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

By Bidisha Bagchi

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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.

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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

Gamerz@YRF

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

EROS Now

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.



South Asian Beauty Pageant Miss India International Contest in New Jersey USA

Sheetal Sheth

Sheetal Sheth (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

New York, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Jewel of India announced today that 2nd Annual Miss India International will take place on Sunday May 6th 2012 at THE MADISON HOTEL, New Jersey - Sponsored by CRITERIUM JAGIASI - http://criterium-jagiasi.com/ .

"Last year the pageant was held in Delaware, attended by over 400 people but this year we are excited to bring it to New Jersey", said Juhi Jagiasi, the CEO and Founder of Jewel of India and Director of MISS INDIA INTERNATIONAL.

In addition to the pageant there will be 'Fashion Designer CONTEST' and 'Best Runway Model CONTEST'. To win the coveted title each contestant will compete in 4 categories: Indian Dress, Evening Gown, Fitness Wear & Interview Round.

The Panel of Judges comprises of big names like Ean Williams (Executive Director, DC FASHION WEEK), Tejinder Singh (White House Correspondent), Harry Romana (Founder, IND TV USA), Manan Singh Katohora (Internationally-Acclaimed Award-winning Filmmaker), Tirusha Dave (CEO, BRAVURA Magazine), Samina Moghul (Fashion Designer), to name a few.



Shree Ramnavami (राम नवमी) – birth celebration of the ideal incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Lord Rama

Lord Rama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ramnavami (राम नवमी) will be celebrated on April 1st this year to proclaim the birth of Shreeram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. A major festival lasting 9 days will be celebrated all over India with many special events filled with religious fervor and gaiety. The most notable being the day-long readings of a 1,000 page poem from the Ramayana, a book about Shree Ram’s life. Other practices such as singing of hymns,, reciting of Ramraksha Stotra (verses in praise of Shree Ram), distribution of holy sacrament or prasad, processions and offerings of fruits and flowers also form part of this festival ihonouring a supreme individual with ideal characteristics.



In conversation with Stars

Kavita (Shabana Azmi)

Kavita (Shabana Azmi) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mumbai, March 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) First time in the history of Indian cinema, a director, a producer and a brilliant observer, Vinod Chopra is making people re-live the old moments by releasing all his fable films once again. Legendary blockbusters like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Parinda, 3 Idiots, etc. are re-releasing and will again spread among the people who will form a déjà woo among themselves.

The movies will be showcased in PVR Cinemas, Juhu, Mumbai from March 30th - April 4th, 2012. This is not the only big thing that is happening this season but also there is a live conversation chat with the stars of all the movies after the show. Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi, Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Dutt, etc. will personally talk to the audience and share their experiences at the time of the shoot. “So isn’t that a cherry on top?”

Priority is majorly given to the media freaks that have the hunger to either pierce or know more about the entertainment business. The opportunity is open, Grab it!



Kailash Kher Performs Live in New Jersey, USA

Kailash Kher Live In New Jersey

New York, NY, March 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) ARIZ Inc. presents internationally acclaimed artist Kailash Kher, with his band Kailasa, in New Jersey on May 11th.  Kailash will be performing from his fourth and highly anticipated studio album Rangeele which debuted in January 2012.