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"SHAM-E-MUSIC" - An Evening of Ghazals for Charity Leaves London, UK Mesmerized

London, UK, March 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Last Saturday 17th March, over 150 people gathered at The York Gardens Community Centre, Battersea for ‘Sham-E-Music’ - a night of Ghazals and classical music for the community. The event which was organised by the late Mrs Syeda Naqui and Beatcircle, was in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, to raise money towards the vital long-term medical research and treatment of Cancer patients.

With dimmed lighting, a welcoming candle lit entrance, authentic traditional décor and the essence of the East; the atmosphere was tranquil and serene. Hosted by the voice of Kiss 100, broadcast journalist ‘Neev’, ‘Sham-E-Music’ was an eventful night with a line-up of incomparable musicians, all under one roof, raising money for a good cause. The unique, one-of-a kind event brought together families and music enthusiasts from across the U.K, who all kindly donated towards the Royal Marsden Cancer charity.

Actress Karishma Kapoor in Vikram Bhatt's 25th Feature Film "Dangerous Ishq" - Photo Feature

Actress Karishma Kapoor in Dangerous Ishq

Mumbai, March 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian film-maker Vikram Bhatt just completed two decades as a director of Bollywood movies. Vikram has also completed his 25th feature film titled "Dangerous Ishq" which features Bollywood heart-throb and the evergreen beautiful Indian actress Karishma Kapoor.

Presenting a first-look set of pictures of Karishma Kapoor from Dangerous Ishq.

Actress Karishma Kapoor in Dangerous Ishq

Actress Karishma Kapoor in Dangerous Ishq

Anees Bazmee's Bollywood Hindi Movie NO ENTRY to be made into Marathi Film NO ENTRY: PUDHE DHOKA AAHEY!

Mumbai, March 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On the auspicious occasion of ‘Gudi Padwa’, which marks the beginning of New Year for Maharashtrians, Underground Films Pvt. Ltd. brings in a reason to smile.

A Happy Birthday Message and a Greeting Card for Aparajita Ghosh Das

Birthday Greeting Card for Aparajita Ghosh Das
A Special Birthday Greeting Card for Actress Aparajita Ghosh Das

Bengali Actress Aparajita Ghosh Das' birthday is on March 21. We join Loya Islam from Dhaka, Bangladesh, avid follower of Aparajita Ghosh Das, in sending the following message for the actress on the occasion, along with the photo-collage created by Loya above.

Chirp and Tweet for the Dissapearing House Sparrow

A male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Ko...

A male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Manish Desai
The author is Director (Media), Press Information Bureau, Mumbai.

Mumbai, March 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) They were once everywhere?  Chirping and flapping their wings at the window sills, on top of cupboards and on the branches of trees. Where have all the little sparrows gone?  This is the most frequently asked question about sparrows these days.

Automotive Engineering Show 2012 to Showcase Car Technologies in Pune

Pune, India, March 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The fifth edition of the ‘Automotive Engineering Show (AES) 2012’ is to be held at Pune (MAH, INDIA) from 26th – 28th April 2012. Displaying a wide array of automotive plant processes and systems and technologies with a Special focus on Metrology & Vision Systems. The event is largely targeted at mid-level functional executives & managers who are responsible for the quality and quantity of production especially those who arrange necessary materials, machines, tools etc. The event is organized by Focussed Events, a leading B2B exhibition organizer headquartered in Mumbai.

Singer & Actor Manoj Tiwari given his attendant first day of Rudraastakam Katha

By Sanjay Sharma Raj

Radhe Maa Chouki at 'Rudraastacum' programme at Ekta Ground,Saibaba nagar,Borivali(w),mumbai on Monday 19th March 2012
Radhe Maa Chouki at 'Rudraastacum' programme at Ekta Ground,Saibaba nagar,Borivali(w),mumbai on Monday 19th March 2012

Manmohan Gupta, Manoj Tiwari,Sanjeev Gupta and Aacharya Kiritbhai at 'Rudraastacum' programme at Ekta Ground,Saibaba nagar,Borivali(w),mumbai on Monday 19th March 2012
Manmohan Gupta, Manoj Tiwari,Sanjeev Gupta and Aacharya Kiritbhai at 'Rudraastacum' programme at Ekta Ground,Saibaba nagar,Borivali(w),mumbai on Monday 19th March 2012

