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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 (www.sravastiworld.com). 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.



Abhijit Basu: Bengali Film Playback Singer, Music Director, Composer and Folk Songs Researcher & Performer - Interview Feature

Abhijit BasuWashington DC, Aug 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Paromita Biswas, an accomplished singer herself who lives here, caught up and recorded this musical video interview with the well-known folk-songs researcher, singer of folk and Bengali Film songs, music director and composer Abhijit Basu (Bose) who was visiting DC at the time.

Listen to the musician as he chats about his background and experience and sings extempore.

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Interview: Actress Tanusree Chakraborty On Bengali Films Uro Chithi, Bhalobasha Off Route E, Bedroom & her Tollywood Experience

By Supratim Sanyal
Hosted By: Esha Basu Roy

Tollywood Actress Tanushree ChakrabortyWashington, DC, Aug 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A regular Kolkata girl, Bengali actress Tanushree Chakraborty studied at Kamala Girls' High on Southern Avenue and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Political Science from Basanti Devi College in Gariahat. Her entry into modelling was coincidental ("kaktaliyo") - after numerous appearances in advertisements in Kolkata and Mumbai and a number of appearances in TV shows, she started to pursue her true inner calling of acting. She is appearing in one of the lead roles in Bengali feature film "UROCHITHI" which opens in theaters in West Bengal today. Next up for release are her films "BHALOBASHA OFF ROUTE E" and BEDROOM.

Esha Basu Roy caught up with the talented actress in this audio interview to chat about her background, career, personal and professional goals and, of course, her films.

After successfully working as a model for a short while, Tanushree transitioned into a career in acting with a multi-month assignment in a TV serial directed by Jishu Dasgupta who also coached her on a lot of the intricacies of the art of acting. She subsequently moved over to the Tollywood film industry.

Tollywood Actress Tanushree ChakrabortyTanushree steps into the shoes of "Lilette" in Uro Chithi directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee (interview). Lilette, a Christian girl, suffers from depression - one of the reasons being her parents are separated (watch the film to find out the other reasons). Writer-director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee has portrayed the male lead character of Aniket, played by Indraneil Sengupta (interview) as passing through various phases as he deletes SMS text messages from his cell phone. In one of these phases, Lilette becomes the "other woman" who brings in a whiff of freshness in the otherwise mundane corporate and family life of married-with-children Aniket. Crisis strikes Lilette's and Aniket's life, not necessarily caused by their relationship. What happens after to Lilette and how Aniket's life changes is to be seen in the film.

Uro Chiti also stars Anjan Dutta (interview), Rachita Chauhan (Bhattacharya) (interview), Locket Chatterjee (interview), Sreelekha Mitra (interview), Bishwanath Basu, Rajatava Dutta, Rudranil Ghosh (interview), Reshmi Ghosh (interview), Sudipta Chakraborty, Biswajit, Debapratim, Sashwata, Kaushik and others. Music is by Debojyoti Mishra (interview) and the film songs are performed by Shreya Ghoshal, Monali Thakur, Rupam Islam, Shilpa Rao and Aninda Chatterjee.

After Urochithi, Tanusree is appearing in Arunabha Khasnobis' forthcoming flick "BHALOBASHA OFF ROUTE-E" co-starring Rahul, Saswata Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Kanchan Mallik, Abhiraj (interview), Kharaj Mukherjee (interview), Parijat (interview), Padmanava Dasgupta, Partha Sarathi Deb etc. The film is expected to have a release date around Durga Puja. Tanushree portrays Ragini - a smart girl from rural Bengal who is caring in nature but challenges conventional social norms. The actress takes on the look of a quintessential village girl of Bengal in this film.

