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Ashes in Flames - The Alt-Rock - Indian Classical Fusion Group from Kolkata: WBRi Feature

Ashed in FlamesKolkata, May 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ashes in Flames are a group of young and talented musicians from Calcutta, India consisting of talented individuals joining hands to make a different music together.It was formed in the year 2009 as an alternative-rock English band, but they approach nearly all genres of music. They now have given a different sound to their music by merging traditional Indian classical bandishes in different Ragas in their soulful original compositions creating a well crafted vocal fusion in their songs. They have released this genre and are still working on this sound. Read all about the promising Kolkata band and listen to their songs online.

Interview: Film-Maker Madhubanti Mukherjee on Her Directorial Debut "60 ML" (Bengali, 2011)

poster: 60 mlCalcutta, May 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Once when Madhubanti Mukherjee was in her early teens, her father took her to the theater to watch a Hollywood film, and happened to mention to her that the cinematographer of that film was a woman. Today, Madhubanti is a rapidly upcoming cinematographer herself, and is now directing her own film titled 60 ML which will be released under the banner of Out Of Box Entertainment of Kolkata shortly.

Interview: Dr. Debapriya Mallick Urges Non-Resident Bengalis to Get Involved in Re-building West Bengal

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Washington DC, May 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dr. Debapriya Mullick is a greatly respected philanthropist well known for regularly and selflessly volunteering for assistance of the people of West Bengal during times of natural and man-made calamities. A medical doctor himself, he has been involved in establishing various health-care facilities and hospitals across West Bengal and is associated with a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serving people facing various challenges all over the state. Among numerous instances of Dr Mallick jumping in to help, his spontaneous contribution towards assisting the victims after the March 14, 2007 bloodbath at Nandigram and natural disasters like the devastating floods of the Sunderbans after the 2009 hurricane Aila are particularly remarkable.

Dr. Debapriya Mallick is also the elder brother of Jyotipriya Mallick, lawyer and erstwhile Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Gaighata, Barasat, West Bengal, now the Minister of Food and Food Supply in the newly elected All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) government of West Bengal lead by Mamata Banerjee as the Chief Minister.

Patriotism and a desire to serve the country and it's people runs in their family. Their father was the famous freedom fighter Saktipada Mallick.

In this informal chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Dr Mallick talks about how he was operating in a hospital when the firing happened at Nandigram, and he had to leave directly from the operation theater to the region. The journey itself was unpleasant due to derogatory comments being continually made, but eventually Dr Mallick and his team managed to set up camps and start treating almost 4,000 residents injured in police firing and physical abuse. He talks about Sonachura and how they could somehow establish a health-care facility on the 2nd floor of a building housing a bank - a facility which itself came into attack multiple times, including a particularly venomous one on the 10th of November by muscle-men who also destroyed an ambulance as well. This health-center was eventually named "Shahid Smriti Shwastho Kendro" by the local people honoring the martyrs. It took about nine months for things to stabilize to an extent that the team could finally withdraw.

About Singur, Dr Mallick says the challenges were significant there too, but slightly less than Nandigram since Singur is located close to national highway and thus doctors and nurses had easier access.

Dr Mallick also touches upon the challenges immediately after cyclone Aila struck and how it took around two years to approach a sense of normality across the vast number of affected villages and their people. The conversation continues on many other subjects relevant in today's West Bengal - listen to the complete on-demand audio broadcast on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Rishi Kaushik - Bengali Film and TV Actor Talks About Ekhane Akash Neel, Abohoman, Kranti etc. & His Upcoming Films

[Bengali Movie & TV Serial Hero Rishi Kaushik]Calcutta, May 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actor Rishi Kaushik is well-known in Bengal for his role of Ujaan, hero of the popular Star Jalsa Television series “Ekhane Akash Neel”.

After "Ekdin Pratidin", Rishi was offered quite a few roles in Bengali feature films. He has appeared as a rural school teacher Joydeep in Tarun Majumdar's "Chander Bari" (2007) [buy Bengali film DVD in USA], costarring Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik, Babul Supriyo, Koel Mullick, Laboni Sarkar, Haradhan Bannerjee, Locket Chatterjee and others with music by Arundhati-Shibaji.

