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Gil Shaham and Inon Barnatan Perform Works by Schubert, Bach and Franck at Strathmore

Text Box:  Gil ShahamPhoto: Christian SteinerClick here to watch Shaham perform Bach’s Partita No.2-Gigue for solo violin

Gil Shaham - Photo: Christian Steiner

Text Box: Who: 		Gil Shaham, violinWhen: 		Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pmWhere: 		The Music Center at StrathmoreProgram:	Schubert		Sonatina in A minor for violin 			and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2Bach		Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo 			violin, BMW 104Franck		Sonata in A Major for violin and 			pianoTickets, $35-75, are available at or 202-785-9727.

Who: Gil Shaham, violin;When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm;Where: The Music Center at Strathmore; Program: Schubert Sonatina in A minor for violin and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2 Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BMW 104 Franck Sonata in A Major for violin and piano Tickets, $35-75, are available at or 202-785-9727.

Washington, D.C., Sep 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Recognized by audiences and critics alike both at home and abroad as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists, Gil Shaham appears worldwide performing concertos with celebrated orchestras and conductors and making ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Said The Guardian of a 2010 performance, “Shaham's playing is impeccable – every attack is perfectly clean, the articulation crystal clear.” Said the New York Times of Shaham’s performance at last year’s Mostly Mozart Festival, “Mr. Shaham’s playing was both sweet-toned and trim, every phrase crisply articulated. In the finale, the demand is for zest rather than thoughtfulness, and Mr. Shaham gave it all the vigor it wants with no sacrifice in clarity or shape.”

Shaham gave a series of all-Bach recitals last season, including performances in London, Istanbul, Milan, Prague and Cologne amongst others. His 2009-11 seasons were marked by several projects. His “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” highlighting masterpieces by influential composers of the ‘30s, featured performances of works by Barber, Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Walton with a “who’s who” list of great conductors and orchestras on three continents, including Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson-Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson and the New York Philharmonic, and Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Child Artiste Antara Nandy's "Eso Mato Lakkhi Debi" Album Promises Revival of Laxmir Panchali Devotional Song of Bengal

Antara Nandy - Esho Mataha Lakshmi Devi (Lakshmir Panchali) Bengali Traditional Devotional Folk Songs AlbumsCalcutta, Sept 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lakshmi Broto Katha was read by devotees, especially women folk of Bengal, to ascertain peace and happiness in their households. Also known as Lakshmi pachali, it is often read out during the Lakshmi Puja and every Thursday in many Bengali households.

Lighting Oil Lamp (Pradeep)
Traditional lighting of the oil lamp

Antara Nandy Singing Live
Antara performing live at her album launch

Esho Mataha Laxmi Devi Album Launch

This worship of the Hindu Goddess of well-being is traditionally performed in many households with great ardor and devotion for peace, wealth and prosperity and the stob, gayatri, anjali. Pachali forms an integral part of Laxmi Puja.

But now changing times, increasing pace of lifestyle, shortage of time,  lack of proper understanding of the Panchali contents, it's language (only in Bangla) and such factors have forced this practice to either rural Bengali folks or left it with the generations of our mothers and grandmothers. There are many examples wherein the mother has recited the Pachali, recorded the same in Cassettes or mobile etc. or have even written the Pachali in English script and given to the daughters or daughters in law to perform the rituals.

Mumbai Discovers the Magic of Melbourne

Victorian terrace on Canterbury Road, Middle Park

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Mumbai, Sept 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai will discover the magic of Melbourne, a city that is perfectly tailored towards incentive travel, at the ‘Destination Melbourne Showcase’ this week.

Hosted by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), the Showcase will feature nine of the city’s leading Business Events suppliers, emphasizing why Melbourne is the perfect place to combine business, pleasure and travel.

Ms Edwina San, MCVB’s Director – International Incentives, said the Showcase would reveal a lively, ever-evolving and culturally diverse city.

“We are delighted to be taking the Showcase to India for the first time,” Ms San said.

4th Annual Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco

4th Annual


September 10 & 11, 2011

Tickets On Sale Now!

