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Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in AVATAR - A meeting of Celestial Strings (Live Concert Audio Recording)

Calcutta, March 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Siddha presented Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in Avatar - Meeting of Celestial Strings, a live concert on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Calcutta School of Music at 7 pm Indian time. The concept of Avatar was "If God manifests before man, his shape and form or Avatar, will be music."

To explore this celestial reincarnation, Grammy nominee Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, the pioneer creator and inventor of Indian slide guitar, chose the medium of divine celestial strings, his Trinity of Guitars – the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, a family of new generation slide guitars.

The accompanists for Pandit Bhattacharya are international classical and acoustic guitar virtuosos Johannes Möller of Sweden, Nutavut Ratanakarn of Thailand and Matthias Muller of Germany. Mike McCormick of Canada on Electric Guitar and Nishad Pandey of Australia on Western Classical Guitar ably assist them. The Indian musicians in this heavenly parade are Biplaw Singh on Western Classical Guitar, Subhashish Bhattacharya on Tabla, Mainak “Bumpy” Nagchowdhury on Bass Guitar, Somranjan Chakraborty on Anandi (the third eye of the Trinity of Guitars), Soumyajyoti Ghosh on Bansuri, Raja Mukherjee on Western Violin, Charu Hariharan on Mridangam and Sambit Chatterjee on Western Drums. These musicians have collaborated for a week, creating new compositions based on Indian Ragas, Western Classical Music and Thai Music.

Read all about the concert and the musicians and listen to audio clips online on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio broadcast service.



Sreelekha Mitra talks about Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya and her films 7 days, Uro Chithi, Kalidas O Chemistry, Mondo Meye Bhalo Meye

[Sreelekha in Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya Hindi Film Poster]Michigan, USA, March 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sreelekha Mitra is a remarkable actress and a widely known name in the worlds of Bengali and Indian cinema, television and advertisement. Her memorable performances in award winning films like Mondo meyer upakhhan (DVD), Kantatar (DVD), Tolly Lights (DVD), Smiriti Medur are just to name a few.

Sreelekha kindly spared some time out of her busy schedule to talk to Bidisha on WBRi. We are confident you will spend a wonderful time listening to Sreelekha talk about herself, her recent Hindi film Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya and other upcoming films.


Bengali actress Rupanjana Mitra talks about her films and TV shows : Interview

[Rupanjana Mitra]Germantown, MD, March 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of WBRi, Soumitra Talukdar talks to Bengali actress Rupanjana Mitra in an intimate and exclusive video interview.

Daughter of Gautam and Sukla Mitra (WBRi nterview), Rupanjana is working in the television and film fraternity since the year 2000. The actress made her debut in the television serial ‘Beauty Parlor’, and then played Binodini in the TV serial ‘Chokher Bali’.

Since 2000, Rupanjana has portrayed more than 60 characters in various television serials, telefilms and films, and has anchored many game shows for popular television channels (ETV Bangla, ZEE Bangla, Rupashi Bangla, STAR Jalsha and more).

Rupanjana has worked with almost all the eminent directors of the industry, and  with all reputed production houses of the Bengali Television and Film industry (popularly known as Tollywood) that includes Ravi Ojha Productions, Shree Venkatesh Films, Jishu Dasgupta Productions, T Sarkar Productions, Balaji and many more.

The actress does not want to be a part of the rat-race and try for the numero uno spot among the stars. She believes in her talent and showcases her skills, and is happy as long as she can keep the artiste within her alive with positive thoughts.

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Rupanjana's is particularly fond of her performances as Binodini (Chokher Bali), Tamalika (Janmabhumi), Taposhi  (Pratikkha Ektu Bhalobashar), Paromita  (Eyi To Jibon),  Lisa   (Ek No Mess Bari), Mita (Jaya), Niki Bose (Tithir Atithi), Anushree (Meghbalika), Mohini (Ek Akasher Niche), Manjari (Khela), Aratrika (Krishnakali Tareyi Boli), Neela (Durga), Shanoka (Behula) and so on. She has enjoyed hosting game shows like Shoshur Bari Bonam Baper Bari, Utsaber Shera Paribar, Nacho To Dekhi and more.

Watch the video interview with Rupanjana Mitra exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.



Buddhadev Chattopadhayay - Indian Classical Flute (Bansuri) Maestro: Exclusive Interview & Extempore Live Performance

Buddhadev Chattopadhayay - North Indian Classical Instrumental-Flute (BANSURI)Calcutta, March 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio, Soumitra Talukdar speaks to the renowned exponent of the bansuri (bamboo flute), Sangeet Praveen, gold medalist, Sri Buddhadev Chattopadhayay in a video interview also incorporating an extempore classical flute recital that you will love.

In his early childhood, Buddhadev took his vocal training in classical music from his uncle late Pratikinath Chattopadhayay who was a direct disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri.

Listen to an informal and intimate interview with the remarkable flautist and watch him create magic with the instrument on-the-fly on Washington Bangla Radio.


