Songs - East-West Fusion

Indian Ocean - Leaving Home The Life & Music Of Indian Ocean - Online DVD Release review promo preview and trailer

Cover of Leaving Home Indian Ocean DVDLeaving Home is a historic feature film on Indias greatest music band Indian Ocean. The four band-members stirring 20-year old story is told with the same energy and lightness-of-touch that their timeless music is imbued with. The theme of how they kept their creative fires burning without compromising their essential vision is important and telling in todays times.

Indian Ocean is unarguably India’s most significant band. The film has been made to celebrate this once-in-a-couple-of-generations musical phenomenon. The idea is not merely to document but to provoke, enrich and, above all, entertain. That is why the film has been made for the big screen.

Buy the DVD release online, and check out the fabulous sale on other Indian Ocean music albums.


97 WEST - A pioneering Kolkata global free jazz band experimenting with the "Morph" sound

Four talented, young musicians from Kolkata have come together to create a form of music that was never heard before. They call it Morph.

97 WEST Kolkata Band

Experimental music or avant-garde, in its truest form, has never been a part of Indian  Jazz scenario. 97WEST is possibly the first Indian band that is truly Avant-Garde/Experimental in genre.

"97 West is a Morph Music band. Morph is a musical form that seamlessly morphs from one cultural sound to another" says Sharthok Chakraborty, the young bass player, a disciple of Amyt Dutta , who named the Genre. Sharthok adds, "We were always interested in the day to day sounds which are often 'neglected' as music .This was the common string that gave birth to the form of music when we came together."

Listen to their music and watch music videos on this exclusive feature at Washington Bangla Radio USA.



Interview | Gaurab Chatterjee (Gabu) - Lakkhichara drummer, music director of Bengali Movies Kagojer Bou (2010), Necklace (2010)

Gaurav Chatterjee - (C) Washington Bangla Radio Though he is famous as Gabu, his nick name, the full name of this famous drummer from the reputed Kolkata Bengali Band LAKKHICHARA is Gaurab Chatterjee. Gabu is also a background score composer and music director of Kolkata Tollywood Bengali movies including KAGOJER BOU and NECKLACE (2010). Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Gaurav in this informal and intimate interview. Somnath Dasgupta (complete WBRi Feature) of Ami Budhin Bolchi fame also appears in this interview.

Kolkata Bangla Rock Band Lakkhichara


Toronto Tabla Ensemble - Acclaimed Independent Band Exploring World Music with Rhythms rooted in India

Washington Bangla Radio is pleased to present a selection of the beautiful and unique compositions of Toronto Tabla Ensemble (www.tablaensemble.com)  for your listening pleasure. These audio tracks are presented courtesy of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and their Artistic Director, Ritesh Das (e-mail: riteshdas [at] tablaensemble [dot] com). Click on the play button above to listen to the songs on WBRi On-Demand Radio.

The songs are:

  • Indo Africa -Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri
  • Weight - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
  • Tap Root -Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Donald Quan. Composer Ritesh Das & Donald Quan
  • Waterfall - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
  • Joyfully Seven- Toronto Tabla Ensemble
  • Weaving - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
  • Bable - Ritesh Das and Hari Krishnan. Composers Ritesh Das and Hari Krishnan.

About Toronto Tabla Ensemble

This critically acclaimed independent band from Toronto, Canada, is a total music experience. The TTE has developed its own powerful style using rhythms from India, while exploring contemporary musical landscapes with artists from other cultures.

Playing to sold out audiences since 1991, this influential voice in Canadian music, brings together the North Indian percussive tradition of Tabla, with some of Canada's best music and dance groups.

Staying true to form, content and feeling, the TTE moves what is traditionally a solo instrument to an unparalleled level of ensemble work.

The intricate rhythms and abundant tonal variations possible on the tabla combine to make it one of the most expressive of all percussion instruments. Add to this the versatility of mallets, percussion, voice, violin, bass and dance, and you have what the Ensemble is all about.

The Ensemble has performed at all of Canada's best folk, jazz and art festivals, has appeared nationally and internationally on Bravo!, CBC News World and Much Music, and in 2003 was commissioned to create the current theme music for the CBC RADIO 1's daily morning show Metro Morning.

MP3 Download

Toronto Tabla Ensemble albums are available in MP3 Audio download format online. Click on the album names below to listen to free samples and download Mp3 Audio tracks.

Band Members

Ritesh DasRitesh Das

Ritesh Das, composer and musician, has studied tabla with gurus Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Zakir Hussain and most extensively with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He has toured throughout the US, Canada and India, and performed with many of India's great music and dance innovators. Since moving to Canada, he has established himself as an extraordinary teacher of tabla and founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 1991.

Joanna De SouzaJoanna De Souza

Joanna de Souza is perhaps the only Canadian born artist to achieve a Master's Degree in Indian Classical Kathak dance through Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad, India. Her study of Kathak, which began in 1978, continues under Pandit Chitresh Das. Since her return to Toronto, she has gained reputation as an excellent Kathak dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her traditional and collaborative works have earned her a variety of nominations and awards. She is Artistic Director of M-DO and has been a member of the TTE since 1993.

