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Interview | A R Rahman - Composing songs on eight Apple iPads

Apr 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Award-winning Indian singer, songwriter and music composer A R Rahman recently came to New York and just after his 4 AM flight landed he ran to the 24/7 Apple store to buy Ipads.  By 11 AM he was in the MTV Iggy studios interviewing and playing original music on his new App’s.

MTV Iggy had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Rahman before he announced his upcoming world tour, “A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour.” MTV Iggy found that not only does he own an iPad, he now owns eight!

Watch the full video interview online.

Apple grossly underestimated demand for the iPad and had to push back European release date of the device to cope with US demand. Apple also declared record non-holiday-season quarterly revenue boosted by iPad's success. Daniel G. Lebryk writes in his iPad review, "From the first announcement of this device, I was prepared to dislike the iPad, on paper it has way too many flaws. With one in hand and actually using the device, I can honestly say it is an excellent, gorgeous, piece of hardware. The biggest flaw, it weighs a ton. The weight doesn't sound like a bad thing, but after I held this device in both hands while laying down, my arms got sore. It's a small thing, but you should be aware that it is heavy."

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Interview | Watch Beautiful Bengali Actress MEGHA BURMAN speak about Sohan Roy's DAM 999 (2010) Movie

Megha Burman - Actress - DAM 999Apr 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actress Megha Burman plays Raziya in Dam 999, a Sohan Roy film. Dam 999 is a project initiated by Marine Biz TV - World's first Global Maritime Television Channel, with the extensive support of the maritime industry.

Megha Burman, a Bengali beauty, will be the symbol of love in DAM 999. Megha was born and brought up in Kolkata and completed her bachelors degree in Mass Media and Communications from Mumbai. Being in top brand commercials, she is a known face to many. Her appearance in Motorola, Bru, Pepsi, Tata Docomo, Fastrack Watches, Sony Cyber Shot has left many dazed. It is time Megha Burman shared her views with all the fans of DAM 999. Here is a part of the conversation with Megha that you wouldn’t want to miss.

What made you take up DAM 999?

After APF, I was waiting for a challenging movie, DAM 999 was exactly what I wanted, I found it unique and very interesting. The movie revolves around an outdated Dam outlined with a classic emotional thriller biased with the concept of Navarasa.

About your character in DAM999?

My character’s name is Raziya. She is one among the lead characters in the movie. Raziya depicts Shringara (love) rasa in the movie with green as the color denoting the emotion.

Your perspective after reading the script of DAM999?

DAM999, has lot to share with its audience.   I was amazed to know that each character portrays a Rasa in the movie, and we definitely can’t leave the fact it conveys a message to the world regarding the consequences of outdated dams.

Interview | JOY SARKAR - JODI EKDIN Bengali Movie Music Composer and Director

RINGO Banerjee's JODI EKDIN Bengali Movie - Music Composer 
& Director Joy SarkarApr 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Joy Sarkar is an accomplished and acclaimed artist and music composer. He is the background music composer and music director of Kolkata Bengali movie JODI EKDIN directed by Riingo Banerjee.

Joy Sarkar talks to Washington Bangla Radio in an exclusive and intimate interview (Video) hosted by Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi correspondent from Kolkata. Joy talks about his childhood when he started off as a vocalist - but he was more excited by instrumental aspects of compositions, and started playing the guitar which has been his real base as an artist for many years now. A professional guitarist and music arranger for numerous albums, JODI EKDIN sees Joy Sarkar debuting as the composer of the musical score of a feature film.

Riingo Banerjee's Jodi Ekdin (2010) revolves around Neel played by Indraneil Sengupta and Nikita played by Priyanka Sarkar and their relationship in the context of a fast-paced modern way of life which leaves little time for pursuing emotional attachment.

Interview | Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening on the upcoming Hindu Dharma Sabha in Chicago (Apr 24, 2010)

Hindu Dharma Sabha Chicago USA April 24 2010

Apr 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Hinduism Summit (Dharma Sabha) to be held on April 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, USA aims to promote an understanding about the unique science behind Hinduism concepts and practices, and provide practical guidance on living Hinduism. The Hinduism Summit aims also to unite everyone interested in Hinduism, to preserve it in the face of denigration and misconceptions about Hinduism today. For tickets and more information, please visit the Forum for Hindu Awakening we-bsite.

The Dharma Sabha is indeed a unique event for every person interested in understanding, living or preserving Hinduism, and will be webcast live on Saturday 24th April from 2:30 to 6pm US EST on  and  sites. It will feature speeches by selfless leaders and scholars like Dr. Richard Benkin on Bangladeshi Hindus' ethnic cleansing and Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra on the message of the Bhagavad Geeta.

Listen to an exclusive interview with Ms Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening by Sanatan Dharma Foundation on Hindu Unity and their forthcoming Hindu Dharma Sabha in Chicago - press the play button above to tune in.

