Birendra Krishna Bhadra
Birendra Krishna Bhadra was the most sought
after person in All India Radio Kolkata, which was then at 1,Garstin place,
Kolkata. He was a superb broadcaster in every sense. Script Writer, Dramatist,
Actor, Producer, and Presenter, Interviewer a complete broadcaster. He produced
great radio dramas based on classic bengali literature. His dramas based on
historical novels of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya & other writers in many of
which he acted, still remanins unsurpassed in their depth of meaning &
breathtaking dramatic sweep.
Many great stage & film actors of that period were brought into All India Radio by him. Ahindranath Choudhury (stage-actor), Chabi Biswas(film-actor), they all revered Birendra Krishna Bhadra and acknowledged their debt to him for teaching them the art of radio acting.
His radio presentation of Birupaksher Asar broadcast every Sunday at 1.00 Pm created sensation among the common man. In these programmes he talked about the travails of the common man in their day to day existence. It's Chapilensque humour touched the hearts of young and old in equal intensity. For rural audience, his serialized readings Mahbharater Katha from the Mahabhart epic, was a tremendous hit with the rural & urban listeners alike.
But the crowning glory of his career in All India Radio Kolkata was his participation as a narrator in Mahishasura Mardini the special dawn programme broadcast every year on 'Mahalaya' at 4.00 Am from All India Radio Kolkata. Initially, it was broadcast live form the studio later a live programme was recorded and is still broadcast today. His emotionally charged chanting of 'Sri Sri Chandi' & its Bengali translation the invocation of Godess Durga, filled the hearts of millions in divine glory. As it does today.
Uttam Kumar Chatterji
In the 1970s an alternate recording of Mahishasur Mardini was made with Govinda Gopal Mukherji, Uttam Kumar (reluctantly agreed, assuming the gravity of the programme) with great Lata Mangeskar as the principal singer. However by popular demand the original version of 'Mahishasura Mardini'was reinstated.
Gyan Prakash Ghosh
Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh was Staff Music Producer at All India Radio Kolkata. A brilliant composer he single handedly composed signature tunes of almost all prorammes including Mahila Mahal(Women's Programme),Galpa Dadur Asar (Children's Programme),Mazdoor Mandali(Worker's Programme), Sishu Mahal (another Children's Programmeand a host of other tunes.
Indira Devi was the first lady Staff Announcer of All India Radio Kolkata. She was famous for her compeering of children's programme Sishumahaland was loved by one and all as 'Indiradi'.
Kazi Sabyasachi, son of famous Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was a Staff Announcer of All India Radio Kolkata. His mellifluous base voice charmed one and all. He was the pioneer of Bengali Recitation and many followed his way of recitation but could hardly match his immense God gifted talent. He has recored many Bengali recitations on HMV label and still is in much demand. He died at an early age & is buried in Bangladesh.
Pankaj Kumar Mallick
Brilliant Singer & Composer Pankaj Kumar Mallick was not a Staff of All India Radio Kolkata. He composed music for Mahishashuar Mardini the famous dawn programme broadcast every year on 'Mahalaya' at 4.00 AM from All India Radio Kolkata. He also conducted 'Sangeet Sikshar Asar'.the then very popular music lessons programme broadcast every Sunday in the morning transmission.
Internationally famous violinist Sri V.G.Jog was a Staff Producer in the Indian Music section of All India Radio Kolkata
Famous Actor/Producer of Bengali Theatre was associated with All India Radio Kolkata both as an actor and producer of Radio dramas. He participated in more than twenty radio dramas broadcast from All India Radio Kolkata. His landmark production for All India Radio Kolkata was Tagore's Rakta Karabi. Besides participating in recitations he acted in various radio dramas broadcast from All india Radio Kolkata. Among others was his brilliant performances in Tatinitr Bichar, Pata Jhorey Jay & Badal Sarkar's Ebong Indrajit.
Awarded an Oscar for Life Time Achievement, eminent Film Dirctor Satyajit Roy was closely associated with All India Radio Kolkata. His Illustrated Talks for Western Music section, Music I Live By , Music In My Films & What Beethoven Means To Me showedSatyajit Roy's immense knowlege & love of Western Classical Music. These illustrated talks were repeatedly broadcast on popular demand. Many of his stories were adapted for radio drama famous among them was his thrillers on Feluda One famous radio drama adapted form his sci-fi story was Septopaser Khidey
The stormy petrel of Bengali Cinema, Rwittik Ghatak produced radio drama Jwala roughly translated 'Pain' was literally a searing production. The plot centered around the parition of Bengal and the aftermath. The highly emotional (true to Ghatka's character) plot was puncuated with caustic remarks & explosive dialouges.
Powerful stage/film actor, producer & director Utpal Dutta's association with All India Radio Kolkata is still remembered by his exceptional radio drama production Tiner Tarawal or 'The Tin Sword'.
Flamboyant actor, producer & director of Bengali Theatre Ajitesh Bannerji, had a long association with All India Radio Kolkata. He acted in numerous radio plays. He co-starred with Shambhu Mitra in the play Chand Baniker Pala. Among his many remarkable production for radio was Manjari Amer Manjari based on 'Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, Sher Afgan & Pap Punya
Satyajit Roy's favourite actor Soumitra Chatterji was one time an Announcer in All India Radio Kolkata.
The rebel of Satyajit Roy's film 'Pratidwandi' actor Dhritiman Chatterji was a Staff Announcer in CBS All India Radio Kolkata.