Wanting to experiment, Rishi appeared as the antagonist in Riingo Banerjee's (interview) Kranti (2002) [DVD release] with Jeet, Swastika Mukherjee, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Vidyarthi, Alaknanda Roy, Bodhisattva Mazumdar, Locket Chatterjee, Biswanath Bose, Raja Chatterjee etc. and music by Riingo himself. His performance in Kranti won him a BFJA Most Promising Actor award.

Rishi has appeared in a well-appreciated role against Ananya Chatterjee in Rituparno Ghosh's Abohoman (Blu-Ray - DVD) along with Dipankar Dey, Riya Sen, Mamata Shankar, Jishu Sengupta etc. featuring music by 21 Grams.

Listen to Rishi Kaushik chat about his background, career, films, TV shows and upcoming projects.

Interview: Tollywood Actress Nusrat Jahan Talks About Bengali Movie "Shatru" Co-Starring Jeet and her Background and Experience

Germantown, MD, May 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) She is a quintessential Bengali girl, pursuing her Bacherlor's degree in Commerce. She likes to wear new dresses and walk the ramp and enjoys doing so. One day in 2010 she gathered her confidence and went out to the ramp with the primary goal of having a good time. She ended up winning the Fair One Miss Kolkata crown!

Meet the wonderful young lady Nusrat Jahan as Arijit Chakraborty chats with her on WBRi. Make no mistake - there is hard work, dedication and talent in the humble and polite girl that has carried her to the role of the heroine in her debut feature film - the Tollywood Bengali movie "Shatru". She can hardly believe she has actually completed a film directed by Raj Chakraborty opposite the popular hero Jeet !

Shotru (Bengali, 2011) Poster 1
Shotru (Bengali, 2011) Poster 1
Shotru (Bengali, 2011) Poster 3
Shotru (Bengali, 2011) Poster 3

Interview: Neal Whittle - Author, "HOWZAAAAAT!" - Everything About the Game of Life can be Learned from the Game of Cricket

[Neal Whittle]Washington, DC, May 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Neal Whittle, author of Howzaaaaat!, chats with Marian Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio from Sydney, Australia. Born in Wimbledon, London, UK to anglo-Indian parents from Hyderabad, India, and living in Sydney from age 11, Whittle naturally has a remarkable insight into cross-cultural diversity at a personal level. A computer technologist by profession, Whittle finally gave in to his heart's call of trying his hand at writing when his mother passed away suddenly, and the result is Howzaaat! - a book that has received rave reviews and a response that is amazing to witness.

Listen to the audio interview.

Interview: Bengali Actress ARPITA MUKHERJEE On Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath & her films

[Bengali Actress Arpita Mukherjee]Washington, DC, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with Bengali film actress Arpita Mukherjee in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India where Arpita is shooting for one of her upcoming films. We have previously watched Arpita in director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa and Jeena The Endless Love (Buy Bengali Film DVD in USA) co-starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee and Indrani Haldar, and her latest film Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath also directed by Sanghamitra opened in theaters in Kolkata a few days ago marking the first film release commemorating Gurudev's 150th birth anniversary. Arpita has also appeared in Tollywood Bengali films like Mama-Bhagne, Haranath Chakraborty's Jor Jar Muluk Tar (DVD) and quite a few Odiya movies.

Arpita's ongoing film projects at this time include a Bengali love-story directed by Dayal Acharya (of Lajja - The Shame (Bengali, 2010) fame) and a film in Odiya.

Interview: Tollywood Actor Souryadeep Ghosh on "Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath" (2011) and Forthcoming Hindi & Bengali Movies

[Bengali Actor Souryadeep Ghosh]Washington, DC, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul talks to Souryadeep Ghosh in this audio interview with young upcoming actor from Kolkata. Souryadeep debuted in the world of Bengali cinema with a role of an assistant art director in award-winning film-maker Atanu Ghosh's (interview) Angshumaner Chobi, and subsequently appeared in Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa. He plays a lead role in Sanghamitra's docu-feature Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath that recently premiered in Kolkata on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birthday.

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

Interview: Suvrajyoti and Tanusree Bandopadhyay of Sabita Kala Sangam Working in Support of Performing Arts of Bengal

Calcutta, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sabita Kala Sangam was established in 1997 by Suvrajyoti and his wife Tanusree Bandopadhyay who herself is a well known  singer of Rabindra Sangeet, with the inspiration of the Rabindra Sangeet exponent Late Sri Subinoy Roy. The prime objective was to promote various forms of performing arts and cultural activities like music, songs, dance, recitations, etc. and bring forward talented artists in these genres.

