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Bengali Film Sondhey Namar Agey Press Conference

After making his debut with Bengali film Basanta Utsab, director Rhitobrata Bhattacharya is all set to treat the audience with his most awaited Bengali film Sondhey Namar Agey. The press conference of this film took place recently in the presence of Rahul Bose, Nusrat Jahaan and director Rhitobrata Bhattacharya at the Park Hotels.

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Sondhey Namar Agey is based on a murder mystery revolving around a city based celebrity family. An eminent writer accused in the murder of his wife, (former Miss Kolkata and actress) is sentenced to death. After many years the case is reopened by their daughter and with the help of detective Protyushalok Bhattacharya, she tries to prove the innocence of her father.

“Sondhey Namar Agey is not a detective story. It can rather be called as a detective’s story. From my perspective it is extremely difficult to find a detective like Protyushalok. He has grey shades and is not the typical endearing detective like Feluda or Byomkesh”.

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“The genre of the detective films is too predictable. Hence I asked Rhitobrata that the journey of the detective will be unpredictable as this will give a twist to the predictable story. He will also be not the typical detective that one can think of. He is not analytical or articulate. There is a heaviness and darkness to this character. He is also an IPS officer who is well trained which again is a big difference from the conventional Bengali sleuths. He is also prone to drinking” said Rahul Bose.

Rhitobrata also added that there are events which we cannot protest against. However the detective in the film protests against these injustices and takes a strong stand against them.

Nusrat said on the occasion “I play an urban character, Roosha who is Sholoana Bangali at heart. I have worked hard to portray this strong, confident and urban character. I am not like Roosha in the day to day life. I believe there is Roosha in every girl. However the stand she takes and the way she takes decision in every matter is what I also must do in my personal life”.

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Rahul Bose when asked whether he will be directing a film in future joked that he will start directing when he grows old or when he feels that his talent is no longer working. However the actor added that he is writing the screenplay with many characters who speak a variety of languages like Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Konkani, Gujrati and so on. “You never know I may be credited with making the first film in India on thirty three languages” said the actor with a smile.

The film has a stellar cast of Rahul Bose, Rituparna Sengupta, Nusrat Jahaan, June Maliah, Arijit Dutta, Priya Karfa, Dr. Palash Sen, Rhitobrata Bhattacharya, Biswajit Chatterjee and others. The music is by Debanjan Banerjee and the Director of Photography is Soumik Haldar.

The film releases on 28th of November in theatres all over West Bengal and we wish the team the Very Best in their efforts!

Priyanka Dutta

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Interview- Social Worker Maureen Forrest on the Prospects of the Hope Foundation and the Need to Educate the Masses

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She came to India about twenty five years ago working as a volunteer for an organization. However the sad plight of the children and the women compelled her into thinking about them. This is what led her to form The Hope Foundation which imparts hope among so many individuals today. The lady is none other than Maureen Forrest, Director of The Hope Foundation who is behind the Hope Foundation’s works in the country as well as in Ireland. The lady was recently in the city on a yearly visit. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with Ms. Forrest to know more about her vision for the down trodden in India and that for The Hope Foundation.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- What is the story behind the initiation of the Hope Foundation?

Maueen Forrest- Coming to India and seeing all the misery around made me realize that I needed to do something and make a difference in the lives of the poor here. It was not at all an easy choice for me at that time. Monetary help as well as help from the people were required to set up an organization. Luckily I started on a small scale with my daughter in Ireland. Then funds started coming in when people came to know about my work. The Irish Government funds the health programs and events that we organize. As a result we work systematically.

What do you enjoy the most about the work that you do with The Hope Foundation?

I enjoy the fact that the people who work with Hope Foundation become my colleagues. This gives me a great feeling.

How many times do you come to India to supervise the activities here?

I come to India for a period of four months every year. I spend two months during the spring time and two months before the onset of winter.

Do you have any fond memories of your stay in Kolkata that you can share with us?

Well I have a lot of fond memories of my stay in the city. I love the city anyways. However the biggest memory that I retain is a child from an underprivileged family doing good in their life. This gives a huge momentum to the work that we do.

Apart from putting in efforts to provide primary education and a hospitable living condition to the poor, what more does Hope Foundation aim to achieve?

