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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 | Bengali Film Maker ATANU GHOSH (Takhan Teish, Angshumaner Chobi) | WBRi Exclusive Audio

Atanu Ghosh - Tokhon Teyish Bengali MovieAtanu Ghosh is an acclaimed award-winning film maker from Kolkata. His film AAR EK BAMPI has received a National Award for Best Children's Telefilm. Another film of Atanu - MEGH BRISHTI ROD - received the Best Screenplay award from the Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners' Association of India. Many other awards have been given for other films by Atanu. He has also contributed towards writing and editing of many other films, and has made over 30 documentary and corporate fims. Atanu Ghosh's first full-length Bengali feature film ANGSHUMANER CHOBI released in 2009 and has received critical acclaim and is very successful. His 2nd Bangla feature film is titled TOKHON TEYISH and is to be released soon.

Arijit Chakrborty of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio speaks with Atanu Ghosh in an informal and intimate audio interview. Listen to the full interview audio online by pressing the play button in the player below.

Interview | Amitabha Bhattacharya - Joy Baba Bholenath Bengali Movie (Video)

Actor Amitabh Bhattacharjee

In this exclusive interview, Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio chats with Amitabh Bhattacharjee at a shooting location for upcoming Kolkata Bengali movie Jay Baba Bholenath.

Interview | Rachana Banerjee - Tollywood actress talks about Joy Baba Bholenath Bengali Movie (Video)

Kolkata Tollywood Bengali heroine Rachana BanerjeeRachana Banerjee (রচনা ব্যানার্জী) is a popular Tollywood Bengali film actress who is also well-known for her roles in other regional movies in Oriya, Telugu and Bollywood. She is the lead actress in the forthcoming Kolkata Bengali movie Joy Baba Bholenath paired with upcoming actor Amitabh.

The previous working title of Joi Baba Bholenath was Tumi Ami Dujone. Subhomoy Banerjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio caught up with Rachana during shooting of the film while it was still titled Tumi Ami Dujone, as you will hear in this video interview.

Interview | Film-Maker Suman Mukhopadhyay - Mahanagar@Kolkata (Metropolis@Kolkata)

Mahanagor@Kolkata - Mahanagar At Kolkata - Mahanagar@Kolkata 

May 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) WBRi Washington Bangla Radio promotes Bengali movies in USA and Canada electronically. blog in web-site. Kolkata Bengali movie Mahanagar@Kolkata (Metropolis@Kolkata) is "a film of phobia, vigor, delirium and love in the metro of Kolkata." The theatrical release date of Mahanagar@Kolkata is June 4, 2010.

Mahanagar @ Kolkata is directed by award-winning actor-director Suman Mukhopadhyay, and is Suman's third feature film. A New York Film Academy, USA alumnus, Suman's earlier films are Chaturanga ()based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore. Chaturanga received critical acclaim at 50 film festivals around the globe including the Montreal World Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India (Goa), Kolkata Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.  Suman's first feature film, Herbert (DVD with English Subtitles), based on a novel by Nabarun Bhattacharya. was screened in number of national and international film festivals including Florence, Bangkok, Osian Cinefan, Zanzibar, Mumbai, Pune and Kerala.  Herbert was officially released in USA at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Watch an exclusive WBRi video interview of director Suman Mukhopadhyay.

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.

Interview | Tannishtha Chatterjee - Nazneen in Brick Lane (2008) - a film by Sarah Gavron (Video)

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who plays Nazneen in acclaimed British-Indian art-house film Brick Lane (DVD), was in Paris when director Sarah Gavron and the casting director asked her to meet in Mumbai.

Tannishtha Chatterjee got off a plane at 2 AM in Mumbai and met them at 8 AM next morning. She was asked to read out a few lines from the script. The film-makers liked her, but initially said she was too young, which, according to Tannishtha, was because she was dressed as a college-going kid in jeans and T-shirt. So Tannishtha came back wearing a sari and her hair tied at the back, and there was no more question in Sarah Gavron and her casting director's mind that Tannishtha Chatterjee was perfect for the role of Nazneen.

Brick Lane was released in 2008 and stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Naeema Begum Lana Rahman. The film is based on a book by Monica Ali with the same title (buy Brick Lane: A Novel online).

Watch the exclusive interview of the beautiful Bengali actress Tannishtha Chatterjee posted at You Tube bu Blackfree.TV.

Calcutta School Board wanted to put Hrithik Roshan's Longest Bone in Biology Text Books | Hrithik Roshan live on Lift Kara de

Indian actor Hrithik Roshan

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May 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lift Karade is a popular talk show on Indian SONY TV channel featuring Karan Johar as the host talking to various showbiz and entertainment / movie celebrities and stars. The show airs on Saturdays at 8 PM.