Actor Samadarshi Dutta talks about BHOOTER BHOBISHYOT, AMI ADU, APARICHITA and other Bengali Movies - Interview

[Samadarshi Dutta]Germantown, Maryland, March 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tollywood actor Samadarshi Dutta talks to Arijit Chakraborty on WBRi in this informal and candid audio interview.

The emergence of Samadarshi as an actor is not a coincidence - Samadarshi has always been passionate about acting. Pursuing his keen interest and passion early on, Samadarshi played a nuymber of roles on stage in theater productions, as well as Television shows for a couple of months. Soon, he appeared in a hugely competitve selection test for an acting course at the renowned Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. This course was shut down in 1976 but was revived in 2004, and Samadarshi is glad he was selected.


Producer Mayukh Chatterjee (Purple Motion Pictures) Talks About STREET LIGHT (2011), SAPATH and more Bengali Movies - Interview

[Cast & Crew of Tollywood Movie STREET LIGHT (STREETLIGHT) At Audio Launch]Michigan, USA, March 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mayukh Chatterjee's organization, Purple Motion Pictures, is the producer of the Bengali film ‘Streetlight’ - he is a managing partner of Purple Music Company and Purple Motion Pictures in Kolkata. He spoke to WBRi about their recent films, about his company’s future projects and about the current music industry.

His company Purple Music, one of the leading music companies in Kolkata, has acquired the audio rights of 52 Bengali films in the year 2009-10.This lead the partners of the music company to think of venturing into production of films. In 2010 they decided to go for their first film project and the announcement of this was made on 24th of July 2010.


"I will direct another film this year" Arjun Chakraborty talks about Bengali movies STREET LIGHT, ALBUM, his past & future work


[ARJUN CHAKRABORTY]Michigan, USA, March 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) For over 25 years Arjun Chakraborty has been a bright star in the skies of Cinema (both Hindi & Bengali), Rabindrasangeet, theater and direction.  He has worked with quite a few renowned and respected film makers in the industry, K Balachander, Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha just to name a few  and today he is also a known name in the world of Rabindrasangeet. Arjun-da talks to Bidisha on WBRi and shares some of his experiences and his thoughts on his forthcoming Bengali movies STREET LIGHT and ALBUM with our listeners and readers.

About his childhood /teenage days and entry into films:

"I was born in a remote village of Rajasthan; my father was a doctor who was keen on social service and had moved to this part of the country to serve the people and his country. I grew up with nature, amid fields, sands, horse and camel rides. Kites and water from the wells was a part of life….it was a very different kind of childhood from all other Bengali boys of my age. When I was ready for college, I wanted to study science and took admission in Maharana Bhopal College of Udaipur. The projection room of the college was a big draw for all the students where films were screened. When a few 18 year olds met, the debate on films would reach its height. A friend had challenged me to make a film myself and then prove my arguments ...

Listen to Arjun-da chat informally with Bidisha about his illustrious career in films and music, his current movies STREET LIGHT and ALBUM and his forthcoming projects exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.



Tollywood Actor Ritwick Chakraborty Talks About Bengali Films NECKLACE, BAKITA BEKTIGOTO and other movies

[NECKLACE (2011) Bengali Movie Poster]Michigan, USA, March 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ritwick Chakraborty is a known name in the current world of Bengali cinema. His performance in films like cross connection, smriti medur and necklace has left deep impressions on the minds of the audience. Today, we have him in our Michigan studios and he has kindly agreed to talk to WBRi about his films.

Listen to Ritwick Chakraborty in this exclusive audio interview broadcast on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: Award-Winning Director Aniruddha Roychowdhury Talks About Bengali Film APARAJITA TUMI (2011)

Michigan, March 2, 2011: Mr Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury is a respected name in the World of Cinema. His first two films Anuranan (resonance) and Antaheen (the endless wait) have been widely accepted by the audience worldwide and have even been bestowed the national film award in India. His films talk about life and human relationships that people from all spheres of life can relate to…today, Mr. Roychowdhury or Tony da, as he is lovingly called by all, has kindly agreed to spare a couple of minutes from his busy schedule and talk about his upcoming film Aparajita (the undefeated) to WBRi.


Interview:Director Sukla Mitra & Music Director Gautam Mitra on Bengali films TEEN TANAYA, NAUKADUBI, CHOKHER BALI & ROBIR ALOYE

[Bengali Film-maker SHUKLA MITRA in Calcutta]March 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sukla Mitra, director, and Gautam Mitra, music director of Teen Tanaya (Bengali, 2011) appear in this live conversation with Arijit Chakraborty for WBRi.

Sukla Mitra has narrativised Rabindranath Tagore's short stories and novellas for a long time, including Chokher Bali, Noukadubi, and a set of three telefilms in a series titled Robir Aloy. Ms. Mitra had been thinking of creating and directing Teen Tanaya - based on three of Tagore's poems - for about 3 years. Many of Tagore's short stories have been presented on TV, but rarely of his poems. For Teen Tanaya, Ms. Mitra created 35 to 40 minutes on film for each poem. She had initial concerns about how to narrativize the poems, but once she decided to focus on creating a simple and accessible picture story, the script was not hard to develop at all, particularly because Tagore's writing itself is so picturesque.