We will take care of the fact that the children get the chance to continue higher studies. Also we will try to make women self reliant so that they are in control of their lives and do not have to depend more on their men folk. This will only enable them to lead better lives.

We as the citizens of India have a lot to learn from Maureen who, in spite of being an Irish national has dedicated her life to the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden in India. We wish Maureen the Very Best for her Future Projects and hope that more of our countrymen will come forward and support Ms. Forrest in here wonderful initiative.

Priyanka Dutta

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Bangla Band Corals Launch their Debut Audio Music Album Nistobhdota

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In the august presence of eminent musicians like Mainak Bumpy Nag Chowdhury, Sidharth Ray (Sidhu), and the other members of the band Cactus, the music launch of the debut album of the Bengali band Corals was done at Innra Guest House.

“This is our first album titled Nistobhdota. We have composed the songs in different genres like alternative, progressive and soft rock. There are eight songs in the album. Ovimani is the most popular track in the album. Earlier we had been performing this at the various music events and now the audience will get to listen to the song in the album” said Soumyadip.

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The band consists of five band members. The band was formed in the year 2009. The album begun recording at end of 2011 and they took three years to release the album as they made many changes in the songs to cater to the audiences.

Soumyadip, one of the band members has been making music and composing the background score for short films and documentaries. One of the films that he has composed music for features Sohom, Mir and other Tollywood celebrities.

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The music album is available in CD formats at all the leading music outlets in the city. The price of the music album is hundred rupees. The music album is also readily available on the various paid download portals.

Priyanka Dutta

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Folk Fusion Concert Chaatok; Celebrating the Journey of Folk Music in Bengali cinema

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The Basement of Hotel Samilton witnessed the fusion of folk Baul with percussion instruments. The place reverberated with the great soulful renditions by acclaimed folk singer Ila Maa and her daughter Ayushi. They were accompanied in their renditions by internationally acclaimed percussionist and music director Abhishek Basu.

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The project titled Chaatok celebrates the folk music tradition in Bengali cinema. Folk music has become an essential part of Bengali cinema in the last nine and half decades. The importance of this music in the films has increased with the passing of time and with this project the musicians tried to focus on the root music.

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The performance by the renowned artists kept the audience mesmerized. The singers sang songs Lalon Geeti, Bangladeshi folk, Tusu, Jhumur. The songs were arranged with various music styles like Arabic, Punk, Psychedelic, Indian classical and such other genres. Folk instruments like dubki, khol, ektara were used apart from the conventional musical instruments like tabla, pakhawaj and the western percussion instruments. Jay Bhattacharya on drums, Soumojyoti Ghosh on flute, Sunny Bhattacharya on bass, Ayan Banerjee on guitars and Sudip Goswami on keyboard accompanied the singers in their performance.

Events like Chaatok help in enriching the musical culture of the city and also in making people aware of the root music of the country.

Priyanka Dutta

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Art Utsav 2014 Running Successfully at Mirage Art Gallery; Works of Eminent Painters Showcased

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Art Utsav 2014, one of the most awaited art exhibitions in the city of Kolkata was inaugurated in the august presence of eminent personalities like fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, painter Wasim Kapoor, senior artist Rabin Mondal and Dhiraj Chowdhury and others at Mirage Art Gallery.

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The group exhibition features eminent artists like  Aditya Basak, Amitabh Sengupta, Atin Basak, Debabrata Chakrabarti, Manoj Dutta, Monoj Mitra, Pradip Maitra, Partha Bhattcharjee, Partha Pratim Deb, Rabin Mondal, Samir Aich, Sekhar Roy, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Wasim R Kapoor, and  others. Artists will also showcase around 450 artworks on different mediums of arts like paper collage, water color, acrylic on canvas, mixed media on board, acrylic on wood, pastel color on paper, pen & ink on paper, tempera on board and others. Unlike the other exhibitions on art, this Art Utsav would showcase Collages, Sculptures, Artefacts, Handmade Gift Items and much more also along with paintings.

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Mr Sandip Somani is the curator of this exhibition. Speaking about the exhibition he said “Art is not about creations by the artists. It is also about finding one’s self. This is a great way of finding one’s self”.

The exhibition will continue till the 21st of December from 12 noon till 7pm except on Mondays.

Make sure you pay a visit to this art exhibition. You will be in for a visual treat for sure.

Priyanka Dutta

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