Community News Bites: Sudhindra Dutta Award and San Francisco Asian American Film Festival

Gautam Dutta Receives Sudhindra Dutta Award

On February 15, 2009, “Janmadin” Literary Magazine of Baharampur Murshidabad, presented Gautam Dutta (of New Jersey) with the prestigious Sudhindra Dutta award for his collection of poems “Grihojuddher Dalil”.  He received this award along with Krishnadulal Chattopadhyay, the folk poet of Bankura West Bengal. I congratulate Gautam for this achievement.

Gargi Mukherjee on the Screens of the 27th San Francisco Asian American Film Festival

Gargi Mukherjee, the well known New Jersey actress, will feature in two films to be screened at the 27th San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. The first one is a short film. Dida Reema Anjana, directed by Bornila Chatterjee and the other a feature length comedy, Karma Calling, directed by Sarba Das.  Gargi’s son Birsa also featured in Dida Reema Anjana along with another local actress Lilabati Majumdar.
Birsa also acted in  a short film directed by Mira Nair, How Can It Be? as part of 8 short films for the United Nations Millennium Project, directed by world-renowned directors.
Both Gargi and Birsa had earlier acted in Mira Nair’s acclaimed film “The Namesake”.

Indranil Mukherjee in Piyalir Password

New Jersey based actor Indranil Mukherjee will soon be seen on the silver screen with the realease of Piyalir Password, a Bengali thriller film shot entirely in the United States.  Indranil performs in a key role along side famous Tollywood actors, Rituparna Sengupta, Roopa Ganguly, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Kaushik Sen. The film is directed by Raj Basu of Maryland. The film premieres in New Jersey on  11th April at 2:00 PM at the TV Asia Studios, 76 National Road, Edison, NJ 08817.

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