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DHROOPAD Presents Aahang of India and Sarod Player Soumya Charaverty in Washington

Dhroopad Bengali American Cultural Organization of greater Washington DC presents a unique Dhroopadi Musical Evening with Aahang of India and acclaimed Indican Classical Instrumental Sarod Artist Soumya Charaverty of Washington DC.

The musically committed and talented 5-member Aahang team was scheduled to perform at Bangamela2012, but unfortunately they missed them due to delays in issuance of US visa. This team is partially sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). 

When: Saturday, November 03, 2012  6:00 PM (Total 4-segment Program Length – approximately 3.5 Hours)
Where: Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Tickets: $15 (@ the gate $20), $50, $100 (Children 10 under admit free)
Contact:  registrations@dhroopad.org or dhroopad@dhroopad.org, 571-723-1809, 571-238-9656, 571-242-7338, 571-265-7004

Performances include:

·         ‘Anannya’ - Tagore's Unparalleled Women’ by Aahang, a group of talented vocalists, dancer and musicians playing string, wind and percussion instruments led by Bidisha Roy Das.  It is a one-hour production with narration in English that leaves you wanting more of the music, dance, theatre, cinema and the poetry.

Anannya brings together Tagore's Unparalleled Women all on one platform through live music, dance, enactment and film. Both "the Imaginary"; Mrinmoyee, Binodini and Mrinal and "the Real": Kadambari Devi and Victoria Ocampo.

A performance with the poetics of musicality will take audiences on a journey into the intimate, sensitive and powerful world of these women through carefully chosen extracts, narrated and enacted on stage, from Tagore's seminal novels, short stories, plays and poems. The vast range of Tagore's songs that have a strong influence of Indian classical and folk music will find space in the visualization of the women characters like Sucahrita, Bindodini and Charulata. The music, the dance and the enactment will be intercut with relevant Clips from celebrated films made on Tagore stories by filmmakers like Satyajit Ray & Rituparno Ghosh in Teen Kanya, Charulata & Chokher Bali that bring another dimension to the visualization of these characters.

Ananya: Promo

·        Classical Odissi dance recital by celebrated dancer Kavita Dwivedi
·         Indian Classical / Semi-Classical Vocal recital by Geetesh Mishra accompanied by Jagannath Roy on Tabla  and Soumya K. Chakraverty on
·        Instrumental fusion music by Aahang
·        Sarod Recital by Soumya K. Chakraverty, an acclaimed  artist of Washington DC Metro area accompanied by Jagannath Roy on Tabla
·        Recitation by Natasha Dasgupta

Bumper opening for Vikram Bhatt’s 1920: Evil Returns

While mass circuits like CI, CP, Rajasthan and UP did exceptionally well, the film also had encouraging numbers coming in from multiplexes thanks to its spooky moments, picturesque visuals and melodious and immensely catchy music,giving it a winning edge over the other releases.

INOCDC calls for a generous response from the International Community toward the victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Lavika Bhagat Singh
President, USA-INOCDC

Washington Chapter of the Indian National Overseas Congress (I) - USA-INOCDC

The people of India and the Washington Chapter of the Indian National Overseas Congress (I), USA-INOCDC offer their prayers and solidarity to the people of the United States, and particularly, the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Vikram Bhatt’s 1920: Evil Returns creates a splash (Film Reviews)

Says an excited Vikram Bhatt "It feels good to have made six horror films and all six of them successful! The journey from Raaz to 1920 returns has been great. This is a victory of a young team of director Bhushan Patel, music director Chirantan Bhatt and my co writer Amin Hajee."

Watch: Hungama Ho Gaya - Sophie Choudry's Super Hot Music Video and Launch Event Photo-Feature

Indian Actress Singer Sophie Choudry at music video release
Sophie Choudry

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu
Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta
Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta

Mumbai, Nov 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai recently saw the launch of gorgeous singer and actress Sophie Choudry's brand new video and digital single "Hungama Ho Gaya" in association with SaReGaMa.

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

A new version of a yesteryear song, launched by Preity Zinta at a glittering affair, presented by Gitanjali at Bandra's trendiest nightspot - Escobar, the song and music video are touted to be Sophie's hottest, most glamorous yet!

Going by the reaction of all her guests including Soha Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Yuvraj Singh, Harman Baweja, Sajid Ali, Imtiaz Khatri, Tanuj Garg, Mushtaq Sheikh, Pradeep Guha and many more, this song is set to rock the airwaves and the dance floor this party season.

Watch the official Hungama Ho Gaya video song by Sophie Choudry in the full post. Here are some more pictures of the celebrities at the music release event.

Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta
Sophie Choudry, Yuvraj Singh and Preity Zinta

sajid & preity
Sajid & Preity

sophie and tusshar
Sophie and Tusshar

vishal sophie preity
Vishal, Sophie and Preity

John Stewart, Vishal, sophie preity & Adarsh Gupta
John Stewart, Vishal, Sophie, Peity and Adarsh Gupta

Indian Bollywood Hindi Movie Actor Harman Baweja
Harman Baweja

Rushabh, Sophie, Vardhaman
Rushabh, Sophie, Vardhaman

Shekhar Ravjiani
Shekhar Ravjiani

sushil sharma
Sushil Sharma

vishal dadlani
Vishal Dadlani

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh

Vikram Bhatt pens poems for lead actress Tia Bajpai

Indian Bollywood Hindi Film Actress Tia Bajpai

While rumor mills are buzzing with news of director Vikram Bhatt and actress Tia Tajpai sharing more than an actor-filmmaker equation ,fueling the news even further, is the fact that sources reveal that the director/writer,has even penned a few poems for her while shooting for their forthcoming next 1920:Evil Returns.

