ECTA Presents: “The Last Flames”

ECTA Presents

“The Last Flames”

April 15, 2012; 3:00pm and 5:30pm

Fahs Theater,
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Written and directed by Sudipta Bhawmik
Cast: Sankar Ghoshal, Keka Sirkar, Abhijit Neogy
Music: Akaash Deep;
Sound: Dwaipayan Mukherjee, Lights: Subhodev Das
Admission: $15.00
(The event is free for active ECTA Members )

Synopsis: Basanta Koomar Roy, an expatriate journalist from India, has been credited by Tagore researchers as a key person (besides W. B Yeats and Ezra Pound) responsible for popularizing Rabindranath Tagore in USA. But Roy fell from his idol’s grace for reasons that torment many a biographer and journalist even today. “The Last Flames” attempts to re-examine the relationship between Roy and Tagore through a fictional encounter and gives us a peek at the human side of the great Poet’s personality. Samar, a young trainee journalist, comes to interview Basanta Koomar Roy at his apartment in New York city, sometime in 1948. Basanta is excited to share his experience as an Indian nationalist freedom fighter in USA. But Samar tells him that he is interested in knowing about his experience with Rabindranath Tagore, since he was the first to write Tagore’s biography in English for the American people. Basanta refuses to talk about his Gurudev until Samar uses his ultimate weapon that opens the flood gates of memories and emotions of this old admirer of Tagore.

The following obituary of Basanta Koomar Roy was published in The New York Times on June 8, 1949: Basanta Koomar Roy, Indian author and free-lance journalist, who had lived in this country for many years, died on Sunday in St. Luke’s Hospital after a brief illness. His home was at 116 West Eightieth Sreet. Born in Orissa Province, India, and a member of the Brahmin caste, Mr. Roy came to the United States around 1910 and studied at the University of Wisconsin, from which he was graduated and where he was later an extension lecturer. He was instrumental in arranging a lecture at the university in 1916 by the great Indian poet, the late Rabindranath Tagore. Mr. Roy was long a writer and speaker for Indian freedom and has been active in the Friends of Freedom for India. He was the author of a biography of Mr. Tagore and of “Dawn over India”, a book telling of the Indian underground movement against British rule.

Admission: $15.00


(The event is free for active ECTA Members )

Bharat Sevashram Sangha NJ to present “Ekti Gnaye Thaki”

Bharat Sevashram Sangha presents the following events on July 24th as part of their Fund Raising Event:

Hindustani Classical Vocal by Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik with Pandit Sameer Chatterjee on Tabla and Kedar Naphade on Harmonium

ablaphilia: A Presentation of the four stages of life through vocal and instrumental music, composed and conducted by Pandit Sameer Chatterjee


“Ekti Gnaye Thaki” a play in Bengali (with English supertitles) written and directed by Sudipta Bhawmik, and produced by ECTA

What makes a family? Who are our family members?
Who is our brother and who is our sister?
What expectations do we have for our family? What are our demands?
Do we all live in a village of strangers?

Villagers: Sankar, Lili, Subhodev, Aparajita, Dwaipayan, Sudipta, Abhijit
Music: Samya Goswami

“Ekti Gnaye Thaki” is the story of Ranjana and her brother, Rajat, reuniting after fourteen years. Rajat immigrates to the US with his family after Ranjana sponsors their green cards. The reunion is marked by its usual excitement followed by nostal-gia for their hometown Gobindapur they both left behind. Rajat becomes a critical link for Ranjana to relive her past, while Ranjana helps him come to terms with his decision to abandon his familiar world in Gobindapur. Ranjana is also ill and Rajat’s presence offers a long awaited emollient. As the brother and the sister often slip into the past, the rest of the characters are excited at the prospects of their future in the US, especially Rajat’s son, Rajib. Life gradually settles down and a quotidian harmony evolves. Yet from the beginning, the play occasionally and quite subliminally alludes to an underlying subplot that threatens the apparent calm between the two families. Eventually, through a set of related incidents, the undisclosed piece – a rather disconcerting one – is revealed. The disclosure tears apart the growing assurance of the families’ suburban life, and more importantly, sets in motion a drift into the past that interrogates those relationships that were deemed normal. Though this interrogation fractures a happy picture, however, it is through this fracture, we are invited to revisit something more important – the attachment between human be-ings. The play above all, irrespective of its specificities of time and place, is a commentary on what it means to be a human being in relation to those we hold dear in our lives.

