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Sanjay Dutt Talks About Agneepath (Hindi, 2012) New Bollywood Indian Movie

Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra Hot Scene from Agneepath
Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra Hot Scene from New Agneepath (2012) Hindi Movie

Mumbai, Jan 5, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Dharma Team is on a full swing with the promotion of their upcoming movie Agneepath. To make it bigger, the makers of Agneepath have already released a promo for the ongoing ‘Agneepath’ series, featuring Hrithik Roshan. They have also got Sanjay Dutt to speak for the same series as another promotional gimmick.

Watch the video via WBRi.

Katrina Kaif's Hot Item Number "Chikni Chameli" from AGNEEPATH (Hindi, 2012) Bollywood Movie Video Crosses 5 Million Views

Jpg Image Wallpaper - Katrina Kaif in Chikni Chameli item song from AGNIPATH (2012) Hindi Movie

Mumbai, Dec 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Chikni Chameli is undoubtedly the undisputed champion amongst all the item songs of 2011. The first ever item number from the Dharma camp has taken the entire country by storm and has created quite a rage, especially among the Katrina fans.

The video went viral in a span of 2 days after its launch and the current view on the official You Tube Dharma Channel have crossed over 5 million views.

The video ‘Chikni Chameli in the Making’ was released by the Agneepath team on January 2nd, 2012. The video portrays the hard work that went on the sets of Chikni Chameli to create the sizzling magic on screen.

The music for Chikni Chameli was composed by the famous Ajay-Atul and choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. Dharma Productions will release the movie Agneepath on January 26, 2012.

Watch ‘Chikni Chameli the Making’ video.

Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt Live in Concert at Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival 2011

Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt & Subrata Bhattacharya
Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt & Subrata Bhattacharya

Pandit Viswa Mohan BhattCalcutta, Jan 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): From December 29 till January 4, Kolkata will be gifted with memorable concerts by the leading classical guitarists worldwide, as the Calcutta International Guitar Festival 2011 gets started with all the right chords and beats!

Supported by the Siddha and Bikram Ghosh, the concert got its way amidst much fan-fare, lauded by enthusiastic followers and maestros alike.

ICCR auditorium hosted the festival’s first concert in the evening of December 29. Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, the Grammy Award Winning, Mohan Veena player accompanied by Subrata Bhattacharya on the Tabla and Somnath Roy on the Ghatanm captivated the audience in his rhythmic and soulful tunes.

Read all about the event and check out our exclusive photo-feature and slide-show on WBRi.

German violinist Julia Fischer performs with Milana Chernyavska in Washington

Julia FischerWashington, D.C.­, Jan 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / WPAS) German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide as an exceptionally gifted performer. Said the Guardian, of her latest CD, Poème, “The Suk dazzles, the Chausson is restrained yet passionate, the Respighi beautiful in the extreme.” Said NPR’s deceptive cadence, “As a technician, Fischer is astounding. You only need hear her crisp articulations and fantastically precise left-hand work to hear proof of that. But within these works she also reaches an emotional inner core that is very moving.” Fischer performs a recital of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy and Saint-Saëns at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on February 18.

Fischer’s extraordinary talent is reflected in the numerous awards and similarly effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings. Said the Guardian of a performance last year of Shostakovich’s first violin concerto, “In what is one of the most arduous works in the repertoire for the violin soloist, Fischer’s unstinting vigor and ability to dig deep into the tone matched the sense of purpose conductor and orchestra brought to the finely integrated accompaniment.” Said the New York Times of a Fischer recital of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, “Ms. Fischer plays with a remarkably sweet tone (evoking melting caramel perhaps) and long, refined phrases that have an operatic quality to them.”

Julia Fischer started the 2011-12 season at the Lucerne Festival with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and on a subsequent tour to London, Luxembourg and Frankfurt performing the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s violin concerto “Mar’eh,” a piece dedicated to Ms. Fischer. Other highlights of season include European tours with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, playing and directing a program of Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, as well as with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov. Guest appearances in 2011-12 include performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recital tours with pianist Milana Chernyavska take her to Italy and Spain, as well as to five cities beyond Washington, D.C.  in the U.S. The season is rounded off with recital and chamber music performances at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall in the summer of 2012.

