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Interview: Anupam Roy - The New Music Star of Tollywood Bengali Cinema

[Anupam Roy]Calcutta, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) He was very shy in childhood but he used to communicate through music even then. From his early days he likes to eat, drink and sleep music. When he was very young, this brilliant student sang songs of Rabindranath Tagore at different cultural functions as well as in school. Now he is the new icon of Bengali Music for his lyrics, composition and definitely singing. Meet music director Anupam Roy whose composition “Amake Amaar Moto Thakte Dao” from the film Autograph has broken many records in Bengal’s music History.

Listen to Anupam Roy speak to Subhomoy Mukherjee on Washington Bangla Radio.

Ganer Adda - The Bengali Band from Mumbai: Interview & Live Performances

Washington DC, April 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) An upcoming Band group named GANER ADDA at J B Nagar, Andhery East Mumbai , where Soumitra Talukdar on behalf of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Rohit Roy, Bob and Mayuk Sarkar (Tipu) with their  live musical extempore performances at their workshop.

Watch the video-feature and listen to Ganer Adda on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Film & Theater Actress Sonali Chatterjee (Bengali Movie Kono Ek Meye, ETV Serial Sholo Ana and more)

[Kono Ek Meye (2011) Bengali New Movie Poster]April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actress Sonali Chatterjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this candid but indformal audio interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

Sonali Chatterjee plays the lead role in the Bengali film Kono Ek Meye directed by Indranil Banerjee (interview). Sonali grew up in the Dumdum-Nagerbazar neighborhood of Kolkata, and after graduating, commenced on a career in acting with roles in Television programs. She is a lead actress in Bengali TV serials (like the mega-serial Sholo Ana on ETV Bangla [watch live Bengali TV channels online on PC or TV]) and her recent films include Sunando Mitra's Ogo Bodhu Sundari (2010) where she played the role of Opekkha, Satabdi Roy's Paribartan (awaiting release), Rituparno Ghosh's Shob Choritro Kalponik (2010) [buy Bengali film DVD in USA], Aniruddha Bhattacharya's Box Number 1313 (2009) [USA DVD release] and others.

Interview: Bengali Film-Maker Indranil Banerjee Talks About KONO EK MEYE (2011), SHIKAR UTSAV (2007) & His Movies

[Bengali Film-Maker Indranil Banerjee]Calcutta, April 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indranil Banerjee is an independent film-maker from Kolkata who has previously made a couple of documentaries and a short film. Indranil chats with Arijit Chakraborty on WBRi in this informal but candid audio interview.

[A still from Kono Ek Meye]

His first Bengali fiction short film Kono Ek Meye takes up women's rights and portrays the evils of sexual molestation of the girl child, which, in most cases, is perpetrated by close family members - a six-year old girl's uncle in the case in Indranil's film.

Interview: Bengali Film-maker Sanghamitra Chaudhuri & her films BIDEHIR KHONJE RABINDRANATH, ROOH, STRINGS OF PASSION & more

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Writer-Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri]Washington DC, April 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, the young and talented Bengali film-maker from Kolkata, chats with Arijit Chakraborty about her films in this audio interview. At the time of the interview, her new film Jibon Rong Berong had just opened in theaters in Calcutta. Her forthcoming films include Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath - a film on an unexplored aspect of Rabindranath Tagore, Strings of Passion, a movie on alternative lifestyles, ROOH - a film about a HIV-positive girl and so on.

Listen to the audio interview broadcast with Sanghamitra Chaudhuri exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio telecast service.

Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's prior films include Raat Porir Rupkatha (2007) [buy Bengali Film DVD in USA] starring Bollywood veteran Jackie Shroff with Indrani Haldar;  Jeena: The Endless Love (2009) [DVD] starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee, Indrani Haldar, and Arpita Mukherjee with music by Shamik Sinha; Chakra (2007) [DVD] starring Jishu Sengupta, Koel Banerjee, Rajatava Dutta, Rupa Bhattacharya and Manoj Mitra with music by Saikat Deb; Rahasya The Bhoutik (2009) [DVD] starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee, Chandni Dey, Swarna Kamal Dutta, Debashree Roy and Sumit Ganguly with music by Debasish Chowdhury; and Premer Phande Kakatua (2009) starring Jishu Sengupta, Aishwarya Basu , Biswanath Basu, Jayjit Banerjee, Kanchan Mullick, Kaushik Chakraborthy, Rupanjana, Tanima Sen, Paran Bandhopadhyay, Siddhartha , Lama and Priyambada Sarkar. In addition, Sanghamitra has also directed acclaimed documentaries and a slew of advertisements.