After Bhalobasha Off Route E, Tanusree's next movie expected to release later this year is Mainak Bhaumik's BEDROOM with Abir Chatterjee (interview), Paoli Dam, Parno Mitra (interview), Rahul, Rudranil Ghosh, Anubrata, Ushasie and others. In BEDROOM, Tanushree plays Tanisha, a girl who is nothing like Ragini! Tanushree believes that the look she has taken on to play Tanisha has not been tried before on any Indian actress before - she talks about a lot of experimentation done with her hair and looks for this role. Tanisha is a self-destructive girl - a strange woman addicted to cigerretes and narcotics who sells sex for money, a character that actually drove Tanushree to read up on the minds of such women to play her role better. Tanushree says BEDROOM is a woman-centric film, and features an unheard-of extent of experimentation with the type of woman portrayed, who is also the female protagonist.

Tollywood Actress Tanushree ChakrabortyAsked what qualities she would look for in her real-life partner, Tanushree says he should be a great friend whom she can talk with openly with no reservations all her life as she grows old.

With three major film releases already in the immediate pipeline, film-lovers are surely going to have a great time watching Tanusree Chakraborty in many more films over the coming years.


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Interview: Chaitali Dasgupta on "Amar Jabar Belate" Audio Album Release Marking Tagore's 70th Death Anniversary

By Arijit Chakraborty

Chaitali DasguptaWashington DC, Aug 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Chaitali Dasgupta is an avid follower of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. An accomplished actress and a very well-known face on Kolkata's Doordarshan TV channels, Chaitali loves reading and pure adda. She embarked on a project to bring Tagore closer to the present young generation.

Amar Jabar Belaye

While the whole of Bengal is busy celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of the bard, Chaitali took a different approach of exploring Tagore's perception and experience of death on the 70th anniversary of his departure from the mortal world.

In an informal discussion in the studio of Washington Bangla Radio, Chaitali talks about her songs-and-recitation album "Amar Jabar Belate" contrasting the concept of death portrayed by Rabindranath in his creations and the painful stress of physical death that the maestro himself unfortunately underwent. The album elaborates on the last few days of Tagore's life.



Interview: Anasuya Samanta on Bengali Film ALO CHAYA (2011), BLOOD (2008) Transcending Commercial & Art-House to Good Cinema

By Supratim Sanyal
Interview host: Esha Basu Roy, Jacksonville, Florida


Kolkata Bengali Movie Director Anasua SamantaWashington DC, Aug 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) When Anasuya Samanta was a little four-year old girl, she spontaneously broke into a little poem of her own that her mother wrote down because Anasuya had not learned to write yet.

Other than an inherent talent for poetry and writing, Anasuya also started playing roles on stage in drama productions from when she was just a kid. She had initially expected to make a career in acting and direction, but as she pursued academics, she also developed a liking for science, botany in particular.

Therefore, later on, Anasuya found herself studying both Botanical science and the art of film making at the same time! In a way, the two apparently disconnected fields come together in her mind - as she puts it, she has spent much blissful time reading poems to plants and listening to their poetry in turn.

ANUSHUA SAMANTA (ANASHUA SAMANTA) BLOOD (2008) BENGALI MOVIE POSTERAs a film-maker, Anasuya's debut feature film "Blood" (2008) - Bengali title জোর - takes on a rather unusual subject of high-society lonely women looking to buy physical pleasure getting murdered by a serial killer on a mission of cleansing the society. The murderer ultimately explains his reasons towards the end of the film - you will have to watch the film to learn why. Blood stars Debesh Raychowdhury, Anasuya Samanta, Manojit, Sutanuka, Mita Chatterjee, Sameer Mukherjee, Manjula Polle and Bhaswar Chatterjee. Order Blood (2008) - an Eskay Movies release Bengali film on DVD in USA and world-wide - click here >

Anasuya's second movie "Alo Chaya" (preview: trailer, poster, cast, crew & synopsis are posted here) has a world-wide release date of September 16, 2011 marking the birth anniversary Saratchandra Chattopadhyay (Sep 15) whose story has been adapted for the film.

