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Canadian-Bengali Mother-Daughter Duo Juthika Barua Jyoti-Indira Barua Release "Mon Moyuri" Bengali Modern Songs Album

Indira and Juthika Barua - Mon Moyuri Bengali Modern Songs AlbumIndira and Juthika Barua - Mon Moyuri Bengali Modern Songs Album


Shweta Subram Covers "Soch Na Sake" Hindi Film Song from AIRLIFT (2016) with Raashi Kulkarni

 Soch Na Sake (Airlift) Acoustic Cover by Raashi & Shweta Subram

You have surely already heard Arijit Singh's popular Hindi film song "Soch Na Sake" from Airlift starring Akshay Kumar.

This song and the meaning behind it touched North America's Bollywood singing sensation Shweta Subram so much that she had to sing it herself. "I would like thank Raashi for the wonderful production and the soul that she brought with her piano," says Shweta. Watch the music video via WBRi.


Republic Day Musings: A 1947 without Lord Mountbatten – History Revisited | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of acclaimed books including Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi also has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.


At this time of personal and collective reflection, the true spirit of the Republic Day is well summed up in the immortal number of one of my all time favourites, Yesudas.

Tere aane se saj gayee humaree yeh tutee phutee naav
…..Goree yeh duwaaye karna jarur, maajhi se naiya ho nahi dur

Sabko kinare pahunchaayega, maajhi toh kinara tabhi paayega

Truly without democracy and the republic spirit, India would not have been as beautiful as it is today.



Ahoban Shono Ahoban - A Musical Theater: Debojyoti Mishra Scripts a Brilliant Tribute to His Master Salil Chowdhury

Anweshaa and Debojyoti Mishra
Anweshaa and Debojyoti Mishra

The concept was brilliant, execution flawless in a first-of-its-kind tribute. Debojyoti Mishra brought familiar characters associated with Salil Chowdhury alive on the podium - from “Runner” and “Madhumoti” to “Anand”. These characters met each other in the different phases of the composer's life. The characters were played by leading contemporary theater actors and popular singers. Singers Rupankar, Anweshaa Dutta Gupta and Shovan Ganguly; actors Neel Mukherjee, Koneenica Bandyopadhyay, and members from Chetana Group Theater were among those on the stage. A whose-who of performers also included ace studio musicians.



Trans World Radio Partners with AudioNow to Offer Spanish Language Programs by Phone

AudioNow® Official LogoInternational media organization TWR (Trans World Radio) announced the expansion of mobile accessibility to its Spanish-language broadcasts in partnership with AudioNow®, the world’s leading Call-to-Listen™ service. Listeners anywhere in the United States can now hear A Traves de La Biblia (Thru the Bible) and Alimento para el Alma (Food for the Soul), through a simple telephone call.



Akshay Kumar amd Mickey Mehta in Mumbai Walk for Health

Mickey Mehta with Akshay Kumar at Max Bupa Walk for Health Event​
Mickey Mehta with Akshay Kumar at Max Bupa Walk for Health Event​

It was truly one of the most gratifying moments for Global Leading Holistic Health Guru Mickey Mehta to share exclusive stage presence with the ace actor, Akshay Kumar at the Max Bupa Walk for Health event in Mumbai. Mickey and Akshay were promoting the event.



AIRLIFT: Cinekorn Entertainment to Distribute in Asia

Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (WBRi)

Produced by Emmay Entertainment, ‘Airlift’ is based on the true events of the world’s biggest evacuation from Kuwait in 1990. The film released on January 22, 2016 to positive response and Cinekorn Entertainment is distributing the film in all major areas of the continent.



Kalki Koechlin in Three New Vodka Commercials

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"Kalki in 2011" by Bollywood Hungama Formerly IndiaFM - http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/more/photos/view/stills/parties-and-events/id/1353524. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.

Koechlin made her screen debut with a supporting role in 2009 critically acclaimed Dev.D, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She subsequently featured in the commercially successful comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), both ranked among one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films, and earned her two Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations. She also worked as a co-screenwriter with her then husband Anurag Kashyap for That Girl in Yellow Boots and also starred in the movie.


British Museum exhibiting "Krishna in the garden of Assam"

Lord Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universa...

Lord Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universal Form) to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and subject of major Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) and Bhagavad-Purana. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.



SkyTeam Commended for Openng Yoga Rooms at Heathrow and Hong Kong International Airports

The futuristic interior roof of Hong Kong Inte...

The futuristic interior roof of Hong Kong International Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus have commended SkyTeam, global airline alliance with 20 member airlines, for launching yoga rooms in their lounges at London Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports, calling it a step in the positive direction.


ADB Private Sector Financing Tops $2.6 Billion in 2015, Up 37% Year-on-Year

ADB private sector operations in 2015 included financing for a new wind power generation in Thailand.
ADB private sector operations in 2015 included financing for a new wind power generation in Thailand.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a record $2.6 billion of new financing and investments for the private sector in 2015, a 37% increase from a year earlier and 62% higher than in 2013.

As a result of this significant expansion, ADB’s private sector investment portfolio has increased to over $8 billion, and its private sector operations are now targeted to double from current levels by 2020.


Hindu Group Seeks Pope’s Intervention to Fix Ireland’s Educational System

English: Church of Ireland primary school. Thi...

Church of Ireland primary school. This school is known as the Wood school. It was built in 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ireland’s about 97 percent state-funded primary schools are reportedly under the control of the church. Religion should not play any role in admissions to Irish schools. The practice of a religious majority controlling the school doors and schools indulging in kind of state-sanctioned indoctrination was simply wrong and should end.



DGMC Organizes "Mumbai Media Champs" Inter-Collegiate Festival

Students of Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies at their preparation for “Mumbai Media Champs” Festival
Students of Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies prepare for “Mumbai Media Champs” Festival

The winter has just become more colorful. Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust’s Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies (DGMC) has organized its fun-filled annual inter-collegiate fest, ‘Mumbai Media Champs 2016’(MMC) at DGMC Campus, Sunder Nagar,Malad (West),Mumbai from 25 to 27 January 2016.


Hindu group seeks prayer room at Brussels Airport

English: Zaventem Brussels Airport, protestant...

Zaventem Brussels Airport, protestant chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jan 23 - A Hindu group is urging for a designated “Hindu Prayer Room” at Brussels Airport, Belgium’s largest and one of the world’s leading airports.



Hindu Group Upset, Urges Ohio Apparel Firm to Recall Lord Ganesha Products

Namaste Bitches T-Shirt featuring Lord Ganesha

Upset Hindus have urged for the immediate withdrawal of tee shirt, tank tops, mug and blanket with Lord Ganesha’s image sold by a Columbus (Ohio) headquartered apparel and home goods company Print Syndicate, calling these highly inappropriate.

Hindus have strongly objected to slogans/statements printed on these five products (marketed under its brand “Look Human”) around Lord Ganesha’s image, such as NAMASTE BITCHES and BITCH DON'T KILL MY VIBE.