“Chak De” and Koni

After a long time, the Indian Cricket team has done something wonderful. They brought home the ICC 20/20 World Cup. Kudos to Dhoni and his team. Many people (including former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif) have attributed this success to the recent film, “Chak De India“. I have not seen the film yet, but the media has made me aware of the story line. Shah-Rukh Khan plays the coach of the Indian womens hockey team and leads them to World Cup victory. It is a story of courage, perseverance and overall team spirit. Continue reading


ANANDA MANDIR will present its annual marquee program
“LIVE” MAHALAYA on October 14th at 5 AM at Ananda Mandir.

This event is so close to every one’s heart who celebrates Durga Puja or Dashera.
Well known local artists, such as Mitali Bhawmik, Parthasarathi Mukhopadhya,
Zafar Billa, and many more will participate in this event.

Space is limited. Please come early. For more info, call Arun Bhowmik @ 908-672-1452.

New Email Service

Due to the unreliability and restrictions imposed by my web hosting service, I am using a new email newsletter service provider (FeedBlitz). You will now receive an email (every week) with the list of recent postings on the blog site.
If you were in my earlier email list, you do not need to do anything. If you would like to contribute your articles, comments and thoughts, you need to register (click the register link on the right column).
As always, spread the word and let us all share our thoughts and experiences through this new medium.

Kallol Durga Puja 2007

Kallol of NJ will be celebrating Durga Puja at the Ukranian Community Center off Davidson Avenue in Somerset, NJ. A broad range of cultural programs have been arranged. The key programs include:

Friday 19th Oct 2007
Mahashashti and Maha Saptami
Puja : 3.00pm Anjali 6.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm
Cultural Program: 8.30pm
Opening Piano – Nayan Basu
Song – Ruma Palit
Bangla Band KAYA (from Kolkata)

Saturday 20th Oct 2007
Mahashtami and Sandhi
Puja: 11.00am Anjali 2.00pm
Dinner 5.00pm
Cultural Program: 6.00pm
Dance – Nritya Creations Academy of Dance
Jatra – “Shahjahan” Kallol of NJ – directed by Arunansu Dasgupta
Dance – Pia Bhattacharya
Modern Song – Subhomita Banerjee – the celebrity singer from Kolkata

Sunday 21st Oct 2007
Mahanabami and Mahadashami
Puja: 11.00am Anjali: 2.00pm
Dinner: 5.00pm

Cultural Program 6.30pm
“Emperors New Groove” – a play by Kallol Children
Dnace – Rythms of Dance and Music
Recitation – Satinath Mukhopadhyay (from Kolkata)
Tejendra Naryan Majumdar – Sarod with Samir Chatterjee on Table

and many others

ICC Durga Puja 2007

Dear ICC Members,

It’s our most favorite time of the year again…………
Ladies get your ” Tussars, Balucharis, Jamdanis, Bomkais” and Gentlemen be ready with your ”Kurtas, Dhotis, Sherwanis” for the 2007 Durga Puja.

We are happy to let you know that ICC will be celebrating this year’s Durga Puja on Oct 12 th (7pm-10pm), Oct 13th (11am – 10pm) & Oct 14th (11am -10pm) at

47 Eyland Avenue
Succasunna , NJ 07876
(973) 584 – 2973

EC members have put together a very entertaining cultural program for this year’s puja….

Saturday’s “Prime Time Attraction” includes:

Tanushree Shankar’s Dance Troupe


Antara Chowdhury (daughter of Salil Chowdhury)

Please invite your friends and family to make this year’s puja a memorable experience.

More details to follow….

On behalf of EC,

Prithwiraj Maitra


For more information:


Sanford Meisner: The Guru of Acting

What do Robert Duvall, John Voight, Sydney Pollack, Tony Randall, Gregory Peck, Jeff Goldblum, James Caan, and Tom Cruise have in common? They all trained under the master acting coach Sanford Meisner. Famous playwrights like Arthur Miller and David Mamet were also his students. His teaching technique, known as the Meisner Technique, is regarded as one of the most effective tool to master the art of acting. The goal of the Meisner technique has often been described as getting actors to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” The technique emphasizes carrying out an action truthfully on stage and letting emotion and subtext build based on the truth of the action and on the other characters around them, rather than simply playing an action or emotion.
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Krittibas: A Poetry Magazine That Created History

A magazine devoted to poetry only is not what you can find on regular news stands or magazine stalls. The limited readership scares away the publishers from venturing into such an enterprise. They’d rather get into a safer business of publishing prose with some esoteric ones plugging in few poems in between. But Krittibas is an exception. Continue reading