Julia FischerFischer was named “Artist of the Year” at the Gramophone Awards in 2007. In January 2009 her CD of Bach concertos recorded with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra became the fastest-selling classical music debut in iTunes history. Fischer’s 2005 recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin earned worldwide critical praise including the rare distinction of winning three of France’s most prestigious awards: the Diapason d’Or from Diapason; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica Repertoire. Fischer revisited the works on a two-month 2010 tour that included two performances at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

Also an accomplished pianist, Fischer, made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in the same concert. A DVD of the concert was released by Decca in August 2010.

Born in Munich in 1983 to a pianist mother from Slovakia and a mathematician father from Eastern Germany, Fischer began learning the piano with her mother at age three, but was soon persuaded to take add the violin. She began violin lessons at the Leopold Mozart Conservatoire in Augsburg, and three years later became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music., She won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at age 11, an event that catapulted her toward a career as a soloist. Fischer lives in Munich, Germany.

Milana ChernyavskaMilana Chernyavska was born in Kiev in the Ukraine. She began piano lessons at age of five and entered the School for Gifted Children at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory two years later. She won the first international chamber music competition Concertino Praga at age 12 and graduated with distinction from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1990 after which she continued her studies at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich. She won the Gold Medal at the Vladimir and Regina Horowitz Competition in 1994.

Chernyavska has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Munich Chamber and Ukrainian National Symphonic orchestras. Her performances have been recorded by German radio, as well as for the BBC, the VRS, Radio France, and the National Ukrainian Radio. She has made numerous solo and chamber music recordings for EMI, Naxos, Claves, Avie and Ars Musici.

Chernyavska has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Chatelet in Paris, the Conservatoire in Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She performs regularly with her own quartet, the Milander Quartet, as well as with Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, among others, and has taught at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich, among other places.

Who: Julia Fischer, violin Milana Chernyavska, piano
When: Saturday, February 18, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Where: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Program: Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, K.454 Schubert Rondeau Brillant, Op. 70, D. 895 Debussy Sonata in G minor Saint-Saens Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Tickets, $40, are available at www.wpas.org or 202-785-9727.

The Encore Series is made possible through the generous support of the Abramson Family Foundation.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Pincode – The “Steering Wheel” of a Letter in the Indian Postal System

Example of a PIN: The PIN code of Ujjain in Ma...

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By Dr. K. Parameswaran

The author is Assistant Director, PIB,Madurai, India.

This article is in commemoration of India's PIN Code Week of 15th - 21st January, 2012.

Madurai, Jan 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The small rectangular box, with six partitions, that appear on all postal articles in India is ignored by many and left unfilled by even more! However for the postal department, the small box represents nothing less than the “steering wheel” of a letter! The box is used to fill in the PIN code of the place to which the letter is being sent. What is the PIN code? How does it work?

What is a PIN code?

Interview: A Musical Evening with Canadian-Bengali Singer Paromita Mukherjee

By Soumitra Talukdar

Paromita Mukherjee on WBRiCalcutta, Jan 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio, Soumitra Talukdar talks to Canada-based Bengali singer Paromita Mukherjee in this candid and informal musical video interview in Kolkata.

Paromita started  learning music even before school. She learned  Rabindra Sangeet at the famous Dakshini music school in south Kolkata. Later on, her husband’s job took her all over the world and she performed at various shows, some with famous Indian singers like Sonu Nigam and Usha Uthup. Paromita has also performed all over India and overseas.

Interview: A Musical Tête à Tête with Bengali Singer - Pianist NIPOBITHI GHOSH in Calcutta

By Hirak Bhattacharyya and Supratim Sanyal

Nipobithi Ghosh Bengali Songs on WBRi Washington Bangla RadioCalcutta, Jan 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) As you know, Nipobithi Ghosh is a talented pianist, guitarist and singer. Her remarkable proficiency with the keys has grabbed the attention of Bengali music lovers across the world. We caught up with Nipobithi in Kolkata and spent a wonderful candid and informal evening learning about the beautiful musician and listening to her Rabindrasangeet songs and guitar. Watch the exclusive WBRI video interview-feature.

The Emerson String Quartet and Wu Han perform at Strathmore on Feb. 15th

Washington, D.C., Jan 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After 35 years of extensive touring, the Emerson String Quartet boasts an incomparable list of achievements: nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and an international reputation for groundbreaking chamber music projects including cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals.

