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11th Tele Cine Awards Kolkata Celebrates Bengali Film and Television Creativity

Srijit Mukherjee & Churni Ganguly
BEST DIRECTOR – Srijit Mukherji for Autograph

Rituparno Ghosh Best Actor Award

Calcutta, June 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) TELE CINE AWARDS is one of the biggest awards of Bengal - just a step forward to reward, acknowledge and appreciate the embodiments of creative excellence in the world of art and culture. It felicitates the creative heads mainly from two sectors like Television and Cinema in Bengal. It first started its journey in the year 2000 with a dream to highlight and convey recognization to the Bengali Film and Television Industry. From the beginning of its origin the film and television fraternity has rewarded appreciation to the conclusion Tele Cine Awards has brought to them.

Bengali Legend SONODYNE Sound Partner of World Music Day Concert by Kolkata Music Academy

World Music Day Calcutta Concert by Kolkata Music Academy

A 120 member Orchestra and Choir by the Kolkata Music Academy will present compositions by Bach to the Beatles and Mozart to Mohiner Ghoraguli on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at GD Birla Sabhaghar, 7 pm onwards.

Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul to Perform in Pop Montreal International Music Festival 2011

Babukishan Krishnendu Das BaulWashington DC, June 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul, popularly known as Babukishan Das Baul - our beloved Babuda - is going to perform live as one of the artists at the 2011 Pop Montreal International Music Festival that will be held during September 21 - 25.

You might remember Babuda's fascinating journey so far described by the great Baul, writer, composer, music director and film-maker himself in this interview.

The son of famous Purna Das Baul and grandson of Nabani Das Baul, Babukishan Das Baul spent his childhood at Shiuri, Birbhum in the environment of folk music. He toured the world with his father and subsequently left an indelible mark as a singer, songwriter and music director in Indian cinema working in Mumbai for many years, before moving to Canada and continuing on wonderful projects including directing films.

Babukishan Das Baul's landmark album Gypsy India (listen to free samples and download MP3) remains the best-known Indian folk-songs album internationally.

2011 marks the 10th year of the Pop Montreal International Music Festival, which has over the years presented live performances in wonderful venues like Patti Smith at the Gothic St Jean Baptiste Church, Interpol at the tiny Jupiter Room, Rocky Erickson, Devin the Dude, Buffy Ste Marie, Roxanne Shante and many many more. This year the festival will feature sexy electrofunk from Montreal's own CHROMEO, the legendary all-female British post-punk band
THE RAINCOATS in an exclusive North American appearance, another legendary punk rock band REDD KROSS with an exclusive performance, tUnE-YarDs, POP. xo, Stuff:, R. Steevie Moore, Marie-Jo Thério, Asobi Seksu, Tahiti 80, Barbara Lynn, Ralph Soul Jackson, Joe Bataan, Gary Lucas' Captain Beefheart Symposium, The Velvelettes, Babukishan Das Baul, The Socalled Musical, Vockah Redu, Japandroids, Purity Ring, Death Grips, Cave and so on - over 300 bands will perform over the days and nights of the fest.

Banga Sangeet Mela 2011 - A special report from the event popularly known as GAANMELA

Calcutta, May 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Music is the language of our heart. And no doubt it has been the only media by which we can share and express nearly all aspects of human existence. Even being a true Bengali rather a Bengali performer there is no doubt the word ‘Music’ becomes more poignant and valuable and rich when it meets with the word ‘Bengali’.

Bengal has given birth to Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Atul Prasad and countless more who took Bengali music and moreover Bengali culture in front of the world.  And from the very beginning the Bengalees have been pioneers of different types of Gharanas.


Mystic Bhakti of Bengal with Babukishan Das Baul

Mystic Bhakti of Bengal with Babukishan Das Baul
Workshop & Sunday Satsang, May 15

The Mystic Bhakti of a Living Master

Babukishan @ Yoga Farm

Babukishan das Baul Concert
The Mystic Bhakti of a Living Master

Pandit Ravi Shankar Returns to Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington DC Celebrating 90th Birthday - A WPAS Presentation

[Ravi Shankar]Washington, DC, April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) has announced legendary virtuoso sitarist, composer, teacher and writer Ravi Shankar's return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to celebrate his 90th birthday on Monday, May 23.

