3rd Death Anniversary of Ambika Charan Choudhury

On 4th December the Koch-Rajbanshis around the world will pay tribute to their legendry litterateur, historian and activist Late Ambika Charan Choudhury, popularly known as Kamataratna. On his 3rd Death Anniversary the Koch-Rajbanshi Cultural Society (KRCS), Assam has decided to put up a photo-exhibition showcasing the rich Koch-Rajbanshi heritage and culture. The photo-exhibition will be a daylong programme which will be held at Ratnapeeth Khetra near Sahid Bedi in Bongaigaon district of Assam. David Roy who is the cultural secretary of KRCS and also the Media Coordinator of Centre for Koch Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD), speaking to Kamatapur.com said that, “The photo exhibition will cover almost all the aspects of the Koch-Rajbanshi community_history, monuments, coins, festivals, music, dress, food, livelihood, etc. Moreover, the photo exhibition will not only highlight the rich culture of Koch-Rajbanshis living in India but it will also cover Nepal and Bangladesh”.

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‘Gayatri Devi gives me the jitters’

JDMay 23. London. It was a historic tea party. The ethereal Gayatri Devi, the stunning Aishwarya Rai and the intense filmmaker J.P. Dutta all together for a very special tete-a-tete. The occasion’ They were together to shake hands on JP’s proposed biopic on the life of Gayatri Devi. And the ravishing Rajmata’s verdict’ She absolutely loved Aishwarya Rai and has given her whole-hearted support to JP’s proposed film.

Aishwarya, in the thick of a hectic start-to-finish schedule of Jagmohan Mundra’s Provoked, is walking on air. “I can’t believe I’ll be playing one of the most beautiful women in the world! To get to enact Gayatri Devi, and that too in a film by a director of J.P. Dutta’s film’ Wait, lemme pinch myself,” she bursts out laughing.

Then she spills the details of the historic meeting. “You know, it was Gayatri Devi’s birthday when we met. My mom and she share the same birthday. It was a very special day for me. J.P Saab and I spoke with Gayatri Devi for a while. She gave her nod almost instantaneously. I’m elated. But I’m also nervous. To play someone so legendary is a big responsibility. It’s so strange. I’m right now playing a real-life character(the battered Sikh wife Kiranjit Ahluwalia in Provoked). Then I’ll go into another real-life character. But a completely different one. Gayatri Devi has lived her life king-size’Or should I say, queen-sized’ I hope I can do justice to her story’. It’s such a vast story. Someone suggested we make a whole series of films like Star Wars to do full justice to her. But I think JP Saab will manage it quite well.” To read full story click here

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