Exclusive WBRi Kolkata Bangla Radio Interviews, Reviews, Features & Profiles

SAPNA 2013: A Dazzling South Asian Princess and Prince Pageant Showcases Fashion, Beauty and Social Awareness

SAPNA 2013

An exciting part of the event was SAPNA - South Asian Prince and Princess/Queen North America 2013 Beauty Pageant. This is the first time a pageant has been conducted to live music, says organizer and CEO of Jewel Of India Juhi Jagiasi.

SAPNA 2013

SAPNA 2013


Interview: JOYA AHSAN: National Award-Winning Actress ABORTO Bangla Movie, Her Background, Career and Much More

Joya Ahsan, Arindam Sil and Biplab Chatterjee on the sets of Aborto

For Jaya Ahsan, surprise on receiving an unexpected from Arindam Sil asking her if she would play the role of Charulata in his Bengali feature film Aborto quickly changed to the pleasure of working in a great project.


Podokkhep Bengali Album by Archan Chakraborty (WBRi Feature)

"Padokkhep" is the first basic album of Kolkata based popular Bengali singer Archan Chakraborty, released by Dhoom Music. The genre of album is contemporary.

Download Podokkhep Bengali Audio MP3 Album Worldwide - (Exclusive Highest Possible Quality MP3 Bangla Music Download) >>

There are 7 songs in the album "Podokkhep". All songs are related to life. Eminent personalities from the Bengali music world like Kobi Syed Samsul Haq (Sabyasachi kobi of Bangladesh) and Anindya Bose (singer, lyricist, music director and script writer) are associated with this album. Kaushik Das, Piano teacher of Calcutta School of Music, has arranged the music of "Padokkhep".


Podokkhep (Padokkhep) Bengali Audio Songs Album by Archan Chakraborty
 Download Archan's New Bengali Songs Album Padokkhep MP3»

Listen to the Bengali audio songs from Podokkhep free online via WBRi.


A Glimpse of Sutapa Bhattacharya: The Talented Versatile Singer from Kolkata (WBRi Feature)

Sutapa Bhattacharya and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Sutapa Bhattacharya and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in his residence

On 24th July 2000, her performance was telecast in the world beat television show of CNN. Some of Sutapa's acclaimed live performances include Asian Fantasy, 1996, Tokyo, Japan; Winnipeg Summer Festival 2000, Canada; Quebec City Folk Festival 2000, Canada; Rabindra Sangeet solo in 2005 at Mumbai, A USA - Canada Tour in 2006, World Music Festival, 2007, Thailand, Chinese new year celebration in 2007 at Bangkok, Thailand and many more.

Read all about Sutapa Bhattacharya and listen to her songs on WBRi.


Interview: Actress - Singer ILA ARUN on Basheera in West is West and More

Ila Arun as Basheera in West is WestWashington, DC / Mumbai, March 16, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): The very versatile Indian actress and singer Ila Arun chats with Sayantanee Dutt of WBRi in an enchanting interview about her internationally acclaimed film West is West, where she brilliantly portrays George Khan's (Om Puri) first wife Basheera living in Pakistan, her singing and acting careers and much more.

The Bengalees in our audience will also celebrate Ila Arun's love for macher jhol, mishti doi, rosogolla and even chocchori. Do not miss her flawless Bengali speech in parts of the interview!


Interview: Actor OM PURI on George Khan in "West is West" and more

Om Puri as George Khan in West is WestAt the end of the day, perhaps if George Khan was an educated man, he would have been able to realize that there is nothing wrong in adapting to values from another culture. "It is not British culture to abuse drugs or smoke hash", says Puri. "When children fall into such traps, immigrants often blame the culture of their host country, but it is really not so."

"It is a very human story with a variety of emotions and difficult circumstances," he adds. "It is a story of relationships, a family ..."

Listen to the complete interview with WBRi.


Washington DC Metro Area's Natananjali School of Dance Stages Spectacular Annual Show

By Bharati Mitra

Editor's Note: The author is the head of Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC who have been staging innovative musicals, dance dramas and plays across the USA. They performed their production "Arupratan" at North American Bengali Conference ("Banga Sammelan") and their new production "Chobi - A Musical" was critically acclaimed for it's pioneering fusion of Rabindranath Tagore and Burmese folk dance forms. You can listen to our interview with Bharati Mitra here.

Indian Classical Dance Performance by members of Natananjali School of Dance, Bethesda, Maryland

Performance by Natananjali School of Dance

At her school’s 2012 Annual Dance Show, Lakshmi Swaminathan, Dance Director and Proprietor of Bethesda-based Natananjali School of Dance (www.natananjali.com), demonstrated the level of discipline, determination, talent and vision usually found in a Fortune 500 Company CEO. The show, staged on December 8 at the JCCGW Kreeger Auditorium in Rockville Maryland, was as professional as it was enjoyable and educational.

Indian Classical Dance Performance by members of Natananjali School of Dance, Bethesda, Maryland

Indian Classical Dance Performance by members of Natananjali School of Dance, Bethesda, Maryland

Regular attendees of Natananjali’s shows know that “Lakshmi reaches new heights with every one of these performances.” The dance items were near perfect with vibrant yet traditional costumes, well-orchestrated and graceful movements, creative choreography and subtle yet fine-tuned expressions. It was quite obvious that hours of rigorous training and dedication, both from the teacher as well as each student, were behind such perfection. Read the complete report by Bharati Mitra exclusively at WBRi.