Kunal Kapoor floors all with Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

After making a splash with his big Bollywood debut in the blockbuster Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Rang De Basanti, Kunal Kapoor had audiences and critics floored with his performance in Anurag Kashyup’s Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana -Says acclaimed critic and trade analyst “Kunal Kapoor is a complete revelation. The actor is charming all through, but shines luminously in the penultimate moments of the film. The emotional sequence proves he can carry off the tough moments with dexterity.”

Rapper Hard Kaur with a “Golden Heart” Visits Poor Kids

Indian Female Rapper Hard Kaur

Hard Kaur, we all know her as the flamboyant, bold and the all so vibrant singer. Hard Kaur is full of energy as she is known nationally and internationally for her rapping style and personality. However what we do not know about Hard Kaur is, this rapper also has soft corner for children. Soon after the launch of her newest album “P.L.A.Y” Hard Kaur who had been to Chandigarh for its promotions visited the poverty-stricken children. The event was conducted by ‘Global Environment Concern foundation’ (GEC foundation), an NGO working on Environment in North India.

Sujoy Roy Choudhury - Bengali Poetry Recitation (Bangla Kobita Abritti)

Listen to Free Online Bengali Poem Poetry Recitation Bangla Kobita Abritti by Sujoy Roy ChoudhuryWhen he grew up a bit, listening to recitations by Kazi Sabyasachi, Sambhu Mitra, Pradip Ghosh and Gauri Ghosh became his only addiction. Their recitations are guidelines for his success. He also studied at Bratati Bandyapadhyay's 'Kabyaon' to polish his recitation skill. Proximity to famous personalities like Pradip Ghosh and Gauri Ghosh resulted in his mental development regarding recitation. Coming close to versatile genius and an eminent Rabindranath Tagore Researcher Arunava Lahiri was one of his most appealing moments in his life.

Many recitation CDs of Sujoy Roy Choudhury have been published under music labels like 'Vabna', 'Ananya Music' and  'Atlatis Music'. Listen to free online Bengali poetry (poem) recitation (Bangla Kobita Abritti) on WBRi.

You can also contribute to WBRi's recitation and other sections by e-mailing submissions@washingtonbanglaradio.com. We air all audio submissions also on our 24x7 WBRi streaming Bangla radio service.

Director Mohit Suri gifts Aashiqui 2 lead Aditya Roy Kapur a limited edition guitar

Directed by Mohit Suri,starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, T-Series & Vishesh Films musical drama Ashiqui 2 is currently being shot in South Africa.

Ticket2Bollywood - Bollywood: Beyond the Song & Dance in New York

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, Shahnaab Alam, Commissioning producer DAR MOTION PICTURES, Screenwrite Anuraadha tewari, Ajay Shrivastav Director Molecule Communications and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar
Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, Shahnaab Alam, Commissioning producer DAR MOTION PICTURES, Screenwrite Anuraadha tewari, Ajay Shrivastav Director Molecule Communications and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar

New York, October 08, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio): Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar & Anuraadha Tewari presented nuances of Indian film-making to packed audiences at two-day workshop ‘Ticket2Bollywood’ in New York.

More than 150 people gathered at the Dream Downtown Hotel during the weekend to glean “insider” information about directing, producing, writing, and financing Bollywood films from A-list Indian filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar, and screenwriter Anuraadha Tewari. Presented by Dar Motion Pictures (a division of DAR Media Pvt. Ltd.) and Mumbai and New York based Molecule Communications and supported by Vikram Chatwal the two-day educational conference titled Ticket2Bollywood was themed Bollywood: Beyond the Song and Dance. The event provided a platform for aspiring and established actors, directors, and producers to learn how they could potentially break into Bollywood.

Akshay Kumar reaches out to his fans in Pakistan

Eros has released a video with Akshay Kumar inviting the Pakistan media to the conference. This is indeed an innovative way to reach out to the cross border fans. In fact, this is the first time such a LIVE Press Conference is being organized for a film. Kudos for the idea!

Watch: Sari Sari Raat Video Song from Khiladi 786 Hindi Movie feat. Akshay Kumar - Asin Thottumkal Romance

Akshay Kumar - Asin Romance in Saari Saari Raat Romantic Audio Song Music Video from Khiladi 786 Indian Bollywood Movie

Mumbai, Oct 31, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After the release of the cheerful and upbeat song Khiladi Bhaiyya, the Khiladi Bhaiyya divulges a complete different side to him in the newly released song, ‘Saari Saari Raat’ where he romances Asin.

Old Boys and Girls of Kendriya Vidyala No 1 Salt Lake Kolkata Get Together in Nostalgia 2012 Reunion

P. R. L. Gupta and Dr. Suman Lata
Dr. Suman Lata, Principal and P. R. L. Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Eastern Zone

An ex-student reunion event "Nostalgia 2012" was organized by alumni of Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 1 (www.kv1saltlake.net) in Salt Lake on the 27th of October at the grounds of the school amidst past and present students.

AALDEF Poll Monitoring Shows Violations of Asian American Voting Rights in NY, NJ, VA, PA, GA, MA

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice urging the Attorney General to assign attorneys and appoint federal observers to monitor the elections on November 6, 2012, for practices that may infringe on the ability of Asian Americans to exercise their right to vote, as well as to ensure the full force of the nation’s voting protections under federal laws, according to a press note.