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Audio Songs from RA ONE (Hindi, 2011) Release - Worth the Wait (MP3 Download)

By Raksha Narang

Actress Kareena Kapoor at RA.ONE (Ra One / Ra 1) Bollywood Sci-Fi Robot Super-Hero Audio Songs Music LaunchMumbai, Sept. 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Ra.One music launch is definitely one that is not going to be forgotten very soon by the industry and audiences alike. No doubt that the music of Ra.One has been one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year, however the sheer scale of grandeur and enigmatic presence on the stage of the stars has left everyone’s jaws dropping.

Shah Rukh Khan was at his usual charming best as he joked and said, “Superman ko apna naam Karan Johar rakhna chahiye.”  He grooved with Kareena Kapoor, his female co-star in the movie, to the latest chartbuster from the movie Chammak Challo, and while Kareena did look stunning in a blood-red sari, all eyes were eagerly looking out for the well-kept secret that is the character of Ra.One, which is being portrayed by Arjun Rampal..And quite an entry it was!

Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan’s closest friend in the industry, launched the music album while the film has been dedicated by SRK to the late Yash Johar.

Check out our exclusive picture gallery from the memorable event on Washington Bangla Radio.



Choti Si Yeh Zidagi Re: Remembering Mukesh with 101 Old Hindi Classic Songs 3 DVD Collector's Edition from Shemaroo

By Ekta Kumari

Mr Kishore Desai, Mr Bahadur Nanji (Both had performed with Legendary Singer  “Mukesh”) & Great Comedian Johny Lever

From Left: Kishore Desai, Bahadur Nanji (both had performed with Mukesh & Comedian Johny Lever

The legendary Indian singer Mukesh best known for his playback songs in old Bollywood Hindi movie classics,  Mukesh, (full name Mukesh Chand Mathur) (1923 – 1976), is counted among the best of Indian film song singers in the same league as Mohd. Rafi, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. Shemaroo remembers the great singer on his 35th death anniversary with the release of a collector's edition 3-DVD pack containing 101 of the best of Mukesh's classics.

Mumbai, Sep 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A voice that has undefined depth and a unique perfection in its incarnation of songs belonged to one of the greatest singers of Hindi Cinema. It belonged to Mukesh.

Shemaroo remembers the great singer on his 35th death anniversary on 27th August, 2011 by releasing 101 Mukesh Hits in a premium 3 DVD pack. The pack features best of his works from the black and white days of silver screen to the colourful frames.  “Awara Hoon” , “Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam”, “Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo”, “Dost Dost Na Raha”, “Chal Akela Chal Akela”, “Hum Dono Milke Kaagaz Ke Dil” are some of his popular songs that are incorporated in the pack.



Interview & Free Song Previews: Arindam of Band KAYA on Hindi album "Kaya - Folk Rockers" & Rabindrasangeet album "Robir Kaya"

Washington, DC, Sep 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) As you know, Kaya are one of the leading music groups from Kolkata whose signature Bengali folk-fusion numbers have all been greatly appreciated and successful. In this interview, Arindam Chattopadhyay, bass guitarist and lyricist of Kaya, chats with Arijit Chakraborty about their latest Bengali album Robir Kaya and their upcoming Hindi album titled Kaya - Folk Rockers. Also listen to free audio song previews from Kaya's new Hindi album.

Kaya Folk Rockers Album Cover
Kaya Folk Rockers Album Cover (Click to zoom in)

Free audio sample TRACKLIST
bin tere.mp3
dhundne chala.mp3
janeja.mp3
khwabo ka.mp3
nai subha.mp3
naiya re.mp3
palko tale.mp3

Kaya have the distinction of being the first band from Kolkata launching a Hindi album at the national level in India. The album consists of seven original songs composed by Kaya, and is scheduled for a September launch in Kolkata followed by a pan-India launch in October. Arindam describes the work Kaya have done in this album - there is, of course, Bengali folk influence, along with which Kaya have experimented with diverse genres like Sufi and Rajasthani and various regional folk music of India. Kaya have always been strong in folk-rock fusion, and it is natural for them to expand into a greater Indian context to try to reach a larger audience across India. In addition to Archan, Kaya Folk Rockers also features vocals by Kaushik and Mukesh.