Sarat Chandra is one of Anasuya's favorite writers and this story particularly moved her. In spite of being a short story, Anasuya had been planning on making feature film around it from the time she was making a tele-film. Anasuya describes how she studied the story and carefully planned the depiction of the period the story is set in - a difficult task since she had to travel to rural locations and reproduce everything from a different age, including speech and mannerisms.

Of particular interest in the film is the way Anasuya brings together two towering creative geniuses - Rabindranath Tagore and Saratchandra Chattopadhyay. Anasuya points out that the two of them had great bonhomie - both declared the other as his favorite writer. She specially mentions the song "Tumi Rabe Nirobe" performed for her film by singer Srabani Sen.

The star cast of Alo Chaya consists of Soumitro Chatterjee as Jogyo Datta’s spirit, Ramaprasad Banik as Jogyo Datta’s uncle, Sumonto Mukherjee as Aranyo’s father, Bibhu Bhattacharyya as Nayeb of the Zamindari, Manojit as Jogyo Datta, Riwk as Suresh, Anasuya as Surama, Riya as Protul, Anamika Saha as Jogyo Datta’s aunt, Sanghamitra Banerjee as Jogyo Datta’s aunt, Chhobi Talukdar as Suresh’s aunt, Jaysree as Jogyo Datta’s aunt, Mou as a friend of Surama, Indrani as Arko’s mother and more. The music of Aalo Chaya features Rabindrasangeet and original Bengali film songs penned by Manojit Goswami. The music director is Kalyan Sen Barat who makes a cameo appearance as a Baul in the film. The songs have been performed by playback singers Srikanta Acharya, Sraboni Sen, Monomoy Bhattacharyya, Shubhankar Bhaskar, Shubhomita, Emon, Rai and others.

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Interview: Film-Maker Abhishek Ganguly on New Film "Voices: Murmurs of the Mind" on Mental Illness Awareness and his Background

By Supratim Sanyal, Washington DC
Interview host: Esha Basu Roy, Jacksonville, Florida

Abhishek Ganguly - Kolkata Bengali Movie Writer-DirectorWashington, DC, Aug 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Listen to Kolkata-based film-maker Abhishek Ganguli speak about his background and experience in film-making, with special emphasis on his new film "Voices: Murmurs of the Mind" in this exclusive and intimate chat with Esha Basu Roy on WBRi.

The film will premiere in Saturday Club, Kolkata on Aug 25, 2011. Actor Biswajit Chakraborty will launch the film at the event. An interactive panel discussion with some of the top psychiatrists and social workers of Kolkata about mental illness will be held at the launch event. Kolkata-based English music composer, director and singer Sumit Roy has composed a special song "Murmurs of the Mind" which he will perform for the occasion and the MC of the event will be theater and short-film actor Siddhartha Sen from Jamshedpur.

Abhishek is working in the creative field as a free-lance self employed writer and director of films, event organizer and creative manager for the last fifteen years and has served over 2000 corporate and non-corporate Clients. He runs his own creative outfit "Learning System" since 1996.

"Voices Murmurs of the Mind" in Bengali of 21 minutes is a production of his creative organization Learning System  under their ‘Cinema for a Cause’ initiative to address and make people aware about the mental illness Schizophrenia which is affecting millions all across the globe. Partly based on his direct experience with people close to him afflicted with the illness, the film strives to create awareness and educate people about the disorder of the mind.

The film was screened at SHORTS 2011 - a short film festival in Jamshedpur organized by Tata Steel in association with Take 5 Communications. Read all about the movie in our previously posted exclusive film preview.

Abhishek is considering, as his next project, a social short-film on retired sex-workers of Kolkata.


