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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.


Latin American Ball Room Dance Workshop Coming to Kolkata

Daniel Clifford's School of Latin American Dances, Kolkata

Calcutta, Dec 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed South American Dance expert Daniel Clifford will conduct a 7 day workshop in Kolkata on various forms of Latin American Ball Room that includes Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Waltz, Quick Step etc.


The 10th India International Mega Trade Fair, Kolkata: Bringing Business Closer

December 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): From December 15th to 25th Science City Auditorium grounds, Kolkata will be busy welcoming some of the most recognizable names in the business fraternity with the 10th India International Mega Trade Fair kicking off amidst much fan fare.

The guests of honor, Mr. Partho Chaterjee, (West Bengal State Commerce and Industry Minister) and the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh, Md. Mustafizur Rahman, saw the IIMTF through its inaugural program, in the presence of the representatives from the participating countries - Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana and Myanmar, to name a few. The country in focus is Pakistan, while Bangladesh will partner the event with India.

Supposedly the largest trade fair of its kind in Asia, the IIMTF, Kolkata, will feature separate air conditioned stands with displays from various industrial segments such as Electronics & Electricals, Furniture, Lifestyle, Food & Beverages, home décor & home appliances and much more.

Realizing the importance of homemakers and kids in influencing buying decisions, steps have also been taken to draw them in huge numbers and keep them entertained throughout. A Mega Chef Contest and a Mega Drawing Competition is expected to serve this purpose satisfactorily. To be stretched across two weekends, the India International Mega Trade Fair, Kolkata, is also expecting to pull in the working professionals, who would otherwise find it extremely difficult to attend the fair.

Here is a picture gallery from the Trade Fair.

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The Jarry Singla Trio Cast Their Spell on Calcutta

Jarry Singla Trio Performing Live in Calcutta

Jarry Singla Trio Performing Live in Calcutta

Kolkata, December 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations): Renowned German jazz group The Jarry Singla Trio kick-started their Indian tour with a captivating performance at Kolkata’s Goethe Institut on Friday December 9. Amid the tragedy of deaths the city had been struck with at AMRI Hospital, the Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan) provided the city with a kind of tranquility following the chaotic events of the rest of the day.



Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Returns to Washington DC with Haydn, Bartók, Debussy and Chopin

Leif Ove Andsnes

Washington, D.C.­, Dec 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally-acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes returns to the Washington area to perform a program of works by Haydn, Bartók, Debussy and Chopin at The Music Center at Strathmore on February 12.


Opera star Susan Graham performs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Susan Graham

Washington, D.C., Dec 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dubbed “America's favorite mezzo” by Gramophone magazine, Grammy Award-winning singer Susan Graham captivates audiences with her expressive voice, unusually tall and graceful stature, and engaging acting ability. One of the world’s foremost stars of opera and recital, “it is impossible to take eyes or ears off of Susan Graham whenever she is onstage…once Graham opens her mouth, a listener can only submit to a lustrous voice that abounds in expressive colors,” said The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Graham performs an afternoon recital of works ranging from Purcell to Sondheim presented by WPAS at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Saturday, February 4, 2012.



Choral Arts Society Founder Norman Scribner to Receive Humanitarian Award at His Final MLK Tribute Concert

Norman Scribner, Conductor

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) M

en, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choirs will again join together to present the 24th annual “Living the Dream…Singing the Dream” choral tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on January 22, 2012, at 7 p.m. This rich musical collaboration will commemorate the legacy of the great civil rights leader through music conducted by Norman Scribner and Stanley J. Thurston. The program includes a diverse selection of works, including classical music, gospel hymns and moving spirituals.


Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven, Janáček and Chopin at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Jonathan Biss

Washington, D.C., Dec 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Read Jonathan Biss’s bio on jonathanbiss.com and you’re bowled over by his wry and self-depreciative sense of humor. Read reviews of his performances and you’ll find him described as one of “the most exciting young artists of a new generation carrying the grand tradition of classical music into the 21st century ablaze with passion, rigorous musicianship and inspired interpretive flair” (Houston Chronicle). Biss first performed for WPAS in a 2001 recital with Isaac Stern, then debuted on the Hayes Piano Series the following year. He performs on WPAS's Encore Series at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on February 4.


Award-winning cellist Sol Gabetta performs Schumann, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Servais with pianist Alessio Bax

Sol Gabetta

Washington, D.C., Dec 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The charismatic young Argentina-born cellist Sol Gabetta, who soloed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in 2008, has forged an impressive career. Said The Strad in a review of her recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, “Sol Gabetta shines at every turn. Her technical command is absolute…the legacy of Rostropovich seems firmly in place. More importantly, her nuance on shaping phrases is tasteful and expressive.” Said Allgemeine Zeitung, “Sol Gabetta…can sing with four strings, tell lively stories, crow dramatically, shine with playful technicality and turn a cello line into her own question-and-answer game in just a few measures.” Gabetta’s recently released CD, "Il progetto Vivaldi 2" hit the top of the German classical charts. Gabetta makes her WPAS debut performing works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Servais at the Terrace Theater on February 11.



