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Akon Live in Concert in India

[Akon Live Show India]Mumbai, Apr 05, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) In his maiden tour of India Akon will be performing two full concerts for his Indian fans in the cities of Gurgaon and Bengaluru. Fans attending the concert can expect Akon to perform a mix of internationally acclaimed numbers like Beautiful, Lonely, Right Now, Dangerous, I'm So Paid, as well as songs from a recently released album.  Akon will be celebrating his birthday on stage with his Indian fans and has promised them a pleasant surprise.

Week-Long Tagore Festival at Dartington Hall in Devon, UK

Rabindranath Tagore ,Tamilndu,India

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Devon, UK, April 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A week-long Tagore Festival is being organized at Dartington Hall in Devon during May 1 - 7, 2011. Over 100 poets, authors, dancers, musicians, activists and philosophers from around the globe will come together to celebrate the life of the polymath Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. Visas are being issued, flights booked, tickets are selling out as the organizers and attendees count down the days to the start of the great event.

The Tagore Festival is a unique mix of International, National and Local artists and speakers. From grass roots to academics, east meets west and all things eco and artistic are celebrated by performances, talks and workshops.

The Light Factory accepting entries for Short Films at Annual Filmmakers’ Showcase

Charlotte, NC, March 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) The Light Factory seeks short films from filmmakers all over the country for the 11th Annual Filmmakers' Showcase, to be held Friday, May 13 (at 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 14 (8:00 p.m.), at Butter cocktail lounge. The Light Factory Filmmakers’ Showcase highlights the art of short films, created by emerging, established and student filmmakers. Submissions are due Friday, April 15, 2011. There is no fee to enter and winners can earn cash prizes. Guidelines and other information about the event can be found online at http://www.lightfactory.org/film.

Abrittir Ashor: A Bengali Recitation Program by Sarathi of Kolkata

[Abrittir Ashor Bangla Kobita Abritti Live Program - Bengali Recitation Program]

Calcutta, March 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sarathi presents "Aabrittir Aasor" - An evening of Bengali recitation on 29th March, 2011 6 PM onwards at Bangla Academy behind Nandan.

London's Gay Art Festival GFEST Announces 2011 Call For Entries

London, UK, March 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Now in its fifth year, GFEST, the premier LGBT annual cross-arts festival in London, has announced the call for entries for its 2011 programme to be held 7-20 November.  Artists and performers are invited to send in submissions for consideration in three areas:  Short Films, Visual Arts and Performances.

Isha Koppikar to sizzle at PTC Punjabi Music Awards 2011

Calcutta, Mar 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Bollywood starlet Isha Koppikar will jive to popular Bollywood numbers, as Punjab will witness the most entertaining night of the year on 18th March 2011.  PTC Punjabi will felicitate the best work accomplished by Punjabi Music Industry in the year 2010, at the PTC Punjabi Music Awards at PAP Grounds, Jalandhar. The Awards will be held from 6 pm onward and will be telecast LIVE on PTC Punjabi.

According to Ms. Rajiee M. Shinde, COO - PTC Network , “The show promises to be the biggest event ever witnessed by Punjabi Audiences and will showcase the best of Punjabi Music Industry in all its glory. The evening loaded with glitz and glamour and will be anchored by eminent Bollywood personalities Gurpreet Ghuggi and Upsasana Singh, along with acclaimed Television Anchor Manish Paul and hilarious Stand Up Artist Rajeev Thakur. While it will feature scintillating performances by Isha Koppikar, the Bollywood Starlet, the Singer and Bollywood Actor Hard Kaur will croon to engaging Rap Music. The biggest Punjabi Music Artists including Jazzy B, Manmohan Waris, Kamal Heer, Satinder Sartaj and Miss Pooja will perform LIVE at the event.  PTC Punjabi gives a platform to the young budding talent of Punjab by making them perform together as the Young Brigade of Punjab every year. This year the brigade will feature Sharry Maan, Kulwinder Billa, Nishawn Bhullar, Rimz J, Pushpinder kaur, Mr. Cheema, Sarthi K, Teji Sandhu and Gurvinder Brar. Also performing Martial Arts at the Awards will be a Nihang Group from Amritsar, Bir Khalsa Group. ”

29th San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival Sponsored by MYX TV

San Francisco, Calif., March 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) MYX TV is a proud partner to the 29th San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival, the largest Asian and Asian American film festival in North America. The festival has kicked off its opening night film, West Is West, and gala at the Asian Art Museum on March 10th and will continue to bring the best of film until March 20th.