Radharani Telefilms Centre Kolkata Felicitates Tollywood Stalwarts

Bengali Actresses Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Rita Koyral & Sandhya Roy

Bengali Actresses Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Rita Koyral & Sandhya Roy

Bengali Actresses Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Rita Koyral & Sandhya Roy
From Left: Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Sandhya Roy, Rita Koyral & Rina Mitra

Kolkata, January 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations)  Bidding adieu to the year that was, Kolkata was at the height of festivities while a part of the city’s film fraternity took this opportunity to felicitate some of the stalwarts of the industry through a grand award ceremony.

Yash Raj Films Releases All-Time Bollywood Top 50 Hindi Movie Videos on Youtube Creating Dhoom with "Jhakaas Pachaas"

Mumbai, Jan 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Yash Raj Camp has come up with a very unique idea of giving their fans an entertaining way to celebrate the New Year.

Are All Men Pedophiles (2012) Controversial Documentary Film on Pedophilia from Cultural and Professional Perspective

Are All Men Pedophiles (2012) Film Poster

Washington, DC, Jan 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The trailer of director Jan-Willem Breure's controversial documentary film points out some interesting anecdotes - like what the typical entry age of a girl aspiring to be a successful fashion model is, and when the fascination of grown-up men with pre-teen or barely teen girls is legally, morally or culturally acceptable.

Read the synopsis and watch the trailer.

Panchayati Raj of India: Backward Regions Grant Fund

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New Delhi, Jan 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF), launched by the Prime Minister at Barpeta in Assam on 19th February 2007, signifies a new approach to addressing persistent regional imbalances in development. The programme subsumed the Rashtriya Sama Vikas Yojana (RSVY), a scheme earlier being administered by the Planning Commission. The BRGF Programme covers 250 districts in 27 States, of which 232 districts fall under the purview of Parts IX and IX-A of the Constitution dealing with the Panchayats and the Municipalities, respectively. The remaining 18 districts are covered by other local government structures, such as Autonomous District and Regional Councils under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and state specific arrangements as in the case of Nagaland and the hill areas of Manipur.


The Backward Regions Grant Fund is designed to redress regional imbalances in development by way of providing financial resources for supplementing and converging existing developmental inflows into the identified backward districts, so as to:

Christmas & New Year Lighting Celebration in Park Street Kolkata - A Photo-Feature

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Kolkata, December 31, 2011, (Washington Bangla Radio/Penning Creations): Ho ho ho!!...so came again Christmas time, with it the mistletoe and wine. Well maybe the mistletoe’s not completely authentic, and the wine would be competing with a larger variety of drinks, but the Christmas spirit in Kolkata perhaps reaches that public celebratory stage, which most of the proprietor countries wouldn’t.

Its no miracle or diet - Get slim with ‘Think And Get Slim: Natural Weight Loss’ (DVD Review)

Mumbai, Dec 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Many times you wonder people eating too much remain slim and fit and you gain weight with even a controlled diet. Though you too want to relish the delicious food enjoyed by other but you can’t for the fear that you will put on!  Even post pregnancy, women tend to gain weight. What is the solution to all these problems? How can you eat and still mange to stay fit. Here is a key to all these problems.

Shemaroo Entertainment releases ‘Think And Get Slim: Natural Weight Loss’ on home video in dual Language - English and Hindi. The title is one of the simplest solutions to loose weight. This leading edge DVD program conducted by Esther and Jerry Hicks constitutes one of the most effective guides to natural weight loss ever created. Rather than recommending diet and exercise, Abraham teaches you how to modify your thoughts to take advantage of the awesome leverage provided by the Law of Attraction.

It’s not a miracle work out. It’s not a diet plan. It’s not a pill. But it will definitely work. Get your copy of ‘Think And Get Slim: Natural Weight Loss’ DVD.

‘Think And Get Slim: Natural Weight Loss’ DVD is economically priced at Rs 299/- only.

Imran Khan - Kareena Kapoor's Video Log 6 from Ek Main Aur Ek Tu (2012) Wish Their Fans New Year & Fans Reply Too

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kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan in Ek Main Aur Ek Tu (2012) Hindi Film
kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan in Ek Main Aur Ek Tu (2012) Hindi Film

Mumbai, Dec 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ek Main Aur Ekk tu has got an awesome response from the fans for its theatrical trailer and songs so no wonder that its relaease on the 10th of February is much awaited. Along with the songs and the trailer, Imran’s vBlogs have been an integral part of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’s campaign.

Read all about the video log and watch it online via WBRi.