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Singer Sonu Nigam on SAB TV Movers & Shakers

Sonu Nigam and Shekhar Suman on Movers & Shakers SAB TV Show in India

Mumbai, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / your-story.org) The all time favourite and contemporary singer Sonu Nigam was invited on the set of Movers and Shakers on SAB TV. The young, energetic and passionate Sonu Nigam still continues to enthrall music lovers with his versatile singing for more than a decade. Apart from singing Sonu has also acted in bollywood films making him a multi-talented personality and a role model for upcoming artist. Among the humongous list of the songs sung by Sonu Nigam,  few of his favorites are ‘Title track of ‘Kal ho na Ho’, ‘Soniyo’, ‘Tumse Mil Ke dil ka hai jo haal kya kare’ etc.

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Shekhar as a host has a knack to connect with his guests and unveil a side that brings the best undiscovered facets of his guests and entertain the audiences. While chatting with Sonu he reminisced the times Sonu had appeared on his show and reminded him of good old memories of Sonu’s past appearances on the show.

Nanubhai Education Foundation’s Fourth Annual Gala

New York, NY, March 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Celebrities will commemorate eight successful years at the Nanubhai Educational Foundation's 4th Annual Gala on April 27th at the exquisite Angel Orensanz Foundation of Contemporary Art in New York City.


Mumbai, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) Keksi gets the news on the failure of mission undertaken by her son Ravan. She is enraged and with the help of her supernatural powers, visualises from which person and which region her son Ravan will have danger in future. Keksi’s powers are hinting towards AnjanPradesh. So with an intention to create havoc in AnjanPradesh, she uses her life taking powers Pranghatini (life taking) through a cursed female demon named Marjarika. With the effect of Keksi’s powers, Anjana and Kesari, along with many other people become unconscious one by one and starts falling on the ground. No one understands what is happening as the royal doctor is summoned. But none of his medicines or experience works. This incidence creates a havoc and uproar in AnjanPradesh.

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Movers and Shakers: Bollywood Actress Nupur Mehta on Cricket Match Fixing Allegations - "poor, innocent Indian girl"

Mumbai, March 22, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) Upcoming Bollywood actress Nupur Mehta was seen in Hindi movie Jo Bole So Nihaal and TV advertisements for Fanta and Pirelli, and has been on the Fiat calender. She was on the cover of Sportswear International’s June 2001 issue and one of India’s first Mills & Boons versions written by Astha Atray "His Monsoon Bride" last year after winning a model hunt contest.

Nupur Mehta was amidst a storm of controversies after the reports of her being involved in match fixing for the Indo-Pak match in World Cup 2011 surfaced. She will be seen as the next guest on Movers & Shakers. After the cricketing controversy it’s her first televised appearance wherein she sets the record straight and clarifies all allegations made against her on Movers & Shakers on SAB TV.

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Mediker reaches Muzaffarpur on its Smart Kalakaar Ki Khoj - Anshika Kumari from Adarsh Vidya Mandir becomes AIR Radio Rockstar

Muzaffarpur, March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) Anshika Kumari from Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Muzaffarpur becomes the Radio Rockstar by participating in the Mediker- Smart Kalakar Ki Khoj, which is an exciting platform offered by Mediker to kids who are smart and think differently. The only girl from Muzaffarpur to become an anchor in a new program Mediker- Pyaar Se Suljaye on All India Radio, Anshika Kumari has become a Radio Rockstar thanks to Mediker Anti-Lice Treatment, the kids’ favorite anti- lice brand.

STAR Parivar Awards 2012 Goes 3D

Mumbai, March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / free-press-release) Indian television's most extravagant annual event just got better. The STAR Parivaar Awards that celebrates the best of India's largest television network has gone 3D in its 10th year as its cherishes the old and fosters the new - new thinking!


“The world has changed a lot since Ravi recorded with Yehudi Menuhin 45 years ago, but Anoushka is clearly keen to blaze the same sort of trail.”—MOJO

Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar / Photo © Harper Smith/Deutsche Grammophon

Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated sitarist, composer, and conductor Anoushka Shankar shines on her Deutsche Grammophon debut Traveller.  The daughter and disciple of maestro Ravi Shankar has been hailed as “a new breed of super-musician” by the Japan Times and BBC Music Magazine noted she was a “creative force” and a “star performer”.  To coincide with the album release (March 20th), Shankar will embark on a multiple-city tour across the U.S. (See dates below).

Anoushka Shankar's "Traveller", her debut on Deutsche Grammophon

With her deep-rooted understanding of Indian classical form and the rich heritage of her father’s innovative genius, Anoushka is constantly pushing boundaries on every level.  Produced by visionary Spanish songwriter, guitarist and producer Javier Limón, Traveller fuses ancient Gypsy flamenco with classical Indian music resulting in an “inspired” (The Guardian) collection steeped in tradition while maintaining a modern sound. Shankar collaborated with many world-renowned Indian and flamenco musicians on this beautiful, ground-breaking musical journey including pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño on “Bulería Con Ricardo”, guitarist Pepe Habichuela on “Boy Meets Girl” and Concha Buika and Sandra Carrasco on vocals for the mesmerizing “Casi uno” and “Kanya” respectively.  Other highlights include “Dancing In Madness“which showcases the actual flamenco dancer Farruco’s feet furiously tapping in tune with percussion and the fast-paced title track “Traveller”.