Noor Film Festival
Iranian Film Festival (IFF) is an annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world. IFF is also a platform for the Iranian filmmakers living around the globe to express their vision and talent through the artistic medium of film. Iranian Film Festival (IFF) was established to support the Iranian film and culture in the Iranian-American community of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
This year's Official Selections :: Click on the images to watch a clip:   
Brick and Mirror Director: Ebrahim Golestan Year: 1965 Country: Iran Duration: 133 minutes Genre: Social Drama
Brick and Mirror
Screening September 10th, 1:10 pm
Zurkhaneh - The House of Strength Director: Federico Spinetti Year: 2010 Country: Italy/Canada Duration: 105 minutes Genre: Documentary
Screening September 11th, 6:46pm
About Nice After Director: Abbas Kiarostami, Parviz Kimiavi Year: Country: France Duration: 100 minutes Genre: Documentary
About Nice After
Screening September 11th, 10:00pm
Iran Director: Claude LeLouch Year: 1971 Country: France/Iran Duration: 19 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Screening September 11th, 10:00pm
Flamingo No. 13 Director: Hamid Reza Aligholian Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 78 minutes Genre: Drama
Flamingo No. 13
Screening September 11th, 5:45pm
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari Director: Parviz Jahed Year: 2011 Country: UK Duration: 62 minutes Genre: Documentary
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari
Screening September 10th, 10:00pm
David Director: Joel Fendelman Year: 2011 Country: USA Duration: 80 minutes Genre: Drama
Screening September 10th, 7:12pm
Crossroads of Civilization Director: Anthony Mayer Year: 1976 Country: UK/Iran Duration: 104 minutes Genre: Documentary
Crossroads of Civilization
Screening September 11th, 3:30pm
The Wind Is Blowing On My Street Director: Saba Riaz Year: 2010 Country: Iran/US Duration: 15 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Wind Is Blowing On My Street
Screening September 10th, 3:40pm
The Accordion Director: Jafar Panahi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 9 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Accordion
Screening September 10th, 10:00pm
The Other - Digari Director: Mehdi Rahmani Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 84 minutes Genre: Drama
The Other
Screening September 10th, 3:40pm
Original 'Certified Copy' Director: Hamideh Razavi Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 32 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Original Certified Copy
Screening September 10th, 10:00pm
My Iranian Paradise Director: Annette Mari Olsen & Katia Forbert Petersen Year: 2009 Country: Denmark Duration: 78 minutes Genre: Documentary
My Iranian Paradise
Screening September 11th, 1:15pm
I Was Worth 50 Sheep Director: Nima Sarvestani Year: 2010 Country: Sweden/Afghanistan/Iran Duration: 72 minutes Genre: Documentary
I Was Worth 50 Sheep
Screening September 10th, 11am
A Beautiful Snowy Day Director: Mahaya Petrossian & Amir Toodehroosta Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 32 minutes Genre: Short Film
A Beautiful Snowy Day
Screening September 11th, 1:15pm
Delete Director: Kazem Mollaie Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 11 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 10th, 10:00 PM
Plastic Bag Director: Ramin Bahrani Year: 2009 Country: USA Duration: 18 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Plastic Bag
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
The Other Side Director: Esmaeel Monsef Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 19 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Other Side
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Bani Adam (Human Beings) Director: Noureddin ZarrinKelk Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 10 minutes Genre: Short Film, Animation
Bani Adam Human Beings
Screening September 11th, 1:15 PM
1 in 10 Director: Cameron Rafati Year: 2010 Country: USA Duration: 4 minutes Genre: Short Film
1 in 10
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Transformation Director: Vahid Vahed Year: 2011 Country: Australia/Iran Duration: 18 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
The Road is Closed Director: Vahid Hajiooi Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 23 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Road is Closed
Screening September 11th, 5:45 PM
The Scorpio Director: Faride Saremi & Omid Hashemlu Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 40 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
The Scorpio
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Vapor Director: Kaveh Nabatiam Year: 2010 Country: Canada Duration: 11 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
The Lanes (Kucheha) Director: Yalda Sarhaddi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 11 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Alleys Kucheha
Screening September 10th, 7:12 PM
Ask the Wind Director: Batin Ghobadi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 13 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Ask the Wind
Screening September 10th, 3:40 PM
Feminin, Masculin (Feminine, Masculine) Director: Sadaf Foroughi Year: 2007 Country: Iran Duration: 9 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Feminin, Masculin Feminine, Masculine
Screening September 11th, 10:00pm
Huma, Bird of Fortune Director: Alireza Rofougran Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 4 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Huma, Bird of Fortune
Screening September 11th, 5:45 PM
What Patience God Has Director: Daniel Erel Year: 2011 Country: USA Duration: 7 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
What Patience God Has
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
The Ambassador's Wife Director: Sara Akhteh Year: 2008 Country: USA Duration: 17 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
The Ambassador's Wife
Screening September 11th, 3:30 PM
Bitter Milk (Shire Talkh) Director: Nasser Zamiri Year: 2010 Country: Iran/Afghanistan Duration: 29 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
Bitter Milk
Screening September 10th, 11 AM
Rojin Director: Chiman Rahimi Year: 2010 Country: UK Duration: 10 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Cinderelleg Director: Sajad Shahedi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 12 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Hakel, Makel Director: Nahid Shamsi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 3 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
Hakel, Makel
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
And Dammam Again Director: Iman Hajizadeh Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 21 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary, Drama
And Dammam Again
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Bahram, An Iranian Rapper Director: Sam Ali Kashani Year: 2011 Country: Iran/USA Duration: 13 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
Bahram, An Iranian Rapper
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Roghieh Director: Alysse Stepanian Year: 2009 Country: USA Duration: 5 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Human Beings Director: Mashaallah Mohammadi Year: 2009 Country: Iran Duration: 3 minutes Genre: Short Film, Animation
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
General tickets are $10; students with photo ID: $8
Festival Pass: $100 (General); $80 (Students) Both Days
Tickets are sold on the day of the shows, or in advance by clicking below
Complete Screening Schedule:
Saturday September 10, 2011
11:00 am
I was Worth 50 Sheep (72min)
Bitter Milk (29min)
The Lion Wearers (11min)
1:10 pm
Brick & Mirror (133min)
3:40 pm
The Other (84min)
The wind is blowing on my street (16min)
Ask the Wind (13min)
5:50 pm
The Scorpio (42min)
1 in 10 (4min)
Bahram an Iranian Rapper (13min)
And Dammam Again (21min)
What Patience God Has (7min)
Pezhham Akhavass Live Performance
7:12 pm
David (80min)
Q&A with Maz Jobrani
The Alleys (11min)
10:00 pm
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari (62min)
Original Certified Copy (32min)
Delete (11min)
The Accordion (9min)

