EBC Radio Drama Club

Recently, I was invited by Kulraaj Anand of EBC Radio to initiate a drama club for the radio.  Since my childhood days, I was always fascinated by radio drama. Growing up in a small town, we didn’t have much of live stage theater available to us easily. Radio drama was one of the greatest source of entertainment and nourishment for my imagination. I loved radio drama so much, that I would never miss a single broadcast, for whatever reason. So, this opportunity gave me a chance to get up close and personal with radio drama. On March 30th we had the premiere broadcast of the show, and in the podcast below you’ll get a chance to listen to the show if you missed the chance of tuning in at 12:00noon last Saturday to 1170 AM. This was our first attempt and we had made a few mistakes. But that’s what happens in a live show. We’ll try to minimize the mistakes in our future shows.

We plan to continue this show every other week. The show will not only feature radio dramas, but also story readings, discussions, reviews and previews of local theatre, interviews with actors/directors/producers etc.  If you have any comments or suggestions  please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Part 1: (Opening remarks, World Theater Day, Play Reading by Nupur Lahiri)

Part 2: (Call-in, Story reading by Sudipta Bhawmik)

Slumdogs, Oscars, and Artists

Hey, shouldn't we get our fair share?The recent success of “Slumdog Millionaire” at the Oscars have resurfaced a new crisis that has often plagued us, the people of India and Indian origin. Well, I should possibly qualify that statement by saying that not everybody is complaining. In fact the slum dwellers are celebrating the Oscar win as their won victory. It is only those people who feel insecure of their reality has been complaining the most by accusing that these artists and film makers are making millions by exploiting the poverty of India. Many have been offended by the film’s title “Slumdog” as a derogatory comment on the slum dwellers. Some have even moved to the court and demanded that the film be re-titled. Some have been organizing protest rallies and meetings to awaken the masses against the western exploitation of our poverty. Continue reading

Sahitya Alochona

Ananda Mandir invites you on Friday, Nov.21st , 2008 at 8:00 PM to join Sahitya O Alochana for an evening of discussion on Ritwik Ghatak. ?????? (?????) ??? the brilliant & famous bengali scriptwriter & filmaker that is compared with Satyajit Ray & Mrinal Sen. The discussion would cover his life, sense, impact influences, and manner of reinventing cinema.

All are welcome.

For further information please call 973-939-7375.