A Living Memory : A New Novel by Pronoy Chatterjee

Living MemoryFrom amongst a small but distinguished crowd of novelists of Indian origin in this country, Pronoy Chatterjee may not be a name that stands out in the public eye. The more famous authors like Jhumpa Lahiri, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Amitav Ghosh and others have enjoyed the limelight more than some of the less famous writers like Pronoy who write for the love of writing, who write to express their deepest feelings for humanity – in the little time they can extract out from the busy daily life of a well renowned professional. But, it is the authors like Pronoy, who can sometimes tell us the tales that we have lived though all our lives, the tales that bring back memories of a past that we long for, bring in hopes for a future that we all dream about.
“A Living Memory” is Pronoy’s second novel (published by Author House) where he tries to “capture the complexities of desire and conflict in a small village in colonial India”.
I have not read the book as yet, but the story line (given below) has attracted me enough to get a copy for myself to read. Continue reading

Why Go to the Theater?

Theatre of DionysusTheater is one of the oldest forms of performing art. From the stone ages, men and women have been telling stories by enacting them when even no language existed. Ancient Greek theater still inspires us and they continue to be staged in all languages of the world. The ancient Hindu scriptures regard the text of the theory of performing arts (Natya Shashtra) as the fifth Veda (Pancham Veda). And just like the Greek theater, ancient Indian Sanskrit theater were also highly developed. Continue reading

Saraswati Puja at Anandamandir

Ananda Mandir will celebrate Saraswati Puja on Monday February 11 and Saturday February 16, 2008.
The BOT cordially invites you to attend the PUJA ceremonies with your friends and relatives.


Monday, February 11, 2008.

Puja Rituals …………..From 7:45 A.M.

Followed by ………..Pushpanjali and Prasad Distribution

Saturday February 16, 2008.

Banibandhana and Utsav:

Saraswati Aradhana, Hate Khori and Pushpanjali: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Prasad and Lunch ……..12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Cultural Event………1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Satyanarayan Puja ……5:30 p.m.

Please note, on Saturday, February 16 the temple will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Biswabhai @ 732-873-9821


8:00 PM
$10 cover to be paid at the door.

Violet Samudra is a world fusion group that combines elements of Indian, Middle-Eastern & American music. It draws its inspiration from Shakti, Simon Shaheen, L.Shankar, Middle Eastern music in general, life….
Steve Booke – Acoustic Guitar
Ray Ippolito – Percussion
Lisa Liu – Violin
Dibyarka Chatterjee – Tabla

The Heights’ Collective blends old-world traditions into new sounds. By living or training in countries from around the world, they draw influences from India, Argentina, Greece, Ireland, France, and American Jazz to create unique, distinctive and constantly evolving melodies and rhythms.
Michael Bales – Violin
Roshni Basu – Vocals
Nicolas Minc – Charango, Guitar, Vocals
Neal Padte – Sax, Flute
Spiro Pantazatos – Tabla

Venue: The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 West 28th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues),
3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Contact: 973 460 5282 / dibyarka@tabla.org

Bharat Sevashram Sangha Fundraising Event

Saturday, January 12, 2008, 3:00PM – 7:00PM


Bharat Sevashram Sangha, New Jersey Chapter Presents

An evening of cultural events

Performing artists: A.Vocal recital By: Gayatri Sharma

B.Bengali Drama – Hatta Malar O Pare, By: Dhakar Drama Group

Play write: Badal Sirkar, Directed by: Subhasish Das

C. A garland of creative & classical dance performance

By: Nritya Creations Academy of Dance, Directed by: Meena Basu Nag

D. Kathak and creative dance presentation, By: Artists of Kala Mandir

Directed by: Smt. Malabika Guha

Place: Green Brook Middle School

132 Jefferson Avenue, Green Brook, NJ 08812

Somerset County, Tel. #: 732-968-1051

Please bring your family and friends to support this fund-raising event.

All proceedings will be going to start the construction

of the Ashram, Temple & community center

For information please call the Ashram at: 732-422-8880

or email us at: bssnj@hotmail.com / website: www.bssnj.org

For direction from your home please visit: www.mapquest.com

Ananda Sandhya

January 11th, 8 pm. Anand Sandhya at Ananda Mandir


With Sri MAHESH VAIDYA on Harmonium, And Sri SARANG DEB on Tabla

Cedar Grove Lane off Easton Avenue in Somerset, NJ.

For info, call Arun Bhowmik at 908-672-1452