Known worldwide as India’s most esteemed musical ambassador, Ravi Shankar was the student of the illustrious guru “Baba” Ustad Allaudin Khan. Already a star in India, Shankar came to international attention in the 1960s after attracting the admiration of leading western musical leaders George Harrison of the Beatles and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

WPAS 2011-12 Season

[WPAS (Washington Performing Arts Society) 2011-12 Shows]

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) in their 2011-12 season continue their tradition of presenting a rich program of internationally-celebrated artists performing a wide variety of programs, as well as the finest emerging musicians from around the world.

WPAS continues to offer numerous, flexible subscription options. Patrons may select a pre-packaged Subscription Series, or they can select any three or more performances to create their own Custom Series. Video and audio samples of 2011-12 season artists’ work are also available online, enhancing the patron’s purchasing experience.

Dr. Sudeshna Basu to Present Tagore Beyond Artistic Borders at Asia Society Washington

Washington DC, May 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Indian Embassy and Asia Society will jointly host Tagore Beyond Artistic Borders - an Evening of Rabindranath Tagore featuring musical performance and panel discussion at Asia Society Washington on May 12, 2011.

China Sounds - MusicDish*China 12 Hours Into The Future Tour

Beijing, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Eric De Fontenay Will Be Conducting A Month-long Tour Of Asia Through Taipei, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing And Singapore

From May 3-29, MusicDish*China President Eric de Fontenay will be conducting a month-long tour of Asia we're calling "12 Hours Into The Future." The title is both literal and figurative as peering into China in many ways is like looking into the future, something largely true of the US in the last century.

"12 Hours Into The Future" Tour Schedule:

Rockapalooza 2011

Jackson, MI, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) May 01, 2011 – Michigan will explode with sound of screaming guitars and heart racing drums as bands take the stage at Rockapalooza June 25th.

Including a diversity of Rock music with a focus on melodic hard rock and heavy metal bands that play original music, this event will be hosted by Tim Corser and the Kings of Rock Entertainment. This event will be held at the racetrack on the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Last year 30 bands took to three stages over the event. This included headliners Sevendust, Otep and Egypt Central, with Bury Tomorrow, coming in from Southampton/Portsmouth, England. This year Chiodos, Silverstein, Sleeping with Sirens, Mushroomhead, Sore Eyes, Violets for Verona, State Your Cause, Shallow Side, Killjay, As Summer Dies, Hollow Drive, Lifeline, Oh No Fiasco, and Despite the Risk, with others to be announced will take the stage.

As Corser enjoys homes in both Spring Arbor, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee, it should not come as any surprise to find that this lineup will include bands from Michigan to southern Florida, and points in between. "With so many bands booked, there's enough variety that anyone who likes rock music should find something they like," Corser said.

Oliver Sean kicks off India Tour at the Hard Rock Cafe

Oliver Sean India Tour

Mumbai, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Internationally acclaimed musician, Oliver Sean, is taking his brand of popular music global. Already recognized alongside names like John Mayer, Kylie Minogue and Ashanti, Sean has committed to a world-wide tour through W.O.A. Records, with a U.S. and International focused media campaign and special focus on India, which includes a month long tour dedicated to this region across the Hard Rock Cafe’s in India and the premiere of his music video for the song ‘Movies’, from the new ‘So Good’ album, on International music channel Vh1 Exclusive.

Chicago Balaji Temple Silver Jubilee Celebration

Chicago, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago (Aurora, Illinois, USA) has planned grand 25th anniversary celebrations from May 29 to June five.

These will include various utsavams, yagnams, japams, homams, abhishekams, poojas, etc.; music concert, musical opera, fusion dance, contemporary Kuchipudi presentation, folk themed Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam ballets, bhajans, Garbha dance, fusion music, thematic Bharatnatyam, spiritual discourse; inauguration of New Prakaram;  and other special events.

Nishi's "Release Me" Single Launch and Bollywood Dance Party

[Nishi's Release Me]

Washington, DC, April 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Nishi is a South Asian Indian-American singer, songwriter, actress & attorney from New York City who performs in Off-Broadway plays & musical theater productions, acts for film & television and sings her original music  throughout NYC in acoustic & full-band shows.

Her most recent feature film, Sid's Paralysis, will be released in late-2011, she just wrapped a starring role as Princess Labam in the Indian fairytale musical 'How Raja's Son Won Princess Labam' & is presently appearing in the play Killing Time and the musical Bar Code.

Caitlin Rose UK Headline Show


After a remarkable breakthrough, the divine Caitlin Rose announces her biggest headline show to date, playing the Scala on June 21 ahead of a raft of not-to-be-missed festival dates, including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Latitude, Bestival and End of the Road.