Exclusive WBRi Bangla Radio Interviews, Reviews, Features, Songs, Videos, Biographies of Bangla Artists, Bands and Albums

Interview: Internationally Acclaimed Rabindrasangeet Artist Shreya Guhathakurta

Shreya GuhathakurtaCleveland / Pittsburgh, Oct 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed Rabindrasangeet singer Shreya Guhathakurta chats with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio during Shreya's 2012 North American tour in this interview.

As most of our audience is aware of, Shreya is a grand-daughter of Shubho Guhathakurta, founder of Dakshini and Gitabitan Tagore music and arts schools in Kolkata. Shreya therefore naturally grew up in an environment of Rabindrasangeet. Though her institutional training on Rabindrasangeet is from Dakshini, given her family background she has been fortunate enough to learn from stalwarts like Kanika Bandopadhyay who Shreya considers to be a second grandmother. Shreya took lessons from Mohordi from age 7 and is still learning music from her uncle Sudeb Guha Thakurta.

Interview: NIHARICA RAIZADA on her dual careers, Bollywood films, Bengali movie "Damadol" and Much More

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Niharica RaizadaBesides her dazzling beauty, Niharica Raizada has a strong mind and a willingness to work hard - traits which made it possible for her to work at Johns Hopkins from 9 AM to 5 PM, take a train to New York to pursue acting / modeling from 9 PM to 1 AM, catch a train back to Baltimore (the last train, as she points out) and show up for work the next day. Hard work pays and today Niharica, a fully qualified medical doctor, has decided to pursue her interests in acting and the performing arts in Mumbai, India and has already been signed up for three films by a major Bollywood production house with the first of the three going on the floors in January of 2013. She will also appear in a Bengali film song in Manoj Michigan's Kolkata Bangla movie "Damadol".

In this exclusive interview with Minakshi Bajpai on Washington Bangla Radio Niharica talks about her dual careers, childhood, growing up, her famous grandfather, her Bengali and Hindi films, the man of her dreams and much more.

Niharica RaizadaNiharica appears in the Bengali film "Damadol" (her debut feature film) and will be seen in lead roles in three films already in the pipeline. The producers of Damadol were looking for a fresh "naive looking" face for Damadol directed by Manoj Michigan. Someone passed on a picture of Niharica and the Damadol crew watched her performance in Mumbai. She was offered the role soon after. Niharica is very particular about the roles she plays - in this case, her appearance is in a Bengali film song in Damadol (an "item number" or "item song") titled "Ami gorom cha". She checked out the song (written by lyricist Rana Mazumder and music composed by Bengali music director  Pritam) in Mumbai and liked it, and accepted the role. Bengali Actor Saswata Chatterjee (who was seen recently in "Kahaani") also appears with Niharica Raizada in the song. The song goes something like  Ami gorom cha / phoo diye kha ...

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Interview: Singer Pankaj Chaturvedi on New Album "Awaz dil se" and Working with Pyarelal Sharma of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Fame

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Pyarelal, Pankaj Chaturvedi and Sameer

With this album not only Pankaj is making a debut in music industry but the album is also special as Pyarelal of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame returns after a decade of exile as a composer.

Interview: Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra Chat with Sunny Malik on Student of the Year (2012) Film

Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra talk to Sunny Malik about Student of the Year (2012) Bollywood Hindi Film

London, UK, October 18, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Earlier this month, director-producer Karan Johar along with his debutant actors from Student Of The Year promoted their film in London.

The 40-year-old director along with the three new actors who form the lead cast of SOTY - Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra - spoke to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about the film, their characters and much more.

Welcome to London. How does it feel that you are here on your first international promotional trip?

Bangla Rock Band PLATONIC and their first album DHULOCHAAN : WBRi Feature

Members of Indian Kolkata Bangla Rock Band Platonic

Meet Kolkata Bangla band "Platonic" whose members are all engineering graduates and professionals and listen to a clip from their promising debut album "Dhulochaan" in this WBRi feature.

Interview: Indraneil Sengupta on Bengali Commercial, Parallel and Crossover Films, Goenda Gogol, Koel Mullick, Dashami and more

Indraneil Sengupta, Koel Mullick and Locket ChatterjeeIn this candid interview with WBRi's Sayantanee Dutt, Indraneil starts off by revealing that he is a big fan of action movies himself and a role like he did in "System" is one he was waiting for, and talks about Dashami (Doshomi), Koel Mullick, Goyenda Gogol (Goenda Gogol) and much more.

