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Pantaloons Fresh Face Hunt 2012 Kolkata Beauty Contest and Fashion Show with Rituparna Sengupta - An Evening With Stars

Rituparna Sengupta in Hot Red Dress Promoting Teen Kanya at the Fashion Show
Rituparna Sengupta

Pantaloon Fresh Face Hunt Fashion Show Winners Moumita Sarkar and Anup Jaiswal
Pantaloon Fresh Face Hunt Fashion Show Winners Moumita Sarkar and Anup Jaiswal

Deepsikha Duggal - Runner Up
Deepsikha Duggal - Runner Up

Karanjit Singh - Runner Up
Karanjit Singh - Runner Up

Kolkata, June 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The soaring temperature of Kolkata touched a new height when the regional finale of the Pantaloons Fresh Face Hunt 2012 took part in the South City shopping mall on June 1st 2012. Stared at 5.30 pm the event continued till 8pm.

Hot Indian Bengali Kolkata Actress Rituparna Sengupta
Hot Indian Bengali Kolkata Actress Rituparna Sengupta
Hot Indian Bengali Kolkata Actress Rituparna Sengupta
Rituparna Sengupta

Dressed in Pantaloons exclusive outlets, all the selected 28 candidates had set the ramp on fire featuring summer collection. Judges of the show were Agnidev Chatterjee, Unnati Davara, Abhishek Dutta and Sounik Mishra, eminent personalities from the Bengal film and fashion industry. The glamour quotient of the evening was further added to with the presence of veteran actress Rituparna Sengupta who was there to promote her next film Teen Kanya.

The Judges - Agnidev Chatterjee, Unnati Davara, Abhishek Dutta, Sounik Mishra
The Judges - Agnidev Chatterjee, Unnati Davara, Abhishek Dutta, Sounik Mishra

Title winners of Pantaloons Fresh Face Hunt 2012 Moumita Sarkar and Anuj Jaiswal were aptly judged owed to their confidence and charming personality. Both the winners are to go to Mumbai to take part in the Grand Finale round to be held on the 23rd of the month.



Bollywood villains Shakti Kapoor & Mukesh Rishi launch Director Ramesh Modi’s painting exhibition "Dialogue with Silence"

By S B Sharma

Actress Mamta Patel
Actress Mamta Patel

Jyoti Kothari and Priya Bhattacharya
Jyoti Kothari and Priya Bhattacharya

Mumbai, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Famous bollywood villains Shakti Kapoor and Mukesh Rishi today opened a painting and photo exhibition ‘Dialogue with Silence’ by Bollywood director Ramesh Modi. The event saw launching of Ramesh Modi’s book on poetry “Khamoshiyan.” Two Music albums ‘Sai hain Dulhare Mere’ and ‘Chalo Kamakhya Ke Dar Pe,” from ‘Ramee Music’ were also launched.

Ramesh Modi, Shakti Kapoor and Mukesh Rishi
Ramesh Modi, Shakti Kapoor and Mukesh Rishi




Gangsters, Queens and Rappers: 3rd London Indian Film Festival Serves Up Explosive Cocktail - Gandu by Q Among Films Selected

Gandu - A Film by QLondon, UK, June 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 3rd Edition of the London Indian Film Festival (20 June - July 3) is a feast for the senses, featuring circuses, mobsters, cockfights, transvestites and kite-flying, set in some of the world's greatest cities and some never before seen virgin locations.

With funding from Film London and supported by the BFI and BAFTA, and sponsored by Western Union, the festival brings to UK audiences a selection of cutting edge films from some of the hottest independent talents from India, UK, US and Bangladesh.

The UK Premiere of Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, right after its full house screenings at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, opens the festival, at Cineworld, Haymarket on 20 June. British director Danny Boyle has cited Kashyap’s Black Friday as an inspiration for Slumdog Millionaire. The film is produced by Viacom 18.



101 Superhit Lata Mangeshkar Duet Songs Released on 3 DVD Set

Mumbai, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) With its 101 Series of Compilation DVDs, Shemaroo Entertainment has already enriched the Music Lovers’ personal collection. It has succeeded in transporting the viewer to the world of Nostalgia as is evident from the popularity of the various titles released under the Series. ‘Seeing is believing’ and it is an exhilarating experience, when you watch the songs you have always loved to listen in their original picturised ‘avatars’.


