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Charity Hodges Wins First Annual Miss Pacific Beach Contest 2011

San Diego, CA, October 09, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / 1888PressRelease) The First Annual Miss Pacific Beach Contest was held at PB Bar & Grill on September 14th, where Charity Hodges was crowned the very first Miss Pacific Beach. The event, which was the brainchild of Jim Lawlor, locally known as the "PB Millionaire," was a huge success with a capacity turnout of about 400 people. In fact, the enthusiastic fans standing in line outside stretched around the block - some waiting for more than an hour to get in.

Watch the video online.



Huge Glass Comic Book at Mid-Ohio Comic Con

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Claudia Christian (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

Columbus, OH, October 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / 1888PressRelease) Attendees at next weekend's Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con will have the unique opportunity to check out the "Huge Glass Comic Book," the world's first glass comic book, blown up and lit up on glass. Each of its twelve pages is four feet high and three feet wide, all laser etched on quarter inch glass. The Huge Glass Comic Book is registered for three world record claims with Guinness World Records, including first glass comic book, largest glass comic book and largest comic book. At over 500 pounds of comic pages, it may also be the world's heaviest comic book.

The event, set for the Greater Columbus Convention Center, October 22-23, features stars James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian and Walter Koenig among dozens of celebrities and industry professionals celebrating the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.



Voting Open for Golden Joystick Video Gaming Awards 2011

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Northwich, UK, Oct 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRUrgent) Since launching in 1982, before gaming had taken over the planet and minds of everyone on it, the Golden Joystick Awards has become the World’s best-known gaming awards. Being the only annual awards nominated by the gamers themselves, it’s known for it’s authenticity, relevance and reliability.


Diora Baird, Julia Benson, Michael Biehn, Alaina Huffman, Kevin Sorbo at Austin Comic Con

Austin, TX, Oct 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRurgent) Five popular celebrity guests have been added to the stellar Wizard World Austin Comic Con lineup as Diora Baird, Julia Benson, Michael Biehn, Alaina Huffman and Kevin Sorbo have committed to the event, set for the Austin Convention Center, November 11-13. The five join standouts Hayden Panettiere, Adam Baldwin, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Louis Gossett Jr., James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Charisma Carpenter and others at the next stop on North America’s largest pop-culture tour.

Baird (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING, ACCEPTED), Benson (“SGU Stargate Universe,” ROAD TO VICTORY), Biehn (TERMINATOR, THE ABYSS), Huffman (“Smallville,” “SGU Stargate Universe) and Sorbo (ANDROMEDA, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) further bolster the event's robust celebrity roster.

Wizard World Austin Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. 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.



IIDR declares Sarad Samman 2011 Kolkata Best Durga Puja Awards - List of Winners

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Honorable Minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya receiving award for Sera Sabeki Puja

Honorable Minister Firad Hakim recieving award for Chetla Agrani Club
Honorable Minister Firad Hakim recieving award for Chetla Agrani Club

Gabha Sammelani 350 years old Durga Puja
Gabha Sammelani 350 years old Durga Puja

Calcutta, October 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Like prior years, IIDR organized the 2011 “IIDR Sarad Samman” awards in association with South-Kolkata District Nehru Yuba Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs And Sports, and Government of India.

Washington Bangla Radio is the global radio partner for the IIDR Sarad Samman Awards.

The unique contest was held among several Pujo Committees (South Kolkata) during Durga Pujo. A group of eminent judges selected winning Puja Committees on several criteria like creativity, maintaining noise pollution norms, using traditional/folk art forms etc.

Over Sixty pujo committees participated in this competition, not just from Kolkata but also from Hooghly and South 24 Parganas.

Complete details of participation and a partial list of competing Durga Pujas for the awards were previously published here.

List of 2011 IIDR Sarad Samman Kolkata Durga Puja Award Winners




Kolkata Durga Puja 2011 Online: Chinese Lion Dance at Singhi Park Immersion (Bhasan) - Photo-Feature

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you in 2011).


