Review - Songs Albums Music CD

J.J. Crowne weaves love, loss, hope and social consciousness in "Songs Of Innocence And Experience"

Music Veteran J.J. Crowne's Debut Release Has Received Excellent Reviews And Is Already Nominated For "CD Of The Year" By

Washington, DC, Aug 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Normally relegated as an "ace-in-the-hole" behind-the-scenes musical "everyman" - singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer J.J. Crowne - who has opened shows for country music superstars The Mavericks, composed and produced theatrical music and television themes for major networks including Fox, PBS and Univision, as well as produced albums for up and coming artists - finally steps out on his own with the first worldwide release of "Songs Of Innocence And Experience." This astonishing debut album features a dozen well-crafted songs recently penned by this music veteran, weaving heartfelt tales of love, loss, hope and social consciousness into a potent musical brew. The album abounds in thoughtful lyrics, lush harmonies, and catchy musical hooks, all written and arranged by J.J. - who not only sings all vocals, but plays all the instruments and produced the album entirely on his own. A true labor of love, "Songs Of Innocence And Experience" is one man's musical journey sure to pick up many passengers along the way.

Bengali Actress Arunima Ghosh Launches TAGORE.COM Audio Rabindrasangeet Album by Mrinmoy Roy under UD Series in Kolkata

By Aditya Chakraborty

Actress Arunima Ghosh launching Tagore Dot Com
Arunima Ghosh

Mrinmoy Roy & Arunima Ghosh launching Tagore.Com
Mrinmoy Roy & Arunima Ghosh

Kolkata, Aug 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Imagine a management professional (and a highly successful person and an ex IIM Kolkata at that!) who pursues an interesting vocation which keeps him more than engaged in his other wise busy life.

Interview: Music Director Debashish Raychaudhuri on AMAR JABAR BELATE Audio CD Release on Tagore's 70th Death Anniversary

By Arijit Chakraborty

Editor's Notes: The Bengali Rabindrasangeet and Narration audio CD release "Amar Jabar Belatey" is a collage that traces the final few days of the life of Rabindranath Tagore, his endurance of the agony and his passing out of existance on baishe srabon by juxtaposing it with his death-defying creations in the forms of poems, songs, words and images. The CD was released on the 70th death anniversary of Tagore by Sravasti ( Concept, script, narration and direction are by Chaitali Dasgupta - you have already heard our interview with Chaitali in this post. Debashish Raychaudhuri is the music director of the remarkable album - in this audio interview that you can listen to online by pressing the Play button in the player above, Arijit Chakraborty chats with Debashish about the album and about Tagore and his works.

You can also listen to clips from the album "Amar Jabar Belate" in this post.

Washington, DC, Aug 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Debashish Raychaudhuri, a professor of English language in University of Kolkata, is a very well known personality in the world of Rabindra Sangeet in Kolkata and is engaged in various research work regarding Rabindranath Tagore, whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated all over the world. Debashish was at the helm of the music direction in the production AMAR JABAR BELATE regarding the concept of death expressed by Rabindranath in his creations and its contrast with the pain and agony the poet himself faced during his last days.

Amar Jabar Belaye

The music and recitation CD was released in Kolkata on August 8, 2011, coinciding with "Baishe Shrabon" as per the Bengali calender, the day Rabindranath passed away. 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the bard's death.

CHETONAR GAAN - 12 Rare Salil Chowdhury Bengali Protest Songs (1944-1951) MP3 Audio Download Release

Washington DC, Aug 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Salil Chowdhury composed his first protest song as early as in 1943. A few years later he joined IPTA (Indian Peoples Theater Association) and composed numerous songs and along with the IPTA comrades he took his songs to the masses. They travelled through the villages and the cities and his songs became the voice of the masses.

