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Top Bengali Children's Magazine ICHCHAMOTI Summer 2010 Issue published

ICCHAMOTI FREE BENGALI CHILDRENS' MAGAZINEMay 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The summer 2010 issue of online Bangla e-zine Icchamnoti (www.ichchhamoti.org) for children has been released. Icchamoti and Joydhak are the two top most read popular Bengali Webzines in North America.

The editorial starts off, "সেদিন জোড়াসাঁকোর ঠাকুর বাড়িতে সাজ সাজ রব। কারো এতটুকু নিশ্বাস ফেলার সময় নেই।  কাজের লোক  থেকে শুরু করে আত্মীয়-স্বজন সবাই তটস্থ...নিয়মের এতটুকু যেন এদিক থেকে ওদিক না হয়। সময়ের কাজ যেন সময়ে হয়...ফাঁকি দেওয়া...পড়ে থাকা কাজ মোটেই পছন্দ নয় মহর্ষি দেবেন্দ্র নাথ ঠাকুরের। তাই সবকিছু হচ্ছে পরিপাটি নিয়ম অনুযায়ী। আর হবেই বা না কেনো? আজ তো ছোট্ট রবি এই প্রথম বাবার সাথে বাইরে বেরোবে। যাবে অনেক দূর...সেই হিমালয়। সকাল থেকে তাই রবির খুশি আর ধরে না। কোথায় বেঙ্গল একাডেমিতে একঘেয়ে ক্লাস আর কোথায় পাহাড় ঘেরা...সেই অনেক পুরোনো গাছের ছায়ায় রূপকথার পথ। যা এতদিন রবি শুধু গল্পই শুনে এসেছে।"

This issue of Ichamoti , lile it's predecessors,  is full of stories, poems, travelogues, sports articles, comics, games and so on that will keep children, tweens, teens and even grown-ups submerged into the pages of this issue for a long time. The partial table of Index has:

ছড়া/ কবিতা ৫
 গল্প-স্বল্প ১
 গল্প-স্বল্প ২
 গল্প-স্বল্প ৩
 গল্প-স্বল্প ৪
 বিদেশি রূপকথা
 আন্‌মনে
 মনের মানুষ
 পড়ে পাওয়া
 দেশে -বিদেশে ১
 দেশে-বিদেশে ২
 ছবির খবর
 বায়োস্কোপের বারোকথা
 পরশমণি
 কমিক্‌স কাহিনী
 জানা-অজানা ১
 জানা-অজানা ২
 এক্কা- দোক্কা
 আঁকিবুকি
 পালা-পার্বন

Read the complete free Bengali children's magazine online, or download in PDF format from www.ichchhamoti.org.


Bengali Poem Malatibala Balika Bidyalay by Joy Goswami | English Translation by Barnali Saha

Barnali is a creative writer, painter and elocutionist from Nashville, TN, and is a regular contributor to Washington Bangla Radio.

In this article in the Washington Bangla Radio Online Magazine (e-zine) section, Barnali Saha translates acclaimed Bengali poet Joy Goswami's famous poem Malatibala Balika Bidyalay (Malatibala Girls' School) into English. Also watch a free video online of Barnali reciting the Bengali original poem.


Bangla Baul Folk & Tribal Songs Of Bengal - A Guide by Gopal Bandopadhyay | Nimai Sanyas, Prabhati, Poush Parbon, Dehatatwa etc.

The multitude of genres and sub-genres of Bengali Baul / Folk / Tribal music are defined and discussed. Listen to online songs of many types and subtypes of Bangla Folk & Tribal performed by Mr Gopal Bandopadhyay for WBRi.

Gopal Bandopadhyay Presents
Folk & Tribal Music of Bengal - A Guide

Free WBRi Bangla Radio Bengali Online Broadcast | Folk, Tribal songs The following article is a rough guide to the various folk musicals forms of West Bengal, India. This article is penned by Shri Gopal Bandopadhyay. We have previously featured Mr Gopal Banerjee where he has briefly written about Bengali Folk tradiitons and you can watch Mr Banerjee live in concert - click here.

Nimai Sanyas

These songs revolve around the concept of opting for the lifestyle of an ascetic by Nimai and thereby leaving his Grihasthya or family life. These songs were composed on the basis of the pitiful appeal by his wife Bishnupriya and his sorrowful mother Sachimata.

Prabhatee

These songs are usually sung in the morning time by Vaishnavas throughout rural Bengal praising the glories of Radha, Lord Shri Krishna and Gauranga. These songs help the villagers ...