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Interview | SOMNATH DASGUPTA (SHOM) - Poet, Composer of AMI BUDHIN BOLCHI talks to WBRi and writes about his path-breaking album

SHOM - AMI BUDHIN BOLCHI - Audio Music CD Album Cover

Shomnath Dasgupta - Ami Budhin BolchiApril 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shomnath Dasgupta, or Shom, is a poet, lyricist and composer and writes about his recent album "Ami Budhin Bolchi". Also, Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Shom in an informal video interview (above). The album is a landmark in Bengali music in that it is one of the first "concept" albums in which the tracks are thematically woven together in an attempt to transmit a story and a message from the poet-composer to the listener. The compositions and the album itself are in the style of psychedelic and socio-politically critical albums that defined alternative and rock music around the middle of the last century which eventually morphed into techo-ambience and even trance-electronica of today as one offshoot, with the other offshoot continuing to be mainstream satirical and self-critical rock music. The revolution ushered in by bands like Hawkwind, Pink Fairies and Pink Floyd (of course!) and later by composers like Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin delivering thematic electronic soundscapes has reached the shores of Bengal in the form of Shom's "Ami Budhin Bolchi". Shom's album is themed around the world of a tribal boy named Budhin Mahato, and features elocutionary contributions by Soumitra Chattopadhyay and Pradip Chatterjee and guitars by Amyt Dutta.

Somnath Dasgupto alias Som writes about his cultural journey and his debut album Ami Budhin Bolchi ...

Interview | Suman Mukhopadhyay - award-winning film-maker - Mahanagar@Kolkata, Herbert, Chaturanga

Suman Mukhopadhyay Mahanagar@KolkataApril 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed Bengali film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay (Herbert [DVD], Chaturanga) talks to Washington Bangla Radio's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay in an informal and intimate interview (video). Mukhopadhyay's Mahanagar@Kolkata movie is about to be released and all movie lovers are in expectation to experience another sensational and quality movie from the award-winning director. Mahanagar@Kolkata has a star cast of Biplab Chattopadhyay, Arun Mukherjee, Anjan Dutt, Rituparna Sengupta, Sreelekha Mitra, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Kabir Suman and others. Mukhopadhyay talks about his childhood, his participation in theater, his films Herbert and Chaturanga and of course MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA which he says is a portrayal of today's modern Kolkata with deep-rooted culture via a collage of three stories by Nabarun Bhattacharya that he had read at different points in time but come together in the film.

Interview | Sonnet Mondal - the internationally acclaimed young poet speaks with WBRi and recites his poems (video)

Apr 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The internationally acclaimed poet and youngest Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondol talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio and recites a couple of his poems. Watch the interview video and listen to Sonnet's recitation online exclusively on Washington Bangla Online Radio.

Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondal is one of the illustrious names in the field of English Poetry and Literature. Starting his poetic career in 2007 through his book “A Poetic Peep Into The Post Modern World”, at present he has authored two other collections of poetry namely “The Curse of Atlantis and Other Poems”(released in 2009), “21 lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century” (due release in Kolkata book fair 2010), Sonnet’s Treasure of Poems (due release in 2010 in Sweden) and a translation work namely “Songs from the Ashes”(Due release in Kolkata book fair 2010). He has been honoured several times with many International awards and recognitions and his poetry has been featured in several world famous journals and magazines. His poetries and messages have been read out in radio shows Like World Poetry Café Show, Canada, etc. Reader’s say the specialty of Sonnet’s writings lies in its wide variety, range and simplicity in language. Sometimes he experiments upon traditional poetry, sometimes rhyming and sometimes free verse. But each time he lures his readers into a different World where one can feel a fresh breathe while reading his poems.

Mondol's Book Inauguration on World Poetry Day
Sonnet Mondol's Book Inauguration on World Poetry Day, Mar 21, 2010

Sonnet’s has been praised by eminent personalities like Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Harvard President Dew Fraust, Dr. Stephen Gill, Dr. Thiagarajan, Dr. Leo Rebello,Dr. Sandra Fowler, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya, Taslima Nasrin, Nora McCarthy, Trade Martin, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Subodh Sarkar and many others. The appreciation letters sent to him via emails and through different forums amount to over 1000 from peoples of more than thirty countries.

In 2009 Sonnet’s name was included in the Dictionary of Contemporary International Poets published by International Poetry Translation and Research Centre, China.

His books have also been given as Government Book Award from the Government of West Bengal(DMC),India to well performing students in class 10 and 12.

Interview | Director of ITI MRINALINI (Bengali, 2011) APARNA SEN Talks About "The Japanese Wife"

World-renowned actress-director Aparna Sen is about to release her eagerly awaited Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2011).

Aparna Sen's The Japanese Wife Movie PosterDevasish Ray, Director, Databazaar Media Ventures talks to Ms. Aparna Sen, internationally acclaimed film-maker and director of The Japanese Wife live on Washington Bangla Radio. This telephone interview was broadcast live on Washington Bangla Radio at 7 AM Eastern US time on April 8, 2010. Written by Kunal Basu (buy the book online), produced by Saregama, edited by Rabiranjan Maitra, music by Sagar Desai, camera by Anay Goswamy, the film's star cast includes Rahul Bose, Chigusa Takaku (Kurianesu), Raima Sen, and Moushumi Chatterjee. In Bengali-English-Japanese-Hindi, it was filmed in Kolkata and Sunderbans in India and Yokohama, Tsukuba and Ibaraki in Japan. Takaku reportedly did not know any English and the crew had to talk to her through an interpreter on the sets. Its tag-line is “A love poem”.

