Songs - Religious and Devotional

Navratri, Golu & Garba in the United States of America


The loaded trucks have all arrived at the mandaps or the pandals of Calcutta. This year the pandals look like the Angkor Vat of Cambodia to the Eiffel Tower of Paris, glittering and dazzling. Teens and not-so-teens and everyone else is in a festive mood in Calcutta. So are we, even though the scene is a little different among the NRI Bengalis of the United States of America? Some of us have already celebrated Devi Ma’s arrival in America on 1st October, some are scheduled on the weekend of 7th October and some even later; after all crossing the Atlantic is not an easy job.

Agamani Gaan - Bengali Songs by Tanmayee Banerjee

Washington, DC, Sep 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) You have met and heard Tanmayee Banerjee before in our exclusive WBRi artist feature posted here. Tanmayee is an award-winning singer from London, UK. Her forte is light classical - she is a student of Sri Kallol Roy and Smt. Sipra Bose, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV performances.

Tanmayee presents us a couple of Agomoni songs welcome Maa Durga to her annual visit.

Agamani Gaan | Bengali Songs by ANANYA DAS

Washington, DC, Sep 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Das started learning music from her mother Smt. Arundhati Das at the age of six. She formally trained for more than fifteen years with Smt. Kakoli Ray (wife of distinguished writer and Sahitya Academy award winner Sree Debesh Ray), a graduate of Sangeet Bhavan, Santiniketan. Smt. Ray is a disciple of the late Kanika Bandopadhyay and Nilima Sen. Ananya emulates their style of rendition of Rabindrasangeet, gayaki. She feels blessed to have learnt from Kanika’di and Nilima’di as well.

Listen to Agamani songs by Ananya.

Tanmayee Banerjee - Award Winning Bengali Singer from London | WBRi Feature

[Tanmayee Banerjee]Washington, DC, Sept 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Born in North Calcutta in early 1980, Tanmayee Banerjee grew up in Konnagar in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Her parents tell her even before she was brought home from the hospital after her birth, a brand new harmonium was bought by her paternal aunts with a desire to give her lessons in music! Just as it is difficult to remember the early days of one's life before learning to talk or even walk, Tanmayee cannot remember the days when she did not sing.

Initially a music teacher who lived in her neighbourhood was appointed to give her lessons in Classical music. Tanmayee remembers taking her first music examinations, practical and theoretical, when she was a mere first grade student. It was an ordeal more for her mother than for her. Her mother had to go through the syllabus, read and understand the various musical terms and their definitions, learn how to write the ‘taals’ with proper scansion, and teach them to her. She had to make Tanmayee practice writing them a number of times before the exam.

Read all about the young singer and listen to her online via Washington Bangla Radio On-Demand Audio Broadcast Service.

Durga Puja in the United States

The trucks are all loaded in Kumartuli, the mandaps or the pandals glittering, teens and not-so-teens in Calcutta have long included choturthi in their puja days…


India is the most religious country of the world. Swami Vivekananda said that,the ‘Dhrma’ is the only thing,which could bonded us together. It is our believe that, man is ‘Radha’. ‘Radha’means ‘Jivatma’. And the Lord(Krishna) is the ‘Paramatma’. In our lives, we just want to meet with the ‘Paramatma’only. This is our actual life proses. Every year,in Janmashtami we should remember the real message of Janmashtami - and do not try to ignore the real life proses of ours. The word, "Krishna" means, "one who is always in the transport of joy".

Hindus greet Buddhists on Asalha Puja

Asalha Puja commemorates the Buddha's First Sermon ('Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma') and establishment of Buddhism. It expounded Four Noble Truths— Dukkha (suffering), Samudaya (Arising), Nirodha (Cessation), Magga (Path); and Noble Eightfold Path: Right—View, Resolve, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, Meditation. It is observed by listening to sermons, paying homage to Buddha, offerings to temples, giving alms, etc.

Bethenny Frankel should go beyond ‘yoga for hotter sex’ & explore yoga’s spiritual side

Hindus are suggesting television personality Bethenny Frankel (Wish Me Luck) to go beyond her recent focus of using yoga for hotter sex and explore the vast spiritual benefits it offers.

USA’s 5th most populated city opens meet with Hindu prayers

phoenix hindu prayers sanskrit
Rajan Zed delivering the invocation.

City Council of Phoenix, fifth most populated city of USA, reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July seven, reportedly for the first time since it was incorporated in 1881.

Washington DC Council commended for saying no to yoga tax

Hindus have thanked Council of the District of Columbia (CDC) for reportedly not imposing tax on yoga.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who strongly criticized the attempts to regulate yoga in the recent past by various states in USA, has applauded CDC for reportedly rejecting the idea of yoga tax.

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