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Proloy Ghosal - Singer, Song-writer, composer, journalist and international performer.

PRALAY GHOSHAL

Proloy Ghosal is a professional singer, composer and music teacher. He is also a columnist for a leading news-paper.

Recently, Prime Music release Pralay's album Bhalo Thakar Gaan featuring Bengali songs written, composed and performed by him.

Listen to Prayal Ghoshal's Bengali songs free online.


Sumantra | Belghoria Shankhamala

Kolkata, India, June 25, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) There was a time when recitation was confined to the solo regimentation of the artist. But Sumantra thought otherwise. The rhythm of poetry brings more joy if shared with others. So, 23rd July, 1989, saw the birth of "SANKHAMALA".

Now everything changes fast as years rolled on, Sumantra with the passage of time passed out of the school portals, obtaining marks of distinction and acquitting creditably very well in being able to occupy enviable 1 st and 2nd rank among the contestant competitors in recitation. He made a long stride in pursuit of higher studies of college in the face of galaxy of stumbling blocks which could have handicapped any boy of mediocrity and he qualified ably himself as an Honors graduate in the teeth of baffling financial circumstances and obtained with confidence a good Masters Degree from Calcutta University.

Sumantra began gradually to come to limelight to make a mark in a mile-stone of steady progress towards the goal, the height of glory. The elegant lustre of his meteoric rise at the pinnacle of name and fame, can be traced to the sight of packed house, listening, being spellbound with undivided at( tention. When Sumantra's maiden solo appearance named as "Sisir-a Sumantra" at the adorned stage of 'Sisir Mancha' which was colourfully designed by the great wizard and colossus in the world of magic spell of light Sri Tapas Sen possessing an international fame all the world over, to recite in full throated voice exclusively from memory for three consecutive hours, was really a marvelously spectacular to see Sumantra manifesting himself fully with all glare in the year of 1999 in the month of December.

A rare cherished occasion which awaited blissfully Sumantra in the arena of elocution, was availed of at an oppourtune moment that he accomplished with buoyant zeal and splendidly as a singularly lone reciter consecutively for three hours at the illustriously reputed auditorium of 'Shantiniketan' entitled 'Natya Ghar' apparently reminiscent of Rabindra Nath's glory and great fame as an actor in 'Valmiki Prativa' before the adorned audience comprising a galaxy of vishavarati varsity teachers and professors, eminent sculptors and painters and Visha-Varati varsity personal.

The old proverb, 'running thus like nothing succeed like success' is evidently belied at the sight of revelation of spectacularly outstanding performance in terms of cassettes entitled "Ami Ki Rokom Vabe Benche Achi" coming to light on 14th February in 2001, was adjudged on the merit of intrinsic calibre and grit as the best of the stupendously excellent performance of the contestant elocutors and reciters of eminence in the whole of West Bengal on the occasion of "Bangla Sangeet Cholochitra Samman".

Interview | Sounak Mukhopadhyay - Film Maker, Photographer, Creative Writer from Kolkata (writer-director of Premm Et Al)

Film Maker Sounak MukherjeeArijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio talks to SOUNAK MUKHOPADHYAY (শৌনক মুখোপাধ্যায়) - a young and popular film-maker from Kolkata.Sounak has a remarkably diverse set of interests (film-making is just one of them) - he is a creative writer and poet from very early on, an avid photogrpaher, artist, and has professional experience as a teacher of the English language in India and foreign countries.

Sounak's short film THE MOVE (2008) [WBRi coverage]  was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival, and deals with how the previous generation of idealist politics has been replaced by contemporary selfish politics, with results that are obvious across the world.

Other short films so far by Sounak include “Hero” in Dhivehi (the national language of the Republic of Maldives) with a Maldivian cast and crew, a one minute film called TOMORROW made for an online film festival and “100” (ONE ZERO ZERO) - a short film on rural development, funded by the Government of West Bengal currently in post-production.

Sounak is about to commence work on his first full-length feature "PREMM ET AL" (প্রেম et al) - a smart intelligent film for the cosmopolitan urban young educated Bengalis in India and abroad, who are its target-audience. The film deals with a subject that they easily identify with. At the same time, this film will hugely satisfy their urge for an audio-visual experience that is smart, sleek and modern in its language, vision and treatment. More details about this promising film can be found at the official web-site.

Sounak drops some hints about his new script which he is writing with only Tollywood hero Prosenjit in mind. Also do not miss his definition of Micro-budget films, where he says if you are film-maker in Kolkata and you want to shoot a scene where someone jumps from the top of the Eiffel Tower, it's not going to be a micro-budget film. Just kidding, of course.


The sweet voice of NINA RAHMAN - Bengali Modern, Rabindrasangeet & Nazrulgeeti singer from California, USA

Nina Rahman - Bengali SongsNINA RAHMAN has a wonderful sweet voice as you will hear in the player and sings great Bengali modern as well as Rabindra Sangeet.

Born in Barisal, Bangladesh, Nina now lives in California, USA with her husband Dr. Mizanur Rahman and two beautiful children - one son and one daughter.

Read all about Nina and listen to the full audio songs from her album Taray Taray exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.


ILA ROY - author of "Bhalo Theko" (book of poems) recites her poems | Listen to Bangla Kobita Abritti (Bengali Poem Recitation)

ILA ROY Bengali Poems Recitation Bangla Kobita AbrittiPoet-songwriter-singer-elocutionist ILA ROY is perhaps not known to you, but after a few minutes you may get a idea of who she his through her words.

Ila Roy was born to Promila and Subodh Chandra Roy  and lives in Duttapukur, a little village in West Bengal, India. . She considers herself a simple lady, a patriotic Indian, and proud of her country's heritage of great personalities of the stature of Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.

