Birendrakrishna Bhadra (image via Wikipedia)
The 4 AM hour-long radio program on the day of MAHALAYA that Washington Bangla Radio has been broadcasting from Washington DC inspired by the All India Radio (Akashvani Kolkata) telecast of Mahishashurmardini on that day has become an integral part of Durga Puja festival tradition. Soon there will be eight decades of the special Mahalaya morning broadcast.
The special radio program is, of course, synonymous with the performance of Sanskrit shlokas and elocution by Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905 - 1991). Belonging to the first golden age of Bengali arts and a contemporary of Pankaj Mallick and Nazrul Hasan, Bhadra worked with All India Radio in it's formative years in the early 1930.
Washington Bangla Radio presents the full audio MP3 files of Mahalaya program Mahishashur Mardini by Birendra Krishna Bhadra. Listen to free samples online and download the MP3 audio: