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Bollywood Singer Aneek Dhar To Perform Live Hindi & Bengali Songs in London

London, UK, Sep 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian singer Aneek Dhar will perform live Hindi and Bengali songs at KKN Probashi Parboni 2011.

IIDR Announces Sarood Samman 2011 Kolkata Durga Puja Awards Competition

By Indrajit Ghosh Dastidar

The author is Chairman, IIDR Sarood Samman 2011.

Kolkata Durga Puja 2011 Sharad Samman Awards Team
The IIDR Sharad Samman 2011 Kolkata Durga Puja Organizing Team

Calcutta, September 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Maa Aschen ! I am glad to inform you that on behalf of our organization, like previous years this year too, we are 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.

Golden Arrow Club, winners of 2010 IIDR Sharad Samman Awards
Golden Arrow Club, winners of 2010 IIDR Sharad Samman Awards

Bhawanipore Swadhin Shangha Durga Puja - winners of 2010 IIDR Sharad Samman Award
Bhawanipore Swadhin Sangha, Kolkta Durga Puja - winners of 2010 IIDR Sharad Samman Awards

We are extremely happy to declare that our valued Radio partner of Sarood Samman-2011 is Washington Bangla Radio (

Bollywood Hero Ranveer Singh at Victor Awards Dedicated to Cancer Survivors

By Raksha Narang

A short speech by Ranveer Singh
A short speech by actor Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh with cancer survivors Nana Chudasama and Vandana
Ranveer with Nana Chudasama and cancer survivor Vandana

Ranveer Singh dances with cancer survivors
Ranveer Singh dances with cancer survivors

Mumbai, Sep 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The V Care Foundation hosted the Victor Award Ceremony, at which none other than Bollywood’s very own rising star Ranveer Singh was present. The dashing young actor, whose dream debut definitely sealed a secure future for him in Bollywood, was seen dancing and singing with those present at the event.

The Victor Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Horniman Circle Garden, awarded cancer survivors and those who have set an example for others in society.  One could meet doctors, get information; take part in various competitions to enhance knowledge of cancer.  Skits, games were conducted to break the myths surrounding cancer. Survivors were present to share their experiences.

It’s great to see actors with such a huge fan following especially, to contribute and share in the joys, hope and love in such events. Ranveer’s cheerful and compassionate nature sure worked wonders on all those present at the event, and we hope and wish him all the best for his next Yash Raj Film, Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl.

World’s Best Independent Artists take over the Indian Music Scene

Mumbai, Sep 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) W.O.A International – The Music Company kicks off its 4th Annual W.O.A Records India Tour in October 2011.  W.O.A International started off the highly publicised annual W.O.A Records India Tour & Music Festival 4 years ago in 2008 and today the annual W.O.A Records India Tour is the most sought after independent artists tour in this region. The tour was the culmination of the efforts of the music company to bring about a change in the Independent music scene in India, which the Company has strived to do since the formation in 1998. The 4th annual tour and festival conceptualised and organised by W.O.A International kicks off in Goa on the 31st of October this year.

T-28 Crash at Martinsburg, West Virginia Air Show

Martinsburg, WV, Sep 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A T-28 Trojan military trainer and counter-insurgency aircraft crashed during a demonstration at the 2011 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The crash happened at around 2:30 PM. The plane was seen to crash into the runway in a fireball. Emergency crew responded immediately. There were no injuries reported among the spectators, who left the airfield in an orderly way after the rest of the show was announced canceled.

The Martinsburg accident happened one day after a P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators in a air race near Reno, Nevada which resulted in spectator casualties. That plane was piloted by Jimmy Leeward (74), who, according to reports, made a valiant last-ditch attempt to avoid the crowd thus potentially avoiding a much larger number of casualties.

Big Indian Comedy Awards

Vipul .D. Shah at Announcement of Big Indian Comedy Awards
Vipul .D. Shah at Announcement of Big Indian Comedy Awards

PRLog (Press Release) - Sep 15, 2011 - BIG Live Announces yet another pioneering offering with the First ever ‘BIG Indian Comedy Awards’

An exclusive platform to showcase Best of Comedy from films & TV

The BIG Indian Comedy Awards is another pioneering and unique initiative from the IP vertical of the Reliance Broadcast stable – BIG Live. The first-of-its-kind comedy awards will applaud & felicitate comic artists across Bollywood and Television. The announcement was made by BIG Live in the presence of celebrities’ like Sunil Pal, , Anang Desai and some hilarious stand up acts by VIP & Sudesh Lahiri, promising the viewers an evening filled with laugh-riot and masti. The awards are being presented in association with Optimistix, who are known for their expertise in this genre of entertainment.