Interview: Actress NEELU SODHI on Her Career-Vareer, Lead Role in Sridevi Starrer ENGLISH VINGLISH (2012) and Much More

Neelu Sodhi Exclsuive audio interview with actress Neelu Sodhi who plays a lead role of Meera, Sridevi's niece, in English Vinglish: "She is very exciting and I was thrilled to meet her", says Neelu who watched quite a few of Sridevi blockbusters like Lamhe (1991), Mr. India (1987) and Chandni (1989) when growing up: "When I first met her on a set I was blown away by her presence - absolutely beautiful and charming and such an amazing person".

Interview: Kiran Meegada on LMFAO Comedy Night event with Vijai Nathan and My Heart Is Beating Adola (2012) Telugu Movie

Kiran MeegadaWashington, DC, Sep 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) WBRi's Gurjeet Singh chats with Kiran Meegada - the young film-maker and event organizer from Washington DC metro area. One of the duo of screenplay writers and directors of "My Heart Is Beating...Adola", the other being  Arun Rudra, Kiran is also one of the organizers of LMFAO Comedy Night with the remarkably witty Vijai Nathan (interview) and Irwin Loring, Chipp Jones and Sharhryar Rizvi on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM at Diya Tysons in northern Virginia.

Interview: Prabuddha Banerjee - Music Director and Background Score Composer for Bangla Movie ABOSHESHEY

Prabuddha BanerjeePrabuddha Banerjee, music director and background score composer of award-winning Bangla movie Obosheshe, reveals his disenchantment with film songs that effectively pause the story in this exclsuive WBRi interview hosted by senior American-Bengali journalist Devasish Ray.

WBRi Exclusive: Farah Khan Chats About JOKER (2012) Hindi Movie with Sunny Malik in UK (Interview)

Farah Khan promotes Joker in England with assorted aliensFarah Khan speaks with Sunny Malik for Washington Bangla Radio about the film JOKER produced under her banner Three’s Company in association with UTV Motion Pictures and Hari Om Entertainment.

Chitrangada is not a biographical movie - Rituparno Ghosh | Jishu Sengupta & Rituparno on Chitrangada (2012) Bangla film

Chitrangada is not a biographical film, and attempting to find correspondence between Rituparno Ghosh the person and his film's character will be a grave mistake, explains the ace actor and film-maker about his latest film.

Anjan Dutta and Rituparno Ghosh on Chitrangada (2012): All actors are tentative in their performances

Chitrangada 2012 Bengali film posterWatch a video on Anjan Dutta and Rituparno Ghosh talk about all actors acting in an unsure tentative way in Chitrangada (Bengalim 2012) movie.

Interview: Comedian Vijai Nathan - Fountainhead of Smart Indian-American Humor Inspiring Introspective Observation

Internationally acclaimed Indian-American Comedian Vijai Nathan

WBRi's Gurjeet Singh chats up the beautiful young vibrant lady comedian who is coming back for a performance in the Washington DC metro area.

WBRi Feature: Interview with Actress and Ghazal Nightingale JANIVA ROY Musical Career & Bengali Movie "E Sudhu Amar Gaan" (2012)

Indian Bengali Ghazal singer and actress Janiva Roy

In this on-demand audio broadcast, WBRi's Sayantanee Dutt has a comprehensive and intimate conversation with internationally acclaimed Ghazal exponent, writer and actress Janiva Roy about Janiva's childhood and growing up, her illustrious journey in music and acting, rewarding experiences and challenges, and much more.

Brahmanaad - Indian Folk Rock Classical Fusion Band from Delhi

Kolkata-based Indian Folk / Classical - Western Fusion Music Group Brahma NaadBrahmanaad are a four-member fusion band from New Delhi established in 2007. The band competed with around 20 others and won the "Real Rockstar" contest in 2011 organized by PVR pictures to promote their Ranbir Kapoor - Nargis Fakhri starrer Bollywood film Rockstar (2011). The contest was judged by Imtiaz Ali, director of the blockbuster Hindi movie. Meet the band members and listen to Brahmanaad online via WBRi.