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

Interview | Director of ITI MRINALINI (Bengali, 2011) APARNA SEN Talks About "The Japanese Wife"

World-renowned actress-director Aparna Sen is about to release her eagerly awaited Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2011).

Aparna Sen's The Japanese Wife Movie PosterDevasish Ray, Director, Databazaar Media Ventures talks to Ms. Aparna Sen, internationally acclaimed film-maker and director of The Japanese Wife live on Washington Bangla Radio. This telephone interview was broadcast live on Washington Bangla Radio at 7 AM Eastern US time on April 8, 2010. Written by Kunal Basu (buy the book online), produced by Saregama, edited by Rabiranjan Maitra, music by Sagar Desai, camera by Anay Goswamy, the film's star cast includes Rahul Bose, Chigusa Takaku (Kurianesu), Raima Sen, and Moushumi Chatterjee. In Bengali-English-Japanese-Hindi, it was filmed in Kolkata and Sunderbans in India and Yokohama, Tsukuba and Ibaraki in Japan. Takaku reportedly did not know any English and the crew had to talk to her through an interpreter on the sets. Its tag-line is “A love poem”.

Listen to the interview audio via on-demand service free online from Washington Bangla Radio.

Farid Bangabashi - Music Composer, Music Director, Lyricist and Singer from Chittagong, Bangladesh

Farid BangabashiFarid Bangabashi is a contemporary composer, song-writer and singer from Bangladesh. Primarily a music composer, Farid is the founder of Munalisa Music, Bangladesh.

Farid composes music for various artists in Bangladesh using world-clsss composition software and tools including Steinberg Nuendo, Reason, FL Studio, Stylus RMX.

Listen to Farid Bangashi's songs on our on-demand radio broadcast as well live online internet radio stream.

My Father - My Guru : Sourabh Goho writes about his father Pandit Jyoti Goho



Pandit Jyoti Goho and Sourabh Goho
Pandit Jyoti Goho and Sourabh. Image courtesy: Sourabh Goho

Mar 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rapidly rising North Indian Classical Tabla instrumentalist Sourabh Goho writes about his renowned father and Classical Harmonium exponent Pandit Jyoti Goho, his Guru Pandit Shankar Ghosh, and shares his on-going experience in apprenticeship of Indian Classical Music as a young disciple in the timeless traditions. A worthy son and a capable disciple, Sourabh expresses his gratitude and respect to his parents and his Guru. Washington Bangla Radio is honored to have previously published Melodic Musings - a biographical writing by Pandit Jyoti Goho himself, and also a feature on Sourabh Goho.

Exclusive Interview | Film Maker Suman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga) on actor Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) - Video

Bengali Movie Director Shuman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga)Mar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay cast powerful character actor Subrata Dutta in a lead role in the critically acclaimed and successful film Chaturanga (2008). In this close, personal and informal video interview, Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to director Suman Mukhopadhyay. Suman Mukherjee talks about Subrata Dutta's role and contribution to the film.

People usually say that persons from small townships of Bengal cannot achieve the desired level, only Calcuttans deserve this. But it is not true always. If somebody is prodigy, he has the zeal, he has the dream, he has the courage, he should hit the Bull’s eye. We can take the example of Subrata Dutt, who born and brought up at Bankura, a small city in West Bengal bit far from Kolkata but right now a promising hero of Indian cinema. He was a student of Zoology at Bankura.

Before completing his 10th standard examination, he never considered even watching films seriously. After seconary school, he started watching films - all sorts of movies. From this time, he casually started to work as a prompter with Jatra troupes – a traditional theatre format. But even then he did not have any idea regarding theater or film nor about acting as a career seriously at that time. After completing Senior school, he has started thinking of acting instead of a prompter but not at a professional level. Subrat Dutt, as he is known in Bollywood, always thought of landing a good job, better to say a stereotypical career like most Bengali middle Class guys.

