath Tagore
  • selections from Amar Durgotsav
  • Bonolata Sen by Jibonanondo Das
  • Bosonto Utsav by Mondakranta Sen
  • Bristhi Pore Tapur Tupur by  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Jibon Debota by Rabindranath Tagore
  • Megh Balikar Jonyo Rupkotha by Joy Goswami
  • Pagol Bashonto by Rabindranath Tagore


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