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Calcutta, Oct 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Keeping in mind the festive spirit of love, unity and fraternity Singhi park Durgotsav Committee and the Chinese community of Kolkata came together to present the unique and very traditional "Lion Dance" for the first time here to mark the immersion ceremony of Durga Puja on Oct 7.



Durga Puja 2011- Bangladesh

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Dr. Loya Islam of Dhaka took time out of her busy schedule to capture the wonderful Pujo moments in the city.  Shared with WBRi by Ms.Asmita Mukherjee: take a trip down the streets of Opar Bangla's Dhaka and enjoy the spirit of Puja.



Kolkata Durga Puja 2011 Online | Bijaya Dasami marks End of Durga Puja - Sindoor Khela & Bhashan Immersion (Photo Feature)

Calcutta, Oct 6 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS): As the night of Mahanabami faded away, the morning  of Bijaya Dasami (Vijayadashmi) makes you feel that it is time for Durga to leave earth and go back to her home in Kailash.

A tinge of sadness is in the air, but it is also the time when a yearlong wait begins for the Mother Goddess to return next year around the same time.

The week long celebration and festivity is finally going to get over today as the idol will be taken to the river Ganges and other water bodies and then immersed.

Before immersing into the water the idol is worshipped by the Bengali women with sindur (vermilion powder) - this ritual is called 'baron'.

Sweets are distributed among each other to mark the mood of festivity and the occasion.

The men greet each other with warm embraces while the juniors of the family show respect to elders by bending down to touch their feet.

As the idols are immersed into the Ganges, it will once again be a patient wait for one year till goddess Durga arrives on Earth with her children to spend five days and allow people down here to celebrate the mood of festivity.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you in 2011).

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Kolkata Durga Puja 2011 Online: GARIA PANCHA DURGA - WBRi Special Calcutta Durga Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

Garia Pancha Durga Sarbajanin Durgotsav

A special photo-feature of the pandal and idol, part of WBRi's 2011 Calcutta Durga Puja Online Parikrama for NRI Bengalees worldwide who miss the five-day carnival in the city of joy.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you in 2011).


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Kolkata Durga Puja 2011 Online: KHIDIRPUR 25 PALLY - WBRi Special Calcutta Durga Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

Khidirpore 25 Pally Sarbajanin Durgotsav

A special photo-feature of the pandal and idol, part of WBRi's 2011 Calcutta Durga Puja Online Parikrama for NRI Bengalees worldwide who miss the five-day carnival in the city of joy.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you in 2011).

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Kolkata Durga Puja 2011: SHIV MANDIR (SHIVA TEMPLE) - WBRi Special Calcutta Durga Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

SHIV MANDIR (Shiva Temple) Sarbajanin Durgotsav

A special photo-feature of the pandal and idol, part of WBRi's 2011 Calcutta Durga Puja Online Parikrama for NRI Bengalees worldwide who miss the five-day carnival in the city of joy.

Click on images to enlarge (the images are hosted by an external pictures hosting service due to the incredible number of pandals and idols images from Calcutta that WBRi brings you in 2011).


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Video Report: Indian Fashion Designer Jattinn Kochhar Makes Black Magic in Kolkata Couture & Lifestyle Fashion Show

Indian Fashion Models display Jatin Kochar's Creations in Kolkata

Calcutta, Sep 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Designer Jattin Kochhar presented his collection "Black Magic" at the KCLFW.

Idea Weavers presented the third season of "Gitanjali Lifestyle Kolkata Couture & Lifestyle Fashion Week" at Swissotel, Kolkata from 16th to 18th September, 2011.

Kochhar presented gowns, sarees, cocktail dresses and jumpsuits made of lycra, viscose, georgette, satin, etc. All the dresses were western influenced and adapted for the modern Indian woman and Indian climate.

Kocchar expressed disappointment with the current state of the Kolkata fashion. He said "I have worked with the worst possible models ever!"

The Kolkata Fashion industry should be more professional.