Tickets are $75.00, $40, $25, student with ID $15.00 Dinner is included. For more information, please call Ashram at 732-422-8880, email:

Rajar Chithi

ECTA Celebrates Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary with “Rajar Chithi”

ECTA celebrates the great Indian Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary with a new play “Rajar Chithi’ (Letter from the King – a play in Bengali with subtitles in English) at the Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison NJ on June 11th (6.30pm), and 12th (5:00pm). Tickets are $20.00 and can be reserved by email to or online at

During Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to San Francisco in 1916, media reports claim that there was an attempt by Indian nationalists to assassinate Tagore. Fortunately the plan did not succeed and the poet was provided with high level security by the local administration. It was further reported that the primary cause for their failure was that the nationalists could not agree amongst themselves as to whether they should carry out the assassination.  But was it really a failure that they couldn’t assassinate Tagore? Or was it the right thing to do?

The play “Rajar Chithi” is a fictional account of the moral, ideological and psychological conflicts these nationalist freedom fighters of India possibly had to experience to arrive at this decision.  The play also offers a deep insight into the social, political and philosophical influence Tagore had on the people at a time when the entire World was going through a great turmoil.

The play is written and directed by Sudipta Bhawmik.  The cast includes some very talented stage actors like Subhodev Das, Pinaki Datta and Piu Majumdar.

Chhandayan Presents “Rabindra Natak”

Chhandayan Presents “Rabindra Natak” – plays inspired by Rabindranath Tagore in celebration of his 150th Birth Anniversary

The Last Flames
an ECTA production
Written and directed by Sudipta Bhawmik

Basanta Koomar Roy, an expatriate journalist from India, is credited by many as one of the key persons responsible in popularizing the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore in USA.  But Roy fell from his idol’s grace for reasons that torment many a biographer and journalist even today.  “The Last Flames” attempts to re-examine the relationship between Roy and Tagore and provides a peek at the human side of the great Poet’s personality.

“Mrinal’s Letter”
an Epic Actors Workshop production
Concept and execution by Gargi Mukherjee

Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Streer Patra

May 28, 4pm and 8pm

Actor Theater Workshop
145 West, 28th Street
New York, NY (3rd Floor)

Garden State Cultural Association Durga Puja 2010

Garden State Cultural Association
invites you, your family and friends to join in the celebration of
Plainfield High School,
950 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Saturday, October 16,
& Sunday, October 17, 2010

Program Details

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Puja & Arati 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Pushpanjali 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Prasad 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandipath 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Dhunuchi Dance 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Dinner 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sandhi Puja 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Magic Show 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Cultural Program 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Cultural Program Line-up Time
Chairman’s Speech and Introduction to Board Members 6:00 PM
Opening Songs by Gayatree Sharma 6:15 PM
HEAT, A Fusion Ensemble Dance Presentation by Kalamandir , NJ 6:30 PM
Celebration of Tagore’s 150th. Birth Anniversary – Recitations by Partha Ghosh & Gouri Ghosh, and Songs by Sounak Chattopadhyay of Kolkata. 7:00 PM
Jhinook Mukherjee of Kolkata – Classical Dance Recital 8:30 PM
Chandreyee ( Bombay ) and Team of Musicians – Ghazals, Bengali and Hindi Songs 9:00 PM
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Puja & Arati 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Pushpanjali 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Chandipath 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Prasad 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Arts & Crafts Competition 3:00 pm Sharp
Dinner 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Baran / Bisarjan 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Arts & Craft Competition Awards 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Cultural Program 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Cultural Program Line-up Time
Soumyen Adhikari of Kolkata – nostalgic Bengali and Hindi songs of Hemanta Mukhopadhyay 6:00 PM
Amra Sabai Raja – A GSCA Production 7:00 PM
Suchismita Das ( Bombay ) and Team of Musicians – Hindi and Bengali songs. 7:30 PM
Drama – “Ajo Kahini” – A Hilarious Play by Sudipta Bhawmik (Ethnomedia Group, NJ),Directed by Pinaki Datta. 9 PM