TAMBOURINE-- launching of the first Indian literary webzine for children in English

At last its here--the first ever completely web based literary magazine for children in English.

The TAMBOURINE (www.tambourine.co.in)  aims to fill in a huge gap that exists in the webspace for children. You One will find innumerable websites meant for the young people--ranging from academic assistance to providing online gaming facility , but no fully literary website completely dedicated to them.

We are here to fill in that gap. Enjoy the first issue here:  www.tambourine.co.in

here's a sample:




Chai Theke Gaan (Song from the Ashes) - A Book Of Poems By Tapan Sanyal | Bangla Kobita (Bengali Poems)

Songs From Ashes - Chai Theke Gaan - Tapan Sanyal

April 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) A book of peoms, "Chai Theke Gan" (Songs from the Ashes) by Mr Tapan Sanyal, a muti-faceted talent and an acclaimed poet, has been released by Varabhi Prakashani.

The book was released by famous folk-song composer-singer Mr Arun Chakraborty (of Lal Paharir Deshe Ja fame) and translated by the young Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondol.

Mr Sanyal recently interviewed singer-songwriter Arun Chakraborty - the video is available here.

Washington Bangla Radio also published an exclusive interview with acclaimed young international poet Sonnet Mondol - the video is available here.

Tapan Sanyal can be contacted at ph +91-983-079-1929, e-mail: tmusehere [at] gmail.com. Tapan Sanyal is also a music composer and an accomplished Tabla player. He and his wife Tripti Sanyal (singer) are experimenting with classcial world fusion music. Washington Bangla Radio has previously featured the works of Tapan and Tripti Sanyal:



Interview | Sonnet Mondal - the internationally acclaimed young poet speaks with WBRi and recites his poems (video)

Apr 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The internationally acclaimed poet and youngest Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondol talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio and recites a couple of his poems. Watch the interview video and listen to Sonnet's recitation online exclusively on Washington Bangla Online Radio.

Poet Laureate Sonnet Mondal is one of the illustrious names in the field of English Poetry and Literature. Starting his poetic career in 2007 through his book “A Poetic Peep Into The Post Modern World”, at present he has authored two other collections of poetry namely “The Curse of Atlantis and Other Poems”(released in 2009), “21 lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century” (due release in Kolkata book fair 2010), Sonnet’s Treasure of Poems (due release in 2010 in Sweden) and a translation work namely “Songs from the Ashes”(Due release in Kolkata book fair 2010). He has been honoured several times with many International awards and recognitions and his poetry has been featured in several world famous journals and magazines. His poetries and messages have been read out in radio shows Like World Poetry Café Show, Canada, etc. Reader’s say the specialty of Sonnet’s writings lies in its wide variety, range and simplicity in language. Sometimes he experiments upon traditional poetry, sometimes rhyming and sometimes free verse. But each time he lures his readers into a different World where one can feel a fresh breathe while reading his poems.

Sonnet 
Mondol's Book Inauguration on World Poetry Day
Sonnet Mondol's Book Inauguration on World Poetry Day, Mar 21, 2010

Sonnet’s has been praised by eminent personalities like Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Harvard President Dew Fraust, Dr. Stephen Gill, Dr. Thiagarajan, Dr. Leo Rebello,Dr. Sandra Fowler, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya, Taslima Nasrin, Nora McCarthy, Trade Martin, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Subodh Sarkar and many others. The appreciation letters sent to him via emails and through different forums amount to over 1000 from peoples of more than thirty countries.

In 2009 Sonnet’s name was included in the Dictionary of Contemporary International Poets published by International Poetry Translation and Research Centre, China.

His books have also been given as Government Book Award from the Government of West Bengal(DMC),India to well performing students in class 10 and 12.


The Noble Deed Of Inspector Rao - A Short Story by Dr Ratan Lal Basu | WBRi Online Magazine

The Noble Deed of Inspector Rao

Dr Ratan Lal Basu

A Short Stoty


The Police Inspector Sudhakar Rao looked down the deep gorge with bewildered eyes. The rivulet, locally called Drejon-chu, was flowing about 200 feet below, dancing down the boulders and pebbles and the musical resonance could be heard from the stiff bank at the foothill. A patch of sooty cloud was gliding down the undulating crest of the hill to the other side of the river and a chilly breeze from the heights made Rao tighten his jacket. He looked up at his guide Thupden Lepcha. Thupden smiled amiably and said assuredly, This is a simple job sir. Always have tight grip on the ropes and never look down while crossing ...

