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Gauribari (Gauri Bari) Sarbojonin: Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Gauri Bari (Gauribari) Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Avishek Mitra/IBNS


College Square Sarbojonin: Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsav Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsav Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsav Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

College Square Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Avishek Mitra/IBNS


Dorponarayan Street Sarbojonin: Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Darponarayan Street Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Avishek Mitra/IBNS


Aircel hosts Limitless Dhaki Campaign

Actors Tota Roy Chowdhury and Soumili Biswas were present to give a fillip to the maddening beats of more than 100 Dhakis (drum beater) with Tota himself beating the drums for the first time.


Mahanabami starts with pandal hopping

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Kolkata, Oct 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Mahastami night was concluded with the performance of Sandhi Puja in every pandals (marquees) to give the way in to Mahanabami on Tuesday (Oct 23, 2012).The morning of Mahanabami is commenced with the performance of a special 'Yajna' (fire ritual) with mantras (hymns) being chanted.But amidst all this, Mahanabami brings in the gloominess as this ninth day is the last before the immersion of the Goddess,  putting an end to all the celebrations that the Bengali community eyes for the whole year.Mahanabami also stands witness to maximum footfalls in pandals starting right from south to north of Kolkata with devotees trying to catch up with every single creations of pandals and idols on this last night.

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Photos by Akash Goswami/IBNS



Mahanabami: Festive fever peaks

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Kolkata, Oct 23 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Mahastami night was concluded with the performance of Sandhi Puja in every pandals (marquees) to give the way in to Mahanabami on Tuesday.

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

The morning of Mahanabami is commenced with the performance of a special 'Yajna' (fire ritual) with mantras (hymns) being chanted.

But amidst all this, Mahanabami brings in the gloominess as this ninth day is the last before the immersion of the Goddess,  putting an end to all the celebrations that the Bengali community eyes for the whole year.

Mahanabami also stands witness to maximum footfalls in pandals starting right from south to north of the city with devotees trying to catch up with every single creations of pandals and idols on this last night.

The city will also shelter out to long queues in front of food junctions and restaurants with people all set to gorge on mouth watering dishes and spicy delicacies from Bengali, Moglai to Chinese, Thai and Japanese.

The adda (chatting) sessions in places like Madox Square are also expected to carry on late into night, leaving no room for missing out precious moments.

The scenario will remain constant from Suruchi Sangha in south to Ahiritola in north with people spending hours in pandal hopping just to get hold of the individualistic style of each decor and creativity.

Meanwhile the picture on the Mahastami night was quite similar to the earlier days with heavy traffic of human beings and cars taking over every other street of Kolkata.

The condition is likely to get bigger on Mahanabami night.

So here's Kolkatans ready to rock the city with nightlong crowd just before the immersion of Goddes Durga.  

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

Durga Puja Nabami - Kolkata

(Reporting by Shabarni Basu, with images of Mahastami night by Sujoy Dhar)



Winners of Banchbo Sharad Samman 2012 Kolkata Durga Puja Awards

Indian Tollywood Kolkata Bangla Movie Stars Rahul and Priyanka at Banchbo Kolkata Shera Pujo Sharad Shamman 2012
Rahul and Priyanka

Indian Tollywood Kolkata Bangla Movie Stars Rahul and Priyanka at Banchbo Kolkata Shera Pujo Sharad Shamman 2012
Rahul and Priyanka Start of Banchbo Sharad Samman 2012 Bus Tour to Select Winners

Kolkata, Oct 22, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The winners of Banchbo Sharad Samman Awards have been declared, and the winners are ...



The POET who has fallen Silent!

titleav Last year, in January I was hit by a lightning one morning when I came to know of the sudden demise of the legendary singer Pintu Bhattacharya, who was not only a wonderful singer but also a great human being and a personal guide and guardian in my musical career. My Obituary on him was published on WBRI, and many readers later on expressed their feelings as they were touched by the piece on Pintu Kaku, as I used to call him fondly…However, this morning, in the wee hours, when my friend Supriyo da called me up to say that the noted Author Sunil Gangopadhyay has left for his heavenly abode at 2 in the morning, succumbing to a massive heart attack. I was simply dumbfounded, and could not control my tears…the first feeling which came to my mind was –“I have lost my most favorite author of all time”…


New Report: Asian Americans Face Voting Barriers in Upcoming 2012 Elections

With large numbers of first-time voters, Asian Americans have faced numerous barriers to voting. AALDEF's report, Language Access for Asian Americans under the Voting Rights Act in the 2012 Elections, documents violations of the Language Assistance Provisions (Section 203) Voting Rights Act and Help America Vote Act (HAVA), as well as other incidents of Asian American voter disenfranchisement in 13 jurisdictions in 10 states: IL, MA, MI, NJ, NV, NY, GA, PA, TX, and WA.



Mumbai to Host World Tea & Coffee Expo™ 2013

Leading Trade Bodies like Tea Board of India. (Govt of India), Federation of Indian Tea Traders Association (FAITTA), Bombay Tea Traders Association (BTTA), India-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Small and Medium Business Development Chamber of India, Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers Assoc (CISTA) and Darjeeling Tea Association are supporting this unique trade event.




Bosepukur Talbagan: Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Talbagan Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Talbagan Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

Bosepukur Talbagan Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Talbagan Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Talbagan Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Talbagan Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Somnath Roy Chowdhury/IBNS


Bosepukur Shitala Mandir: Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Somnath Roy Chowdhury/IBNS


Ballygunge Cultural: Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Ballygunge Cultural Sarbojonin Durgotsav Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Somnath Roy Chowdhury/IBNS


Producer Kumar Taurani all praise for Shruti Hassan

Indian Actress Shruti Hassan

The actress who was shooting for a grueling outdoor schedule, for Kumar Taurani’s film directed by Prabhu Deva, was put on drip and advised complete bed rest before she resumed shooting for the film.


BJ Block Salt Lake (Bidhannagar): Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

BJ Block Salt Lake Bidhannagar Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Calcutta Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

BJ Block Salt Lake Bidhannagar Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja - Idol, Pandal and Lighting.

This is part of Washington Bangla Radio Special Series on Kolkata Durga Puja Online Parikrama.

BJ Block Salt Lake Bidhannagar Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

BJ Block Salt Lake Bidhannagar Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

BJ Block Salt Lake Bidhannagar Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

BJ Block Salt Lake Bidhannagar Sarbojonin Durgotsav Sarbojonin Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Images by Somnath Roy Chowdhury/IBNS