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Shemaroo Entertainment has recently released 101 Duets of Lata Mangeshkar, a 3 DVD song compilation that includes the Nightingale’s lilting duets over 5 decades.


The Best Director of India - Anurag Kashyap goes ga ga for Dibakar Banerjee

Dibakar Banerjee

Mumbai, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anurag Kashyap & Dibakar Banerjee are defined as directors from an era ahead of time. Their vision towards cinema, culture and film making is different from the regular commercial cinema.




"KUL KI JYOTI KANYA" TV Serial Inspired by Aamir Khan's "Satyamev Jayte"

A Still from Kul Ki Jyoti Kanya
Kul Ki Jyoti Kanya

Upasana Singh and Deepak Sharma
Upasana Singh and Deepak Sharma

Mumbai, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Female Foeticide has become a grave matter of concern ever since the issue was voiced on national television. However, it was not the first time that such matters have been raised by Indian television. Prior to this, there have been serials that have raised the similar issue. But the man behind to bring these issues once again in forefront has been Actor Aamir Khan and his serial “Satyamev Jayate”

Alok Nath Dixit, Gajendra Chauhan and Deepak Sharma
Alok Nath Dixit, Gajendra Chauhan and Deepak Sharma



Yash Raj Films Launches "What's Your Pick" Digital Campaign

Mumbai, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The month of June has arrived with a new exciting digital campaign from Yash Raj Films. They have given some of the biggest hits in Bollywood and to make them more memorable they have come up with a whole new exciting campaign “What’s Your Pick?”


WPAS Announces 2013 Departure of President Neale Perl

Washington, D.C., May 31, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) WPAS announced today the impending departure of its President and CEO, Neale Perl.  In order to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership, Mr. Perl has agreed to serve in his current capacity through the end of WPAS’ 2012/13 season in June of 2013. 

                Mr. Perl announced at the May 30 meeting of the WPAS Board of Directors, “I came to Washington with a vision for WPAS, and I believe I have accomplished what I set out to do.  WPAS has never been stronger than it is today.  We have ample financial reserves, the 2012/13 season is perhaps the strongest in both artistic excellence and diversity that we have seen in many years, our partnerships in the community are strong – especially with DCPS (District of Columbia Public Schools) and our many venues – and we are fortunate to have Reggie Van Lee as our chairman.  The future is very bright for WPAS.”



Investing in Mutual Funds in India - A Guide for NRIs

By Debanjan Guha Thakurta
The author is an analyst with Fundsupermart.com

Investment Opportunity in Indian Mutual Funds

Mumbai, India, May 31, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Non-resident Indians have very little knowledge about investing into the Indian mutual funds space.  They often have to trade off their savings with lower rates of interest. The interest rates on money market instruments in the U.S. are somewhere between 0.05% to 0.10% annually, compared to our bank account savings rate of 4-6%. Further, when we compare this to the returns from the mutual fund industry, their bank rates seem to a miniscule.In spite of the global weakness in the equity market space, Indian economy’s prospect still looks bright and promising in the years to come and its long-term growth story remains firm as ever.

Before we proceed to the next step, let us know in a nutshell who qualifies to be a NRI?

Who is an NRI?

According to the Indian law, any person who has been not in India for more than 182 days for the financial year and more than 365 days in the preceding four financial years due to employment or business purposes is called as NRI. A person deployed outside India for more than 6 months will also be considered as Non Resident Indian (NRI).



Deepika Padukone Rising Temperatures Yet Again in Cocktail (2012) Hindi Movie

Hot Indian Actress Deepika Padukone in Cocktail (2012) Hindi Bollywood Movie

Mumbai, May 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) If we talk about hot bods in Bollywood then Deepika Padukone definitely falls in the top 5 of this very short list. Deepika has received accolades throughout her career for her looks, fitness and success scale. In Cocktail, Deepika plays the role of Veronica. With her character in Cocktail, she is definitely going to take the mercury level rising. For Deepika’s role as Veronica in Cocktail, she has probably looked her best so far. From the response for the trailer, posters and music video of Cocktail, we can consider the careers of the three actors to definitely be on a high horse.