Anoushka Shankar: Traveller
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Ishq 2012: Young Ghazal Maestro Jaswinder Singh Performs in Washington DC

Ghazal Singer Jaswinder Singh Performs in Washington, DC

Jaswinder Singh is a young Ghazal singer from India with a mesmerising voice. The talented singer has been awarded ‘The Young Ghazal Maestro’ by Indian Music Academy. The title was presented by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in the presence of the former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Interview: GRAMMY Award winner Sound Engineer Carlos 'Storm' Martinez on "LIFE! CAMERA ACTION..."

Carlos 'Storm' Martinez with daughter Tava Rose
Carlos 'Storm' Martinez with daughter Tava Rose

New York, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) New York based award winning Sound/Mixing Engineer Carlos 'Storm' Martinez gets candid in this interview about his experience as the Post-Production Supervisor on the highly praised and internationally acclaimed film LIFE! CAMERA ACTION... produced & directed by Rohit Gupta.

Carlos 'Storm' Martinez with daughter Tava Rose

'Storm' as he is known to many is 10 times Grammy Nominated and a Grammy Award winning Sound/Recording Engineer and Mixer. His role as the sound engineer in the film 'God of Love' won the Best Live Action Short at the Oscars 2011. He has worked with the legends in the industry for many years including Justin Timberlake, Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Roots to name a few from a vast list. His work won Justin Timberlake the Best Male POP & Best POP performance at the 2004 Grammy; Patti Labelle, 2005 Grammy nomination for the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performer; The Roots, 2004 Grammy nomination for the Best Rap Album & Jill Scott, 2001 Grammy nomination for the Best R&B Album.

Storm owns 'Creative Mixing' a Sound recording company based in New York.

How did this transition from music to movies happened?


Movie transition happened accidentally when I moved to NYC. The scene died in Philadelphia so I needed to move somewhere I could work and support family and myself.  Once I got to NYC I answered a Craigslist ad for some needing a short film mixed. I thought, "If I can mix a record, I can mix a film."

After getting the project files from the producer, I erased everything they had in there and did all of the sound again-After hearing everything they told me I was the sound designer as well!  As a music engineer we read the manuals to all of the latest effects boxes so that we can manipulate sound in any way possible, the problem is that most musicians don't want their sounds manipulated that much but in film world where someone hands you a dream sequence that's silent and say "bring this to life" I get to have real fun with noise tweaking.

How was the Oscars experience?

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A Fine Job by Matt Damon in WE BOUGHT A ZOO (2011) | WBRi Movie Review

We Bought a Zoo (2012) PosterKolkata, India, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The name of Matt Damon inevitably does the rounds in any discussions on the contemporary crop of talented and successful actors in Hollywood. The actor, who had been a part of the classic ‘Ocean’s series and had (quite deftly!) essayed the role of the main protagonist in the ‘The Bourne Trilogy’, has, time and again, reminded (with his powerhouse performances!) of the quite considerable acting talents that he has at his disposal. Indeed, Damon’s role in the memorable ‘Good Will Hunting’ fetched the actor multiple prestigious cine awards. Matt Damon makes a conscious attempt to break away from the brand of action entertainers that he has come to be associated with (due to a number of quite successful films of this genre in which he starred!) with his latest release, ‘We Bought A Zoo.’ The movie has the successful director Cameron Crowe (of ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘Vanilla Sky’ fame) at the helm and it was expected that Damon’s histrionic skills would combine well with the filmmaking expertise of Crowe – making ‘We Bought A Zoo’ a nice and cosy family flick. The actual movie turns out to be quite delightful as well.

In ‘We Bought A Zoo’, we meet ‘Benjamin Mee’ (Matt Damon), whose wife has only recently deceased. The tragic incident makes ‘Benjamin’ take up the entire responsibility of raising his two kids – son ‘Dylan’ (Colin Ford) and daughter ‘Rosie’ (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). Although ‘Benjamin’ cannot quite get over the feeling of emptiness and void that the loss of his wife had left in his life, he makes an attempt to put up a brave face and move on, for the sake of his children. As a starting point to a new life, ‘Benjamin’ decides to buy a new house (and hopefully get rid of painful old memories!). This decision, however, is not as straightforward as one might assume. The new house comes with a full-scale zoo (with a complete range of animals!) at its back!

Interview: Feng Shui expert Nalini Rawal on the ancient science and its impact on our lives

By Bidisha Bagchi


An interior designer by profession in India, Nalini Rawal studied Vaastu and her interest grew in Astro Sciences. She also studied Feng Shui (Fung-Shway) and is now an expert in it. WBRi chatted with her to know more about these ancient sciences and how it works.