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Sunday September 11, 2011
11:00 am
Plastic Bag (18min)
The Other Side (19min)
Hakel, Makel (3min)
Rojin (10min)
Vapor (11min)
Cinderelleg (12min)
Transformation (18min)
The Ambassador Wife (16min)
Roghieh (5min)
Feminin, Masculin (8min)
Human Beings (3min)
1:15 pm
My Iranian Paradise (78min)
A Beautiful Snowy Day (32min)
Bani Adam (10min)
3:30 pm
Crossroads of Civilization (104min)
5:45 pm
Flamingo No. 13 (78min)
The Road is Closed (23min)
Huma, Bird of Fortune (4min)
6:46 pm
Zurkhaneh (105min)
Live Performance by Ardavan Mofid
About Nice (100min)
Iran (19min)

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The Kolkata Carnival Walk for Arts and Change - The First Youth-Led Carnival in India

By Pushan Mukherjee
with inputs from Durjoy Chowdhury and the Kolkata Carnival Official Facebook Page.

Saregama USA Brings Memorable Mehdi Hasan Tribute Concert Series by Talat Aziz to USA and Canada

Saregama US-Canada Tour of Talat Aziz - Tribute to Ustad Mehdi Hasan

North Brunswick, NJ, Aug 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In what promises to be a remarkable concert series in the United States and Canada, the venerable Saregama record company of India (erstwhile HMV) is organizing live performances by renowned Ghazal exponent Talat Aziz who will pay tribute to his legendary guru Ustad Mehdi Hassan.

The concert series will be held across North America (USA & Canada) over September and October of 2011. Preliminary reports indicate Aziz will perform iconic Ghazals including Rafta Rafta, Zindagi Mein etc. as well as super-hit Ghazhal songs from Bollywood films like Umrao Jaan, Bazaar, Daddy etc.

The shows will also feature North Indian Hindustani Classical instrumental exponents Pt. Ramesh Misra on Sarangi, Rajendra Shankar (brother of Uday, Ravi and Sachin Shankar) on Sitar, and Tabla wizard Ustad Tari Khan from Pakistan.

For more information on schedule, venues and tickets, visit official Saregama USA Events website.

You can listen to free samples and download unforgettable Ghazhals by Ustad Mehdi Hassan and Talat Aziz in MP3 audio format using the player below.