Lately the organization is working on various projects to highlight the rich heritage of India. One such show, a musical dance drama Lopamudra based on the romantic story of Hindu saint Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra received considerable appreciation both from viewers and critics.

A scene from "Lopamudra" Bengali Musical Dance Drama presented live by Sabita Kala Sangam
A scene from "Lopamudra" Dance Drama

Watch our exclusive video interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Director Agnishwar Mukherjee Talks About Bengali Short Film "A"

[Agnishwar Mukherjee]"A" Bengali Short FilmWashington, DC, May 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with film-maker Agnishwar Mukherjee in Kolkata to record this audio interview. Agnishwar is making a short film titled "A".

An Out Of Box Entertainment presentation, "A" is in some ways an experimental film exploring human psychology and stars Malay Ghosh, Satpal, Neha Gupta & Sanjoy Saha.

Interview: Gautam Barat - Tollywood's Top Poster Designer Reminds Us of Importance of the Poster as Representation of the Film

[GOUTAM BARAT Poster Designer]Washington D.C., May 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gautam Barat is the premier professional poster designer for Bengali films for over 30 years. Gautam talks to Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio in this intimate, informal and candid interview about his career in poster design, aspects of designing posters, the film industry, changing trends and much more.

Gautam has designed over 600 posters so far, and his recent work includes films by producers like Shree Venkatesh and Eskay Films and films like Bhorer Alo, Unish Kurir Galpo , Ogo Bideshini, Moner Manush and so on.

Interview: Pouroosh Sorcar (P C Sorcar Master) Talks About Magic & Bengali Movie "Baaj"

[Actor Magician Pouroosh Sorcar, P C Sorcar Master]Washington D.C., May 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Pouroosh Sorcar, the famous Magician P C Sorcar Master, chats with Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio about his background, experience, magic shows, Bengali film Baaj (2011) and many other topics the day before he left for Chennai for a multi-month Magic show.

Pouroosh is the only grandson of Jadoo Samrat P. C. Sorcar Sr., son of P. C. Sorcar Young, and goes by the stage name P. C. Sorcar Master. He learned magic from his father. Along with his profession as a magician, he has also recently entered into the world of Bangla movies.

In this informal but candid talk, Pouroosh touches on the challenges of being a live performer and invariably facing technical difficulties, and believes that how one faces these moments truly defines a magician's personality.

Sounak Chattopadhyay in Toronto: Interview

[Sounak at the National Mall, Washington DC]Washington, DC, May 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sounak Chattopadhyay, one of the brightest shining stars of the young generation of contemporary Indian Classical vocal artists who is also known for his sterling presentation of Rabindra Sangeet, was recently in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to perform at the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School on St.Andrews Blvd. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Sounak in Toronto in this wonderful chit-chat with the young maestro, a performance of special significance to Sounak because he is himself an alumnus of the famous Don Bosco school of Kolkata at Park Circus.

Sounak speaks to Washington Bangla Radio from Toronto and sings a few lines for us.

Interview: Anupam Roy - The New Music Star of Tollywood Bengali Cinema

[Anupam Roy]Calcutta, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) He was very shy in childhood but he used to communicate through music even then. From his early days he likes to eat, drink and sleep music. When he was very young, this brilliant student sang songs of Rabindranath Tagore at different cultural functions as well as in school. Now he is the new icon of Bengali Music for his lyrics, composition and definitely singing. Meet music director Anupam Roy whose composition “Amake Amaar Moto Thakte Dao” from the film Autograph has broken many records in Bengal’s music History.

Listen to Anupam Roy speak to Subhomoy Mukherjee on Washington Bangla Radio.

Ganer Adda - The Bengali Band from Mumbai: Interview & Live Performances

Washington DC, April 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) An upcoming Band group named GANER ADDA at J B Nagar, Andhery East Mumbai , where Soumitra Talukdar on behalf of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Rohit Roy, Bob and Mayuk Sarkar (Tipu) with their  live musical extempore performances at their workshop.

Watch the video-feature and listen to Ganer Adda on Washington Bangla Radio.