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



Tollywood Hero Saurav talks about debut Bengali movie PIRITI KATHALER ATHA (2011) - Interview

[New Tollywood Hero SAURAV in Debut Film PIRITI KHATHALER ATHA]Germantown, MD, Feb 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Saurav plays the lead role in his debut Bangla film, Piriti Kanthaler Atha (2011). The movie has been a big hit in Kolkata. In an exclusive interview for WBRi, Saurav talks with Arijit Chakraborty.

Piriti Kanthaler Atha is produced by Niranjan Mistry and released under the banner of Arati Chitram 2009. The film is directed by Reshmi Mitra (interview) of Bhalobasha Zindabad fame and stars Saurav, Riddhima, Debika Mukherjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Shakuntala Barua and others. Malay Bandopadhyay (interview) has written the story, screenplay and dialog of the film. The Bengali film songs are penned by Gautam Susmit and music is by Pinak Bhattacharya. The film released in theaters across Kolkata on Feb 18, 2011.


Singer Bisakh Jyoti - Saregamapa Singing Superstar Finalist From Kolkata (Interview)

Bisakh Jyoti Majumdar - Bengali Singer From KolkataWashington DC, Feb 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bisakhjyoti Majumdar - who is popularly known as Bisakh Jyoti - is a rapidly upcoming song writer, music composer, music director and singer from Calcutta. Bisakh Jyoti is the playback singer for the title song of Bollywood superhit film No Problem (2010), which was also his first Bollywood venture. He was the 2007 Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa second runner up and the 2010 Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2nd runner-up, and the only Bengali singer in that contest to make it to the top three among the hundreds of thousands of contestants. Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi chats with Bisakhjyoti in this interview with Washington Bangla Radio.


Interview: Danseuse-Actress Soumili Biswas (Teen Tanaya, Sudhu Tomake Chai, Kanchanbabu) talks about her career in Bengali films

[Bengali Actress Soumili Biswas]Washington DC, Feb 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Soumili Biswas is an established dancer and actress currently working out of Tollywood (the Calcutta Bengali film industry). Aalo (DVD), her first feature film, was released in 2003. Her acting career, however, started when she a 9th grade student with Shimarekha  - a television serial. Other credits include hosting Syllabus-e Nei, a non-fiction TV program aired on Tara Bangla channel, and Bengali movies like Gerakol (DVD), Sangram (DVD), Bajimat (DVD), Agnisapath, U-Turn, Agnisakkhi, and most recently Teen Tanaya, a one-film trilogy based on Rabindranath Tagore's poems, in which she plays the role of Camellia. At the time of this post, at least two more of her films are in the final stages before release.

Arijit Chakraborty talks to Soumili in this informal chit-chat with the beautiful and talented Bengali actress on Washington Bangla Radio.

Here are a few more pictures of Soumili.

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Director Reshmi Mitra talks about Bengali films Pirit Kathaler Atha, Mon Rage Onurage, Ektu Ushnotar Jonno (Interview)

[Tollywood Bengali Kolkata Film Piriti Khataler Atha Poster]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Reshmi Mitra chats with Arijit Chakraborty in a live interview for WBRi. Ms. Mitra talks about her movies, prior work, and future plans. Of her previous movies, her incomplete dream “Char Odhdhay” based on the acclaimed story by Rabindranath Tagore is still the closest to her heart. Her previous movie, Bhalobasha Zindabad was satisfying to make because of its novelty and its realistic flavor. Her docu-features on Pramathesh Barua, Salil Chaudhury, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, junior artists in the movie business, and eunuchs have moved people, and herself, and remain some of her favorites.

Piriti Kanthaler Atha, her latest movie is getting rave reviews in Kolkata. Ms. Mitra attributes this to its appeal to the current, young generation because of the combination of its entertainment factor, original story line, freshness, realistic flavor, and relatability. The fight sequences are exquisitely coordinated and CG (computer graphics) is used effectively. Created by the famous fight master (action director) from Mumbai, Andali Pathan (who has directed action sequences for heroes like Akshay Kumar and Govinda), they have a fancy-ness (“chamak”) to them, while the songs, directed by Indian classical instrumental Santoor artist Pinak Bhattacharya are classical-based and sequenced according to the story line. The lyrics of the songs are penned by Gautam Sushmit.

Listen to Reshmi Mitra talk about her films via Washington Bangla Radio free on-demand audio broadcast service.



Interview: Film-maker Anindo Banerjee on Bengali Movie CHAPLIN (2011)

[ANINDYA BANERJEE - Tollywood Calcutta Bengali Movie CHAPLIN]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Anindo Banerjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate chit-chat and presents us with a colorful sketch of his fascinating journey from the hallowed classrooms of Jadavpur University to the Bengali film Chaplin and beyond.

Listen to the free online radio broadcast of the interview exclusively from Washington Bangla Radio.