Indian Models Amruta Patki, Deepti Gujral, Aanchal Kumar, Taneesha Verma & More in Jaipur Fashion Show

Anchal Kumar, Deepti Gujral, Taneesha Verma
Anchal Kumar, Deepti Gujral, Taneesha Verma

Jaipur, Rajasthan, September 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Linen Club has always been a brand that has celebrated the true spirit of fashion. Exquisitely textured fabrics, amazing cuts and colours and the extremely rare and sophisticated hues have earned it a revered seat in the fashion world. This time, this prestigious fabric brand of Jaya Shree Textiles from the house of Aditya Birla Group, has decided to add a new zing to the festive season revelry with its new festive- collection. "Linen club always has a special surprise in store for the festive season buyers", says Mr. Rabindra Mohan (Assistant Vice President, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.). " But this time we have tried to revolutionize the whole concept of linen as a festive wear.

28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards - Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Adele sparkle in platinum

28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards

Mumbai, Maharashtra, September 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) -- Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Adele sparkled in PLATINUM jewelry at the "28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards" in Los Angeles on August 28th:

Once again, Platinum ruled the red carpet at the star studded "28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards". The music industry's biggest night saw the leading ladies dazzling in platinum jewellery.

Kotak Money ka Matlab (MKM) Diaries - The First Digital Road-Trip Ever Coming to Mumbai

By Raksha Narang

Mumbai, Sep 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) While most people are busy chasing money in the world, there are those that take time away from all of it and chase the roads, constantly blogging about it. Thus Kotak, who are running their current "Money Ka Matlab" campaign decided, to add two and two by putting these road-trippers and their campaign thought together.

Just 4 Us Foundation Organizes a Walk-A-Thon Event on Disability Awareness Month

Walk will benefit children with special needs.

Just 4 Us Foundation Walk-A-ThonHyattsville, MD, September 03, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Just 4 Us Foundation will organize its awareness Walk-A-Thon event on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel, Maryland at 9am, according to a press release.

As part of the celebrations marking the Disability Awareness Month celebrated in October, the foundation is organizing its first ever annual Walk-A-Thon event. This event will raise money for its programs for children with special needs and promote healthy lifestyles. The one day event will be filled with activities and entertainment.

Hungarian-Moroccan Pianist Marouan Benabdallah Performs at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

[Marouan Benabdallah] Washington, D.C.­, Sept 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Winner of the 2009 ACF International Competition Marouan Benabdallah performs a recital of works by Schubert, Debussy, Albeniz, Benabdeljalil, Granados and Ravel at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on November 5. Said the New York Times of his Carnegie Hall debut recital last May, “He played with rich colorings and flair, and brought tenderness to the lyrical musings and vigor to the bursts of chords and dizzying passagework.”

Not yet thirty and with a Hungarian mother and Moroccan father, Benabdallah’s musical heritage is deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition. He received his formal training at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and in 2008 was presented with the Medal of the Hungarian Parliament for his achievement in music, an honor he shares with Plácido Domingo.

Benabdallah first attracted international attention in 2003, following triumphs at the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition, the Andorra International Competition (2003) and after that at the Naples (2004) International Piano Competition, after which he went on to perform in Germany, Austria, China, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Italy.

A Dazzling Minisha Lamba Stuns Audience at Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Show

Indian Actress Minissha Lamba
Minisha Lamba at UTV Stars Launch

Kolkata, Sept 12 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) If it was angel white for Priyanka Chopra, then it was devil black for Minisha Lambha, who provided a stunning finale to the Kolkata chapter of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2011 on Sunday.

The mood had already been set by a red carpet collection from designer Rocky S that showcased a gala of Men’s wear that included sherwanis and fit suits in colour palette of blacks, greys and nudes with a dash of deep red infusing energy into classic pieces.

The outfits were already exuding a lot of oomph and the style statement was firmly expressed when Bollywood beauty Minisha Lambha scorched the ramp in a classic retro black gown from Rocky’s repertoire.

Budapest Festival Orchestra plays Bartok and Schubert at Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer with pianist András Schiff opens WPAS 2011-12 Orchestra Series at the Kennedy Center on October 26

Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer

Washington, D.C.­, Sept 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Named among the world’s top ten orchestras in Gramophone’s most recent poll of critics, the Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a performance of works by Bartók and Schubert on Wednesday, October 26. The orchestra will be conducted by former National Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Iván Fischer whose conducting has been described by the Guardian as producing “stupendous music-making.” Said Gramophone, “It’s an extraordinary set-up…a group of superb musicians who play with a passion and commitment that beggars belief. The combination of Iván Fischer, the orchestra’s founder and music director, and these fine players has elevated music-making to a level that astonishes and delights with equal measure.” Said the New York Times of a recent performance, “New York classical music audiences are getting to know the Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer, and that, it turns out, is all to the good…The orchestra played well, with a full-bodied sound and yet a transparency that helped clarify lines in the occasionally dense counterpoint.”

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.