Ila says, "Mother is the most favorite word in my world." Unfortunately, Ila lost her mother in 2007, and remembers telling her mother "Bhalo Theko" (take care) just after she embarked on her final journey.  Ila's first book of poems, titled "Bhalo Theko", dedicated to her mother, was published in 2008.

After her first book, Ila has been busy writing poems which are regularly published in many Bengali Little Magazines, including Prometheus-er Pothe, Samajdarpon, Annoman, Nirbed, Choitali, etc.

Ila has a graduate degree from Calcutta University and a Masters degree from Rabindra Bharati  University. She has hosted Radio shows on All India Radio (Akashvani) from 2003 to 2007.

Ila says, "I love nature and want to help the poor and the solitary people because I think I am born for others."

Listen to recitation by Ila Roy of her own poems . Washington Bangla Radio is also broadcasting these recordings on our live Radio channel online.



WBRi Features Shashika Mooruth | The girl "born in the wrong country" takes her sweet Bhakti Bhajans to over 25 countries

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Audio SongsShashika Mooruth was born and educated in the Republic of South Africa. Till the age of 24 she was untrained yet would sing with ease and skill. In her childhood, she performed in many local concerts around South Africa. At the age of 12 her talent was recognized by the legendary Kishore Kumar who invited her to sing in his concert in Durban, South Africa. Kishore-da labeled her as a singer ‘born in the wrong country’ and advised her father to send her to Bombay to train and become a playback singer! Shashika has also accompanied Shri Mahendra Kapoor and Pandit Hrdayanath Mangeshkar on stage.

A science graduate from University of South Africa, Shashika has also studied Speech and Drama at Trinity College of Music, London and the South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association.

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Live Online RadioIn 1987 she enrolled for the degree course in Hindustani Music at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan with the intention of returning to South Africa to teach music, but soon realized the vastness of the music field and hence settled in India permanently.

In 1995, she was honored at the World Hindu Conference in South Africa for her contribution to Indian music.

She has travelled several times to twenty five countries with her devotional music and is always in demand for her  unique presentation style.

Many of her bhajan albums produced by herself are available on the net or her website www.urjamusic.com.

Says Shashika, “I love to experiment with different styles and therefore on the commercial front I have rendered my voice in devotional, pop, filmi, semi-classical and even techno compositions. Last year I decided to dedicate more time to commercial music in Mumbai and hence came my first song in Hindi cinema. I penned and recorded a piece in Western voice for a title song by Adnan Sami for a film titled Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De with music by Saawan Kumar Saawan. I hope to make a contribution to the music world in this lifetime.”

Listen to the beautiful voice of Shashika and her sweet Bhajans online using the player at the top, or on WBRi live radio channel.



Interview - ANUREKHA GHOSH : Internationally acclaimed Indian Classical Kathak Danseuse, Choreographer and Art Director

Anurekha Ghosh - Indian Classical Dance (Kathak), UKAnurekha Ghosh is a world-renowned Kathak Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Anurekha Ghosh & Company (UK).


Interview | Sahaj Ma and Utpal Fakir - the popular contemporary Bauls of Bengal

Sahaj Ma - Utpal FakirMay 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sahaj Ma and Utpal Faqir are an upcoming and popular Bengali Baul and folk song duo. Their debut album "Folktail" featured the superhit song "Allah Meherban" which made the MTV India's Bengali Top-10 list - a first for any Baul song, such was it's popularity.

In this exclusive video, Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio speaks intimately with the talented pair of singers and instrumentalists in an informal setting. Sahaj Ma and Utpal Fakir speak about the Baul philosophy and way of life, and spontaneously break into songs that are sure to touch the listener's hearts as only beautiful Baul songs can do.


Syed Rafique Mahmud - North Indian Classical Instrumental Flute in Modern Bangladeshi Style

Syed Rafique Mahmud Indian Classical Flute InstrumentalSyed Rafique Mahmud comes from a noble Muslim family in Bangla 13 Ashwin 1380(16 Ramadan) at Gaibandha district of Bangladesh. His father late Syed Abdul Baquee was a listed folk singer of Radio Rangpur and Rajshahi, He was a drama  writer  and actor also.

Rafique started to play flute (Bamboo Flute) during his childhood at 7 years old. His father bought a Bamboo flute from local BOISHAKHEE MELA according to his only demand. Hence he  starts to blow, and now a days he has built up his own style as 'Modern Bangladeshi style'.

Listen to Rafique's North Indian Hindustani Classical Flute presentation online on Washington Bangla Radio live and on-demand channels.


Calcutta Writer Dibyendu Ghosal's books of fiction Night Of Ten and The Mitters of Kolkata

Dibyendu Ghoshal - The Night Of TenWriter Dibyendu Ghosal  has published quite a few pieces and poetry in net-zines and in print. Two of his books of ficiton - NIGHT OF TEN and THE MITTTERS OF KOLKATA are on the stands in the USA, UK and in Europe, as well as available online (Click here to order online).

Night of Ten is a scintillating work of fiction which targets all those readers who are adult. The book focuses on purpose and repercussions of a New Jersey train accident. It is told from the perspective of the main character, Mr. Drayton Corvick, a person of Indian origin and Hungarian descent , who works in a German patent attorney firm. He gets a chance to investigate, out of the passion of his inquisitive mind, the cause of the train accident when he is instructed to deliver crucial documents to a client in New Jersey. His curiosity leads him to visit the wreckage site where he finds the bodies of policemen who were killed in mysterious situations. Along with his assistant, Alexandra, he delves much deeper into the mystery. From this foundation, the author constructs an intriguing tale of fiction.

The author, Dibyendu Ghosal, writes ...

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