Chetonaar Gaan Audio Album Cover

These songs of protest with lyrics and music composed by Salil Chowdhury were very powerful and stimulating indeed and made people aware of the rampant social injustice and oppression that surrounded them. These mass songs became a part of the independence movement He called these songs the 'Songs of consciousness and awakening'

After extensive research for the last 12 years, Gautam Choudhury, the creator of the website has published this unique collection of 12 of these rare mass songs by Salil Chowdhury. Washington Bangla Radio is privileged to bring you this album in digital download format world-wide.

These 12 songs were composed between 1944 and 1951 and refer to major political events that took place during that period. Reference to most of these songs is available in many IPTA and other publications and quite a few of the senior IPTA members who are still alive can vividly remember these songs. Without their help this recording would not be possible. 

The principle singers include the members of Bharatiya Gananatya Sangha (Indian Peoples’ Theatre Association) of Kolkata with the students of Rabindra Bharati University providing the harmony. Some of the best musicians from Kolkata participated in this recording, which took nearly two years to complete.

The music is arranged by Goutam Ghosh, head of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University who knew Salil Chowdhury quite well and has an excellent understanding of his musical style.

Film Preview - Seven Days (7 Days) 2011 Tollywood New Movie Music Launch - Saheb Chatterjee - Moubani Sorcar

By Aditya Chakraborty

Moubani Sorcar, Shaheb Chatterjee & Dipankar Dey in 7 Days
Shaheb Chatterjee (left), Moubani Sorcar, Deepankar Dey in a still from 7 Days (Bengali, 2011)

Shaheb Chatterjee

Shaheb Chatterjee & Moubani Sorcar in Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie
Saheb Chatterjee, Moubani Sorcar in 7 Days

Calcutta, Aug 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) ‘One murder’ !

‘One man’

‘One week’

Thus go the tag lines of an upcoming Bengali murder mystery movie starring Saheb Chatterjee, Moubani Sarkar, Sreelekha Mitra (interview), Subhasish Mukherjee, Dipankar Dey and others.

Saheb plays DJ Ringo who is accused of murdering his girlfriend’s elder sister. He has seven days to prove his innocence. Hence the tag lines. The film which has been directed by Tathagata Bhattacharya has been produced by Ganapati Entertainment and has been edited by Snehasis Ganguly and the cinematographer is Sudipto Sengupta.

The music is by Debjit Bera and the lyrics are by Rajeev Dutta.The film has 8 tracks which have been sung by Somlata,Debjit Bera,Joy Bhattacharya, Chandrayee Bhattacharya,Diya Roy Choudhury,Chandrayee Majumder and there are a couple of instrumental numbers as well.

The interesting thing to watch out for will be Saheb as a DJ! The film had it’s music launch in presence of the cast and crew at the Saturday Club on Wednesday. The film is expected to have a release date on Aug 26th, 2011.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Music Release: Full Audio Songs MP3 Download

The tracks are: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan - Kk, Krishna Beura, Dhunki - Neha Bhasin, Choomantar - Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Ishq Risk - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Madhubala - Ali Zafar, Shweta Pandit, Do Dhaari Talwaar - Shahid Mallya, Shweta Pandit, Choomantar (Remix) - Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma and Ishq Risk (Risky Mix) - Sreeramachandra, Neha Bhasin

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Soundtrack OST has 8 songs available for MP3 audio download here » 

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Music CD CoverMumbai, Aug 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Title song’ left everyone charmed and captivated during the music release event of Mere Brother ki Dulhan that was held yesterday at YRF studios. The event went on along the same lines as that of the theme of the movie - fun and endearing.

Audio: Chaitali Dasgupta Marks Baishe Srabon with "Amar Jabar Belate" Recitation and Songs Bengali CD Release

Kolkata, Aug 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Perhaps no other poet celebrated life in his works as much as Rabindranath Tagore. Yet throughout his long life the poet was constantly hounded by a series of bereavements at regular intervals. He endured the deaths of Notun Bouthan Kadambari Debi, his wife Mrinalini Devi, his daughter Madhabilata and son Soumendranath.

Amar Jabar Belaye

With his genius he transformed his personal grief into unique aesthetic creations. In a way, his life was a long tale of a brave struggle of a spiritual man trying to grapple with the problem of morality.