Manmohan Gupta, Manoj Tiwari,Sanjeev Gupta and Aacharya Kiritbhai at 'Rudraastacum' programme at Ekta Ground,Saibaba nagar,Borivali(w),mumbai on Monday 19th March 2012
Manmohan Gupta, Manoj Tiwari,Sanjeev Gupta and Aacharya Kiritbhai at 'Rudraastacum' programme at Ekta Ground,Saibaba nagar,Borivali(w),mumbai on Monday 19th March 2012

bhagwan Shankar & aacharya Kiritbhai
Bhagwan Shankar & aacharya Kiritbhai

Mumbai, March 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shri Rudraastakam Katha by Acharya Kirit Bhai at Ekta ground of Sai Baba Nagar in Boriwali (West) will be held from 19th to 27th March 2012.The timings are 3PM to 7 PM.

Devadhidev Shri Shivaji and Bhakt Vatsala shri. Dhanlakshmi’s kripapatra param siddh yug purush Acharya Brahmarishi Shri Kirit Bhai ji will conduct this with his melodious voice and penance.

ABP Sports Editor Gautam Bhattacharya's New Bengali Book "JAYA HE" Released as Amazon Kindle e-Book by Databazaar Media

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHCalcutta, March 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya (WBRi Interview) has released his latest book "Jaya He" also made available in downloadable e-Book format from Amazon Kindle store by Databazaar Media.

A sports journalist whose writings on Cricket are especially popular, Gautam's last book on Sachin Tendulkar titled "Sach" is already a favorite of sports lovers worldwide.

Interview: Actor Zakir Hussain on Chinmaya Mission's Television series Upanishad Ganga - "I have read Upanishads"

Actor Zakir HussainMumbai,  March 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Zakir Hussain appears in multiple prominent roles in Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi's Television serial "Upanishad Ganga" produced by Chinmaya Mission that showcases the timeless and rich culture of south-Asia going back millennia. He has also delivered acclaimed performances in Bollywood films directed by Ram Gopal Verma, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sriram Raghavan, Anurag Kashyap, Ramesh Sippy and others.

He is a costume designer, a theatre actor, an interior decorator, a classical singer, a percussionist, a green belted taekwondo player, a poet and much more. Usually known for his negative roles the learned side of Actor Zakir Hussain stays hidden. However, this immensely versatile actor will soon be seen dispersing the Upanishadic knowledge in a serial Upanishad Ganga, produced by Chinmaya Mission and directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi.

Zakir Hussain gets candid as he talks about this new serial currently running on DD. Following are some excerpts from the interview:

Zakir Hussain as Valmiki in Upanishad Ganga
Zakir Hussain as Valmiki in Upanishad Ganga

Zakir Hussain as Emperor Dara Shikhoh in Upanishad Ganga
Zakir Hussain as Emperor Dara Shikhoh in Upanishad Ganga

Interview: Arunava Sinha on his experience as a translator, his insights on the translation industry and his new books


With years of experience, Arunava Sinha has achieved recognition for his works as a translator and has an impressive list of acclaimed publications to his name. It is through him that book lovers get a glimpse into a world that might have otherwise remained unknown to them. Quite recently, his current work ‘Chowringhee’ was aired on BBC Radio 3. WBRi had the honor of interviewing Mr. Sinha about his experience as a translator, his insights on the translation industry and his new books.

Zindagi Tere Nam (2012) - Mithun Chakraborty Props up Wrecked Hollywood Ripoff | WBRi Movie Review

Zindagi Tere Naam (2012) Bollywood Hindi Movie poster

Kolkata March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ is a good example of how you can take a masterpiece Hollywood film and then make a mess of an adaptation of it. The movie is a complete rip off of Nick Cassavetes's 2004 Hollywood war romance drama ‘The Notebook’ and has been wrecked in such a way to the point that people would just rip off the multiplex seats to fulfill the intriguing paradox. ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ (ZTN) has been said to be in the pipeline for almost seven years which could be interpreted as the confusion of the producers of whether to release the film at all. The only two good things that can be said about the movie is for one the natural talent of acting powerhouse Mithun Chakraborty and secondly the serene stunning locations in which the film has been shot.

