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Three lakh devotees attend Maa Jagadambe Jagran

Shri Radhe Ma at Ma Jagdambe Jagran in Mumbai
Shri Radhe Ma

Mumbai, March 6, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The ninth edition of Mumbai’s biggest ‘off-season’ jagran came to a close on Saturday at the Film City in Goregaon with over three lakh devotees of Mamtamai Shri Radhe Maa congregating  for the event. The Ma Jagdambe Jagran, which was held on the day of Shri Radhe Maa’s birthday, saw musical performances by several notable performers including four-time Filmfare winner Anuradha Paudwal, Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari, Padmashri Anup Jalota, music director Sanjeev Kohli, bhajan samrat Vinod Agarwal, and Punjabi singer Arvinder Singh.

The Devil Inside (2012) William Brent Bell's Stylishly Shot Horror Flick | WBRi Movie Review

The Devil Inside (English, 2012) Hollywood English Horror Movie Poster

Kolkata, India, March, 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Fans of supernatural films have plenty to cheer about. Over the last couple of weeks, the release of movies like The Woman In Black and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance have shown that Hollywood filmmakers are finally turning back to genuinely scary and entertaining films. That, of course, comes as a relief for horror fans who were, for so long, being fed solely on the diet of mediocre slasher films. Director William Brent Bell, who had made the rather ordinary Stay Alive in 2006, comes back to the helm with a brand new horror flick, The Devil Inside. Shot in documentary style with a handheld camera (Paranormal Activity-mode!), the film promised plenty of chills and thrills for the audience. So, how does the actual movie turn out to be? Bit of a bore, really, for in The Devil Inside, scares are relatively scarce!

J. Edgar (2011) DiCaprio Delivers Another Scintillating Performance as the Legendary FBI Director | WBRi Movie Review

J Edgar (2011) Hollywood English Movie PosterKolkata, India, March, 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Challenges drives people forward and propels them to reach for that rope that will take them higher in life. Leonardo DiCaprio is a classic example of an actor who has travelled through many travails of life but prefers to stand out from the crowd by essaying roles that few would dare to portray. Riding on the recent successes of Inception and Shutter Island, DiCaprio joins hands with premier director Clint Eastwood to pull off a remarkable biopic on J. Edgar Hoover, one of the most feared and respected directors of the FBI.

The Iron Lady (2011) Meryl Streep Props Up A Steady Political Hollywood English Biopic | WBRi Movie Review

The Irorn Lady (2011) Movie PosterKolkata, India, March, 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Movies dealing with politics as their central themes have always been a subject of interest among classy Hollywood cinegoers. While movies like ‘Milk’ and ‘W.’ wowed critics and general viewers alike, the brilliantly made 2008 flick, ‘Frost/Nixon’ (directed by Ron Howard) won several awards and accolades too. The success of such movies inspired more filmmakers to try their hands in making stylish political biopics, that would find favour among the masses as well. The latest in the line of such films to hit the theatres is ‘The Iron Lady’, which is based on the life and works of former (and the longest serving) prime minister of United Kingdom, the celebrated Margaret Thatcher. Director Phyllida Lloyd, who had earlier directed the frothy ‘Mamma Mia’, returns to the helm with ‘The Iron Lady’. While the director does a praiseworthy job of portraying Thatcher’s career onscreen (with adequate support from her lead actors!), the movie, however, slightly falls short of expectations. Pity really, for one expected nothing but the best from a film that dealt with one of the most popular political figures of the UK.

London Paris New York (2012) - Ali Zafar Shines in Enduring Romantic Saga | WBRi Movie Review

London Paris New York (2012) Bollywood Film Poster

Kolkata March, 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Rom-coms seem to be the flavor of the season for our ‘beloved’ Bollywood industry, which is on a mission to blend love in our veins and outset emotions in our filmy hearts (pun intended!).  With back to back romantic flicks, the Hindi film industry is on a ride to cupid’s domicile.  Unable to get over with the idea of ‘Eternal Romance’,  Bollywood has been churning out with loads of romantic flicks like ‘DDLJ’ and  ‘K3G’ over the years, and, with the crossing hour, few successful experiments have been made which has really turned the wheel. But, what actually does the trick is the plot of the movie and how it has been portrayed by its protagonist to make the audiences involve in the characters without any legato, that they prefer not leave their seats even when their pancreas is calling for an emergency break!. It all hinges on the lead pair and their romantic endeavor which enables you to focus on the movie than on popcorn or your fellow side seater (which is the only compensation for a boring on screen act). Rest assured, Anu Menon’s directional debut ‘London Paris New York’ is be more appealing than your enticing pop corn bucket.