He has defined death by not accepting it as the final, futile end, but as an inseparable part of the cycle of life. Death has been depicted by him as the ultimate beloved, a friend.

Read all about the remarkable Bengali CD and listen free to clips online.

Chaitali Dasgupta
Chaitali Dasgupta - image courtesy:

Bihaan Music Launches RIMJHIM feat. ANWESHA & DEBANJALEE Composed by ANINDA BOSE - International Bengali Modern Songs Album

By Aditya Chakraborty

Anwesha, Usha Uthup, Tarun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Banerjee and others launching RIMJHIM International Bengali Songs Album
Anwesha, Usha Uthup, Tarun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Banerjee and others launching RIMJHIM International Bengali Album

Calcutta, August 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bihaan Music launched the Bengali audio CD ‘Rimjhim’, an album featuring Anwesha and Debanjalee which is the first Bengali commercial album featuring modern songs recorded, mixed and mastered in New Jersey, USA recently.

The album has 7 songs featuring Anwesha (interview) and Debanjalee (interview) who has penned and composed two songs as well.

The album has been produced by Aninda Bose (interview) who is also the primary composer of the album. The album has an international feel as Aninda's mentor Dan Skye, renowned guitarist and sound engineer  who has worked with Shotgun Symphony and Bon Jovi, is very much a part of this project as the sound engineer.

The music launch took place in the presence of well known composer Abhijit Bandopadhyay, Kolkata's favorite didi - singer Usha Uthup (interview), renowned santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya and others at International Club, Kolkata on 29th July, 2011.

Listen to free song previews and download the album in MP3 format from Washington Bangla Radio.

Unissho Egaro Swadhinotar Prothom Alo Bengali Music Album Release in 100 years of Mohun Bagan's Historic Soccer IFA Shield Win

1911 Swadhinotar Prothom Aalo Audio Songs Music Album Launch

Calcutta, July 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) 'Unishho Egaro Swadhinatar Pratham Aalo’- a unique music album was launched in Kolkata to mark the centenary celebrations of Mohun Bagan’s historic I.F.A Shield triumph over East Yorkshire Regiment a century ago.

The launch event was organized at the Mohun Bagan ground itself today, the eve of the great triumph a century back.

The album is conceived by Arup Biswas, M.L.A and member of the executive committee of the club and Suvojit Roy, C.E.O of Orion Entertainment. Renowned singers like Anindya, Anupam Roy, Babul Supriyo and Raghab who have all contributed to the album along with Lopamudra Mitra and Shaan were present at the event.

MIRA RE: Arko & Dev from Kolkata and Their Remarkable Album "MIRA" - Music Review & MP3 Download

Arko & DevMumbai, July 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kolkata-born and brought up musicians Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Bishwadev "Dev" Bhaumik, now based in Mumbai, have recently released their debut music album "Mira" under the label of Silk Road Communications (of Thane, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) featuring thirteen remarkably soothing and mellow songs - a sumptuously delicate treat for our ears overloaded with jarring rock wannabes and uninspiring remixes emanating from across Tollywood and Bollywood these days. The title track "Mira Re" is outstanding in it's intentionally subdued approach that serves to highlight the lyrics, melody and rhythm of the song which changes fluidly and takes a different shape with grace as it progresses. Those of us who are addicted to Junoon are very likely to happily put Arko & Dev's "Mira" on the playlists of our personal MP3 players.

"Arko & Dev", as the duo call themselves, have been working as songwriters with Deep Emotions Publishing (a joint-venture with Universal Music Publishing Group) of Mumbai for a few years now. "Mira" has recently been released across West Bengal, and a pan-India release is scheduled in a matter of days. Watch out for a series of live-performance and music videos featuring the title track "Mira Re" followed by "Oye Rabba" (a musical take on India-Pakistan rivalry) and "Wo Ho Tum".

Listen to free previews & download MIRA Hindi Songs MP3 Album

Read all about Arko and DEV and how they came about to make this album on WBRi.

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