Chaurahen / Crossroads (2012): Victor Banerjee in Poignant Portrayal of Emotions | WBRi Movie Review

Chaurahen Crossroads (2012) Movie Poster

Kolkata March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) ‘Chaurahen – Crossroads’ is one of those new age experimental movies that are not only opening avenues for trendier styles of film direction and movement but also are trying their desperate best to infuse energy into Bollywood through issues that one would not dare to pick up. It is a subtle work of art by director Rajshree Ojha who makes a comeback after receiving mixed reviews for the Jane Austen adaptation ‘Aisha’. If you thought that silly displays of cupid affection were all she could manage, she strives to prove you wrong through ‘Chaurahen – Crossroads’.

Abraham Mazumder and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Present Tagore in Symphony

By Saikat Banerjee

Calcutta, March 18, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the biggest orchestras in Germany, has invited Abraham Mazumder to conduct and to be a part of their festival in April 2012.

Mazumder and the orchestra will present three concerts on April 18. The first one is 'TAGORE IN SYMPHONY' (Tagore with European Masters), and will mark the first time the great Indian bard Rabindranath Tagore's work will be presented in Europe with a German Orchestra conducted by the only Indian conductor living in India and one of the founder members of the legendary Mohiner Ghoraguli avant-garde Bengali music group.

Celebrated Composer & Tabla Player ZAKIR HUSSAIN & MASTERS OF PERCUSSION Mesmerize Washington DC WPAS Concert with Drums & Flute

By Devapriya "Debu" Nayak

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion perform  at The Kennedy Center on March 17Washington, D.C., March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After his remarkable concert with the National Symphony Orchestra a couple of years ago that is still resonating in Washington, Ustad Zakir Hussain returned to Kennedy Center today with The Masters of Percussion - some of the brightest stars of Indian music today. The concert was presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).

Simply put,  Ustad ji is a Tabla wizard and a virtuoso. He uses every part of his two palms of his hands to make the Dayan and Bayan (right and left  drums -Tabla) talk. His fingers constantly become blurry while playing, and while doing that he simply bludgeons the audience into submission. “Ustad” Zakir Hussain, a salutation which he refuses to accept (listen to his interview with B. Mitra … like everything in India there is a story behind this one too), is a master of this art and the genre’s most celebrated and recognizable artist around the world. He is also the proponent of a new movement going around the world called “Tabla science” which he teaches at Princeton University. (more info on this in my Tabla blog) . Ustad Zakir Hussain, in recent years,  has reached new heights in exposing new audiences to this ancient musical craft. Tabla, although a relatively newer percussion instrument in the sub-continent, dates only back to 300-500 years compared to Pakhawaj, Mridangam, Madol and other percussive instruments in the Indian sub-continent.

We saw Zakir ji, in the show at the Kennedy center concert hall, offer some newer and exciting elements of sound production for the Tabla lovers in the area. The stage opens with a very traditional tabla duet (which he is used to performing with his father Ustad Alla Rakha), with his brother Fazal Qureshi. The two sets of Tablas, just like any tabla duet performances in India, were set to two different octaves. They highlighted interaction of melodic movements, borrowing stories from Hindu mythological tales of Ganesh and Shiva,  interspersed with speedy syllables of “relas” and “kaida” elements (bols) of Punjab school (gharana), in this syllable-chanting duet piece. The only thing that was missing in this particular piece is the crucial role of a Sarangi player as it is done in a traditional Tabla duets/solos. They decided to keep the time with hand signals - borrowed from Karnatic style – as it’s done in a South Indian Taal Vadya Kacheri.

Sonu Nigam and Atif Aslam to share the world's most famous stage at O2

Atif AslamA
Atif Aslam

London, UK, March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Flex FX proudly brings you the aptly named show, Dhamaka 2012 at the world’s most popular venue ‘The O2’ on Sunday 22nd April 2012. Dhamaka means “explosion” and the show promises to be just that. Creating musical history, are 2 of the world’s most sought after Asian voices - India’s soul, Sonu Nigam and Pakistan’s icon, Atif Aslam, together for the first time in history.

Sonu Nigam Multiple award winner, Sonu Niigaam has sung for some of the most famous films in Bollywood, like Kal Ho Naa Ho, Border, Taal, Fiza, Refugee, Paheli, Veer-Zaara, Main hoon na, Parineeta, Kabhi alvida naa kehna, Om Shanti Om, Jodhaa Akbar, Kurbaan, Dil chahta hai, Babul, 3 idiots et al.