Kallol Durga Puja 2010

New Jersey Durga Puja Committee of Kallol

Cordially invites you with your family and friends to participate in our 2010

Durga Puja Celebration

Durga Puja will be held on October 15, 16 & 17, 2010

At the Ukranian Church and Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey

Registration Information

Over the last several years we have had a large increase in the number of people attending Kallol’s Durga Puja which we are very happy about.  Unfortunately, as you know, the Ukranian Center Hall has limited accommodation in the main hall.  We have had to restrict entry in the main hall in the previous years in compliance with township rules and fire codes. So like the last few years we are introducing an online registration system to provide you with an opportunity for pre-registration which will guarantee entry.  We may not be able to admit you without pre-registration if we reach capacity. Online registration will begin on September 20, 2010 at

Suggested Donations

Kallol Member’s: $60.00

Non- Member’s: $65.00

Student with ID: $40.00

Children [12-18 YRS]: $30.00

Children [Below 12 YRS]: Free

Patrons: $200 includes 2 badges

Sponsors: $500.00 includes family bagdes upto 4

Grand Sponsors: $1000.00 includes family bagdes upto 4 & complimentary 2 nights hotel room

(Reserved seating area for Patrons, Sponsors & Grand sponsors)

Program Schedule

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mahasasthi and Mahasaptami

Puja: 2:00 p.m. Anjali: 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Cultural Program: 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mahaashtami & Sandhi

Puja: 10:30 a.m. Anjali: 2:00 p.m.

Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Cultural Program: 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mahanabami & Mahadashami

Puja: 11:00 a.m. Anjali: 2:00 p.m.

Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Cultural Program: 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kojagori Lakshmi Puja

Puja: 3:00 p.m.

Anjali : 4:00 p.m.

Vijaya Sammelani & Cultural Program : 6:30 p.m.

Dinner : 9:00 p.m.

Cultural Program Highlights*

Fri, Oct 15, 2010:

Parthasarathi Desikan ~ Classical Vocal

Sat, Oct 16, 2010:

Jolly Mukherjee from Bolloywood and Koel Mukherjee of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Fame

Sun, Oct 17, 2010:

Anirban Dasgupta & Sasha Ghosal

*Subject to change

Venue & Directions


Ukranian Cultural Center, 135, Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873


From Interstate 287 North

Take exit 10 (Rt. 527 / Easton Avenue)

Go right towards Bound Brook and turn left at the first traffic light onto Davidson Avenue

The Ukranian Cultural Center and parking will be to your right

From Interstate 287 South

Take exit 10 for New Brunswick / Easton Avenue

Turn left onto Easton Avenue and go underneath the highway I-287

Turn left at the first light onto Davidson Avenue

The Ukranian Cultural Center and parking will be to your right

From Route 18

Take Route 18 from Rt 1 towards New Brunswick past the Raritan River and after the bridge, make a left at the first traffic light onto River Road

Go to the junction of I-287 and enter onto I-287 North

Then follow directions from above

Hotel Information

Kallol of NJ’s official partner for Durga Puja 2010 is Madison Suites Hotel. The hotel is located at about 5 minute driving distance from the venue and features spacious rooms with microwave and refrigerators in all rooms and the rate below also includes free continental breakfast. Follow details below to make your reservations with the hotel directly. In order to get Kallol’s discounted rate you will need to mention “Kallol DP 2010” during reservations and show them a copy of your registration during check in.

Madison Suites, Somerset NJ

11 Cedar Grove Lane

Somerset, NJ 08873

Official Hotel of Kallol’s New Jersey Durga Puja 2010

For reservations please call (732) 563-1000. Be sure to mention “KALLOL DP 2010” in order to receive this discount. You can visit them on the web at

Special Rates:

Oct 15 & 16, 2010

$60 + tax Standard rooms

$80 + tax Bi-Level Suites

Oct 14 & 17, 2010

$55 + tax Standard rooms

$75 + tax Bi-Level Suites

Ananda Prabhat at Ananda Mandir

Ananda Mandir for the seventh year in a row will present “MAHISHASURA MARDINI”, the famous musical show, live on October 10th, at 4.30am.