Interview: ARINDAM SIL - Director of the Celebrated Bengali film ABORTO, Noted Actor and Producer

Bangladeshi Actress Joya Ahsan, Director Arindam Sil, Tollywood Actor Biplab Chatterjee in Shooting of KOLKATA BANGLA MOVIE ABORTO 2013
Jaya Ahsan, Arindam Sil, Biplab Chatterjee

Arindam Sil likes to try to live his life on his own terms, and despite of his myriad achievements in the performing arts, wonders if he has really done much. Thus starts off his fascinating conversation from the heart with Sayantanee Dutt of WBRi, over the course of which you will get to know the man, his life, philosophy, beliefs and of course the story of the making of his landmark Bengali film Aborto. An exclusive WBRi Audio Interview - Feature.

Bangladesh BD Actress Joya Ahsan and Director Arindam Sil
Arindam Sil explaining a scene to Jaya Ahsan


Interview: Up Close with Bangladeshi American Actress ISMAT ALAMGIR of SIMANAHEEN (2013) Bangla Movie

Bengali Actress Ismat Alamgir Bangladesh Wallpaper PosterThe dazzlingly beautiful lead actress of Bangla movie Simanaheen was born in Dhaka Bangladesh where she spent her early childhood before migrating with her family to the United States. Ismat Alamgir grew up in a culturally rich environment that most Bengali families naturally provide, developing a deep love for the performing arts and music. She chats with Gurjeet Singh of WBRi in an intimate interview about her background, and her characters and role in the Bengali film Simanaheen produced in the United States.


Interview: Actor Rahsaan Islam on Bangla movie Simanaheen, his Background and the Future - Hosted by Gurjeet Singh

Rahsaan Islam on cover of Man's World
Rahsaan Islam on cover of Man's World

We caught up with Rahsaan Islam in Mumbai, and Gurjeet Singh of WBRi chatted with him in this informal and candid audio interview about his background, Bangla movie Simanaheen and what we might be getting from Rahsaan going forward.


Interview: DJ BHAV AMAN Chats with Gurjeet Singh About His Career, Modeliing, Music and Much More (WBRi Exclusive)

DJ Bhav Aman - Dr. Bhav Aman Singh MTV India Spitsville 2 Poster WallpaperNew York City based DJ Bhav Aman shares his remarkable story of journey from Phagwara, Punjab to NYC via modeling in New Delhi and Mumbai and MTV appearances, exclusively with Gurjeet Singh of Washington Bangla Radio in an informal, candid and comprehensive chat in this audio interview.

DJ Bhav Aman is coming to DC thanks to Manan Singh Katohora & VITA to present RANGHOLI 2013.


Interview: Ria Mahtab - Co-Director of Bangla Movie Simanaheen (2013) Chats with Gurjeet Singh on WBRi

Ria Mahtab - Director, Bengali movie SIMANAHEENRia Mahtab describes Simanaheen from the unique perspective of a director as a love story from two different eras, but to the story of the love story they have brought a much deeper story about society. In this candid audio interview with Gurjeet Singh of WBRi, Ria also talks about her childood, growing up in Bangladesh and USA, her creative side and how she got into making a film. She also drops clues on what we can expect next from her. WBRi exclusive.

Interview: Kevin Dalvi - Co-Director, Simanaheen (2013) Bangla Movie Chats with Gurjeet Singh on WBRi

Writer, Director and Producer Kevin Dalvi

Kevin Dalvi was born in India and grew up in the United States. His interest in film-making blossomed early on when, through one of his family friends, he watched shooting of the Bollywood blockbuster "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun", including filming of Madhuri Dixit dancing to the legendary Hindi film song "Didi Tera Dewar Deewana". In this exclusive audio interview, Kevin gets candid with Gurjeet Singh on WBRi about Simanaheen, his career in film making, his other film "Promise Land" that is also about to open in theaters, and next projects.


MON BEDOUIN: Listen to Suvodeep Mukherjee's Bengali Audio Songs from New Romantic Album (Gathani Records)

Kolkata based singer and composer Suvodeep Mukherjee's  Puja 2012 album "MON BEDOUIN" was released by Gathani Records, Kolkata. This melodius and romantic album is all set to impress Bengali music lovers. The music is composed by Suvodeep himself, Shri Kundan Saha and Shri Kalyan Sen Barat while the lyrics has been composed by renowned lyricist Gautam-Susmit, Saptarshi and Dr. S.D. Chatterjee.

Listen to the Bengali modern songs audio album free online via WBRi, in association with Gathani Records, Kolkata.

Mon Bedouin Bengali Songs Album by Suvodeep Mukherjee

Somranjan Chakraborty - North Indian Instrumental Classical Guitar Chaturangui Artist (WBRi Feature)

Somranjan Chakraborty - North Indian Hindustani Classsical Instrumental Slide GuitarOne of the most talented Indian Classical Guitarists of the younger generation SOMRANJAN has the subtlety and sweetness in Raga  rendition and great energy on the stage.




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