This year, MYX TV is co-presenting the world premier of the film, Resident Aliens, by filmmaker Ross Tuttle. The film tells the story of deported Cambodian refugees and how one man’s story is changed as he becomes a dance teacher and surrogate father to a breakdancing troupe of poor children in Cambodia.

Watch the trailer of Resident Alien.


Make Your Own Saree" & "Personality Based Customized Saree Designing" Preview & Exhibition In Bangalore

Crafts For Sarees

Bangalore, March 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Crafts for Sarees is bringing its 2nd edition of Preview, Exhibition and Sale of it's new D'Zine Studio Collection to Bangalore during March 31 to April 3, 2011 at the Ground Floor of Safina Plaza on Infantry Road from 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

As you know, WBRi had the pleasure of talking to Susmita Dasgupta, the Chief Ideator of Smart Ideas, a leading Bangalore based marketing organization, and the marketing head of Crafts for Sarees - check out Susmita talk in detail about the unique services of Crafts for Sarees online HERE.


The Carlton Kitto Ensemble @ Someplace Else, Kolkata : Monday Jazz Monday Blues 14 March 2011

Calcutta, March 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hosted by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society and produced Littlei, the popular Monday Jazz Monday Blues Live Program Series at SOMEPLACE ELSE, The Park, Kolkata on March 14, 2011 will feature THE CARLTON KITTO ENSEMBLE performing live from 9:00 pm onwards.

Carlton Kitto says, "The transition from Swing to Bop happened in the late 30s (38 – 39) by a young guitar genius Charlie Christian who died at the age of 22. This however was taken up by a group of highly talented musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk – Max Roach and others and during the early experimental sessions at the Minton’s in Harlem came to be known as Be Bop Jazz. The most challenging form of music from all angles. Harmonically – technically – lyrically or from any other form. It soon revolutionized the world. Be Bop Jazz still remains authentic in form and this movement is the mainstay of our music which we have been trying to promote for many years mainly through myself and the devoted Nondon Bagchi. We have had many changes in the Carlton Kitto Ensemble and at one point the Carlton Kitto Big Band; we hope to go on keeping Be Bop alive in India and hope all you Jazz lovers will help us in this endeavor."

AVTAAR Live in Concert hosted by Hosted by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society, Produced by Littlei

Calcutta, March 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hosted by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society and produced by Littlei, Siddha presents Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s Trinity of Guitars in AVTAAR – A MEETING OF CELESTIAL STRINGS on Friday March 11, 2011 at G.D.Birla Sabhaghar at 7pm, Saturday March 12, 2011 at ICCR at 7pm and Sunday March 13, 2011 at Calcutta School of Music, also at 7pm. Living legend Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra will also be felicitated The live concert

Call Murshed of Littlei +91 9748195596 for more information.

Avtaar – A Meeting of Celestial Strings

If God manifests before man, his shape and form or Avtaar, will be music. To explore this celestial reincarnation, Grammy nominee Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, the pioneer creator and inventor of Indian slide guitar, has chose the medium of divine celestial strings, his Trinity of Guitars – the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, a family of new generation slide guitars.

