Mahabharata Episode 30: The Story of Bheema and Hanuman

Bheema meets Hanuman

Bheema meets Hanuman

Draupadi asks Bheema to fetch her the divine lotus.  Bheema, eager to please his wife, embarks on a journey to find the precious gift. On his way, he meets an old and frail little monkey. Little did he know, it was his brother the mighty lord Hanuman.

Listen to this delightful story which connects the two great epics of India, Ramayana, and Mahabharata.

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A Casual Chat with Parambrata Chattopadhyay

PARAMBRATA CHATTOPADHYAY

PARAMBRATA CHATTOPADHYAY

Parambrata Chattopadhyay is one of the busiest film actors in Bengal today. Noted as an actor of the alternative cinema, Parambrata has demonstrated his talent not only in Bengali films but also in the mainstream Hindi film industry. His performances in Kahani, Chotushkon, Apur Panchali, Kadambari and many others have made him a household name. Hailing from a family of filmmakers, film writers and critics, Parambrata is also a filmmaker. I got an opportunity to grab some time with him during his visit to New Jersey to screen one of his recent films, Kadambari. An engaging conversationalist, Parambrata discusses candidly his approach to cinema acting and filmmaking in this 20-minute long chat session. I hope you like it.

A Conversation with Suman Ghosh

Suman Ghosh

Suman Ghosh

The acclaimed filmmaker Suman Ghosh was in town. He was invited to New Jersey by Dhriti Bagchi (of Mrittika) to screen his recent film “Kadambari”. Based on the life of Kadambari Tagore, the wife of Jyotirindranath Tagore and sister-in-law of Rabindranath Tagore, the film presents one of the most intriguing stories of the Bengali cultural history.  I took this opportunity to chat with Suman about his filmmaking process, about his dual career (as an economics professor and a filmmaker) and some specifics about the film “Kadambari”. I hope you enjoy listening  to this not-too-long conversation.

Mahabharata Episode 29: The Story of Ashtavakra

Rshi Ashtavakra

Rshi Ashtavakra

The young Rishi Ashtavakra was born crooked at eight parts of his body. The deformity was caused because of his father’s curse. But later Ashtavakra saves his father from his ill fortune. Listen to this story and the stories of how lord Vishnu slays the demon Narakasura and later saves the earth by taking the form of a boar or a Varaha.

Mahabharata Episode 28: The Tales of Rishi Chyavan and King Ushinara

King Ushinara

King Ushinara

In this episode of the Stories of Mahabharata, Rishi Lomasha tells the Pandavas two exciting stories. In the first story, he tells the story of Rishi Chyavan who regained his youth with the help of the celestial physicians the Ashwini Kumar twins. The second story narrates the tale of King Ushinara who was willing to give his body and life to save a little dove who took his refuge.

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Mahabharata Episode 27: The Story of Parashurama

Parashurama kills Kartavirya

Parashurama kills Kartavirya

According to the Hindu scriptures, Lord Vishnu appeared on earth nine times to purge the earth of evil (his 10th appearance is yet to happen). Parashurama was the sixth incarnation. In this episode, Rishi Lomasha tells the Pandavas the story of Parashurama and how he passed his father Rishi Jamadagni’s cruel test and later killed the evil King KartyaVirya who had a thousand arms. Parashurama later went on to cleanse the earth of the evil Kshatriyas for twenty-one times before retiring to his hermitage in the Mahendra Mountains.

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Mahabharata Episode 26: The Tales of Bhagiratha and Rishwasringa

Bhagirath and Ganga

Bhagirath and Ganga

Rishi Lomapada tells Yudhistira and his entourage the tale of Bhagiratha and how he brought Ganga from the heavens to the earth and then led her to the oceans, thus forming the mighty river.

He then tells them the story of Rishwasringa and how he was seduced by a clever courtesan who brought the young Rishi to the Kingdom of Anga to help bring rains to the cursed land.

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A Conversation with Debshankar Haldar

Debshankar Haldar

Debshankar Haldar

Debshankar Haldar is undoubtedly the most sought after stage actor in Kolkata. As of now, Debshankar performs in 23 productions at the same time, a feat which no actor has ever been able to accomplish.  Considered to be the greatest stage actor of our times,  Debshankar received the Sangeet Natak Academy award for his superlative performances. Few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to have a candid conversation with this accomplished actor. He spoke about his acting and his process of character development. He also spoke about the current status of Bengali theater and shared his dreams and wishes.
If you are a theater lover, this interview would be a treat for you.

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Mahabharata Episode 25: The Pilgrimage

Agastya drinks the ocean

Agastya drinks the ocean

After spending few years in the Kamyaka forest, the Pandavas embark on a grand pilgrimage to visit the various holy places around the country. and learn about their glorious legends. Rishi Lomasha volunteered to be their guide. On their first stop, they visit the Ashrama of Rishi Agastya. Lomasha tells them the stories of the strange miracles performed by Agastya.

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A Chat with Anindya Chatterjee

Anindya Chatterjee

Anindya Chatterjee

Few months ago, filmmaker Anindya Chatterjee was in the USA with his debut feature film “Open-Tee Bioscope”. He, along with his friend Saugata, was touring the country and screening the film a several venues where Bengalis flocked. For many Bengalis in their middle age, the nostalgic film recreates their teenage years spent in the lanes and bylanes of Kolkata. It chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a teenage boy, a coming of age story that is familiar to many of us even if we didn’t grow up in Kolkata.  I got a chance to catch up with Anindya when he was visiting Washington D.C. to screen his film. He was kind enough to spend few minutes talking about his film and about his future plan. I hope you enjoy.