- WBRi Event Announcement Service

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Third Hinduism Summit in Chicago concludes with determined resolve by attendees

Speakers at the Hinduism Summit in Chicago

Chicago, Aug 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 27th August 2011 the third Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha) in Chicago concluded successfully at the Hindu Temple of Lake County. Over 100 people, including Hindu parents trying to raise their children as Hindus, non-Hindus interested in Hinduism and Hindu activists, attended this public event, with 45 of the attendees online. The program received very positive feedback, such as, ‘We would like to have this enlightening program at our temple, too’, ‘It provided a rewarding experience, as we listened to the lectures of distinguished personalities’, ‘Questions on Hinduism were answered very well’, etc.

The presentation of Mrs. Bhavna Shinde Hurley (interview), Spokesperson of FHA, drew attention to various issues facing Hindus in America, such as distortion of Hinduism by American academicians, like the recent news about ‘Prof. Sheldon Pollock broadening access to Sanskrit, the language of the elite’, Hindu youth increasingly converting out of Hinduism, anti-Hindu bias in the media, and the rampant trivialization of Hindu Deities. Mrs. Shinde Hurley explained how Hinduism education emphasizing the unique science of Hinduism and its firsthand experience can help us face these challenges successfully. She gave some examples of the spiritual science of Hinduism, such as the red dot (of pure vermillion powder) on the forehead that helps increase concentration and the Agnihotra sacrificial fire that one can perform to gain protection from nuclear radiation. Mrs. Shinde Hurley appealed to all supporters of Hinduism to come together whenever the Hindu community faces a challenge, to respond to it successfully, taking inspiration from the over 1000 Hindus worldwide who recently got the denigrating ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ New York show cancelled by promptly protesting to the organizers.

Dr. Richard Benkin, a leader in the struggle to stop the ethnic cleansing of Bangladesh’s Hindus, in his speech, mentioned a milestone reached in this struggle recently. On July 28, 2011, a US Congressman Robert Dold recognized the oppression of Bangladeshi Hindus on the floor of the United States Congress. Dr. Benkin spoke about the Human Rights Advisory Council he has been asked to lead. He urged everyone to contact their Senators to co-sponsor the bill, HR440, which calls for the appointment of a “Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia”, and to specifically mention the Bangladeshi Hindus’ persecution. However, he cautioned Hindus to play a prominent role early and even have some voice in who is appointed as Special Envoy to prevent the wrong person being made the Special Envoy. This would help the real issues like the Bangladeshi Hindus' persecution to be investigated while preventing focus on one-sided false charges about Gujarat, Orissa, Palestinians, etc. 

Ms. Kristen Mandziuk of Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) showed videos of SSRF’s research with dowsing and biofeedback machines to illustrate that subtle distressing forces (aasuri shakti), which obstruct Dharma, are very powerful. The videos further illustrated that to effectively counter these challenges faced by the Hindu community, Hindus will need to gain spiritual strength by doing spiritual practice and by acquiring blessings of Saints who have the divine consciousness to counter the subtle distressing forces.

Ms. Maya Jairam, a native of Colorado, shared her firsthand account of growing up in America. Coming from a non-religious childhood, she was unaware of the spiritual ill effects of the non-vegetarian diet, the benefits of spiritual practice (sadhana), etc. Ms. Jairam found Hinduism’s spiritual science, such as the three subtle components (trigunas) to be fascinatingly clarifying of various aspects of life. It inspired her to become vegetarian and follow a Hindu spiritual path.

Hinduism supporters’ contributions to make this Hinduism Summit happen were commemorated in a beautiful, informative souvenir that was published at the hands of Mr. Prabhakar Joshi, a long time local Hindu activist. The Hinduism Summit concluded with attendees enthusiastically passing resolutions about urging US policy makers to investigate the Bangladeshi Hindus’ persecution, and about not supporting any product, publication or art that denigrates Hinduism.

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Bengali Actress Arunima Ghosh Launches TAGORE.COM Audio Rabindrasangeet Album by Mrinmoy Roy under UD Series in Kolkata

By Aditya Chakraborty

Actress Arunima Ghosh launching Tagore Dot Com
Arunima Ghosh

Mrinmoy Roy & Arunima Ghosh launching Tagore.Com
Mrinmoy Roy & Arunima Ghosh

Kolkata, Aug 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Imagine a management professional (and a highly successful person and an ex IIM Kolkata at that!) who pursues an interesting vocation which keeps him more than engaged in his other wise busy life.

Third Hinduism Summit in Chicago

A Hinduism Summit organized by Hindu Temple of Lake County and Forum for Hindu Awakening will be held on August 27 to increase awareness about Hinduism and issues facing Hindus today. There will be insightful presentations, a question answer session, videos and exhibitions at this Summit.

