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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):-


  •   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
  •   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)


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.

2011 Banchbo Sharad Samman Kolkata Durga Puja Awards - List of Competing Pujas

Picture taken in 2005 at Maddox Square, Kolkata.

Image via Wikipedia

Calcutta, Sep 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Banchbo is a Non Profit Non Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to the health care, education and uplift of the underprivileged and the weak. Based at Kolkata (Calcutta), they have activities spread across West Bengal, especially Sunderbans. Their endeavors are mainly targeted towards children and senior citizens of the society. As children are the future, they have undertaken to provide quality health & education. This initiative targets one of the most deprived sections of the society.

Banchbo are very much pleased to inform all that in 2011 Durga Puja Banchbo are organizing a mega event on 10th year of SHARAD SAMMAN - Unique Puja Rating by Street & Underpriviledged Children since 2002, which added new dimension in Saradotsav of Kolkata & 4th year of SHARAD SAMMAN - Unique Puja Rating by Senior Citizens since 2008.

Banchbo organizes two very unique Durga Puja Sharad Samman awards in Kolkata.

The first event started in the year 2002, when Banchbo added a new dimension in Sharadotsav of Kolkata by rating Durga Puja by Street Children and Underpriviledged Children of Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal. Since then this unique Durga Puja rating & Ride is being organised succesfully with active support from all sectors of the society including corporations and specially with warm participation of several puja committees including many well known pujas of Kolkata.

The second event, equally interesting, commenced during Durga Puja 2008 when Banchbo's Durga Puja ride also started including Senior Citizens comprising of all sectors of societies including representation from Old Age Homes and the underpriviedged.

Details of the Banchbo Durga Puja Rating and Sharad Samman Awards

Whistling with QS Tours!

Mumbai, Sep 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Whistling Woods International (WWI) is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television and has been rated amongst the top 10 film schools of the world by 'The Hollywood Reporter’. Their latest venture is in association with the famous QS World MBA tour.

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.