Washington Bangla Radio News

Hindus Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti with Devotion and Servitude

Hindus across the world welcome the celebration ofLord Hanuman's birthday on 6th April 2012, the full moon day of theHindu lunar month of Chaitra. Lord Hanuman also known as Lord Maruti isadmired and worshipped as an ideal symbol of devotion and servitude. Throughout his life, Lord Hanuman stayed true to his one and only aimwhich was to attain the grace of his supreme lord, Shree Ram. He was apure devotee and perfect servant to the extent that he was prepared todo anything and did sacrifice everything to appease of his master.

Interview: Past life regression therapist Minal Arora on healing the past to create a better present

By Bidisha Bagchi

Minal Arora

Minal Arora is one of the most successful past life regression therapists in India. She prides to have done her internship under the famous author of “Exploring the eternal soul”, Andy Tomlinson from the Past Life Regression Academy in Singapore. A successful IT professional, she was drawn to PLR for gratifying her inner quest for doing something that had deeper meaning and purpose in life.

Minal spoke to WBRi about her vision to educate and spread the awareness to as many about how their past life karmas create blocks in their current life, just calling out for getting released.

Healing the Past to create a better Present: How would you explain this to common people?

Kailasa's to Perform for the First Time in Birmingham

London, UK, April 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kailash Kher, a renowned Indian Sufi singer who recently released his latest music album “Rangeele” which literally means “Colorful”, is going to spread the colorful melodies of this album across the states of UK as he takes a tour of UK cities from April 4th - 9th, 2012.

On April 4th the band will be performing in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The tickets for the show can be booked in advance on the site www.thsh.co.uk

Download Kailesh Kher / Kailasa Rangele MP3 Audio Songs »

Gargi Banerji - Life Dedicated for Women Cricket

By Indrajit Ghosh

Gargi Banerji and Gopal Ghosh
Gargi Banerji and Gopal Ghosh

Kolkata, April 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On March 30, 2012 at Rabindra Sarobar Public Swimming Pool Recreation Forum, a well known sports organization based at South Kolkata, Felicitated legendary cricketer and cricket administrator Ms. Gargi Banerji. The organization is headed by Ms. Debolina Biswas, activist and social worker. On behalf of the organization Mr.Gopal Ghosh and Ms. Rakhi Guha, Felicitated Gargi Banerji.

Gargi Banerji with a fan
Gargi Banerji with a fan

Felicitation of Gargi Banerji
Felicitation of Gargi Banerji

Interview: Arup Mitra, Jt. Head of Western Music of Calcutta School of Music on the school and the Indian Music Section

By Bidisha Bagchi


The Calcutta School of Music is one of the premier institutions in India. It was established in the year 1915 AD by Dr. Phillipé Sandré, a musician of considerable calibre, a contemporary and friend of the famous composer Saint Saëns. It is probably the only school in the country which has a wide ranging canvas of musical disciplines covering all Western music disciplines, dance, speech training, elocution, and drama.

Arup Mitra, Joint Head of Western Music shared some interesting facts with WBRi about the school, its students and the Indian Music Section.

Tell us something about the school?

Writer-Director Rohit Gupta Wins Top Awards at International Film Festival in Washington DC

A Still from
A Still from "LIFE! CAMERA ACTION..."

Washington DC, April 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Globe-trotting internationally acclaimed films, 'LIFE! CAMERA ACTION...' (89 mins - Drama/feature) & 'ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER LIFE' (4 min - an Official Selection at the Cannes 2009) produced and directed by debutante Rohit Gupta was honored with the 'Best Film of the Festival' & 'Best Film under 30 minutes' awards respectively at the Hot Media International Film Festival (HMIFF) 2012.

Connie Lamothe (left) and June Daguiso at the film festival
Connie Lamothe (left) and June Daguiso at the film festival

In Conversation with Cast & Crew of Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai - Interesting Trivia

Mumbai, April 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Day 2 of Vinod Chopra Film Festival ‘In Conversation with Cast & Crew’ turned out to be a great surprise with the star cast of 'Munna Bhai 1 & 2’. Vinod Chopra along with RajKumar Hirani, Sanjay Dutt, Dia Mirza,  & other supporting cast of Munna Bhai MBBS & Lage Raho Munna Bhai came together to talk about the film.

