The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
The city is known for its old alleys. One such is shot by Atanu Pal.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The black beauty's chosen ones

The winners' list of the first Filmfare Awards east (held on 29th March, '14) is more or less satisfactory. Am happy about Ritwik Chakraborty winning Best Actor (Male) for Shabdo, and for Indraneil Sengupta (Best Actor- Male in a Supporting Role- Mishawr Rawhoshyo), Shabdo (Best Film, Critics' Choice), Soumitra Chattopadhyay (Best Actor- Male, Critics' Choice), Arijit Singh (Best Playback Singer- Male- Mon majhi re- Boss) and Sohini Sarkar (Best Debut- Female- Rupkatha Noy and Phoring). Kudos to these winners!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The coveted black statuette

As  a pleasant surprise the highly aspirational black lady is coming to Kolkata to cast her lethal charm on the film industry of East- Bengali, Odia and Assamese to be precise. Yes, it's common knowledge for everyone now: to honour the Bengali film industry and its popular cousins, Filmfare Awards is opening its East edition this year. It distinctively marks the next level the Bengali film industry has been able to reach, thanks to the new wave cinema, especially since 2010 (the year Autograph released).

All eyes will be on Science City auditorium this evening as the award ceremony takes place. The awardees are going to make history. Would love it if some capable actors who are not yet stars, and a film (or two) which didn't get its due make it. Looking forward to the winners list in tomorrow's Times of India.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Riya and Red Sketchbook

Came to know about Riya and Red Sketchbook (in that order) sometime back from Kausani, my deputy and a friend of hers. Was wowed by this girl's sketches on her Facebook page called Red Sketchbook. Her forte is portrait sketch and she does amazing celebrity portraits frequently. Her Suchitra Sen adorned this blog's cover (after the diva passed away).

Riya is an artist by passion and profession (again, in that order).

Just came across this one, and couldn't resist asking her for publishing it here.

Madhabi Mukhopadhyay by Riya of Red Sketchbook

Hope to see more of her craft here.

Wanna get your or someone's sketch done by her? Drop a mail to

By the way, Riya is doing wall art too, professionally. It's for office and home interiors (and elsewhere). Would love to check out some work and come back here to talk of it.