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2009 Pashimbanga Natyamela - Enriching the Bengali Theater Movement

Natyamela 2009 - Bengali TheaterAt last week of November, 2009 Pashim Banga Natya Mela has been organized in collaboration with EZCC- seminars on theatre, performance by famous groups as well as exhibitions on theatre were major events there.

Sreyashi Mitra - Exclusive Audio Interview Feature : the acclaimed Bengali Rabindra Sangeet Singer

Sreyashi Mitra Sreyashi Mitra is a well-known figure amongst aficionados of Rabindrasangeet.

Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio met with Sreyashi in her residence and recorded an informal interview in late November, 2009. Listen to Sreyashi Mitra speak about her music, inspirations, career and vision.

Read all about Sreyashi and listen online to her Bengali Rabindra Sangeet songs.


Rahul Bose will be haunted by employees he FIRED (2010)

Fired (2010) Bollywood Hindi Horror Movie Rahul BoseIf you are in danger of being laid off, make sure your boss watches Fired. Rahul Bose fires 121 people, and look what happens to him !

Bollywood's sudden affair with J-Horror continues with Fired - Ram Gopal Verma's J-horror film Phoonk-2 is also up for  release.


First Look at Ram Gopal Verma's PHOONK 2 Upcoming Bollywood Hindi Movie

Written and directed by Milind Gadagkar, Hindi horror movie Phoonk 2 is produced by RGV. It is named Bommai 2 in Tamil and Aavaham in Telugu. Watch stills and promo trailer video from Phoonk-2.


A SHANTI – a peace program in Kolkata by ALSOC directed by Sounak Chattopadhyay | WBRi Exclusive Video & Audio event coverage

Raima Sen & Dhritiman Chatterjee - Ashanti Kolkata ShowWBRi Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive online event coverage:

26/11 was the 1st anniversary of pathetic Mumbai Blast. ALSOC, Alumni association of St. Xavier’s Kolkata, presented “A SHANTI – a peace program” to remember that incident at their premises at 6 P.M. giving the message for peace to the World. Subhomoy Mukherjee'sexclusive WBRi coverage of the event - watch video and listen to audio from AShanti.


DEV - Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero and CHALLENGE (2009) with Dev-Subhashree win 4 Anandalok Awards

Challenge (2009) Bengali MovieDeepak Adhikari, born in rural Bengal and currently one of the reigning Bengali film heroes, has been awarded the Best Male Actor award at Anandalok Awards 2009.

Youth Guild for Friendship, Kolkata 30th Anniversary Inaugural Program - Video Report - WBRi Exclusive

Youth Guild For Friendship, Kolkata - 30th Anniversary Inaugural Program

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Online Event Coverage : Watch the exclusive WBRi Video Coverage of the program by Subhomoy Mukherjee.

On Tuesday 1st December 2009 the evening program started with the Inaugural Ceremony which was followed by felicitation of Eminent cultural and social personalities of Kolkata, and a colourful cultural presentation to mark the commencement of the 30th Anniversary Celebration by The Youth Guild for Friendship.

The second part of the program comprised of Rabindrasangeet songs by Manoj Murali Nair and Manisha Murali Nair, Nazrulgiti by Susmita Goswamy, and Bangla Band Ujania headed by Nazmul Haq in Folk songs and Meghatithi Banerjee. Everybody was excellent in performance. Veteran elocutionist Saumitra Mitra recited in celebration of a 100 years of Gitanjali, the book for which Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore received a Nobel Prize.  There were dance performances by Aditya Mitra, Alokparna Guha, Paramita Chakraborty and Keya Chanda.


Bombay Summer (2009)

Bombay Summer 2009 PosterBombay Summer is an Indian-American film by Joseph Mathew Varghese (Crossing Arizona, The Last Season: The Life and Demolition of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium). The movie explores the fleeting and delicate friendship between three young people and its eventual disintegration in the face of betrayal and personal loss. Set in contemporary India, the film subtly mirrors the turmoil within tradition bound Indian society as it copes with change and rapid modernization.


A R Rahman in cast of upcoming Hollywood English movie Son of a Preacher Man

Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) is in front of the camera in upcoming film “Son of a Preacher Man” about the life and times of Grammy winning singer-songwriter-producer PJ Morton.

Besides Rahman, other cast includes American Gospel musician Kirk Franklin (Norbit), Grammy nominated American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard (Life on a Stick), and producer Warryn Campbell (Stomp the Yard). Shot in Atlanta and New Orleans in USA and London in United Kingdom, it will be released in 2010. Michael Akwesi Djaba (Reasonable Excuse) is the director.

Robert Downey Jr - Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes - Dr Watson - Releasing Dec 25, 2009 - Trailer

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Movie PosterSir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective, with Jude Law stepping into the shoes of his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Watch the trailer.

Surrender - A Short Film By Dev Benegal

Surrender is an early short film by Dev Benegal with no spoken dialog that was also a study for his 3rd movie Road, Movie. In Surrender, a dad with two kids wander on the Indian highway making toys from wires to earn a living. His young son dreams of breaking free.

Watch the full movie Dev Benegal's Surrender online.


Sarah Gavron's BRICK LANE (2007) Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson

A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneem, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina, meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows, but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided - and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.


Interview: Tannistha Chatterjee, Indian actress

LONDON - OCTOBER 26: Actress Tannishtha Chatte...The Pune-born Princess of Parallel Cinema Tannishtha Chatterjee arrived in the world of Indian and International cinema with her first film Swaraj receiving an Indian national award, followed by often award-winning roles in Bibar (Bengali, 2006), Brick Lane, Shadows of Time / Schatten der Zeit, Partho Sengupta's Let the Wind Blow / Hawa Aney Dey,Strings, Kasturi and so on. Her recent movies Bombay Summer and The White Elephant have been received with critical acclaim, and her upcoming film Dev Benegals "Road, Movie" is eagerly awaited by movie lovers, as is Ravi Kumar's Bhopal: Prayer for Rain about the Bhopal disaster with Martin Sheen.


Watch an exclusive interview of Tannishtha Chatterjee.

Mon Diye Jaye Chena - A Bengali Short Story By Sudipuddin Srirampuri (মন দিয়ে যায় চেনা ...) | Bengali Online Magazine

Sudip Basu - WBRi Online Bangla MagazineWashington Bangla Radio Online Bengali Magazine presents "Mon Diye Jaye Chena" - a Bengali short story by Sudipuddin Srirampuri. This post is in Unicode Bengali font.

Contribute your creative writings to WBRi Bangla Online Magazine - use the contact link and submit your writing.


Sandip Ray's Hitlist (2009) Bengali Movie

Hit List 2009 Poster

WBRi Kolkata Tube - the original Bengali movie blog promoting Bangla film in the USA - exclusive review of forthcoming Sandip Ray bangla movie "Hit List". Watch the promo trailer.



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