Yash Raj Films is the New Gamer on the Block


Mumbai, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Yash Raj Films is legendary for its movies, its music, its iconic love scenes and for creating stars. The production house looks like it is now foraying into a new space - the gamer zone.

Local students win WPAS string competition

Washington, D.C. – The winners of Washington Performing Arts Society’s 41st annual Feder String Competition, held on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at the University of the District of Columbia, will receive their awards in a ceremony on Friday, April 13 at 7:00pm at the Washington Conservatory of Music (One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD). The annual competition provides the opportunity for aspiring local string musicians in grades six through twelve to earn cash scholarships, music lessons and tuition remission to prominent summer music festivals.  The 2012 judges were Olivia Hajioff (violin/viola), Marc Ramirez (violin/viola) and Vasily Popov (cello/bass).

13th Annual TromaDance Film Festival Program of Shorts Announced

March 30, 2012, New York, NY - Greetings From Tromaville! We are pleased to announce the first tranche of films officially selected for the 13th Annual TromaDance Film Festival, the only truly independent film festival that is completely FREE! This year the festival received a record number of entries from independent filmmakers all over the world, and thirty-six short films have been selected to screen, with feature films still to be announced.

Eros Intl. Goes Global on Internet with EROS NOW Video and Music Portal


Mumbai, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Eros International have launched EROS Now - a premium South Asian global entertainment web-site.

Did Bumboo (2012) Hindi Film Really Get Bumboo’d?

Actress Mandy Thakar in hot item song Pinky Punjabi
Mandy Thakar in hot item song Pinky Punjabi

Mumbai, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) It was a night about stars, lights, bling and cameras at the ‘Bumboo’ red carpet premiere last night. The mega premiere had the who’s who of Bollywood like, Kay Kay Menon, Anurag Kashyap, Puneet Malhotra, Zyed Khan, Mohit Suri, Satish Shah, Urvashi Dholakia and many more including the stars of Bumboo.

Kailash Kher and Kailasa Gear up for Rangeele UK tour

Kailash Kher & Kailasa Rangeele UK Tour Dates and Tickets

London, UK, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned Indian Sufi singer Kailash Kher’s latest album Rangeele has been a hit. And since its release, Kailash Kher has been busy travelling the length and breadths of the country spreading the colors of Rangeele in every nook and corner of every city and state. However, Rangeele goes global as Kailasa gears up for a UK tour.  Kailash Kher’s belief that “music can transcend borders” comes true with this tour.

Tour Dates, Venue and Ticket information via WBRi.

Vinod Chopra Films Festival Opens, Three Decades of Indian Cinema to be Celebrated

Mumbai, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) As a tribute to mark the completion of three decades in the film industry, Vinod Chopra Films in association with PVR Cinemas have organized “30 Years of Striving in Cinema- A Festival of Vinod Chopra Films” between March 29 – April 4, 2012.

Mississauga Hinduism Summit to present Hinduism’s science, denigration and ‘digestion’

Mississauga, ON, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Recent surveys are showing that many North Americans are leaning towards Hindu thought. At the same time, a study indicates that over 1/3rd of youth from Hindu families in North America may be converting out of Hinduism. While the growing interest in Hinduism is a testimony to Hinduism’s science and universal nature, the counter trend shows ignorance about Hinduism’s uniqueness among many born Hindus. The Hinduism Summit (Dharmajagruti Sabha), to be held in Hindu Heritage Centre in Mississauga on Saturday, 28th April from 2:30 to 4:45pm, aims to address these trends as well as threats to Hinduism from direct assaults, denigration and ‘digestion’. The Summit will also provide guidance on the Hindu spiritual way of life. The organizers, the Hindu Heritage Centre and Forum for Hindu Awakening, welcome everyone interested in Hinduism to this event.