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STAR Parivar Awards 2012 in Mumbai

Indian television actress Ragini Khanna at Sta...

Indian television actress Ragini Khanna at Star Parivaar Awards Promo Shoot in Mumbai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mumbai, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / free-press-release) It’s time again for most awaited STAR Plus annual awards “STAR Parivar Awards 2012”.The award ceremony recently held in Mumbai and it was full of enthusiasm, performances, emotions and entertainment.

Violinist Stefan Jackiw and Pianist Anna Polonsky Perform in Washington DC

Stefan JackiwWashington, D.C., Mar 22, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) “Stefan Jackiw has risen swiftly in the past decade to challenge the foremost talents of our day–Ehnes, Tetzlaff, Kavakos, Hahn–by the quality of his insight and skill. He played Mozart like an angel. The result was about as pure and as close to perfection as music can get." said a review in Canada’s Globe and Mail. “His sweeping tone and spot-on intonation made you wonder whether this was what it was like to hear a Perlman or a Stern in his early years," said the Washington Post.  Bottom of FormRecognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, Jackiw performs a recital of works by Fulmer, Stravinsky, Brahms and Richard Strauss with pianist Anna Polonsky at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on May 5 at 2 p.m.Jackiw has enjoyed notable debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Cincinnati, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto Symphony Orchestras; and with the Russian National Orchestra on a west coast tour. 2011-12 season highlights include debut engagements with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan; a return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and a recital at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Silent Valley National Park Nested in the Nilgiri Hills of Palakkad District, Kerala, India

Lion-tailed Macaque, endemic to the Western Gh...

Lion-tailed Macaque, endemic to the Western Ghats and found in the Malnad region of Shimoga district. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By K. A. Beena

Media & Communications Officer, PIB, ThiruvananthapuramThiruvananthapuram, March 22, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) "Silent Valley is the best assurance that a forest can speak through human beings.” said the environmentalist Shri. M. K. Prasad. The tourists and visitors to Silent Valley cannot disagree with him because Silent Valley gives an unusual experience of silence while in the midst of nature. It gives one the rarest of the rare experience of being with nature, becoming one with it.

Jeewan Rashaili's MY LIFE (2012) Nepali Movie - Thrills and Revenge

MY LIFE (2012) Nepali Movie Poster

Kathmandu, March 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Biwash Ghaleand The Unlimited Dreams present a new Nepali movie "My Life" from Soft Image Studio expected to have a release date of 10 Chaitra / March 23, 2012. Read all about the film and watch the trailer.

This Means War (2012) - Reese Witherspoon in Hollywood Love Triangle | WBRi Movie Review

This Means War (2012) Hollywood English Movie PosterKolkata March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Behind every successful man, there is a woman, as the old saying goes. If the number (and the regularity!) of love triangles that are churned out by Hollywood is anything to go by, behind every two estranged friends, there lies a lady too! Over the years, moviegoers have grown to adore such enjoyable tales of love, like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’. More recently, the ‘Twilight’ series of movies have also found immense favour among viewers (although one feels that the supernatural angle to the storyline is chiefly responsible for these movies garnering so much moolah at the box office!). Director McG, who had earlier regaled audiences with thoroughly enjoyable fares like ‘Terminator Salvation’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ makes his return to the helm with yet another love triangle, ‘This Means War’. With its intriguing title (which certainly does not have any romantic connotations on its own!) and given McG’s proven track record at expert filmmaking, one expected big things from this film. The director, however, disappoints this time around, for ‘This Means War’ is a rather average flick.

Say Yes To Love (2012) – Newcomers Aasad Mirza & Nazia Hussain Shine In Loosely Scripted Film With Message | WBRi Movie Review

Say Yes To Love (2012) Bollywood Hindi Movie PosterKolkata March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Films with pertinent and topical central themes have always held a special place in the hearts of all classy Bollywood cinegoers. Movies like ‘Sangharsh’, ‘Haasil’ and the more recent ‘Bol’, while not huge blockbusters in themselves, had received widespread critical acclaim, adding fuel to the belief that, for a movie to be appreciated among the elite, its content simply has to be strong and captivating. Debutant director Marukh Mirza Beig shows considerable courage in selecting a poignant, socially relevant story for his first foray into filmmaking – the distinctly under-hyped ‘Say Yes To Love.’ The release of the film was preceded by very little promotions and hype (to the extent that many were not even aware of the release date of the movie!). Will the movie, which features a bunch of fresh faces, manage to touch a chord with the audience, or shall it go away unnoticed (like it had arrived at the theatres)? Well, it can be said that, while ‘Say Yes To Love’ definitely has its moments, the chances of it emerging as a big winner at the box-office appear slim!

Love Possible (2012) - Karan Mehra Makes His Acting Debut | WBRi Movie Review

Love Possible (2012) Bollywood Hindi Musical Comedy Movie Poster

Kolkata, India, March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) There is a lot of difference that the promotions and the marketing strategy for a film can make, as far as its performance at the box-office is concerned. In the present day world, when the opening weekend business is often (if not always!) holds the key to the overall theatrical fate of the movie, makers invariably try to market their movie aggressively (particularly if the concerned film is a big-budget flick!). Only recently, Shah Rukh Khan had set the standards in promotional campaigns, with his home production, ‘Ra.One’, being universally recognized as one of the most well-promoted Hindi movies ever. However, positive word-of-mouth promotion also plays an important role in ensuring the final verdict on a movie, and this is precisely where certain less-promoted, ‘smaller’ films (like ‘Aamir’ or ‘Shaitan’) tend to score. Debutant director J. H. Nakra chose to adopt a conservative (very much so, in fact!) for his first film, ‘Love Possible’. The film did not boast of any big names in its star cast either (with all due credit to the actors of the movie!). Will ‘Love Possible’ turn out to be a surprise success at the box-office and bring critical acclaim to J. H. Nakra? Chances for that to happen are bleak though, since the movie is only barely watchable!

HUGO (2012)| WBRi Movie Review

HUGO Movie PosterKolkata, India, March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The name of Martin Scorcese features prominently in the A-list of contemporary Hollywood movie directors. Over the years, the veteran filmmaker has won over audiences time and again (apart from delighting the critics too!) with such fantastic films like ‘The Departed’ and ‘Shutter Island’. In fact, the directorial expertise of Scorcese has become such a byword in the English movie fraternity that, the release of all his films are invariably accompanied by a great deal of anticipation and buzz among moviegoers (with the director obliging the viewers practically every time!). The case was no different with Scorcese’s latest release, ‘Hugo’ either. With the film already having won multiple Oscars and also having scored at the Golden Globe Awards, it was pretty evident that Scorcese had (for the umpteenth time!) been successful once again in making a memorable film. How does ‘Hugo’ stack up in the list of Martin Scorcese’s other directorial ventures? Right among the very best!

"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.