2nd Chevrolet Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) - Full List of Nominees

Mumbai, Aug 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Nominations for the 2nd Chevrolet Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards have been announced.

GIMA Academy members - Atul Churamani, Vijay Lazarus  & Others

The Global Indian Music Academy today announced the nominees for the 2nd Chevrolet Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards. After the phenomenal success of the Awards last year, preparations are underway to hold this year’s celebrations at the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon, late September. Supported by all constituents of the Music industry, GIMA is a pioneering effort by Wizcraft International Entertainment to recognize Indian music transcending genres in the country, whilst giving the music industry a unified platform to celebrate its talent.

Shohortoli Band’s Tour of Calcutta

Editor's Note: Listen to Shohortoli's latest album "Borabor Shohortoli" online from our exclusive feature posted here.

Calcutta, 16th August, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): Bangladeshi Band Shohortoli will tour Calcutta from 20th December, 2011 to 5th January, 2012. The tour is being organized by BMZ Entertainment.

Bangladeshi Bangla Band Sohortoli in Concert

Usha Uthup to Perform Live at PROBASH PARBONI 2011

Sambad Pratidin presents KKN Probashi Parboni 2011

London, UK, Aug 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  The organizers of KKN Probashi Parboni 2011 have announced that Kolkata's pop-queen Usha Uthup  (Wbri Interview) will perform live at the event.

Panettieri, Van Dam, Russell Headline Wizard World Los Angeles COMIC CON

American actress Hayden Panettiere at the Hero...

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New York, July 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRUrgent) North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues as Wizard World Los Angeles Comic Con comes the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 24-25, with standout guests Hayden Panettiere, Rob Van Dam, Betsy Russell, Walter Koenig, Jeremy Bulloch and Doug Jones headlining the list of celebrity attendees, and guest of honor Mike Deodato Jr. leading a blowout list of superstar artists scheduled to attend. The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

“We are excited to be back in Los Angeles, bringing so many superstar comics artists and celebrities,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We're particularly excited about the wide collection of voice actors at Los Angeles Comic Con who have played some of the most memorable characters in the biggest blockbuster animated movies and popular television shows in history.”

Van Dam (WWE, IMPACT Wrestling), Russell (SAW, PRIVATE SCHOOL) and Bulloch (STAR WARS: EPISODE V, VI, III, “Doctors”) will be on site both days, while Panettiere (“Heroes,” BRING IT ON), Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5”) and Jones (FANTASTIC FOUR, HELLBOY) are scheduled to appear on Saturday.

In addition to Deodato (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Captain America”), among the standout comics creators attending are Rodolfo Migliari (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), Billy Tan (“Uncanny X-Men,” “X-23”), Gabriel Bá (“The Umbrella Academy,” “Casanova”), Fabio Moon (“Daytripper,” “Casanova”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Spectacular Spider-Man”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”), Yanick Paquette (“Batman,” “Superman”), Judd Winick (“Batman and Robin,” “Power Girl”), Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), Whilce Portacio (“Artifacts,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Joe Jusko (“Spider-Man,” “Conan”), Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra,” “Assasin”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”), Bernie Wrightson (“Swamp Thing,” “Batrman”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Christos Gage (“X-Men,” “Spider-Man”) and David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”).

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled to be on hand at the event include Michael Uslan (Producer, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), Vanessa Angel (“Stargate SG-1,” “Weird Science”), Tony Curran (“Doctor Who,” “24”), Erika Eleniak (“Baywatch,” ET), Greg Ellis (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, TITANIC), Clare Kramer (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”), Michael Krawic (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Star Trek: Voyager”), Cindy Morgan (TRON, CADDYSHACK), Brittney Powell (“General Hospital”, AIRBORNE) and Keisha Tillis (“The Walking Dead”).