So after graduation, he enrolled in a MBA course in Kolkata. But at the same time, he started to consider acting as a career. That time, in 1991, he learnt about a workshop by the prestigious National School of Drama at Behrampore, West Bengal. That time he was not aware about the import and fame of the NSD but he was attracted by the names of workshop coordinators, none other than Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. He applied at, and to his surprise, got selected for the Workshop.

That was the turning point in his life - the workshop paved his path for a full time course in NSD which helped the actor to groom himself to achieve the best. When he was in NSD, due to his superb skills, he performed lead roles for almost all the productions.

Then he came to know of a scholarship offered by the British council, he applied and got the chance to be trained in London.

In those days, he came in the touch with Manoj Bajpayee, another NSD graduate, and completed then Super-Hit Hindi film “Satya” by Ram Gopal Verma [buy dvd online] with J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpai, Saurabh Shukla, and started to think of fulfillment of his dream by entering Bollywood.

NSD helped him groom as a complete actor. He is also very gifted and he knows to differentiate his acting skills for different media (film and stage). That’s why he never faces any problem to act both in theater and cinema simultaneously and also successfully. Subrata Dutta is very versatile and ready to take challenges - so he is comfortable to act both as hero and villain and both in parallel art-house and commercial movies. He does not have any problem to adjust his time between Tollywood and Bollywood though he started his journey to Tollywood later. He is well known in both the sectors and successful wherever he acts.

Heroines from all ages and from established to new comers are working with him and he is equally flexible and comfortable with all of them.

We can describe him as “made for films based on writings by Rabindranath Tagore” as he already worked in three movies in different languages based on stories by Tagore. Subrata Dutta has accepted the challenge to act in the role of Villain Sandip in the adaptation of Tagore’s Ghare Baire (DVD), once played by living legend Soumitro Chatterjeev directed by another legend Late Satyajit Ray.

According to Subrata Dutta, he does not have any problem to do bold scenes in front of camera if the script demands so, and to do films based on controversial novels if they are enriched literally. That’s why he played the lead role in the film “Bibar” aka Calcutta Unabashed (Bengali Movie DVD Release Online) with Tannishtha Chatterjee, based on the novel of the same title by Late Samaresh Bose which raised controversy in the sixties.

Currently Subrata Dutta is the hero in films by two great directors, Anjan Das in Bengali (film: Achin Pakhi) and Ram Gopal Verma in Hindi (film: Rakta Charitra).

He has already been honored with two international awards. Washington Bangla Radio wishes him all success in future.

Exclusive Interview | Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) Award Winning Indian Bollywood and Bengali Movie Actor

Actor Subrata Dutta (Subrat Dutt)Mar 25, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukheree, Washington Bangla Radio: Subrata Datta, known as Subrat Dutt in Mumbai, is a powerful award-winning character actor appearing in parallel, art-house as well as commercial films. Subrata talks to Washington Bangla Radio in an intimate and informal interview.

Watch Subrata Dutta talking about his fascinating experiences in Indian Cinema.

Interview - Purbayan Chatterjee - The young Sitar maestro and founder of Shastriya Syndicate

Purbayan ChatterjeeMar 24, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukherjee, Washington Bangla Radio:

Purbayan Chatterjee is a highly acclaimed world-class contemporary North Indian Classical Instrumental Sitar player and founder of the modern Indian Classical band Shastriya Syndicate with Veenai Jayanthi (Veena), Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla), Rakesh Chaurasia (Bamboo Flute), Murad Ali (Sarangi), Pramath Kiran (Percussion) and Satish Patri (Mridangam). Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi talks to Purbayan in an informal and intimate interview.

Watch the video interview of Purbayan Chatterjee - a WBRi Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.

Melodic Musings - by Pandit Jyoti Goho | WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive Feature

Pandit Jyoti Goho

Melodic Musings

by Pandit Jyoti Goho

The famous North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Harmonium exponent Pundit Jyoti Goho writes about his transformation from a singer to an accompanist.