Watch video excerpts of Jattinn Kochhar's presentation at the 3rd KCLFW 2011 fashion show online.



2011 Banchbo Sharad Samman Kolkata Durga Puja Awards - Puja Ride & Competition Schedule

Durga in Tarun Matrisebak Sangha, Behala, 2008

List of competing Durga Pujas 2011 (invited us for rating):-

NORTH CALCUTTA :-

  •   Dumdum Park Yubak Brinda
  •   Belgachia Sadharan Durgotsav
  •   Nalin Sarkar Street Sarbojanin
  •   Lalbagan Yubak Brinda
  •   Swapnarbagan (Kankurgachi)
  •   Mitali (Kankurgachi)
  •   Bangur Avenue Pratirodh Bahini
  •   Nabin Pally Sarbojanin (Hati Bagan)
  •   CIT Sarbojanin (Birati)
  •   United Club Sarbojanin (Ultadanga)
  •   Goraban Sarbojanin
SOUTH CALCUTTA :-
  •   Naktala Udayan Sangha
  •   Sree Sangha (Halderpara)
  •   Monohar Pukur Sarbojanin
  •   Kendua Santi Sangha
  •   Sahapur Mitali Sangha
  •   Kalighat Nepal Bhattacharjee Street Sarbojanin
  •   Selimpur Club Sarbojanin
  •   Raipur Club Sarbojanin
  •   Green Avenue Friend's Recreation Club Sarbojanin (Santoshpur)
  •   Bhowanipur Swadhin Sangha Sarbojanin
  •   Naktala Sarbojanin
  •   Ekush Pally Sarbojanin (Ballygunge)
  •   Chetla Agrani
  •   Hindusthan Park Sarbojanin
  •   Bhatri Milan Sangha (Raipur)
  •   Sodpur Pragati Sangha
  •   Behala Debdaru Fatak
  •   Acharya Prafulla Sangha
  •   Behala Buroshibtala Sarbojanin
  •   Haridevpur Adarsha Samity
  •   State Bank Park Sarbojanin(Thakurpukur)
  •   Netaji Jatiya Sebadal
  •   Purbachal Sakti Sangha
  •   S.M. Nagar Sarbojanin Durgotsav(Brace Bridge)
  •   Naskarpara Sarbojanin (Behala)
SOUTH 24 PARGANA (Extended Kolkata):-
  •   Nabarun Sangha Sarbojanin (Rajpur)
  •   Janakalyan Samity Sarbojanin (Chak Thakurani,Kalitala)
  •   Jagaddal Balak Sangha Sarbojanin (Jagaddal)

Durga Puja: IIDR Sharad Samman Awards for Kolkata Durga Puja - An Overview of the Event & It's Participating Pujas

By Subhomoy Mukherjee

Editor's note: Subhomoy met the organizers of the 2011 IIDR Sharad Samman Kolkata Durga Puja awards and reports in his unique Bengali-style English which we left unedited in this post.

Pratima of Chetla Agrani Sangha (2010) Durga Puja
Chetla Agrani Sangha 2010 Pratima

Pratima of Golden Arrow Club (2010) Durga Puja
Golden Arrow Club (2010) Pratima

Swami Ranadananda Giri Maharaj
Swami Ranadananda Giri Maharaj

Calcutta, Sep 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Institute of Integrated Development & Research (IIDR) is organizing “IIDR Sarood Samman -2011”, in association with South-Kolkata District Nehru Yuba Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs And Sports, and Government of India. Washington Bangla Radio is the Media Partner for this prestigious Sarood Samman to encourage and recognize creative efforts of Sarbojanin pujas.




ArtPrize (Event)

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ArtPrize is an open competition of art. Anyone can take part, host or even judge the heavenly creations. This time it is Grand Rapids in Michigan that is hosting the ArtPrize and we were lucky to be present in the Meijer garden venue to have a glimpse at the wonderful displays. This exclusive art competition is not held for the sake of competition but with an intention to have a strong bond between artists and common people so far as ideas and creativity are concerned.