Tees Maar Khan (1985) Full Manoj Chitra Katha Comics Online Release

Mar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tees Maar Khan is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language Bollywood movie directed by Farah starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Khanna and others. Tees Maar Khan Hindi Movie Comics`

The blog bollybusiness has published the front page of a classic nostalgic comics issue Tees Maar Khan from 1985 published by Manoj Chitra Katha originally sold for Indian Rupees 3.00. The authors of the blog have uploaded the entire 30 odd pages of the full comics online.

Mr. Teesmar Khan is a smart youngster who takes the opportunity of falling from a tree onto a dead mad elephant to turn himself into a super-hero, people believing that Mr Teesmar Khan  killed the elephant with his bare hands. The local King is impressed, and Tees Mar Khan becomes part of the royal court. Things get even better when Tees Maar Khan tames a violent man-eating tiger using his wit. Read the entire comic book !

According to reports, Akshay Kumar will impersonate John Travolta in Tis Mar Khan. Watch a NDTV news video online.


A SURVEY ON REQUIREMENTS OF BENGALI WEBZINES

The children's webmag joydhak is conducting a survey on a few important aspects of Bengali E magazines and the various areas it should cover, especially in the case of a  children's Webzine in Bengali .

9th issue of Joydhak webzine uloaded

The 9th issue (bosonto songkhya) of the Children's magazine Joydhak has been uploaded. As usual this issue brings a set of uniquely chosen treats for children of every age. Your physical age does not matter. As long as you are green in mind, Joydhak will entertain you. check it out at www.joydhak.com


The Mysterious Drinker - A Short Story By Dr Ratan Lal Basu | WBRi Online Magazine

THE MYSTERIOUS DRINKER

Dr Ratan Lal Basu

A Short Stoty


All on a sudden the storm lashed down with overwhelming vehemence, the sky was torn apart by relentless thrusts of lightning and the ear-rending rumble shook the world. The compounder had already gone home to close the open windows as his wife along with children had gone to her parents house. The patients who had started lining up had all fled with the onset of the storm. This pre-monsoon storm often turns violent and runs for hours. I realized there would be no patients today and I could not go home right now either. Seated close to the window at the far end of the chamber at the ground floor of the building that houses a bank at the upper floor, I watched through the glass the merciless onslaught of the storm on the trees. The building was isolated from the shops and dwellings by its large compound with a high wall and lines of tall trees. I watched the torrents lashing at the window panes and the tree tops that swayed recklessly and the yellow swords spitting apart the sky incessantly. Electricity went off to protect the naked transformers being hit by thunder. In the emergency light the chamber looked eerie and my mind drifted to Dracula stories Id read a few days ago and a queer sensation of fear coursed through me. I was amazed to think that even at this age ghost stories raises fear from the subconscious not withstanding my scientific bent of mind. This is the innate presentiment of fear reared in the inner depth of mind I thought.


Bengali Magazine KOLKAJ of Hyderabad requests submissions for Barsha Shonkhya (Monsoon 2010 Edition)

Bengali Magazine KOLKAJ Puja 2009 Issue CoverMar 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The KOLAJ Bengali Magazine editorial team is gearing up again for the next edition after their successful paperback Bangla magazine launch over last year's Durga Puja.

The Witch's Mirror - A Short Story by Dr Ratan Lal Basu | Washington Bangla Radio Online Magazine

THE WITCH’S MIRROR

Dr Ratan Lal Basu

A Short Story


A Big Dream Coming True At Shri Aurobindo Institution of Kalyani, West Bengal | By Barnali Saha

A classroom in session at the Sri Aurobindo Institute, Kalyani

A Big Dream Coming True:
The good works of the Shri Aurobindo Institution of Kalyani, West Bengal.

by Barnali Saha

I have always felt that there is a wall between us and the world. It is as if some mighty drapery is shutting down our complete view of the other side. In our warmly lit, fire place rolling sumptuous world we live in one glass house of comfort while the landscape on the other side faces drastic tectonic shifts everyday. In the other world existence is a struggle in itself and paucity is the only procession that its inmates have. On my last visit to India, I had a microscopic view of the pain and the sullen current of despair that flows in the other world, And what I found strange is that most people talk about this other world at length, they write, they are vociferous but when it comes to changing the condition that persists, only a handful of men come to the forefront.  I was lucky to have come across a galaxy of such wonderful men and women struggling hard to make the other world a better place to dwell.


WBRi Online Book Recommendation: Jyoti Basu, the authorized biography

BIOGRAPHY OF JYOTI BASU (1914 - 2010), CHIEF MINISTER OF WEST BENGAL, India.

By SURABHI BANERJEE