More than 3 decades ago I used to learn vocal music from Pandit A. Kanan. He was a very popular teacher and his Bakul Bagan home in south Kolkata, which was a regular haunt of many a famous musician. One day, when Guruji (teacher) had gone out for a break, I started playing the harmonium. He heard it from outside and must have recognized some potential, as he encouraged me to play the harmonium with him and since then I have had the good fortune of accompanying many a musician of eminence ...

Interview - Riingo Banerjee রিঙ্গো ব্যানার্জী - Kolkata Bengali Film-Maker | RINGO BANERJEE is director of JODI EKDIN

Kolkata Bengali Movie writer-director Riingo Banerjee with 
wife ShinyMar 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) An exclusive and intimate interview with Riingo Banerjee. Popular Bengali movie writer-director Riingo Banerjee has delivered successful Tollywood Bangla films like Kranti (2002) [Buy DVD Online] starring Jeet, Swastika Mukherjee, Rishi Kaushik, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Vidyarthi; LOVE (2008) [DVD] starring Jishu Sengupta, Koel Mullick, George Baker, Chaitali Dasgupta and music by Jeet Ganguly; the Bengali children's movie Neel Rajar Deshe (2008) [DVD] starring Indrani Haldar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajesh Sharma with music by Bikram Ghosh; and Risk (2009). His latest film Jodi Ekdin (2010) has a release date of April 16, 2010.

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee spent a wonderful relaxed time with Riingo and his wife Shiny. In the following video, watch an informal Riingo talk about his career, his foray into films, his thoughts about the movies he has made so far, and his vision about the future. Riingo also discusses his new film Jodi Ekdin starring Indraneil Sengupta and Priyanka Sarkar in lead roles with music by Joy Sarkar and lyrics by Anindya Chatterjee and Chandril of Bengali band "Chandrabindoo". Jodi Ekdin is produced by Orion Entertainment, a partner of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio, and will be released in the USA by Databazaar Media Ventures on Netflix, Amazon.com, Best Buy and so on.

Bangla Natok : Pagla Ghora Bengali Play Directed by Amol Palekar and five other productions in Theater Festival in USA

Amol Palekar - Image (C) Rediff IndiaMar 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The New Jersey based theater group Epic Actors' Workshop will perform the Bangla Natok (Bengali play) Pagla Ghora (The Crazy Horse) directed by acclaimed Indian cinema and theater icon Amol Palekar on April 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Auditorium, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Maryland.

The Pagla Ghoda performance is one of six stage plays that will be performed in a two-day Theater Festival organized by Natya Bharati (www.natyabharati.org)  as a part of their Grand 25th Anniversary Celebration event, marking 25 years of excellence in Theater. The theme of the event is "bringing the community together through theater".

Get complete event details and buy tickets.

Acclaimed Danseuse Anurekha Ghosh promoting Indian Classical Kathak Dance and Choreography Across The World

Anurekha Ghosh Dance Company Kathak Program
Anurekha Ghosh Kolkata Premiere Event Poster - click to zoom in

Anurekha Ghosh is an accomplished Indian Classical Kathak Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Anurekha Ghosh & Company, UK.

Born to a new generation of dancers and choreographers, BBC award winning Anurekha Ghosh is an inevitable name in the world of Indian (Kathak) dance. She has shown her excellence in Choreography.  Anurekha is based in United Kingdom.  Her technique and style is a combination of “tradition and modernity”. 

In October 2009 Anurekha was invited by Her Majesty The Queen at the Buckingham Palace, London and The British Prime Minister – Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, to celebrate the extraordinary talent and contribution of British Asian Artists in the world.

The danseuse and her troop will present Kolkata with their Premiere Performance on 17th March 2010 at 6:30 PM at Purbashree Auditorium, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201, Salt Lake City (Near AMRI Hospital / No 13 Water Tank), Kolkata – 700106.

