People - Biography

Interview | Film-Maker Sekhar Das - "acting was an accident" | NECKLACE, Krantikal, Kaler Rakhal, Mahulbanir Sereng

Sekhar Das is a well known film director now but there is a long path of preparation for making of this director of substance. In this audio interview. Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi talks to Sekhar Das about his career in acting, film-making and upcoming Bengali movie NECKLACE.

Though he has started his career in the insurance field with a higher rank, he was a addict of movie and theatre and he has felt very free with his friends like Actor Anjan Dutta, Director Rabi Ojha, etc. that time.

Even Mrinal Sen has chosen him to act with Anjan Dutta in Dutta’s debut film Chalchitro (1981) but his physical condition has not allowed her to act in film that time. Also nnown as The Kaleidoscope, the Anjan Dutt, Gita Sen, Utpal Dutt, Nilotpal Dey, Arun Mukherjee starrer CHALACHITRA is available worldwide on online DVD release here.

His passion for creative world and his creative sense have led him to be in theatre as an actor – director.

He has become very successful with his theatres that time.

But he is a man who does not like to stick to a particular medium for long time. He feels very tired as a monotonous one.

Then he started acting in television. In the mean time he left his job also. At that time he was very popular as script writer for television daily soaps also. He started writing script with second part of 1st Bengali daily soap “Janani”. But he became famous as script writer with “Mohini”. He could earn a lot as script writer but he felt very bored and started other creative works and started the plan to direct films.

CALCUTTA BENGALI MOVIE MAHULBONER SERENG DVD RELEASETowards the beginning of this decade, Sekhar Das surprised the Bengali film audience with Mahulbaneer Sereng (2004) which is the debut film for actress Chandreyi Ghosh (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Rupa Ganguly are also in the star cast) and the film has won many awards at different film festivals of the World. Click here to order Mahulbanir Sereng: Songs of Mahulbani on DVD release online.

Mahulbani depicted the root cause of tribal problems very vividly.

KRANTIKAAL Calcutta Tollywood Bengali Movie DVDWith the success of Mahulbani, he has tried with an entire new topic; terrorism in North Bengal at “Krantikaal” starring Shilajit Majumdar, Rupa Ganguly, Soumitra Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Ashok Mukherjee, Alaknanda Roya and others. Buy KRANTIKAL (2005) Bengali movie DVD here.

After Krantikaal, he has made ‘Kaler Rakhal” (2009) which portrays the problems of village based actors, village politics of Bengal as well as dilemma of Village life in Bengal, starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Nandana Sen, Rudranil Ghosh, Rupa Ganguly, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chandrayee Ghosh, Kunal Mitra, Usashi Chakraborty, Santilal Mukherjee, Debesh Roy Chowdhury and more. Order Calcutta Bengali movie KALER RAKHAL on DVD Worldwide online here.

As he has made all the above mentioned films on village life as a trilogy, this time he has decided to make a film on City life and the result is “Necklace” which will release at theatres by end of November, 2010.

We are eagerly waiting for the release of this movie and expecting another sensational  and successful creation by Sekhar Das.

Listen to the exclusive audio interview of director Sekhar Das on Washington Bangla Radio audio-on-demand free service.

WBRi *Exclusive* Interview | Actress Megha Burman - portrays love as Razia in DAM 999 Indian 3D Hollywood movie

Marian Chatterjee talks to Indian actress Megha Burman. Megha plays the role of Raziya in Sohan Roy's international 3D film DAM 999. Raziya depicts Shringara (love) rasa in the movie with green as the color denoting the emotion. Her character Raziya is the love interest of Captain Fredric Brown played by Joshua Frederic Smith. As you know, WBRi has published a wonderful interview (audio) with Joshua Frederic Smith in this post. Megha's other co-stars in DAM 999 are Ashish Vidyarthi, Linda Arsenio, Rajit Kapur, Joshua Fredric Smith, Vinay Rai, Jaala Pickering, Vimala Raman and Jineet Rath with guest appearances by Thampy Antony, Gary Richardson, Alok Misra, Harry Key and Michael Eshwar.

Bengali Actress MEGHA BURMAN and Hollywood Hero Joshua Frederic Smith in DAM 999 3D Indian MovieMegha Burman was born and grew up in Calcutta (now called Kolkata), studying till the 10th grade there. Megha was actively interested and participated enthusiastically in an eclectic range of activities, including playing squash and tennis, playing the drums (she still has a 5-piece set), swimming and so on. Megha says one of the TV programs she loved as a young girl was WWF (World Wrestling Federation) shows, sometimes causing her mother much concern.

Listen to the complete interview and meet Megha Burman on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview | MOU SANYAL - The acclaimed Bengali singer from Kolkata with the sweetest of voices

An exclusive & intimate interview by Soumitra Talukdar on behalf of Washington Bangla Radio with Mou Sanyal, an acclaimed singer, also with a famous cultural background, a daughter of famous writer Narayan Sanyal who is known worldwide for his contribution to Bengali Literature.
Mou Sanyal Talukdar

CALCUTTA, Oct 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mou Sanyal started to learn music at an early age from  her elder sister Anindita (Sanyal) Basu. After that she received musical training in Rabindra Sangeet at Dakskhini . She was trained by Arati Bagchi in classical music at Saurav.

