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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Vividh Bharati Kolkata Now On Mobile Phone Too

In the year 1957, the popular radio channel Vividh Bharati was started
first in Mumbai and then in Chennai to entertain the listeners by
light music. It was the first revolution in the history of radio
programmes in India. The conventional conservative approach of radio
was being broken to pave the way of entry of light music, especially
Hindi film songs and basic records. Radio Cylon was the then most
popular choice of common listeners who were hungry of film songs.
Hence, Vividh Bharati was created where listeners could listen film
songs as well as songs of basic records, light instrumental music,
short sketches, dramas, jokes, film soundtracks etc. In the 70s,
advertisements and later sponsored programmes had been introduced as
all India basis. Later, Vividh Bharati channels were being set up in
every major cities of the country. Vividh Bharati Kolkata was also
very popular till the onset of FM channels. And the loss of popularly
of Vividh Bharati was due to low power transmitter. Kolkata Vividh
Bharati was started its journey on 15 August, 1960. And since then,
its range of transmission was limited to Kolkata and its nearest
districts by only two 10 KW MW transmitters.

But now, the scene has been changed - Vividh Bharati Kolkata has
passed 50 years. And so, they decided to reach again to the listeners
once they had. Vividh Bharati Kolkata will now come on FM band too. By
adopting high power transmitter, Vividh Bharati Kolkata will broadcast
their programmes on FM band too for 15 hours and 20 minutes daily. It
can be heard from two 24-Pgs, Howrah, Hooghly, South Nadia, Purba
Medinipur and 25% of Bardhaman area alongwith Kolkata. The
inauguration programme of this new transmitter will be held on 26
December, 2014 at 3 pm at Akashvani Bhavan, Kolkata.

A. B.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Badshahi Aangti In Kolkata

Sandip Ray will present 'Badshahi Aangti' (The Royal Ring) on 19
December to all.

No no, it's not really a ring, but the latest Bangla feature film of
Sandip Ray which is releasing on 19 December.

It is the story of Satyajit Ray. It is the story of 'Feluda'. And the
first case of Feluda. It is also the first film of Abir Chatterjee as
Feluda. After the success of 'Feluda film' by Sabyasachi Chakraborty,
director Sandip Roy was looking for a new look who would be Feluda as
Sabyasachi was reluctant to play more as Feluda due to his age.
Although Abir was already a familiar face as 'Byomkesh', Sandip was
confident that Abir would be the right choice. So, he offered the role
of Feluda to Abir. And now, Sandip is satisfied with Abir.

The film is based on the soil of Lucknow - the city of Nawab's and
Badshah's. This first story of Feluda is a very interesting and
significant crime thriller in many ways which I think would be very
successful as a film by Sandip Ray.

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A. B.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Yank's Memories Of Calcutta

Clyde Waddell was the chief photographer of Houston Press. He spent
some memorable days in Kolkata and during 1945-1946 he photographed
some valuable memories of then Calcutta which are now very precious
documents of about 70 year's old days. The socio-economic status of
the then citizens was depicted in these photos. He prepared an album
with 60 photos and named the album "A Yank's Memories Of Calcutta".
Some photos of this series are available on net, but most other photos
are not so known to all. For this reason, an exhibition named 'A
Yank's Memories Of Calcutta' is now running at Aakriti Art Gallery of
Hungerford Street. It'll run from 8 December, 2014 to 24 January, 2015
daily from 5pm to 8pm.

Pic:
1) River Ganga from Howrah Bridge
2) View of the city
3) Hindustan Building
4) The corner junction of Harrison Road and Strand Road
5) Chowringhee Road towards south
6) Street view
7) The snake charmer
8) Street view
9) Shitalnath Jain temple
10) Kalighat Kali temple
11) Bathing near Kalighat temple
12) Female citizens near Jain temple
13) The mother on street
14) Marble Palace
15) Queue for kerosene oil
16) The dying woman on street
17) Newly built Howrah Bridge
18) The crowd outside Stock Exchange
19) Bathing ghat of River Ganga
20) The work at Calcutta Port
21) Outside Howrah station
22) The passengers waiting in Howrah station
23) ---Do---
24) Vendor near Howrah station
25) Hogg Market (New Market)
26) Street view
27) At work
28) Breakfast at footpath of Park Street
29) Vending at footpath
30) Putting cakes of cow dung
31) The paan vendor
32) Street barbers
33) Coconut market of College Street
34) The Washermen
35) Chowringhee Road near Maidan.
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A. B.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

World Heritage Week

The 19th annual programme of Centre For Archaeological Studies &
Training, Eastern India was held on 20-21 November, 2014 in the city.
The greater Kolkata is now 1886.67 square kilometres. Kalyani to
Baruipur, Uluberia to Rajarhat - the archaeology of greater Kolkata
was being discussed in the seminar and the colonial architecture,
culture, education, health, water of these areas were assessed too.
19-25 November is the World Heritage Week. Murshidabad Heritage
Development Society is working to conserve the heritage of this old
historical place. To observe this week, a seminar named 'Resurgence'
is now being held at the lounge of Bengal Chamber of Commerce &
Industry, Dalhousie. Eminent personalities in respect of heritage
monuments, architecture, culture, workers, experts or policy makers
will participate in this seminar. A book named "Murshidabad" was
published from here yesterday. Many experts of conservation will
participate here across the country.

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A. B.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Calcutta Diaries Of Pablo Bartholomew

In the year 1978, when Satyajit Roy was busy at Indrapuri studio for
the shooting of his 'Shatranj Ke Khilari', a young lad of 22 years was
enjoying the work of Ray and capturing his moods. When he got time of
his own, he used to go hither & thither of the city to capture various
moods of Calcutta. That young person, Pablo Bartholomew is now
world-famous photojournalist. His still photography on Bhopal Gas
Tragedy won the best photography award of World Press Photo of the
year 1984. Besides, Pablo bagged 'Padma Shri' award of Government of
India in the year 2013 and Chevalier de L'Ordre honour by the French
government. After about four years, Pablo is now again in Kolkata with
his new series of exhibition "The Calcutta Diaries" in 4 parts -
'Didima' or Grandmother, Kolkatar Nanarakam or variety of Kolkata,
Chaina Town and shooting of Satyajit Ray. There are 80 photos in the
exhibition. The exhibition is running from 22 November to 13 December,
2014 at Aakar Prakar gallery of south Kolkata (2pm-7pm). Sunday
closed.

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A. B.

Horse-drawn Bus

The first horse-drawn bus was introduced in old Calcutta (Kolkata) in
the year 1830 on this day.

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A. B.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Kartik Puja

Today is Kartik Puja. So, the vendor is waiting for the buyers of idol
of Kartik on the street of Kolkata.

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A. B.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Burrabazar Phal Patty

Burrabazar Phal Patty is the place where various fruits come from
every corner of the country and wholesalers use to pick the fruits. It
is very old place of Kolkata.

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A. B.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan Riding Bicycle In The City

BigB Amitabh Bachchan was riding a bicycle on the busy roads of Raj
Bhavan and Telephone Bhavan. He was looking for 'piku' - a young boy.

It was part of a new film of Sujit Sarkar "Piku" based on Kolkata. The
shooting of this riding was actually scheduled to be done by dummy,
but BigB insisted to perform it himself. The shooting was held on last
Sunday.

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A. B.