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: www.sravastiworld.com



Interview: Suphal & Suvojit Pakrashi of PAKRASHI HARMONIUM of Kolkata Continuing the Tradition of World-Class Music Instruments

Washington, DC, August 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In India, the musical instrument popularly called the "Harmonium" refers to the hand-pumped (bellowed) version of the reed organ. In North America and much of Europe, "Harmonium" is mostly associated with the foot-operated version leaving both hands free for playing the keys. Harmoniums were overtaken in the Western world around the 1930s by the electronic organ, but remain hugely popular in India and entire South Asia as the primary accompaniment instrument used by vocalists themselves while performing. And Pakrashi is the name that pops up in the minds of most Bengalis whenever the best of Indian harmoniums are being discussed.

Interestingly, here is a description of a Pakrashi Harmonium on sale on Amazon.com (click here if you wish to order): "Harmonium, Pro, Folding by Pakrashi (Item Code: HRMPF-2) Harmonium Pakrashi & Co., folding, Scale changer with Mechanical Coupler. 5 drones and 4 stops. It has 3 banks of 45 reeds each.and 6 drone reeds. Comes in its own traveling case plus a nylon case too. Keyboard pops up, store in locked-down position for travel. Mechanical coupler (plays 2 octaves with one stroke). It is a 9-scale changer. The Keyboard slides to change scale. Integral bellows, dozens of sound combinations. Finish color and decoration style may vary from photo. The Harmoniums are not meant to be played in concert like a mini organ. This is instrument was introduced to India by the British. It has been embraced and is now a truly Indian instrument used as accompaniment across many genres of Indian music including Hindustani classical, light modern songs, Tagore songs, folk and devotional songs. In the early days, Harmoniums were are not in concert pitch and were not meant to be. As with many Indian instruments the key for the music is selected to best suite the vocals, or to set a mood. Traditionally, Harmoniums were usually higher pitched if compared to the Western Scale, and Harmonium tuning did not reflect the Western Scale and was not meant to. However, at present all Indian musical instruments comply the international pitch standard of A=440Hz, thus accepted in the western world.

Almost all singers and artistes from Kolkata are familiar with Pakrashi & Co. store selling musical instruments from 82-A Rashbehari Avenue. They are most renowned for their Harmoniums, and more often than not artists from Kolkata are seen playing a Pakrashi harmonium along while performing.

Suphal Pakrashi & Suvojit Pakrashi
Suphal Pakrashi (right) and son Suvojit Pakrashi of Pakrashi & Company of Kolkata

The history of the Pakrashis goes back to 1922 when Sudhir Chandra Pakrashi moved to Kolkata from what is now Bangladesh and established the store. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Suphal Pakrashi and Suvojit Pakrashi, representing the 2nd and 3rd generations running the business in this informal and intimate audio interview.

Suphal Pakrashi
Suphal Pakrashi

The Harmonium was not really a popular instrument when the store was established. Suphal Pakrashi tells us how his father and uncle involved themselves with the leading singers of the time like Pankaj Kumar Mullick and exponents of the still-new Rabindrasangeet songs to map the notes of the Esraj to a keyboard instrument. Suphal dwells on the remarkable efforts by many people from their musician-customer community who worked with them to improve the instrument which over time has reached it's modern form. Technologies like scale-changer harmoniums are a labor of love of many dedicated artists working together with the Pakrashis.

Suphal, Suvojit and Rezwana Chowdhury Banya
From left: Suvojit Pakrashi, Suphal Pakrashi, Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya

Suphal took lessons in playing the Sitar as a young boy, thus training his ears to music. Suphal would also watch his father continually research and improve the harmonium and experiment with delicate changes in physical measurements, angles, frequencies, airwaves, weights and such characteristics to attain the desired qualities in the sound.

Listen to the audio interview on Washington Bangla Radio.



New Aparna Sen Film "ITI MRINALINI" (2011) - Bengali Movie Review & Video Report from Premiere in Kolkata (WBRi Exclusive)

Calcutta, July 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Priya – the favourite destination for all cine houses of Kolkata for screening premiere shows, witnessed the first show of Iti Mrinalini – the latest venture by eminent director Aparna Sen (interview) produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. The director dedicated the premiere show to cinematographer of the film Late Somak Mukhopadhyay who passed away in an accident just before the film was completed.