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

Exclusive Interview | Film Maker Suman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga) on actor Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) - Video

Bengali Movie Director Shuman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga)Mar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay cast powerful character actor Subrata Dutta in a lead role in the critically acclaimed and successful film Chaturanga (2008). In this close, personal and informal video interview, Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to director Suman Mukhopadhyay. Suman Mukherjee talks about Subrata Dutta's role and contribution to the film.

People usually say that persons from small townships of Bengal cannot achieve the desired level, only Calcuttans deserve this. But it is not true always. If somebody is prodigy, he has the zeal, he has the dream, he has the courage, he should hit the Bull’s eye. We can take the example of Subrata Dutt, who born and brought up at Bankura, a small city in West Bengal bit far from Kolkata but right now a promising hero of Indian cinema. He was a student of Zoology at Bankura.

Before completing his 10th standard examination, he never considered even watching films seriously. After seconary school, he started watching films - all sorts of movies. From this time, he casually started to work as a prompter with Jatra troupes – a traditional theatre format. But even then he did not have any idea regarding theater or film nor about acting as a career seriously at that time. After completing Senior school, he has started thinking of acting instead of a prompter but not at a professional level. Subrat Dutt, as he is known in Bollywood, always thought of landing a good job, better to say a stereotypical career like most Bengali middle Class guys.

So after graduation, he enrolled in a MBA course in Kolkata. But at the same time, he started to consider acting as a career. That time, in 1991, he learnt about a workshop by the prestigious National School of Drama at Behrampore, West Bengal. That time he was not aware about the import and fame of the NSD but he was attracted by the names of workshop coordinators, none other than Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. He applied at, and to his surprise, got selected for the Workshop.

That was the turning point in his life - the workshop paved his path for a full time course in NSD which helped the actor to groom himself to achieve the best. When he was in NSD, due to his superb skills, he performed lead roles for almost all the productions.

Then he came to know of a scholarship offered by the British council, he applied and got the chance to be trained in London.

In those days, he came in the touch with Manoj Bajpayee, another NSD graduate, and completed then Super-Hit Hindi film “Satya” by Ram Gopal Verma [buy dvd online] with J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpai, Saurabh Shukla, and started to think of fulfillment of his dream by entering Bollywood.

NSD helped him groom as a complete actor. He is also very gifted and he knows to differentiate his acting skills for different media (film and stage). That’s why he never faces any problem to act both in theater and cinema simultaneously and also successfully. Subrata Dutta is very versatile and ready to take challenges - so he is comfortable to act both as hero and villain and both in parallel art-house and commercial movies. He does not have any problem to adjust his time between Tollywood and Bollywood though he started his journey to Tollywood later. He is well known in both the sectors and successful wherever he acts.

Heroines from all ages and from established to new comers are working with him and he is equally flexible and comfortable with all of them.

We can describe him as “made for films based on writings by Rabindranath Tagore” as he already worked in three movies in different languages based on stories by Tagore. Subrata Dutta has accepted the challenge to act in the role of Villain Sandip in the adaptation of Tagore’s Ghare Baire (DVD), once played by living legend Soumitro Chatterjeev directed by another legend Late Satyajit Ray.

According to Subrata Dutta, he does not have any problem to do bold scenes in front of camera if the script demands so, and to do films based on controversial novels if they are enriched literally. That’s why he played the lead role in the film “Bibar” aka Calcutta Unabashed (Bengali Movie DVD Release Online) with Tannishtha Chatterjee, based on the novel of the same title by Late Samaresh Bose which raised controversy in the sixties.

Currently Subrata Dutta is the hero in films by two great directors, Anjan Das in Bengali (film: Achin Pakhi) and Ram Gopal Verma in Hindi (film: Rakta Charitra).

He has already been honored with two international awards. Washington Bangla Radio wishes him all success in future.

Bengali Movie Prem Korechi Besh Korechi - Rituparna - Reaz - Poppy - Chunkey Pandey

<p>Listen to Bengali heroine Rituparna Sengupta talk about her experience in shooting for Bangladeshi movies and sharing her experience when working with Bangladeshi films and the Bangladeshi audience. She says, "For me, my opening in Bangladesh was a grand opening for me. Shabana Appa first gave me opportunity to work with a Bangladeshi production. It was  produced by Shabana's husband and directed by Manowar Khokon. The title of the movie is Swami Keno Ashami (Buy DVD). The title is pretty funny - but movie titles like these are pretty common in Bangladesh. The movie made waves in Bangladesh. I have been accepted with love by the Bangladeshi movie audience. I liked it very much, after all being a foreign heroine."

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