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Chaitali Dasgupta and Saswati Guhathakurta Attends Conversations Presented by The Palms Restaurant


Chaitali Dasgupta and Saswati Guhathakurta have been instrumental in paving the way for women on Indian Television. The duo was engaged in an animated conversation in the second installment of “Conversations” by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee at The Palms Restaurant.

The interaction with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee brought out the everlasting chemistry between them, the bonding and literature, the fights over programming and some time-travel when life in media rested in knowledge and sensitivity.

Speaking about the event, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee said, “I thought of them at The Palms Restaurant because I wanted a generation to know about how both of them. I am aware that television anchoring has gone through a great change but the transition was created by these two ladies who almost ran a matriarchy in media.”


Speaking at the event the guest duo spoke about how life was different for them when they worked as television presenters. Both guests spoke about how presenting on television or any other podium has drastically changed over the years. The duo went on to admit that the new generation of television anchors are much more smart and  technically sound adding that a little bit  of research will take them even further.


The second edition of Conversations was attended by designer Sharbari Datta, Singer Shreya Guhathakurta, film director Raja Dasgupta, Dr Mousumi Ghosh, Founder Director Future Media School, designer Indroneel Mukherjee, well known Radio Jockey Roy, Nandita Raja of Kanishka’s and Fashion expert Jeena Mitra Banik and others.

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Shrimati Hey- Chaitali’s Tribute To Kadambari; An album that salutes the Extraordinary Personality of Kadambari Devi


The audio album remembering Kadambari Devi, Shrimati Hey, directed by Chaitali Dasgupta was re-released in the presence of veteran novelists like Navaneeta Dev Sen, Bani Basu at Weavers Studio. The album was brought out by Hindusthan Records.

Kadambari, Rabindranath Tagore’s sister in law took up his responsibility after his mother died when he was yet a child. She later turned out to be his muse. She had entered the Tagore household when Rabindranath was a young boy aged seven. When she willfully left this world, Rabindranath was twenty-four. The poet knew her for seventeen years and Kadambari inspired and influenced his prolific works throughout his life.


 As a tribute to this extra-ordinary woman, who was affectionately addressed as “Shrimati Hey”, this research-based audio feature was published during her 150thanniversary in 2009.Taking advantage of the genre of biographical feature some writers have churned out distorted ‘best-sellers’ with imaginary “suicide notes” and maligned both the poet and his muse. It was re-launched to record the protest against this disgusting attempt and to make the audience see the reality of a relationship that was central to the life of a genius.


In this album music has been set by Debashish Raychaudhury and the songs have been sung by Rohini Raychaudhury, Aniruddha Singha, Bidipa Chakraborty, while the reading has been done by Chaitali Dasgupta, Agnimitra Ghosh.

A must have for your music collection!!

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Anandam- an album of Vedic verses released by Hindustan Records; Barun Chanda Mesmerizes with his English Commentary


Anandam- an album of vedic verses and hymns on bliss and songs of Rabindranath Tagore based on them was released at Starmark, South City Mall. Present at the album release launch were Barun Chanda, Sayan Mukherjee, Chaitali Dasgupta, Debashish and Rohini Raychaudhuri, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Bharati Roy and others.


The idea of Ananda has been found often in the works of Tagore. This is central to his philosophical writings and also appears in the leitmotif in his songs. The concept of Ananda is not to be mixed with happiness which is opposite to sorrow. The best meaning of Ananda is bliss. This idea can be traced back to the ancient Indian literature of the Vedas. Tagore was initiated and exposed to the Vedas in his formative years by his father.


In the album, efforts have been made to juxtapose the Vedic verses with Tagore’s songs to trace this idea of Ananda. The Vedic hymns are also interpreted in English for those listeners who are not well acquainted with the ancient Indian language. The songs cover eight ragas belonging to eight praharas of the day.

The Vedic songs are by Sayan Mukherjee and the songs of Tagore by Debashish and Rohini Raychaudhuri. The commentary in English is done by Barun Chanda.

Priced at Rs 300, the album has been brought out by Hindusthan Records.

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