Amar Maa (2010) Goes to Cannes: Samir Banerjee, Sujoy Banerjee & Anyesha Das Share their Excitement (Interview)

Germantown, Maryland, April 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In the year 2001 a group of Indian-American professionals decided to form ‘SB Talkies’ pursuing their passion for movies and the art of making films. A decade later, a film of theirs has been selected for screening at the Short Film Corner at the revered Cannes International Film Festival, as well as festivals in New Zealand and Bangalore, India. The remarkable trio of young film-makers and producers Samir Banerjee, Sujoy Banerjee and Anyesha Das speak to Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio.

Samir Banerjee
Samir Banerjee

Samir Banerjee's Amar Maa (2010) stars Rachna Shah, Don Castro, Pallavi Desai, Uttara Desai and Avik Sur. The film is a Short Film Selection at Cannes. The cinematographer of Amar Maa is Katsumi Funahashi. The film has been shot on locations in New York City, New York.

Previous films by the trio include Junoon (2002) written by Sameer Banerjee, starring Suken Bhandari and directed by Sujoy Banerjee & Siddharth Sanghani; Sophie (2003) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee starring Preeti Pahwa, Omar Kapadia, Chiku; The Waiting (2004) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee, starring Kristen Childers, Avik Sur; and Gift Of Sight (2004) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee, starring Kristen, Laura, Sarah & Anoushka.

Listen to the trio in an informal chit-chat with WBRi.

Sujoy Banerjee
Sujoy Banerjee

Anyesha Das
Anyesha Das

Interview: Actress JUHI CHAWLA - "For the first time, I paid to act"

Juhi Chawla as Chandrika in 3 Deewarein

Image via Wikipedia

Juhi Chawla will be seen playing a Kashmiri Pandit in Onir’s I Am. Sreya Basu chats up the actrress on what made her pick up an off-beat film and also raise funds for its  making.

What made you turn associate producer of I Am?

I have worked with Onir before (My Brother Nikhil). He makes different films but interesting ones. When he wanted to make I Am, he had a novel way of approaching people across the world (via Facebook) and raising funds. So I also thought of contributing a little. See, we keep saying, ‘I like him’, ‘I believe in him’, so I told myself: ‘Let’s put the money where the mouth is’ and wrote a little cheque. And it’s fine, I am happy that I could show him in action that I believe in him. And as a bonus, I also became the associate producer of the film. (Laughs)

Did you find an issue-based film safer to put your money in?

I am from hardcore commercial cinema. I do not believe that whenever there is an issue, the next day a film has to be made on it…aisa nehin hona chahiye ke issue-based heavy film ban gayi. A film has to be engaging. There has to be entertainment…it’s okay if there is no comedy…but when I go to the theatres, the film should keep me interested…the filmmaker must be telling the story in a way that I won’t want to get up from my seat. Now, when I see a film like I Am, that is where I say, I want to contribute. I am not contributing in something that is not holding my interest.

So, I Am is not a serious kind of a film?

Kolkata Bangla Band KALPASHABDA Explores Sounds of Ethnic Folk Instruments of Bengal (Interview & Live Concert)

By Hirak Bhattacharyya

[KALPASHABDA Kolkata Bangla Band]Calcutta, March 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kalpashabda are a five-member Bengali folk-fusion music group (the term "band" is often used in Calcutta for such groups for unknown reasons) from Kolkata. With the help of their artistry in a traditional folk posture, the group has successfully created melodious and mysterious symphonic tunes.

Watch an exclusive video interview and Kalpashabda live performance via Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: With Rana, don’t mind doing Telugu film: Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu is back in the limelight playing a hip-hop chic in Dum Maaro Dum.

Interview: Steve Zerlin, Bassist and Rishabh Dhar, Pakhwaj Player of "Fingerprints" Fusion Ensemble

[Rishabh Dhar]Calcutta, April 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington, DC based Bassist Steve Zerlin and Kolkata based Indian Pakhwaj player Rishabh Dhar chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee in this audio interview about their music and the progressive fusion ensemble "Fingerprints" of which they are both members. This interview is primarily in Bengali with segments in English.

[Steve "Z-Man" Zerlin]

"Fingerprints" ( is a progressive fusion ensemble of Rishabh Dhar, John Wubbenhorst (Flute), Klaus Falshlunger (Sitar), Aditya Benia (Guitar), Walter Singer (Contrabass) and Steve Zerlin. The group, the brainchild of Rishabh, is an initiative towards weaving pure magic with their unique sound, combining Eastern with Western sounds. It is Rishabh’s foray into experimental music and the tracks cover everything from Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Latino music to Western Symphonic sounds - filtered by Rishabh’s Indian sensibilities.

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