Watch Anurekha in performance via a free video from You Tube.

Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya Live Concert - A Dhroopad Presentation Broadcast live on WBRi - Listen Online To Live Concert Recording

March 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rezwana Chowdhury Banya Rabindra SangeetDhroopad (www.dhroopad.org) cultural association of Washington DC metro area organized a great concert featuring the Rabindra Sangeet (songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore) icon Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya (Download Rabindra Sangeet MP3 by Bonnya). The concert had the unique theme of "Confluence of Ragas On Rabindra Sangeet".

Washington Bangla Radio Live Webcast

WBRi broadcast the concert live on the internet direct from the concert venue. Listen to the audio recording from the audio live telecast online. Watch some video clips from the concert as well.

Banya and the musicians delivered a spectacular performance. "Banya" in Bengali means "deluge". As the MC put it appropriately, the evening was marked with a deluge of music. Soumya Chakraborty on the Sarod and Banya introduced a variety of Ragas, and demonstrated the genius of Rabindranath Tagore in experimenting and adapting Indian classical compositions into his songs in his uniquely brilliant way.

The live concert was held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8 PM at the Four Points Sheraton Manassas, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas, VA 20109. Bonnya wss accompanied by acclaimed musicians from the Washington DC Metro Area:

Tabla - Debu Nayak  (www.tablaguy.com)
Sarod– Soumya Chakraborty
Sitar – Sambrata Rakshit
Mandira – Krishna Shadu
Keyboard – Hiron Choudhury
Acoustic Guitar -  Zareef Hamid

Event Review: Tomari Khonjey, a function to launch the web-site of Sraboni Sen (Rabindrasangeet exponent)

Srabani Sen Rabindra SangeetFeb 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Launching of a new website for ace Rabindra Sangeet exponent Sraboni Sen

Read the complete event review by Dr.Sarbani Putatunda, Reader, English Literature. Submitted exclusively to Washington Bangla Radio by Kaustav Goswami.

The Witch's Mirror - A Short Story by Dr Ratan Lal Basu | Washington Bangla Radio Online Magazine


Dr Ratan Lal Basu

A Short Story

Interview | My Name Is Khan (2010) - Shah Rukh Khan - Kajol In the Backseat Of A New York Cab with MTV Iggy

Hindi Film Songs SRK Kajol My Name Is Khan OST Soundtrack MP3 DownloadShahrukh Khan and Kajol were recently in New York city, riding around in a cab. MTV Iggy got to spend a lot of fun time with the lead pair of the romance-drama Bollywood movie "My Name Is Khan". There have been five previous movies - all spectacular blockbusters - with SRK and Kajol as the lead hero and heroine.

The recorded video features the cab driver Erhan chatting with SRK and Kajol about everything from Islam, faith, 9/11 and. MTV Iggy would like you to watch Kajol's face when the cabbie asks them about sex! Watch the video online.

Get the MP3 download of Hindi film songs from My Name Is Khan Soundtrack OST here >

A Big Dream Coming True At Shri Aurobindo Institution of Kalyani, West Bengal | By Barnali Saha

A classroom in session at the Sri Aurobindo Institute, Kalyani

A Big Dream Coming True:
The good works of the Shri Aurobindo Institution of Kalyani, West Bengal.

by Barnali Saha

I have always felt that there is a wall between us and the world. It is as if some mighty drapery is shutting down our complete view of the other side. In our warmly lit, fire place rolling sumptuous world we live in one glass house of comfort while the landscape on the other side faces drastic tectonic shifts everyday. In the other world existence is a struggle in itself and paucity is the only procession that its inmates have. On my last visit to India, I had a microscopic view of the pain and the sullen current of despair that flows in the other world, And what I found strange is that most people talk about this other world at length, they write, they are vociferous but when it comes to changing the condition that persists, only a handful of men come to the forefront.  I was lucky to have come across a galaxy of such wonderful men and women struggling hard to make the other world a better place to dwell.