Los Angeles Comic Con also boasts an impressive collection of voice actors of hugely popular characters from numerous movies and television programs. Fans can meet Tony Anselmo (“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse [Donald Duck],” WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, FANTASIA/2000), Jim Cummings (WINNIE THE POOH [Pooh, Tigger], THE LION KING, SHREK), Chris Edgerly (X-MEN, “The Simpsons”), Siobhan Flynn (“Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” “Yoga Wii”), Kyle Hebert (“Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” “The Avengers”), Neil Kaplan (“Optimus Prime,” “Star Craft III”), Phil LaMarr (“Futurama,” “Family Guy”), Katie Leigh (DESPICABLE ME, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS), Jason Marsden (SPIRITED AWAY, A GOOFY MOVIE), Vanessa Marshall (CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS), Alan Oppenheimer (HE-MAN [Skeletor], SHE-RA), Mark Ryan (TRANSFORMERS, DARK OF THE MOON), Rodney Saulsberry (“The Invincible Iron Man,” “Spider-Man”), Susan Silo (LILO & STITCH, ONE UPON A FOREST), Rosearik Rikki Simons (“Invader ZIM,” “NieA under 7”), Don Stark “Spider-Man”), Tasia Valenza (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Batman”), Jim Ward (WALL-E, TOY STORY 3), Rick D. Wasserman (PLANET HULK, “The Avengers”) and Wally Wingert (“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Garfield Show”).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at a wide variety of dealer booths.

And Sunday, September 25, is Kids Day at Los Angeles Comic Con, with face painting, balloons, a “passport” treasure hunt and other activities designed especially for kids! Other special events include card gaming tournaments, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops) and more.

Los Angeles Comic Con is the eighth stop on Wizard World's 2011 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); two-day all-session tickets are $40 ($50 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

The full event schedule can be found at

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con
September 24-25, 2011 – Los Angeles Comic Con
October 22-23, 2011 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
November 11-13, 2011 – Austin Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
March 24-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
April 28-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
May 19-20, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con
June 1-3, 2012 – Philadelphia Comic Con
October 2012 – New England Comic Con
December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con

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125 Years Celebration of Kolkata Chapter of Trinity College of Music, London: Rock, Pop, Jazz & "Bollywood" Music Courses Coming

By Aditya Chakraborty

Students performing at 125th Year celebration of Trinity College of Music, Kolkata
Students of Trinity College of Music, Kolkata performing at the 125th year celebration event

Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive, Trinity College London, Jyotishka Dasgupta, Eastern India Representative, Trinity Kolkata Chapter
A student being awarded by Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive, Trinity College London. Jyotishka Dasgupta, Eastern India Representative, Trinity Kolkata Chapter is on her left.

Calcutta, Aug 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Kolkata chapter of the Trinity College of Music completed it’s glorious journey of 125 years with a function to mark the occasion at an event at Kala Mandir on Saturday.

Trinity which has a long history as a school of music and drama in various disciplines has it’s chapters all over the world and also in many cities of India and it is only fitting that other than Mr.Jyotishka Dasgupta, Regional Head, Eastern Region, Kolkata Chapter of Trinity College of Music, the entire team of Trinity including M.H.Das, the National Manager of Trinity College of Music, Ms. Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive Trinity College London, Mr.Nick Keyworth, Chief Examiner for Music, Trinity College London and Mr. John Gardyne, Chief Examiner for Drama & Speech, Trinity College London were all present to grace the occasion. Ms.Sujata Sen,Director, Eastern India,  British Council was the Guest of Honour.

Speaking on the cassion, Mr.Jyotishka Dasgupta said that it has been seen in recent years that the trend of pursuing Western Classical music has gone up by leaps and bounds. Many factors have been responsible for this and he hoped that Trinity would further add to it’s current influences.Ms Sarah Kemp said that she was pleased to be present on such an occasion in Kolkata and further said that though Trinity College was primarily a school for western music, however in this world of globalization very soon new forms of music would be introduced like rock, pop, Bollywood and jazz to make it more complete. Mr.M.H.Das said that Kolkata was a city very rich in culture and a lot of noted luminaries had been born in this city including the great Tagore so it is only fitting that the Kolkata Chapter is celebrating it’s 125th year. He also spoke about A.R.Rahman being an ex student of the Chennai Chapter.

The teachers of the Kolkata Chapter were awarded certificates for helping create a new generation of talented musicians who would all shine in their own fields.

Finally the audience was treated to some enchanting recitals by 18 students which proved to be more than impressive and left us all asking for more.

Here’s wishing the Kolkata Chapter of Trinity College of Music and the Trinity College of London as well all the best for the future!

Whistling Woods International kicks off its Multicity Tour on Documentaries

Whistling Woods International India Tour

Mumbai, Aug 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A documentary, as a film-making genre, is often misunderstood to be boring and revolving only around serious topics. Whistling Woods International – Institute for Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts, has thus taken up upon itself to dispel these misconceptions and has begun their tour called ‘I & eye – a series of multicity seminars on Documentary Practices and Perceptions.