Kalika Prasad of Bengali Folk Band Dohar Excited on Bangamela USA Performance in Washington DC

Kalika Prasad of Bangla Folk Band DoharWashington DC, May 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali folk band Dohar, founded 1999, is one of the leading Bangla folk song troupes with all of their albums gaining immense popularity, thanks to their unique sound and extensive research into folk traditions that goes into their recordings.

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya of Dohar shares the group's excitement on performing at MABA Bangamela 2012 hosted by Dhroopad held during Friday 13th through Sunday the 15th of July 2012 at Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA in the Washington DC Metro area. Visit www.bangamela2012.org for more program details, registration, tickets and schedule.

Watch a video of Kalika Prasad share the feelings of Dohar on performing for an Bengali-American audience in Washington, DC.



Singer Shubhomita Banerjee Excited on Performing at Bangamela USA in Washington, DC

Subhamita BanerjeeWashington, DC, May 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Subhamita Banerjee, the leading Bengali singer from Kolkata, performs at BANGAMELA hosted by Dhroopad in Washington DC. Skyrocketing into popularity with her albums ABISHKAR and PHIRE DEKHA featuring songs written and composed by singer-songwriter Nachiketa, she bacame a celebrity with her album ICCHE PARI, firmly establishing herself as one of the reigning queens of the "new" Bengali Modern song.

Subhamita has performed for numerous television productions and Bengali movies. She has worked with all leading musicians, writers and composers in today's Kolkata.

Watch a video of Subhomita sharing her excitement on performing at Bangamela 2012.


EKA SOUMYA – A Tribute to Singer Soumya Bose

Chiranjeet and Soumya
Chiranjeet and Soumya

Soumya and Monomoy
Soumya and Monomoy

Singer Indrani Sen
Indrani Sen

Kolkata, May 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations) Eka Soumya was organized under the initiative of Srijon to felicitate the musical trail of the experienced singer Soumya Bose. The event was hosted in Gyan Manch on the 22nd of May. It is his signature style to begin every program or performance with a Rabindra Sangeet and he lived up to it even in this program because of his immense respect as well as admiration towards the great Rabindranath Tagore.



D-Trio Live at the Basement: Anjan Dutta, Neel Dutt and Amyt Dutta Share a Treat for Music Lovers of Kolkata

D-Trio Live in Kolkata: Neel Dutta, Anjan Dutta, Amyt Dutta
D-Trio: Neel Dutta (Left), Anjan Dutta and Amyt Dutta

Anjan Dutta and Amyt Dutta
Anjan Dutta and Amyt Dutta

Anjan Dutta and Neel Dutta
Anjan Dutta and Neel Dutta

Kolkata, May 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Kolkata’s music scene is in desperate need of a revamp. DJ’s have taken over most pubs and there is hardly a dedicated space to practice and perform pure genre specific music. Which is why when D-Trio casually eased into The Basement in Kolkata on the evening of May 10th, music lovers expected a gig that did not fuse with the thumping beats at the discos.

The D-Trio includes filmmaker, singer and songwriter Anjan Dutta, his musician son Neel Dutta and Amyt Dutta, who is often touted as one of the premier guitarists from India.



Aparajito Nayak Soumitra Chatterjee Felicitated by Subrata Roy & Sahara Parivar on Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Prosenjit Hosts


Slideshow: Aparajtio Nayak: Tollywood & Sahara Parivaar Felicitate Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winning Bengali Actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay

Kolkata, May 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) An event for a Bangali by a Bangali best describes the whole purpose of the event Aparajito Nayak. The evening of May 26th saw the coming together of the entire Bangla film fraternity at Hotel Hyatt Regency to join hands with the organizers of the event Sri Subrata Roy and the Sahara Pariwar to felicitate Sri Soumitra Chatterjee on his achievement. It was indeed a special evening with all the Tollywood stars illuminating the auditorium with of course Soumitra Chatterjee being the center of attraction and appreciation.