The star-studded evening was attended by Aparna Sen herself, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Kaushik Sen, Locket Chatterjee (interview), Saheb Bhattacharya (interview), Srijit Mukhopadhyay (interview), Anupam Roy (interview), Sohag Sen, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Ananya Chatterjee (interview), Arijit Dutta, Anjan Dutta (interview), Moonmoon Sen, Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Mahendra Soni, Srikant Mohta among others.

Film Review - Iti Mrinalini

Anupam Roy & Aparna Sen at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini (C) WBRi Inc.
Anupam Roy & Aparna Sen at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini

Konkona Sen Sharma at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini (C) WBRi Inc.
Konkona Sen Sharma at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini

The film is a bit lengthy but has a strong story line with powerful acting by all. The music of the film is it's asset under the direction of Debjyoti Mishra, who successfully brings the true sprit of 60s and 70s. But we must emphasize the cinematography of the film. Somak did a excellent job! We missing you, Somak ...

Read the full Iti Mrinalini Bengali movie review, story / plot outline synopsis and watch an exclusive premiere event report video (and pictures).



Interview: Film-Maker Srijit Mukherji on Bengali Movie "BAISHE SRABON" & the Remarkable Journey of "AUTOGRAPH" (WBRi Exclusive)

BAISHE SRABON BENGALI MOVIE POSTER / WALLPAPER (High Quality)

Picture: Srijit Mukherji & Prosenjit ChatterjeeWashington DC, July 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Srijit Mukherji returns to our studios after exactly one year to chat with Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming 2nd Bengali feature film Baishe Shrabon and the remarkable response to his debut film Autograph. At the time of our last interview (audio available on-line here), Srijit was in the final stages of post-production of Autograph. Little did we know at that time that Autograph would go on to cause such an upheaval in Bengali cinema, winning an unprecedented 38 awards so far and setting a box-office performance record in recent times of an almost 4-month run!

At the time of this chit-chat with Srijit, he is wrapping up his 2nd feature film Baishe Shrabon which is at the final stages of post-production and almost ready to release around Durga Puja 2011.

"After Autograph, I wanted to make something that is diametrically opposite", says Srijit about his forthcoming film. "I have always been a thriller buff".

If Autograph were represented by a color, it would be feel-good white - or perhaps slightly grey. But Baishe Shrabon is going to be darker.

The script for Baishe Shrabon was written in 2008 (for a tele-film broadcast on STAR Jalsha Bengali TV channel owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation). Srijit is no stranger to the thriller - he has written and directed live drama (theater) productions like the English play "MINDGAMES", Bengali play "FELUDA FEROT" (a vision of Feluda's later days from the perspective of Feluda's arch enemy Maghanlal Meghraj), and the play "CHECKMATE", and worked as an assistant director with Anjan Dutta (interview) for Madly Bengali and Aparna Sen (interview) for Iti Mrinalini. Incidentally, Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini opened in theaters this weekend along with Riingo Banerjee's (interview) System.

With Baishe Shrabon, Srijit says he wanted to explore genres of the drama and the thriller, violence, and Bangla poetry. Indeed, the producers are using the words "musical thriller" for the film, the oxymoronic labeling adding to the anticipation!

The film-maker himself describes it as being about ...

Listen to the audio interview broadcast via on-demand service on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: Film Maker Riingo on New Bengali Movie SYSTEM (2011) - In one word: Underworld

Ringo BanerjeeTollywood writer-director Riingo on Saturday (30 July, 2011) attended the première of his new film on the Bengal underworld, ‘‘System’’. IBNS correspondent Arnab Chakraborty caught up with him before the show.

Note: Washington Bangla Radio's exclusive video interview with Riingo Banerjee and his wife Shiny is available here.