God is omnipresent and must be accompanied by angels. The East and the West are just directions, which if followed around the globe, will meet, where else but at Calcutta-Kolkata, the melting pot of cultures. To prove this axiom beyond doubt, joining Pandit Bhattacharya in this voyage of discovery are thirteen musicians from six countries, like the six strings of a guitar. They are international classical and acoustic guitar virtuosos Johannes Möller of Sweden, Nutavut Ratanakarn of Thailand and Matthias Muller of Germany. Mike McCormick of Canada on Electric Guitar and Nishad Pandey of Australia on Western Classical Guitar ably assist them. The Indian musicians in this heavenly parade are Biplaw Singh on Western Classical Guitar, Subhashish Bhattacharya on Tabla, Mainak “Bumpy” Nagchowdhury on Bass Guitar, Somranjan Chakraborty on Anandi (the third eye of the Trinity of Guitars), Soumyajyoti Ghosh on Bansuri, Raja Mukherjee on Western Violin, Charu Hariharan on Mridangam and Sambit Chatterjee on Western Drums. These musicians will collaborate for a week, creating new compositions based on Indian Ragas, Western Classical Music and Thai Music. The resultant new stream of Indo-World Instrumental Music will be presented to the audience of Kolkata by this eclectic ensemble.

The Musicians

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya – India – Chaturangui

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is perhaps the only phenomenon in the history of World Music and Indian Classical Music who created a Trinity of slide guitars, christened Chaturangui Gandharvi and Anandi. He is one of the most amazing music personalities of the world, whose dynamism of artistry and creativity place him in the category of a genius, who goes beyond and opens new horizons in his field. His improvisation within the framework of a raga or within the limitations of the instrument he plays becomes a novel experience for himself as well as his listeners. A nominee of Grammy and numerous other awards, he is one of the brightest stars of slide guitar performace and composition, the world over.

Johannes Möller- Sweden – Western Classical Guitar

Jhumpa Lahiri Speaks at Princeton All-Girls School

[Jhumpa Lahiri]
Jhumpa Lahiri

Princeton, NJ, March 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author, Jhumpa Lahiri, will be the featured author at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart’s third annual Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Author Program on April 8, 2011.

The public is invited to an after-school reading on April 8, 2011 at 4:30pm in Stuart’s Cor Unum Center. This event is free of charge.

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Ms. Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut short story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. Her best-selling novel The Namesake was published in the fall of 2003 to great acclaim. A film version of The Namesake (directed by Mira Nair) was released in 2007. Lahiri’s most recent book of short stories, entitled Unaccustomed Earth, received the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (the world’s largest prize for a short story collection). Unaccustomed Earth debuted No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List in April 2008.

Mehcad Brooks and Selita Ebanks To Host BET's Rip The Runway feat. The Lila Nikole Collection

March 05, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / 1888PressRelease) Lila Nikole Swimwear Collection showcasing in BET's Rip The Runway 2011 in late February at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

Participating for a third time, former designer of Amaya Swimwear, now The Lila Nikole Collection, will be featured in this year's BET's Rip The Runway unveiling a new, funkier, more upscale collection for 2011. This collection, yet to be named, is carnival inspired and looks to be one of the hottest yet; complete with bright pops of color accented with sequins, metallic, lace and shimmer. All participating models displaying the new collection from Lila Nikole will also be wearing jewelry provided by Charles Albert and his new Spring 2011 Collection.

Ragey Anurage Rabindranath: Influence of Classical music on the compositions of Tagore

Ragey Anuragey Rabindranath

Calcutta, March 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Birla Academy of Art and Culture presents Rage Anurage Rabindranath: Influence of Classical music on the compositions of Tagore.


Memories Are Made Of These: Live Program in Calcutta Celebrates Sudhin Dasgupta and Salil Chowdhury

[Calcutta Youth Choir Bengali Chorus Group]
Calcutta Youth Choir

[Saikat Mitra]
Saikat Mitra. Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, March 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Amit Fan Club has organized many memorable musical evenings in the past, but those musical evenings had been related to R.D.Burman and Kishore Kumar. For the first time they organized a musical programme called ‘MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE” featuring umpteen gems of two musical geniuses Sudhin Dasgupta and Salil Chowdhury which were performed by various singers or musicians who had been associated with the two geniuses at Uttam Mancha recently.

Amjad Ali Khan with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and Hariharan to Perform Live at London Ananda Utsav 2011

London, UK, March 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananda Bazar Patrika presents the 2nd Year of KKN London Ananda Utsav 2011 one of the Biggest International Cultural Festival to be held from 1st April till 3rd April at the Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Tottenham,  London N10.


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