Will You Marry Me? (2012) Shreyas Talpade Stands Out In Bollywood Fun and Romance | WBRi Movie Review

Outdoor Film Poster of WILL YOU MARY ME ? (2012) Bollywood Hindi Movie in Kolkata

Kolkata March, 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) It is often seen that the extent to which a film is hyped up and promoted has very little bearing (apart from the opening weekend business!) on its ultimate fate at the box-office. Indeed, in 2011, so-called ‘small’ films like ‘Shaitan’ and ‘Mod’ featured among the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. That, of course, does not take anything away from the value of marketing a film well, since that would, at least, generate a degree of curiosity and buzz among the audience regarding the movie (which is always good news!). Director Aditya Dutt, who had earlier made such immensely forgettable flicks like ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’, ‘Dil Diya Hai’ and ‘Good Luck’ (sic.!), makes a comeback of sorts with his new film ‘Will You Marry Me?’ Unlike Dutt’s earlier films, the promotional campaign of ‘Will You Marry Me?’ was a relatively small-scale affair. Will the movie be able to prove yet again that, in Bollywood, ‘small’ can indeed be ‘big’, and help Aditya Dutt break his box-office jinx? Apparently not, since the film is pretty ordinary!

Outdoor Film Poster of WILL YOU MARY ME ? (2012) Bollywood Hindi Movie in Kolkata

‘Will You Marry Me?’ revolves around the lives and friendship of three buddies, ‘Aarav’ (Shreyas Talpade), ‘Nikhil’ (Muzamil Ibrahim) and ‘Rajveer’ (Rajeev Khandelwal). The three fun-loving young men are in love with the freedom that their bachelorhood has to offer and have no intentions of tying the knot and settling down in life. As a token of their commitment to remain (happily!) single in life, the three friends decide to create a huge monetary fund in shares. The catch, you ask? Whoever decides to marry among the three would stand to lose his contribution in the share (a pretty generous sum at that!). As if the simple joys of friendship and freedom were not enough, the friends now have a monetary motivation to stay single too!

Video: PYAR KI PUNGI - Extended Song Frorm Agent Vinod (2012) Saif Ali Khan - Kareena Kapoor

Saif Ali Khan - Kareena Kapoor Agent Vinod 2012 Wallpaper 10

Mumbai, March 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) As you know, we presented the first promo of the audio song "Pyar Ki Pungi" from Hindi movie "Agent Vinod" via Eros International exclusively in this post.

Here is another promo for the popular song.

Catch Saif Ali Khan’s funny side in song Pungi. This song is sung by Mika Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nakash, Pritam.

Agent Vinod is an upcoming action - thriller flick starring Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor in lead roles.

Watch & Enjoy this extended version of Pungi song via WBRi.



Kalamandalam Calcutta has been one of India’s most respected dance institutes for South Indian Classical dance. For more than 4 decades, the academy has been imparting dance training to students from Calcutta and around the country. WBRi caught up with Kalamandalam’s secretary Shri.Somnath.G. Kutty to know more about the founder, the institute and its Premier Classical Dance Troupe of Kolkata, Performing Wing. 

Anoushka Shankar brings Traveller: A Raga-Flamenco Journey to Washington

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar Photo © Harper Smith/Deutsche Grammophon

Washington, D.C.­, March 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs cuts from her latest album Traveller on April 13 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Showcasing the evolutionary bridge between flamenco and Indian music, Traveller was produced by the noted Spanish musician, songwriter and producer Javier Limón and features renowned Indian and flamenco. Watch a trailer about the CD and order it online:

“This is a thrillingly diverse yet fluent sequence of Indian and flamenco that does justice to both,” said The List. “Shankar is undoubtedly moving into mature territory,” said The Guardian, adding, “It goes without saying that Anoushka Shankar is a virtuoso sitar player… [Traveller] allows her to demonstrate her inspired instrumental work in the company of Indian musicians and the flamenco elite.”