How would you describe ‘‘System’’ in one word?

Underworld.

How difficult was making this movie considering the fact that it's a completely new venture?

Well it was quite difficult. The shooting method and the style of filming  were very difficult.

You have received a lot of praises for your technical superiority in the past. What is different about this film considering the technical aspect?


Interview:Actor Indraneil Sengupta on New Tollywood Movie "SYSTEM" (2011): "An attempt to reach the level of a Hollywood"

[Indraneil Sengupta] After the roaring success of his recent Bengali films with some of the best directors in town, top model turned actor Indraneil Sengupta is a Tollywood hot property now. On Saturday (30 July, 2011) Indraneil's new film  "System" was premiered. IBNS correspondent Arnab Chakraborty caught up with him before the show for a little one on one chat.

Note: Washington Bangla Radio's Exclusive Audio Interview Broadcast with Indraneil is available here >


How would you describe “System”?

Baul History 101 Part 3: Tantra Mantra Yantra and Tantra as Sex

By Trishula Das


Editor's Note: This is part 3 of an exclusive history series on Bauls and Baul music of Bengal. Also read Part-1 and Part-2 which are authored by Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul. Check out our exclusive audio interview broadcast with Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul available on-demand here.

Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul is a Baul Guru, Master of Indian Folk, Classical, and Bollywood music. He has produced, promoted and composed for all the top Bollywood Indian Cinema's musican's and singers. He is the first Baul to compose Fusion Music, receive a modern education with a BA in Indian Philosophy, MA in Indian Music, the first Baul to live in North America. As a Music Director, Composer, for Indian Cinema for 30 years, he has composed over 150 scores, produced 44 albums. A prolific writer, poet, and author of 3 books on Bauls. He has been traveling the world promoting, teaching Lineage Baul for more than 40 years.He spent 12 years as a Vedic Monk with the Ramakrishna Order.


Indian Postage Stamp: Bengali Baul Mela

I was having a conversation with BabuKishan Das Baul this morning about this description of Bauls that says, "Many of them (Bauls) practice a type of psycho-physical manipulation or tantric yoga which emphasizes control of sexual union, the purpose of which is to enable the couple to achieve a break with phenomenal existence, to escape the endless cycle of death and regeneration, and to achieve a state of eternal stability or samadhi.

This practice involves the retention of semen during intercourse and ingestion of bodily secretions..."

This is not the focus of what a Baul is?? There is nothing wrong with this description of Sacred Sexuality, however, you will see this over and over again like a broken record as if this is the only focus, of what Baul is?.... There are many false things written about the Bauls and so many false Bauls, it is really difficult to get to the truth or to know who is a real Baul.

If this is all writers seem to write about Baul then Bauls will be extinct faster than thought. Baul is a beautiful ecsatic mystical lineage and most of the PHD holders took their research from this lineage given only a very limited point of view and now they are trying to teach the lineage Bauls what Baul is?? It takes years and years if not a lifetime to learn Baul philosophy, Baul songs, Baul poetry, Tantra and Yoga.. it is not simple or easy. Just as real Yoga is not simple or easy. The Tantra Bauls practice has nothing to do with the Neo Tantra of the West. It is a mystical shamanic Tantra. I call Bauls the Rasa Lila Mystics because they take the juice and hold it inside of themselves, they distill this juice only keeping the very best of all practices, they keep what works and grind and polish it into a beautiful play.

Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul



Interview: A Musical Evening with Lopamudra Mitra & Joy Sarkar (Video)

Lopamudra Mitra and Joy Sarkar at their residence

Washington DC, July 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In this musical video interview hosted by Soumitra Talukdar, acclaimed Bengali singer Lopamudra Mitra chats about her background, experience and musical career interspersed with songs in her golden voice. She is also joined by her husband Joy Sarkar. We are confident you will find the impromptu performances by two of the brightest stars of Bengali music mesmerizing.



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.