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Interview: KAYA Kolkata Bangla Band talk to Tapan Bera, President of Sanskriti of Washington DC, USA

Germantown, Maryland, October 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kolkata Bangla Band KAYA known for their pioneering Bengali folk-fusion songs delivered a spectacular concert at the Sanskriti Durga Puja on Oct 16, 2010 in Washington DC, USA.

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KAYA explain in this interview hosted by Tapan Bera, President, Sanskriti Bengali Association of Washington DC Metro area, how the experience of their 2nd USA tour is different from the first one, in terms of fantastic audience response and ambience. They convey their appreciation of the audience participation and the unique experience of having the audience singing along with them - aspects of their shows that are rare.

Watch the full interview video with KAYA band of Kolkata exclusively from Washington Bangla Radio.

Q's GANDU World Premiere & Payal Sethi's GRANT ST SHAVING CO North American Premiere at 2010 SAIFF

GANDU - A film by QCalcutta, Oct 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Counter-culture Bengali film-maker Q's new feature film GANDU will have it's world premiere at the 2010 South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). Payal Sethi's 17-minute short film GRANT ST. SHAVING CO. will also have it's North American premiere at SAIFF 2010.

Both films are scheduled to be screened on Oct 29 starting 7:30 PM.

Listen to Washington Bangla Radio's exclusive and intimate interview with Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee) online HERE »

Rituparno Ghosh's Bariwali (1999) Bengali Film released online free via VOD | Double National Award-Winning Bangla Movie

BARIWALI Bengali Movie PosterCalcutta, Oct 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Directed by Rituparno Ghosh, the widely acclaimed Bengali film Bariwali (1999) features a star cast of Kiron Kher, Chiranjeet, Sudipta Chakraborty, Rupa Ganguly, Shivprasad Mukerjee, Abhishek Chatterjee, Surya Chatterjee and others with music directed by Debajyoti Mishra (exclusive audio interview on WBRi on-demand radio service). Bariwali won two national awards - Best Actress for Kiron Kher and Best Supporting Actress for Sudipta Chakraborty.

Bariwali is also known by it's English title The Lady of the House. The Indian Film Censor Board has assigned the film a rating of A (Adult).

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Synopsis: Bariwali is a quiet drama about a lonely, unfortunate middle-aged woman. Banalata (Kiron Kher) has lived a solitary existence since her husband-to-be died the night before their wedding from a snake bite. Never having quite gotten over the tragedy, she rarely ventures out and is clearly very lonely. This changes when she agrees to allow a film production to shoot in a wing in her sprawling estate. Suddenly her house is filled with movie stars and glamorous people, including the beautiful actress Sudeshna (Rupa Ganguly) and charming director Deepankar (Chiranjeet Chakraborty). Though she knows that not only is Deepankar married but that his former lover Sudeshna still holds a torch for him, the lonely widow finds herself drawn to the director. He is exactly the sort of worldly character whom she has always longed to meet. The rakish man flirts back and even persuades Banalata to appear in a bit part  in the movie. Yet once the film crew decamps, things at the estate return to the same grinding tedium as before, though the woman feels her isolation all the more acutely. The letters that Banalata writes to Deepankar go unanswered, and her bit part in the movie ends up on the cutting-room floor.

Watch the full Kolkata Bengali movie Bariwali free online via Rajshri Bengali.

Oridathoru Postman (2010) Malayalam Movie Review - Kunchacko Boban-Meera Nandan

Oridathoru Postman Malayalam Movie PosterCalcutta, Oct 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shot in the fast-modernizing (thanks to money from The World Bank) city of Thodupuzha, Kerala which is the home of the famously beautiful and hot south-Indian actress Asin Thottumkal, Malayalam comedy-drama film Oridathoru Postman (2010) is directed by Shaji Aziz.

Autograph (2010) Bengali Movie Review - Brilliantly autographed in style by Srijit, Prosenjit and Nandana Sen !

CALCUTTA, Oct 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Autograph has been directed by Srijit Mukherjee (exclusive WBRi audio interview), an economist by education who has directed an English play called Mindgames in the past as well as directed another successful and critically acclaimed play called Feluda Ferot based on characters from Feluda’s stories and is told from the perspective of Feluda’s arch rival Maghanlal Meghraj.

He is a huge fan of Satyajit Ray and it had been his dream all along to direct a film on the lines of Nayak - The Hero (Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA) which featured the superstar of Tollywood of yesteryears – Uttam Kumar. One might also say that he is the only superstar of the industry whose mass appeal has survived even after so many years and appeals equally to the masses and classes whereas regarding the latter, he has mainly appealed to the masses. Anyways that is different matter altogether.

Srijit's Autograph is basically a film within a film that attempts to showcase the moods and character of one particular superstar – Arun Chatterjee and at the same time it ha s also tried to show the dark tales behind the stardom. This film is supposed to be a tribute to both Ray and Uttam Kumar as it is on the lines of Nayak. In fact so much so the central character of the film is called Arun Chatterjee (Uttam Kumar’s real name). Such is the influence and inspiration behind making the film. Srijit’s touches make this a different film and also the story is a significantly different from Nayak.