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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 www.wpas.org or
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
Calcutta, 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.
Traditional lighting of the oil lamp
Antara performing live at her 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
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.
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.
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 MirrorDirector: Ebrahim GolestanYear: 1965Country: IranDuration: 133 minutesGenre: Social Drama
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mumbai, Aug 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Nominations
for the 2nd Chevrolet Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards have
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.
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.
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
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”).
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
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
http://www.wizardworld.com/losangeles.html 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.
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 www.wizardworld.com.
***** 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
Students of Trinity College of Music, Kolkata performing at the 125th year celebration event
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
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
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
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!
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
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