This show has become synonymous with the celebration of “MAHALAYA” in Bengal and around the world for decades. Written by Bani Kumar and produced by All India Radio includes some of the most popular Bengali songs composed by Pankaj Kumar Mallik. On 10th October morning, some of our most talented local musicians will present Mahishasura Mardini in its full glory.

Sangeet Sandhya

SKN Foundation Proudly Presents:
“Sangeet Sandhya”

“An Evening of Classical and Semi-Classical Songs”

“A fundraiser for the preservation of Hindustani Classical Music”

Date – Oct. 2 nd , 2010 – Time – 4 PM to 8 PM

Venue – Stonecrest Community Church Auditorium

1 1 Technology Drive North , Warren , NJ – 07059
Hindustani Vocal Classical by – ANASUA ROY

And Semi-Classical Vocal and with a touch of Fusion by – NIRMALYA ROY (From Kolkata)

Semi-classical music with touch of fusion:

Vocal by Nirmalya Roy (Kolkata), a scholar in classical music from SRA and disciple of Pt. Arun Bhaduri, is equally talented in light classical, Ghazal and Filmi songs. He has released number of CDs and has been performing in TV, Radio and abroad. Performed with Ravi Shankar-ji. Currently, involved with Z-TV Bangla SaReGaMa show as composer.

Sitar By Abhisek Mallick, disciple of Pt. Shyamal Chatterjee and Pt. Manilal Nag, is a recipient of President Award for first position in AIR music competition 2003. He has been performing in TV, Radio and abroad.
Tabla By Shivalik Ghoshal, disciple of Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri.
Resonance Band (Satyajit Bhattacharya on Keyboard, Atish Mitra on Guitar and Anil Das on Percussion)
For More details pl. visit or call 732-310-3617 Cell.

Raag Rang Presents Lecture Demonstration by Dr. Mohan Deshpande

Raag-Rang presents for the first time an Informative, interactive and intimate session on different styles(Gharana) in Hindustani Music.
A Lecture-Demonstration by Dr Mohan Deshpande.

Dr Deshpande, a musician and musicologist, will talk about different
styles of Indian music and how it is in use in today’s context.

Date– 3rd October, Sunday.
Time– 3 pm.
Donation– $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
RSVP will be appreciated.
Contact– (732)-296-1865, (908)-429-1120. Email –

Venue–At Sunil Nair’s residence
36 Pine Ridge Drive,
East Brunswick,
NJ 08816.

From New Jersey Turnpike
-Take Exit 9
– Exit left after tolls to Route 18 South towards East Bruswick
– After you pass Eggers St make the next U-Turn to get on 18 North
– Immediately get to the right most lane on 18 North
– Turn right on S Woodland Ave
– Turn right at Serviss Ave
– Turn left at Messler
– Take the 2nd right onto Pine Ridge Dr
Destination will be on the right 0.3 mi
36 Pine Ridge DrEast Brunswick, NJ 08816

From Route 1
Take Exit to Route 18 South and follow signs above.

Bijoya Celebrations in NJ with Anwesha

She has already been tagged as the rising star of Indian playback and may hold the most expensive concert ticket next year.
Folks who attended NABC 2010 and left dazed by her singing prowess but still desired that she had sung those magical Hindi renditions of Lata, Asha, Shreya and Sunidhi numbers – the wait is over.

Anwesha will be back in NJ (only show in NY-NJ) to perform in a concert “Anwesha, Live in NJ” hosted by Que Zara Productions at the conveniently located North Brunswick School Auditorium (Exit 9 from NJ Turnpike and 40 minutes from NYC) on Oct 17, 4 ? 7 p.m.
From Salil Chowdhury, R.D.Burman, Shankar Mahadevan to her latest hits, she will enchant in a 3 hour musical concert. The sound engineering will be done by Jack Lowrie of Strike Sound.

She is coming in with Zee Bangla fame Trijoy and soulful Bandita along with five top notch musicians from the Indian film industry.

Tickets and Show Promo video:

A special post concert elaborate dinner has been arranged by Moghul Caterers for the musical team. You may email Abhy – to purchase the VIP Dinner tickets or for any additional details.

You may like to get hold of your tickets which understandably are running fast.