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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.

The Golden Pen: Following the Footsteps of a Bollywood Scriptwriter to premiere at Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival

Toronto, Mar 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWeb) Lani Selick's biographical documentary The Golden Pen is conceived and written by Zuhair (Kash) Kashmeri, son of scriptwriter Aghajani Kashmeri, and premieres at ReelWorld Toronto.



Internationally Acclaimed Indian filmmaker ROHIT GUPTA's films bags another 5 accolades

Director Rohit and Cinematographer Ravi
Director Rohit (L) and Cinematographer Ravi

Washington, DC, March 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) New York Film Academy (NYFA) alumni, Producer/Director Rohit Gupta's internationally acclaimed award winning and highly praised films, 'LIFE! CAMERA ACTION...' (drama-feature) & and 'ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER LIFE ' (a 4 mins thriller short) has been nominated in the 'Best Director, 'Best Screenplay', 'Best Actress' and 'Best Short Film' categories respectively at the upcoming Hot Media International Film Festival (HIMFF) 2012 to be held in Washington, DC.



The First Latin American Ball Room Dance Workshop in Kolkata by Susmita Das Gupta & Daniel Clifford

Susmita Das Gupta and Daniel Clifford

Kolkata March 15, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) On Saturday, the 10th of March, 2012, we visited a workshop on Latin American ballroom dance at St. Lawrence School in Kolkata. Latin American ballroom includes forms such as Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Jive etc. Susmita Das Gupta (Interview), who is organizing the workshop under the aegis of her teacher, informed us about the nature of the week-long workshop and the motivation behind organizing it. She emphasized the need to create widespread awareness about Western dance forms in India.

Susmita Das Gupta Latin American Ballroom Dance Lessons in Kolkata (Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Jive)

Susmita Das Gupta Latin American Ballroom Dance Lessons in Kolkata (Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Jive)

Important western dance forms, says Susmita, have often been trivialized in popular Hindi films, and as such, people refuse to take it seriously. In India, people who wish to pursue dance seriously are mostly trained in Indian classical dance forms. While that is a healthy step in itself, yet she feels that with proper awareness about the variety of dance forms in the west, people are sure to open up to newer dance forms. By organizing the workshop, she wishes to fill the increasing void by encouraging people ranging from different age groups to take part in the workshop. She is happy with the results as of now, and holds multiple sessions through the evening with several age groups, ranging from toddlers to grown-ups.


Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan (Kolkata) Celebrates the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore

Martin Welde, Bernd Franke, Jenner Zimmermann
From Left: Martin Welde, Bernd Franke, Jenner Zimmermann

Kolkata, March 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) On Friday, the 9th of March, 2012, Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan in Kolkata organized a press conference to mark off a series of upcoming events celebrating the 150 years of Rabindrantah Tagore. The program series also celebrates the 60 years of diplomatic ties between Germany and India.

Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan in Kolkata Tagore 150




The R-APDRP - Restructured–Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme of India

English: Logo of Power Finance Corporation.

Image via Wikipedia

PIB Features
With Inputs from the Ministry of Power

New Delhi, March 15, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Power sector is important not only because it impacts the quality of lives of a large section of population but also affects the growth and development of other sectors such as industry, agriculture, transport, health and education.  Power is an expression of development and a medium of transformation. It helps advance a nation from an underdeveloped to developing to a developed one.

With the advent of globalization, the emphasis is on efficiency and customer satisfaction. There is a demand for quality services with stress on transparency and reliability in delivery of the services. The power sector reforms aim at achieving high customer satisfaction with the provision of uninterrupted quality power supply. However, the sector faces a number of challenges.  Some of the problems faced are old worn-out and poor distribution network. The tariff structure is skewed. There exist huge transmission and distribution losses due to theft and unmetered supply.



Interview: Creations in Silver - Indian Jewelry Designer Purvi Dhruv

By Bidisha Bagchi

Indian Silver Jewelry Designer Purvi Dhruv
Purvi Dhruv

Designer Purvi Dhruv's silver jewellery has been able to capture the eye of a large chunk of ladies in India and abroad and they have been converted into faithful clients who keep coming back for more. Purvi, who is also a management graduate, chatted with WBRi about her designs and creations.

How did this idea of jewellery come to you?



Video: Do You Know song from Housefull 2 (2012) Hindi Movie

Mumbai, March 15, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Eros have released their next video song snippet for "Do You Know" from Housefull 2.

This is yet another romantic track from Housefull 2. The duet is performed by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal has a retro feel to it which grows on you.

Watch the music video exclusively via Eros International on WBRi.



Shemaroo powers Airtel mDivine service, Streams Video Live from India's Religious Shrines

Launch of mDivine

Hiren Gada (L), Jai Maroo - Directors, Shemaroo Entertainment
Hiren Gada (L), Jai Maroo - Directors, Shemaroo Entertainment

Mumbai, 15th March 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd., a leading content provider and aggregator, today announced that it has provided the technology backend and user interface for the launch of Airtel mDivine --- a unique interactive service that allows Airtel mobile customers across India to receive LIVE audio visual feed from their favourite religious shrines – anytime, anywhere. Airtel mobile customers can now leverage this innovative service powered by Shemaroo to follow their faith through their mobile phones and subscribe to Airtel mDivine by visiting the Airtel mobile WAP site --- services offered Live Darshan, Aarti, Shabd, Hamd, Mass ceremonies etc. Recorded content from around 500 shrines and LIVE feeds from more than 20 shrines (like Shirdi Sai Baba, Hazi Ali and Sheesh Ganj Gurudwara) from across India are also available on Airtel mDivine.


Video: Kareena Kapoor's Sizzling New Mujra Remix "Dil Mera Muft Ka" Song from Agent Vinod (2012) with Saif Ali Khan

Mumbai, March 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bollywood and Kareena Kapoor lovers across the world have uniformly celebrated the Mujra song from Agent Vinod. But they have not looked at the remix version before now!

Presenting the charismatic, glamorous, beautiful Kareena Kapoor in Agent Vinod once again in the remix. An EROS International exclusive video release - watch it via WBRi.

After doing a sizzling dance on Chammak Challo in Ra.One, Kareena Kapoor is all set to please the audience shaking her legs on the tunes of Mujra in Bollywood's upcoming action movie Agent Vinod.

Check out the remix version of the mujra song.




Video: Rabta Kuch To Hai Song from Agent Vinod (2012) Hindi Movie - Saif Ali Khan - Kareena Kapoor

Saif Ali Khan - Kareena Kapoor Poster / Wallpaper - Agent Vinod (2012)

Mumbai, March 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) EROS International have released the latest video song from their secrent-agent action thriller film "Agent Vinod" titled Raabta.

The music video features Saif Ali Khan with his lady love Kareena Kapoor.

The celebrity couple's chemistry is evident in the romantic track.

The song has been sung by Arijit Singh and the lyricist is Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Music has been composed by Pritam. Watch the video via WBRi.