Pankaj Udhas Live in Concert : An enchanting Mehfil of Ghazals and Shayari Warming up Kolkata

Pankaj Udhas Live in Kolkata

Pankaj Udhas Live in Kolkata

Kolkata, December 8, 2011(Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations):  Indian Ghazal stalwart Pankaj Udhas graced Kolkata’s Science City Auditorium with a live concert on Saturday December 3.

The concert was organized by Radio 104 Fever Unplugged to launch their new 24 hour request channel – “Bolo Ki Shunbe” (First of its kind in India!). The show, hosted by RJ Shekhar, had an almost packed auditorium, filled with admirers of Pankaj Udhas.



Ostkreuz, The City: Becoming and Decaying - Photo Exhibition in Calcutta Celebrates India - Germany Relations

Ostkreuz, The City: Becoming and Decaying Photo Exhibition in Kolkata

Ostkreuz, The City: Becoming and Decaying Photo Exhibition in Kolkata

Kolkata, December 5, 2011(Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations):  They speak volumes without words. Their silent stories take you to a world unseen. They are photographs.

An exhibition of photographs, “Ostkreuz, The City: Becoming and Decaying” was inaugurated at the Indian Culture for Cultural Relations (ICCR) by acclaimed actor-director, Mr. Suman Mukhopadhyay . Also present at the inaugural were Ms. Bharati Ray, Chairperson of ICCR and Dr. Martin Waelde, Director of Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata.

Ostkreuz, The City: Becoming and Decaying Photo Exhibition in Kolkata

Ostkreuz, The City: Becoming and Decaying Photo Exhibition in Kolkata

A photo exhibition that will go on till December 13, 2011, is a gesture to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Germany and is a part of the fifteen months program series named “Germany + India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” . This exhibition hosts photographs taken by 18 ace photographers from Ostkreuz, one of the world’s leading photographic agencies that was born in the year 1990 in Berlin.



Three Life Time Achievement Awards presented in the 4th Global Film Festival

Sandeep Marwah with Sanjay Kapoor & Singheetham S.Rao
Sandeep Marwah with Sanjay Kapoor & Singheetham S.Rao

New Delhi, Delhi, November 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) The three-day fourth Global Film Festival Noida, 2011 will be remembered for all times to come for the three life time awards presented to the celebrated South Indian filmmaker Singheetham S.Rao, all time great director and producer late Surinder Kapoor and the melodious lyricist Santosh Anand.



Ruhaniyat International Folk Music Festival Serving Food for the Soul in Calcutta

Sufi Saint Baba Bulleh Shah

Image via Wikipedia

Kolkata, December 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations) Taking the famous and mystic Sufi music across India, the music fest, ‘Ruhaniyat’ laid out its buffet for the soul at Kolkata’s Tollygunge Club on Saturday, December 3.

Started in 2001 by the directors of Banyan Tree Events, Mahesh Babu and Nandini Mahesh, the ‘Ruhaniyat’ festival is completing a decade of showcasing some of the finest folk musical talents from different parts of India and even the world. Taken from an Urdu word meaning ‘soulfulness’, the ‘Ruhaniyat’ at Kolkata featured four Indian artists and one each from Africa and Turkey.

The ambience at the Tollygunge Club was set up with flamed torches in a dimly lit open space where the stage was set for the evening’s performance, to add to the air of mystique complementing the genre of the music on display. The evening however, was kicked off by a technological glitch marring the opening performance of a Shah Latif composition (Munji Jinj Ladi).



IIDR & Society For Democratic Rights Observe World Human Right Day with "Suchetana" Seminar

Wild West Bengal

Image by mangostani via Flickr

Calcutta, Dec 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) To mark the occasion of World Human Rights Day on Dec 10, a Seminar named “ Suchetana” on Human Rights and its implementations will be organized jointly by Institute of Integrated Development and Research (IIDR) and Society For Democratic Rights.

The objective is to increase awareness of Rights Activists from different districts, NGO leaders, Social Workers and the Youth who will participate in the Seminar about issues covering Human Rights.

The Key Speakers are ...



Kolkata Gears Up for Nandikar National Theatre Festival at Academy of Fine Arts - Schedule Published

28th Nandikar National Theater Festival 2011 KolkataCalcutta, Dec 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 28th Nandikar National Theater Festival 2011 will be held from 16th through 25th December 2011 at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. The festival will feature 19 live drama performances by Indian, Bangladeshi and Israeli drama troupes.

The 10-day celebration of theater will include a dramatic-musical collage "Our Dear Rabindranath" and performances by groups from the Indian states of Assam, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. Also of special interest will be productions of National School of Drama Repertory Company and National School of Drama TIE Company, Delhi, and of course, productions of the resurgent and vibrant group theater companies of Kolkata, West Bengal.

There will be a Children’s chapter with performances by children. Last but not the least, the event will also feature exhibitions on Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.