Anoushka Shankar

Traveller is Anoushka Shankar's sixth full-length album and was released on Deutsche Grammophon Records last autumn. Tracing the musical commonalities of the gypsies' journey from their homeland in Rajasthan, passing through Iran, Iraq and Armenia and finally settling in Spain, Anoushka re-forges the link, separated by a thousand years, between Spanish and Indian music.

Woman's Day: Yash Raj Films Celebrates Womanhood

30 Minutes for Lunch - Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai

30 Minutes for Lunch - Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai (Photo credit: lecercle)

Mumbai, March 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Strength, will, beauty, make-up, wisdom, secret languages, love, girlie TV and beyond – all of these complicated qualities make up that one fine creation – a woman!

Yash Raj Films salutes the diva that is a woman and has dedicated eight days to ‘Celebrating Womanhood’.

The famed media house has taken it upon itself to prove to all its fans that being a woman is a matter of privilege and pride. Yash Raj Films, of course, has always portrayed strong female leads – be it Shruti Kakkad from Band Baaja Baarat – a head-strong, no nonsense career driven woman or Amber Malhotra from Salaam Namaste who has the guts to say no to abortion despite losing the support of the man she loves.

Picture of a hot South-Asian Indian Girl

Video: Making of Kareena Kapoor's "Dil Mera Muft Ka" Mujra Song from Agent Vinod (2012)

Mumbai, March 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Eros International have released this exclsuive video of Agent Vinod: The Making of the Mujra song featuring Kareena Kapoor in the Dil Mera Muft Ka.

Watch the video online via WBRi.

Global Advertisers partners with Kinetic to launch study on OOH industry

Mumbai, Feb 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio)   Global Advertisers has partnered with Kinetic Worldwide, a WPP Group agency that specializes in planning and buying of out of home media, along with exchange4media group publication Impact, launched New research study on 28th February at the Westin Hotel, Mumbai.

Famed Indian Tabla Player & Composer Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion Perform in Washington

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion perform  at The Kennedy Center on March 17Washington, D.C., Feb 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Described by the Washington Post as “one of the biggest stars of Indian music” tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain returns to the Kennedy Center just over a year after his critically-acclaimed concert with the National Symphony Orchestra. Said the Washington Post of last year’s performance of his NSO-commissioned work, Concerto for Four Soloists, “Hussain and his two compatriots offered an impressive level of virtuosity - the tabla employing a rich vocabulary of sounds and intricate, continually nuanced rhythms.” Said  London’s Independent of another performance, “Tabla-king Zakir has had a glittering career. Laden with honours [sic], he has won Grammys and Globes galore, and played with everyone from George Harrison to jazz avant-gardists. I found him dazzling his capacity audience … I, too, was dazzled.”

Zakir Hussain’s performances have established him as a national treasure in his native India and as one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, renowned for his genre-defying collaborations.  His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement.

Trailer of Low Budget Indie Film PULP Gets Popular

   Laura Rose - Pulp The Movie Production Photograph
Laura Rose - Pulp The Movie Production Photograph

London, England, February 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) The filmmakers behind British independent comedy feature film, Pulp, are excited to have had such a positive response to the trailer on the biggest weekend of the film calendar. Producer and co-director, Adam Hamdy, believes the tactic to issue an exclusive scene through YouTube will help Pulp secure the right kind of distribution deal.

Tantra Expert Reyna Puri Hosts New Yoga Workshops

Kundalini Tantra Instructor Reyna PuriTantra is commonly associated with the mysterious ways of love making as depicted in the Kama Sutra. But Tantra is not about sex. Tantra is the concept that everything is connected and expanding and interdependent. According to Puri, “Tantra is related to our subtle energy channels called Chakras which are also known as Kundalini. People associate Tantra only with sexuality; however that is just one area of Tantra.”