Neel PunnaNeel Punna

Neel, a native East Coaster, began studying with Ritesh Das upon his move to Toronto in 1993. As an integral member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, he regularly accompanies kathak dance classes and is on the teaching staff of the M-DO and Toronto Tabla Ensemble Centre for World Music and Dance. Neel has traveled with the Ensemble on many tours and has attended all professional development workshops with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.

Jonathan GoochJonathan Gooch

Jono Gooch completed Grade 10 piano in 1996, under Clayton Scott at the Royal Conservatory of Music. A keen interest in rhythm lead him to the drums & he has been playing the kit drum since 1992 & has studied tabla with Ritesh since 1999. He has toured nationally with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble & plays locally with the Three Bears, Shiver Mc Timbers, Clocknuts and You Left Saving The Planet.

Heather ThorkelsonHeather Thorkelson

A passion for tabla lead Heather to begin studying tabla with Ritesh Das upon her return from abroad. She has toured internationally with the Ensemble and participates in all professional development workshops, including those with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. She is a member of the Ensemble's Board of Directors and plays a vital production and promotional role in all concerts and fund-raising events.

Bindu SadasivanBindhu Sadasivan

Bindhu made her debut with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2007. She participates in all performances, classes and workshops and is studying the art of kathak dance accompaniment. Outside of the Ensemble, she works as a full-time occupational therapist.

Robin KalninRobin Kalnin

Robin had his first exposure to the Indian classical performing arts while completing a degree in music at the University of British Columbia. A saxophone player by training, he has composed music and played in a variety of jazz, classical and contemporary settings. Upon moving to Toronto, an interest in Indian percussion lead to studies in tabla. Robin performs with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and accompanies kathak dance classes and performances.

Vitra GosineVitra Gosine

Vitra has been studying tabla for the last several years and made her debut with the Ensemble in 2007. She participates in all classes and workshops and is studying kathak dance accompaniment. Outside of the Ensemble, Vitra is an Investment Finance Analyst.



Bickram Ghosh - Electro Classical | Music Album Review and Online MP3 Download

Bikram Ghosh - Electro Classical Music albumAce Percussionist Bickram Ghosh has come out with his new album called Electro Classical which introduces us to a brand new sound that blends the soulfulness of Indian classical and the excitement of electronica. The album, while retaining the thrilling percussive energy of Rhythmscape, brings in an added electric element that hasn’t been tried earlier. Electro-classical is the true fusion of versatility and a bright new sound.

Listen to free samples and download the Album in MP3 format.


Bengali Remix | DJ Aks presents Dushto Chele featuring Upol, Skib Khan and Sarah Ali from the album The Miracle

DJ Aks presents Dushto Chele featuring Upol, Skib Khan and Sarah Ali from the album The Miracle.

Washington Bangla Radio presents the latest Bengali DJ Remix that is taking Bangladesh Over. This song is also being aired on WBRi Live Bengali Radio channel.

Listen to the full audio song Exclusive Club version especially  for radio DJs.


Interview | ATHOI - the progressive folk band of Kolkata | WBRi Exclusive (Video)

Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata correspondent, talks to ATHOI - a progressive folk band of Kolkata.

Washington Bangla Radio has previously featured ATHOI along with their sound recordings available here.



Sahaj Manush presented by Brahma Khepa | WBRi Special Event Report (Video)

Bengali Baul Band Brahmya Khyapa Live Concert Sahaj ManushSAHAJ MANUSH PRESENTED BY BRAHMAKHYAPA - A video report from the Event

By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent

BRAHMAKHYAPA, the popular baul band organized a gala evening packed with baul songs on May 22, 2010 at Gyan Manch from 6 PM to 9 PM where eminent baul singers performed along with a guest performance by eminent city band CHANDRABINDOO.  Artist SHUVAPRASANNA felicitated great baul exponent SUBOL DAS BAUL for his contribution to the Baul music and philosophy for 50 long years. The evening turned out to be a complete extravaganza of baul tradition and deliberation. Apart from baul followers, enthusiasts and music lovers, artists from all spheres were present to grace the occasion.

Watch video excerpts from this live show exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.


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.


Syed Rafique Mahmud - North Indian Classical Instrumental Flute in Modern Bangladeshi Style

Syed Rafique Mahmud Indian Classical Flute InstrumentalSyed Rafique Mahmud comes from a noble Muslim family in Bangla 13 Ashwin 1380(16 Ramadan) at Gaibandha district of Bangladesh. His father late Syed Abdul Baquee was a listed folk singer of Radio Rangpur and Rajshahi, He was a drama  writer  and actor also.

Rafique started to play flute (Bamboo Flute) during his childhood at 7 years old. His father bought a Bamboo flute from local BOISHAKHEE MELA according to his only demand. Hence he  starts to blow, and now a days he has built up his own style as 'Modern Bangladeshi style'.

Listen to Rafique's North Indian Hindustani Classical Flute presentation online on Washington Bangla Radio live and on-demand channels.


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