Watch the complete video interview and listen to Mou Sanyal and her songs at Washington Bangla Radio.

Lata Mangeshkar - 81st Birthday the Nightingale of India - Shemaroo’s Song Compilation DVDs & VCDs


Germantown, MD, 24th September, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio USA):  The voice that hypnotizes your senses to enjoy every rhythm and piece of music has also mesmerized the populace world wide. It has won several accolades and has made India proud. The voice of delight is also compared to that of the nightingale… She is in fact the nightingale of India and the eldest of the Mangeshkar Siblings – Lata Mangeshkar.      
Lata Mangeshkar, started her career at the mere age of 13 after the loss of her father. She entered the industry as a child artist and singer. Soon her career graph took an upswing and she ruled the industry from 1950s to 1990s. She is the second vocalist ever to have received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

Announcing cast of Shukti Intl. presentation of Bangla Natok Prothom Partho by Buddhadev Bose

Announcement of the cast with brief biographies of Shukti Antorjatik Shilpi Goshthi presentation of Bangla Radio Natok Prothom Partho written by Buddhadev Bose. This will be 2nd Bangla Radio Drama by Shukti produced and presented by Washington Bangla Radio. Final rehearsals are in progress now; the Bengali radio drama audio will be recorded and broadcast very soon and will be made available from Washington Bangla Radio's Audio-on-demand service as well as our podcast in Apple iTunes.

Sudipta Chattopadhyay from Cleveland, Ohio - talented singer, playwright and Shruti Natok (Audio Play) Actress

Sudipta Chattopadhyay Cleveland Ohio USA
Dr Sudipta Chattopadhyay performing in her home city of Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Sudipta Chattopadhyay, a current resident of Cleveland, Ohio, is a doctorate in Chemical Engineering and a scientist by profession, on top of all these she is a passionate aficionado of Indian Music. Sudipta is a professional, versatile singer, actress, reciter, creative writer, anchor, and music teacher. Her passion for music has taken her all over the world as an invited singer-performer-anchor.

Washington Bangla Radio presents an exclusive feature on Sudipta. Watch Sudipta performing live via WBRi On-Demand Video service.

Ek mutho jolshar kolorob - In memory of Pulak Bandyopadhyay (May 1931 - September 7, 1999)

By Kohinoor Dasgupta
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

On the evening of Tuesday, September 7, 1999, lyricist Pulak Bandyopadhyay killed himself by jumping off a launch into the Hooghly river at Howrah. He was 68. His body was retrieved on Thursday, September 9, 1999. Words were in short supply in the suicide note he left behind. After having worn his heart on his sleeve as a professional writer for four decades, he had nothing more to say.

Bandyopadhyay lived in Howrah. He was educated at Scottish Church College, Calcutta. He came from a family that enjoyed the Arts — drama, literature, music. Many of his songs were written for Bangla movies, tailored to suit “situations” outlined by screenplay writers and directors. The rest were songs written for the Puja releases and other albums of well-known singers.

Nilanjann Nandy - Exclusive Interview with the Singer Poet Songwriter and Journalist

Nilanjan Nandy

Acclaimed singer, song-writer, composer, creative writer and journalist (among many other interests) Nilanjann Nandy talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio in this exclusive, personal and up-close interview. Do not miss his extempore singing.

Click on the play button to listen to the full audio interview online on WBRi on-demand radio broadcast service.


New Delhi is the political capital city of India. But our very own city,the city of joy Kolkata is the cultural capital of the country indeed. Every body says(and it is true) that we Bengalis are very much cultured, artistic minded,brainy and romantic too. It is proved that any ordinary Bengali has more cultural sense than any body of any other part of this planet. Yes,it is very true that ‘what Bengal thinks to-day. The whole India(or the whole world?) thinks tomorrow.’ Bengal means a lot of things- freedom, art, honour, culture, education, intelligence, emotion,warmness,romance etc.

Kittu Mishra presents an eclectic Bengali songs album O BONDHU (2010) - An INRECO release


Kittu Mishra is an upcoming singer with music in heart and soul.

For as long as she can remember, music has always been her passion, and being a musician has always been her dream. Even in her childhood days when all her friends were enjoying themselves playing games, this little girl was seen doing nonsensical things with an old harmonium. Soon, this anomaly was noticed by her parents and by the age of ten, Kittu had my first music teacher.

Kittu started the journey under the tutelage of her first music guru, Ramaprasad Biswas. It was under him that she started getting her elementary lessons in classical music. This continued until the day when she was introduced to the legendary singer Haimanti Sukla - who she affectionately calls Didi (elder sister). Didi took Kittu under her wings and her training continued under Haimanti Shukla's care and guidance. She was a patient and diligent student. She learned with intent and purpose and Didi used to guide her on what she should do and more importantly, how she should go about it. Kittu's training on Indian classical music and Bengali adhunik (contemporary) songs went side by side under her guidance.

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