Robir Kaya and Kaya Folk Rockers are released by Purple Music whose albums can be downloaded in MP3 udio songs format from WBRi Digital Download Service here »


Child Artiste Antara Nandy's "Eso Mato Lakkhi Debi" Album Promises Revival of Laxmir Panchali Devotional Song of Bengal

Antara Nandy - Esho Mataha Lakshmi Devi (Lakshmir Panchali) Bengali Traditional Devotional Folk Songs AlbumsCalcutta, Sept 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lakshmi Broto Katha was read by devotees, especially women folk of Bengal, to ascertain peace and happiness in their households. Also known as Lakshmi pachali, it is often read out during the Lakshmi Puja and every Thursday in many Bengali households.

Lighting Oil Lamp (Pradeep)
Traditional lighting of the oil lamp

Antara Nandy Singing Live
Antara performing live at her album launch

Esho Mataha Laxmi Devi Album Launch

This worship of the Hindu Goddess of well-being is traditionally performed in many households with great ardor and devotion for peace, wealth and prosperity and the stob, gayatri, anjali. Pachali forms an integral part of Laxmi Puja.

But now changing times, increasing pace of lifestyle, shortage of time,  lack of proper understanding of the Panchali contents, it's language (only in Bangla) and such factors have forced this practice to either rural Bengali folks or left it with the generations of our mothers and grandmothers. There are many examples wherein the mother has recited the Pachali, recorded the same in Cassettes or mobile etc. or have even written the Pachali in English script and given to the daughters or daughters in law to perform the rituals.




Baishe Srabon - The Album | Full Audio Bengali Songs MP3 Download Online Release

Rabindranath Tagore

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2011 marks the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore - Baishe Shrabon (the 22nd day of the month of Sravana in the Bengali calendar) was marked on August 8 by Chaitali Dasgupta's audio album release. The music soundtrack OST of Srijit Mukherji's (interview) eagerly awaited 2nd feature film with the title of Baishe Srabon was also released on August 27 in Kolkata. The songs of Srijit's film are once again by written and composed by Anupam Roy and background score by Indradeep Dasgupta.

Check out full audio songs free previews and download MP3 from Washington Bangla Radio affiliate store.



Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo Release Rabindra Sangeet Audio Music Album in Kolkata

Based on a report by Aditya Chakraborty

Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo with his daughter at Rabindra Sangeet album

Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo with his daughter at Rabindra Sangeet album
Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo with his daughter at Rabindra Sangeet album "Mone Robey" launch © WBRi

Calcutta, August 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Imagine a very renowned versatile Non Bengali playback singer having her roots in Kolkata - she was born and brought up in the city - doing the ultimate thing which every singer having her roots in Kolkata aims to do.

What might that be?

Why of course, bring out an album of Rabindrasangeet!

That is precisely what Alka Yagnik, one of the leading playback singers of Bollywood over the years has done. She and Babul Supriyo have launched their first Rabindrasangeet CD together called ‘Mone Robe’.



DVD Review: 101 Mohd Rafi Hits in Premium 3 DVD Pack from Shemaroo Captures Different Moods of Rafi Sahab’s Singing

By Ekta Kumari

Mohd. Rafi - 101 Old Hindi Classic Film Songs on DVD

Mumbai, Aug 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mohammed Rafi - a man whose voice not only painted the various colours of emotions in a film but also contributed to the success of several stars like Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra ,Rishi Kapoor and many more by singing for them on screen.

