Subject: Kali Puja is next week-end
Dated: Oct 27, 2002
Dear Member,

It does not take long for Kali Puja to arrive after Bijoya. So is the
case this week. As soon as we had a chance to take a couple of breaths
after the hustle-bustle of Durga Puja, here we are again on the verge
of celebrating Kali Puja. To recapitulate, Kali Puja program starts
this Saturday on November 2 from 6:30pm at Chabot College, Hayward.
You are invited to attend and enjoy our cultural presentation.

Our Kali Puja web-site is: http://prabasi.org/kalipuja 
Click on the above link to keep yourself updated on latest news.

KALI PUJA SCHEDULE
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Kali Puja program starts at 6:30 pm at Chabot College Auditorium.

6:30 PM: Local vocalist
7:00 PM: Children's dance program "Symphony of Nature"
         (Major involvement by: Kasturi Basu and Susmita Bhattacharya)
7:45 PM - 9:15 PM : Famous Kolkata Artist Alak Raychaudhuri
         (Adhunik, Rabindrasangeet, Najrulgeeti etc.)


ALAK ROY CHOUDHURY
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Born in Kolkata, Alak Roy Choudhury has cultivated a systematic and
disciplined training from his childhood day at "DAKSHINEE", a well-
known centre for Tagoreís Songs at Kolkata.

With the completion of training, Alakís Professional approach in due
course as a singer became praiseworthy. His versatility includes:
Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrulgeeti, Modern and Old Bengali Songs, Songs
from Drama, Patriotic Songs and Parody Songs. Infact his easy approach
to the various sectors of Bengali Music has added a new dimension to
his challenging career. He has already established himself as a
popular singer.

Alak performed in the main role as a actor singer in the famous drama
"NATHABATI ANATHABAT" (Directed by SHAONLI MITRA) of Pancham Vaidic.
He was felicitated by the Rabindra sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata as the
best upcoming singer in the year 1982.


A regular and distinguished Artist of Radio and Television, he has
performed various musical concerts since 1982, which have given much
pleasure and entertainment to the elites Kolkata and abroad. Over ten
solo albums of cassettes and CDís published by reputed concerns like
HMV SA RE GA MA, BHAVNA, ATLANTIS, SOUNDWING, BISWAS RECORDS (USA),
won immense popularity.

Alakís rich baritone voice, exquisite diction, impeccable "gayaki" and
the total command over the subject has won him high acclaims wherever
he has performed. Alak is one aspirant who is level headed enough to
reach the pinnacle of success.


Some reviews:

"How much of the tradition of Bengali music can you pack into a single
album. For Alak Roychoudhury this was quite a challenge and he lives
up it commendably in the CD Collection (KI JADU BANGLA GANE)." - The
Statesman

"Fascinating was the performance of Alak Roychoudhury who tried to
recall the lyrical and notational richness of Bengali light songs
composed and popularized in the sixties. His rendering of a Mukundadas
number was specially remarkable."

SYMPHONY OF NATURE
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Bay Area children will be presenting a dance-drama called "Symphony of
Nature". This program is a treat for the eyes. It is a breathtaking
and spectacular extravaganza of light, music and dance - all performed
after months of toil by our own children. Your presence will be highly
encouraging for all.

A description of the program may be found at:
http://prabasi.org/Activities/KaliPuja2002/program.html 
FOOD AT KALI PUJA
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Caterers will be present at Kali Puja site. Donor members will be
provided free food since their membership cost includes the price of
food. Regular annual members may buy food from caterers at site.


Sincerely,

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 10/27/2002
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