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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 | Film-Maker SUNIT BHATTACHARYA (Director, Kolkata Bengali Movie SMRITI MEDUR) talks to MOU SANYAL, acclaimed singer

SMRITI MEDUR - Kolkata Bengali Movie Poster

Smriti Medur premiered in Kolkata at the Nandan cinema hall on April 2, 2009. The film is written and directed by Sunit Bhattacharya with music direction by Soumitra Talukdar & Subho Nandi. Lyrics are penned by Tarun Singha.

Soumitra Talukdar and Mou Sanyal talk to the director Sunit Bhattacharya on Washington Bangla Radio in this exclusive and intimate interview  about the film-maker's career in films.

Watch the full interview video online and check out the posters featuring Bengali actress Sreelekha Mitra with actor Ritwick Chakraborty.

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.

Interview | Joshua Fredric Smith - Actor (DAM 999, The Road To Freedom) - "India is a dream" | Audio


Marian Chatterjee talks to Joshua Fredric Smith on Washington Bangla Radio in this informal and very interesting audio recording.

The first thing that strikes us, as it will surely strike you, is the immense enthusiasm and energy that radiates from Hollywood actor Joshua Frederic Smith. As you probably know, putting the label "Hollywood actor" on Josh would be immensely unfair - his thirst to get to know the world and the different peoples and cultures has led him to perform in films shot and produced in parts of the world far away from the glitz of Hollywood - films that capture events of great historical significance or try to tap into the limitless depths of timeless eastern philosophy. Josh has had a spectacular career so far and is still very young with adventure and curiosity about world cultures in his heart - we will no doubt continue to see wonderful films starring Josh as he ascends further.

Listen to the interview online via Washington Bangla Radio's free on-demand audio service.

Interview: PADAKSHEP challenging economic hardship for higher education via scholarships for gifted students in Bengal and India

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sep 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio USA) Padakshep (the word in Bengali means "Footsteps") is a philanthropic organization operating from Salt Lake City, Utah, The USA actively providing financial assistance to meritorious students in West Bengal whose capital performance at the high school level would otherwise not have resulted in undergraduate studies due to their inability to bear the financial burden.

They write in their web-site, "Padakshep a dream shared by a group of like-minded people, that rests its faith in the notion that education can make a huge difference in shaping a society. We further believe that the responsibility to realize this dream lies with each and everyone of us who has had the good fortune to avail higher education, and thus the various good opportunities in life. With this vision, plenty of hope, and your generous help we have taken a small step - a Padakshep."

Washington Bangla Radio USA had an opportunity to talk to two of the core members of the organization that truly propels the careers of the gifted. Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio USA talks to Dr. Debansu Chaudhuri, Vice Chairman, and Arnab Rudra, treasurer and enthusiastic member of Padakshep in this audio interview that you can listen to by pressing the Play button in the audio player in the full article.

Interview - Deepak Chopra | Muhammad e-book release before physical book goes on sale | Mohammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

First Time HarperCollins Has Led with the e-book Edition

San Francisco, CA, September 9, 2010  (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced today that it has authorized distributors to offer the e-book version of Deepak Chopra’s controversial new book Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet available for sale as early as today. Additionally, it is working to accelerate the on-sale date for the physical book, which is scheduled to be fully distributed by September 21. The move comes in direct response to mainstream media and blog postings that have been eager to bring Chopra, and his portrayal of Muhammad, into the larger national conversation about the proposed mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero in New York City. The decision to release the e-book ahead of the physical book marks the first time HarperCollins has led with an e-book publication.

“We are proud to publish books that respectfully represent new perspectives on the people and events who have shaped history and our culture,” said HarperOne Senior Vice President and Publisher, Mark Tauber. “e-books offer publishers increased flexibility to bring content to readers in response to accelerated demands.”

AUTOGRAPH (2010) Bengali Movie Full Audio Songs MP3 Download Released - Soundtrack OST from Srijit Mukherjee film

Washington Bangla Radio has previosuly brought you an exclusive interview of Autograph (2010, Bengali) movie writer-director Srijit Mukherjee in this post a few days ago. We also presented a fabulous informal interview of the reigning king of Tollywood - Prosenjit Chatterjee in this post.

We also presented the prodigal music director Debajyoti Mishra in an exclusive interview in this post. Now, Shri Venkatesh Films (SVF) have finally released the full audio songs from Bengali movie Autograph for MP3 download. You can also listen to free samples online.

Click on the poster below to download Autograph 2010 Kolkata Bangla movie film songs MP3:

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BLUSH ON by Ipsita Mukherjee - golden oldie Bengali songs get a modern remix sound while preserving their eternal melodies

Washington DC, Sept 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ipshita Mukherjee has been learning music from a very young age, taking singing lessons in classical, light classical, ghazals and so on. As she grew up, she always had a strong regard and attraction for the golden oldies from the nostalgic period of Bengali and Indian modern and film songs - like most Indians who grew up in the latter part of the last century, Lata Mangeshkar, Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Md Rafi and so on have always had a strong appeal to her. She strongly believes it is not possible to sing those evergreen oldies without having learnt Indian classical music first, and it is a mistake to attempt such songs without training in classical.

Ipsita Mukherjee Blush On Bengali Retro Remix Album

Therefore, Ipsita concentrated on training herself in Indian Classical vocals for the last 14 years before attempting to perform the oldies classics only now when she is somewhat confident of doing justice to the eternal compositions.

Her new album Blush On - Evergreen Bangla Retros Remixed released by Purple Music of Kolkata contains 2 songs by Arati Mukherjee, 4 by Asha Bhsole and 1 each by R D Burman and Lata Mangeshkar. Interestingly, the music arrangement for these songs in Ipsita's new album is extremely contemporary - the songs have been reprised and remixed using modern instrumention and electronic influences giving them a fresh new sound. In the age of techno, trance and electronica, this album is an outstanding effort that has been lapped up Kolkata Bangla FM Radio Stations who are playing the songs regularly and frequently.

Ipsita explains in this exclusive and informal interview with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the title of the album. A blusher is used in make up to make beautiful women look more beautiful, she says, and for the same reason she has named the album Blush On to convey a sense of having applied blusers to songs that are timeless to start with, giving them a younger and contemporary touch.

Purple Music full audio song albums are available for download in pristine audiophile MP3 format from the exclusive Washington Bangla Radio digital download store here >

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.

Interview: Director Kiran Rao (grew up in Kolkata) on Dhobi Ghat: Everyone is forced to rub up against each other and that is

After working for several years as a producer and assistant director, Rao has made her directorial debut with Dhobi Ghat, a film about the intersecting lives of four characters from different social backgrounds in Mumbai.

Rao describes the film as her homage to the city and cites Wong Kar-wai and Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang’s Vive L’Amour as influences. The four characters are played by Rao’s husband, Bollywood star Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar and newcomers Monica Dogra and Kriti Malhotra. The film’s music was composed by Argentinean musician Gustavo Santaolalla who won Oscars for Babel and Brokeback Mountain.

Rao grew up in Calcutta, studied film in Delhi and worked as an assistant director on films such as Lagaan and Monsoon Wedding. With her husband she produced Taare Zameen Par,Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Peepli Live, which Artificial Eye will release in the UK on September 24.

UTV Motion Pictures is handling sales of Dhobi Ghat at Toronto and the producers are also in talks with further distribution partners.

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