Jennifer Lawrence's Stellar Act in Imaginative Sci-Fi Flick THE HUNGER GAMES (2012) | WBRi Movie Review

The Hunger Games (2012) PosterKolkata, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Films that are set in the future have a distinct charm of their own. Movies like ‘Children Of Men’ and, in particular, ‘Avatar’, have invariably set the pulses of viewers racing, with wonderfully conceived storylines and quite fantastic special effects (the latter, of course, is often a must have in any futuristic movie!). It is, however, hardly an easy task for filmmakers to make a successful movie belonging to this genre. Excess use of technical wizardry, in a bid to showcase the future, can, in fact, appear rather gimmicky onscreen (as the makers of many not-so-successful future-oriented films would testify!). Director Gary Ross, who had earlier made the quite delightful ‘Seabiscuit’, returns after a brief hiatus with a brand-new, future-based film, ‘The Hunger Games.’ With an intriguing storyline and a fresh cast (which did not feature any of the really big names in Hollywood though!), the movie was expected to be a uniformly engaging fare for all lovers of science-fiction flicks. ‘The Hunger Games’ pretty much lives up to such lofty expectations too!

In ‘The Hunger Games’, we are introduced to the nation of ‘Panem’ (which is supposed to have been created from North America, which is now in ruins). The time is set in the future (apparently, at a significantly distant date, at that!). In ‘Panem’, there exists the tradition of holding a ‘reaping’ (or, ‘raffle’) every year. During the ‘raffle’, one boy and one girl are randomly selected from every district to participate in the so-called ‘hunger games.’ In a fight till death, this (distinctly cruel!) game continues till only one of the two contestants remains standing. ‘Katniss Everdeen’ (Jennifer Lawrence), a feisty 16-year old lady from District 12, is one of the very few people in the country, who has participated (and won!) in the ‘hunger games’ for several years. Of course, taking part in such a life-threatening game puts extra risks on young ‘Katniss’ life and the latter is compensated for this danger by an extra ration of oil and foodgrains. ‘Katniss’ is also the veritable ‘head of the family’, and has to look out for the well-being of her sister ‘Primrose’ (Willow Shields) and her mother (Paula Malcolmson). The only dependable friend that ‘Katniss’ has in the world is ‘Gale’ (Liam Hemseworth).

Sivamani, Hariharan and Gobinda Bose Electrify Nazrul Mancha



Pt. Gobindo Bose and Sivamani
Pt. Gobindo Bose and Sivamani

March 20th, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/Penning Creations) The evening of 18th March, 2012 saw three of the top musicians in the country coming together and setting up an electrifying atmosphere at “An Evening of Aesthetic Melody” at the Nazrul Mancha in South Kolkata. Music had filled every nook and corner of the stadium and it was all that the people could talk about. The musical trio was none other than renowned percussionist Sivamani, Playback artist and Ghazal singer Padmashri Hariharan and Tabla Maestro Pandit Gobinda Bose. The event was organized by SEBA Foundation and Alchemy Leadership School.

Malkit Singh & Ravi Bal release 4th Studio Album "MIDAS TOUCH 3"

Malkit Singh - Ravi Bal - Midas Touch 3

London, UK, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Malkit Singh and Ravi Bal the golden duo collaborate again for their 4th Studio Album together "MIDAS TOUCH 3" on Moviebox UK.

This deadly duo created some of the biggest International Bhangra Anthems across 3 monster albums “MIDAS TOUCH”, “MIDAS TOUCH 2” and “FOREVER GOLD”  with hit's such as “MITTEH GANNEH”, “SHADALEY”, “ADDI MARDI”, “ISHARIAN TE NACHNA”, “MAA”, “CHAL HUN”, “TUTHAA WALE KHOO” and many more.

They collaborate once again to bring you what promises to be a huge action packed Musical & Lyrical Masterpeice of an Album.

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Are you ready for the Golden Duo once again?

Spectacular Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir Celebrates Winter with Music and Adventure

View from the top of Gulmarg's piste. This is ...

View from the top of Gulmarg's piste. This is also the first stop of the ski lift, which has a further second stop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By M. L. Dhar
PIB Feature

The picturesque and immaculately snow covered Gulmarg has been witnessing tremendous enthusiasm of lovers of snow, adventure and music. The internationally acclaimed ski resort was quite busy during the first fortnight of March as participants and tourists arrived in hordes for the just concluded Gondola Ski cup, Gulmarg Global Derby and the Gulmarg Winter Festival 2012.

There was overwhelming response by local male and female participants in the much awaited three-day Gondola Ski cup with events for under-14, 18 and senior categories.  Similar was the response by  the  national and international skiers and snow boarders in the Gulmarg Global Derby.  “It was a surprise to see such a huge influx of participants in each category. In senior men's category there were 111 skiers and out of them only 15 qualified. Most of the high profile skiers got disqualified because of the tough and tricky course during trials,” said co-organiser and founder of Gulmarg Global Derby.