You can download classic old Hindi film songs by Mohd Rafi in MP3 audio format here »


Rabindra Sangeet Icon DWIJEN MUKHERJEE Launches New Album by Tapashi Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Aug 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned actress, singer, director and producer Tapasi Roy Chowdhury (WBRi Interview) started her acting career with Jatra - the spectacular unique live open-air theater form of  Bengal. She continues to play lead roles in Jatra and Bengali theater productions. Tapasi is also well known for her performances in TV serials - her role in Trishna, a mega-serial aired on Kolkata’s Doordarshan channel is specially memorable.

kolkata bengali movie actress Paoli Dam at "Palte Gelo Din Sheddho Bhaatey Kerosene" audio songs album CD launch by Tapasi Roy Choudhury
Paoli Dam & Tapasi Roychowdhury at "Palte Gelo Din Seddho Bhaate Kerosene" Launch

Having grown up in an environment of  performing arts including acting and singing, Tapasi is an accomplished singer as well, and released her first solo audio music album “Palte Gelo Din Sheddho Bhate Kerosene” under the label of Purple Music (Mp3 download). This folk-based modern songs album was released by leading Bengali actress Paoli Dham (full report here).

Inspired by the success of her debut album, Tapasi released her second solo album - a Bengali Rabindra Sangeet CD titled "Charano Dhorite Dio Go Amare" on August 8, 2011, coinciding with Baishe Srabon and the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The album was released by Rabindrasangeet icon Dwijen Mukhopadhyay at Mahajati Sadan in Calcutta, where Dwijen and Tapashi performed some of the songs live as you can watch in the video.

Click Here to listen to free previews online and download Bengali Rabindrasangeet songs by Dwijen Mukherjee >

Tapasi Roy Chowdhury and Raja Hasan’s folk songs album “Praner Manush” (Cozmik Harmony) is also available for MP3 download here.

Charono Dhoritey Dio Go Amarey is a collection of popular Rabindrasangeet songs, mostly from Prem and Puja sections. Tapasi has her own style of performing Tagore songs while being fully adherent to the bard's music. Dwijen Mukherjee has compared Tapashi's album with an offering of a garland to the poet.

The album has been released under the label of Sagarika. Unfortunately at the time of writing, Washington Bangla Radio has no digital distribution agreement with Sagarika and we are unable to offer this album for MP3 download from our online WBRi digital MP3 download store.

Watch Dwijen Mukherjee singing live Rabindrasangeet in the exclusive video on Washington Bangla Radio.



Bangla band Protisruti kicks up a "Jhor"

Kolkata Bangla Band PROTISRUTI Album JHOR
Kolkata Bangla Band PROTISRUTI Album JHOR
Kolkata Bangla Band PROTISRUTI Album JHOR
Kolkata Bangla Band PROTISRUTI Album JHOR
Kolkata Bangla Band PROTISRUTI Album JHOR

Kolkata Bangla Band PROTISRUTI Album JHOR

Kolkata, Aug 23 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS): The already crowded Bangla Band music market has one more challenger with the launch of  "Jhor" (Storm) , the debut album from ‘Protisruti’ on Sunday.



Powerman Mc New Single Doggs Who Chase Cats Feat. SPI & Haveknot

Powerman MC Dogs That Chase The Cats Cover ArtWashington, DC, Aug 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Powerman MC (Kenneth L. Gibbs Sr.) has featured on music CD’s and Mix tapes with Artists such as Snoop Dogg, Prince, Havoc Razor, Dr. Dre, Eminem, D12, Joski, DJ Quick, Brown Stone, Waren G, Toy Capone, Nate Dogg, Ice Cube, lil’rob, SPI, Insinc, Kurupt, and many others. Powerman has hosted the show Dance hall Party from 1991 to 1993 in East LA on Buena cable and appeared on the Live in color tv show for over a decade the show aired in over 11 different states for over a decade.

Download Doggs that Chase Cats by Powerman MC in MP3 format (Amazon.com) >

Powerman MC has been featured on Hip-Hop & R&B hit mix tapes and CD’s Nationwide and overseas from California to Atlanta, from Seattle Washington to Florida, also number one Artist in Japan for two months in 2002.



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