Sony TV and other live Indian TV channels are available to be watched online broadcast directly from India - click here to find out more.

In a recent episode, Karan Johar (often called KJO in the spirit of imbibing Hollywood-style abbreviations by Indian media) talked to Bollywood hero Hrithik Roshan whose upcoming film KITES (2010) is eagerly awaited. Kites co-stars Latin American actress Barbara Mori and is reported to be inspired by the Bollywood classic Ek Duje Ke Liye (Buy Ek Duje Ke Liye on DVD online) starring Kamal Hasan, Rati Agnihotri, Madhavi and Sunil Thapa where the lead-pair commit suicide seeing no future for their romantic relationship.

Watch a segment from the Lift Karade episode featuring Hrithik Roshan, where Hrithik claims he can walk the streets of Mumbai even today, and people come up and shake his hand and auto-rickshaw (a peculiar Indian vehicle with three wheels and no doors) drivers offer him rides. When Karan Johar asks Hrithik Roshan about his experience of stalkers and fanatic fans, Hrithik tells the story of when he was in Kolkata, the Calcutta School Board (perhaps the West Bengal Board ?) wrote him a letter asking his permission to put his name in the Biology text books, to be used as a tool of learning via the question "Which is the longest bone in Hrithik Roshan's body ?"

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Interview | Ramanjit Kaur, Arthur Cardozo of The Creative Arts Studio, Tollygunge, Kolkata - WBRi Exclusive

Govind Nihalani

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April 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee:

The Creative Arts Studio of Tollygunge, Kolkata regularly organizes workshops on theatre, dance, music, creative writing, advertising, photography, fitness and film-making, because from their year of establishment in (2002), they focus on creating awareness about and impart formal, systematic training in various fine arts, especially theater and to involve artists from various fields for creative encounters.

In this video interview, WBRi's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee has an informal chat with Ramanjit Kaur and Arthur Cardozo, members of TCA's Advisory Board, about TCA and its founding principles, goals and advantages.

Personalities like Govind Nihalani (picture on right), Neelam Man Singh Chowdhury, Sujata Sen, S.V. Raman, Samarjit Guha, Neena Singh, Prof. Ananda Lal, Anjum Katyal, Nandita Pal Choudhuri, Swati Lal, Arthur Cardozo, Ramanjit Kaur, Taranjit Kaur, Sangeeta Bapuli, Shuktara Lal, Suman Sarawgi, among others, form the Advisory Board and Faculty of TCA.

Since 2002 till date , TCA has produced site-specific performances and expressive dance shows, created original scripts and art exhibitions besides organizing workshops and seminars with excellent response from print and television media.

Original Children’s Productions by TCA:

  • The Forest Party (2002)
  • Essence of Life (2003)
  • Saving of the Old Mango Tree(2003)
  • Closed Spaces(2005)
  • Arguments Goodbye(2008)
  • No Nightmares(2008)
  • Tiya’s Farewell Party(2009)
  • Manu Finds a New Home(2009)
  • Manav – The messenger(2009)
  • Snow White and The Saline Curse(2009)

Original Site-specific Productions by TCA:

  • Is Job Charnock coming to Dinner?(2004)
  • The Merry Go Round(2005)
  • Upon a Yarn(2006)
  • The Merry Go Round – another spin(2006)

Installation Performances by TCA:

  • Launched Arthur Brendon Cardozo’s First Solo Exhibition of Charcoal Pen an Ink Sketches with an installation performance “Faces and Verses”(2006)
  • Indo-UK collaboration Theatre Science Project (2006-2008)
  • Showcased Theatre Science play ”Crab Soup” in Imagining The Future III bin Bangalore(2007)
  • Shows of “Crab Soup” in Theatre Science Festival, at Lylian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells, London (2008)
  • Shows of “Crab Soup” in Tara Arts, London (2008)

The year 2010 is memorable to TCA for launching The Creative Arts Studio for performances, workshops, collaborations and residencies.

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Singer USHA UTHUP On Washington Bangla Radio | Indian Pop Queen - Exclusive Interview of our favorite DIDI

Usha UthupApril 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent:

In this informal and unedited intimate chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee, Usha Uthup talks about her multi-cultural background, her family and early days with the pioneering all-girl band SAMI Sisters which she and her sisters founded, her love of music in different languages, her love for Tagore and the cultural mosaic that is India. An epitome of versatility and open-mindedness, Usha Uthup has truly transcended not only Indian regional cultures, but music in its global sense. Do not miss her song snippets in various languages including Russian.

Usha Uthup's songs are available for download online in MP3 format - click here to listen to free previews and download audio songs MP3 >

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