Bangla Radio Archive - 2005

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03 Jan 2005 Listen MP3

First program of 2005 featured an article written and presented by Dr. Dalia Nilufar: our sympathy to South Asian tsunami victims, recollections of life as an expatriate, memories of Selina Bahar Chowdhury and some good suggestions to make our lives more enjoyable and rewarding. It played one recent song by Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu and two old songs by Indian artists Hemanta Mukherjee and Asha Bhoseley. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

17 Jan 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured interview of some young Bangladeshis living in Canberra about their knowledge of Bangladesh's liberation war and the significance of independence by Dustagir Sheikh Shaki and the issues of teaching the true history to our new generation. It was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

31 Jan 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program covered Association's Eid-ul-Azha reunion function 'Paan Shupari' held on 29th January in Griffin Centre, Canberra City. Dr. Dalia Nilufar talked to 'Paan Shupari' guests including many new Bangladeshi migrants to Canberra. It also introduced new songs by Bangladesh's popular folk singer Momtaj. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio Canberra's this week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria who died in a grenade attack at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj on 27th January 2005. A distinguished diplomat and internationally renowned Economist and columnist Kibria was also Bangladesh's High Commissioner to Australia. A very close colleague and well wisher of Kibria, Canberra senior resident Mr. Badiuz Zaman Khan recollected the memories of this great personality. The program played songs by Protul Bondopadhay, Kalim Sharafi and Lopa Mudra Mitra paying respect to his soul on behalf of our Canberra community. The program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman

21 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

Commemorating the 'Ekushe February Bhasha Shaheed Dibash' this week's program presented a brief history of this significant day, poetry recitation by Golam Mustafa and some beautiful songs. This well documented and creatively presented program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

28 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the story of Ruhul Amin Milu - a fairy tale like real life story of a youth single-handedly fighting poverty, illiteracy and substance abuse in his village in Bangladesh and winning!! Can this be replicated in all the villages of Bangladesh? It played songs by Kanak Chapa, Mahmuduzzaman Babu and Momtaj. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured two articles. First by Dahlia Nilufar - paying tribute to Bangladesh's renowned lyricist and singer Abdul Latif and recollecting her memories of this great artist as a family friend, a student and a well wisher. Second by Badiuz Zaman Khan - describing the history and role of SAARC from his experience as a diplomat. It played songs by Nilufar Yasmin and Abdul Alim. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a very informal discussion recorded behind the rehearsal for 26 March Independence Day function 'Projonmo'. Parents of children born and raised in Canberra discussed issues and options for teaching the new generation the history, liberation war and the significance of Bangladesh's independence. Interestingly, food for thought, it came up with some very simple but effective ideas. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra organised a function on 26 March to celebrate this year's Bangladesh Independence Day. Named 'Projonmo' (meaning the next generation) the function was organised from a different, but important perspective - Bangladesh's independence in the heart of our new generation. 'Projonmo' function was totally coordinated, prepared and presented by the younger Bangladeshis in Canberra. It gave our new generation an opportunity to learn the history of Bangladesh. This week's program featured live recordings from the 'Projonmo' function. It was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

04 Apr 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Dr. Shamsul Haque, a scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Haque outlined the brilliant work of Bangladeshi scientists in rice research in CSIRO that is not only advancing the science of genetic engineering and biotechnology, it is also making a significant contribution in meeting Bangladesh's demand for food. It played songs by Abbas Uddin Ahmed and Paban Das Baul. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

18 Apr 2005 Listen MP3

The first program of Bangla Year 1412 took our listeners to Sydney's popular 'Baishakhi Mela' held in Burwood Girsl High School on 16th April 2005. The mela was organised by the Bangabandhu Parishad Australia (Razzak). Dr. Abed Chaudhury covered the mela on behalf of Bangla Radio, capturing the sounds of the festival in a fine autumn afternoon. He interviewed various sections of the visitors, the organisers and some of the stall owners. This week's program also featured a song by Akbar - a talent discovered by the BTV magazine 'Ittadi' from the streets of Dhaka - now a very popular singer of Bangladesh. The program was produced by Ehsan Ullah.

02 May 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Moinul Ahsan, a veteran Canberra traveller, giving an account of his travel to Ayer's Rock or Uluru in the Northern Territory, Australia. Moinul Ahsan will be known to our listener for his travel diaries that he sent us during his trek of the South American continent that we read to our listeners over a few months last year. The program played two songs one by Kaderi Kibria and the other by Shyamal Mitra. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

09 May 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program (broadcast on Bangla 26 Baishak) paid a tribute to Poet Rabindranath Thakur, the Bangla nobel laureate in literature, on his birth anniversary that fell on the previous day. It included beautiful poetry recitations and songs composed by him and recollection of his life and work. The program played poetry recitation by Shoumitra Chattapadhay and Rabindra Shangeet by Srikanta Acharja and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. It was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

16 May 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio presents reading of articles published in the media that makes us proud, expresses our feelings and unites us in our dream for a more prosperous Bangladesh. This week's program read two articles published in Bangladesh newspaper 'Prothom Alo' - one describing how Bangladesh's Grameen Bank is transforming the lives and hopes of destitutes and the other portraying the love of Bangladeshi expatriates living overseas for their motherland. It played songs by Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Manna Dey and Fahmida Khatun. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 May 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio is dedicated to promoting and preserving our Bangla language and cultural heritage in Canberra. This week's program paid a tribute to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, on his birth anniversary. It focused poet Nazrul as a distinguished song writer and lyricist - playing some of his beautiful songs that portrayed life, love, religion and devotion. This well compiled program with commentary and songs sung by Bangladeshi artist Khairul Anam Shakil was produced and presented by Avijeet Sharker.

30 May 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the second part of the travel diary of Moinul Ahsan from Canberra to 'Uluru' or the Ayer's Rocks in the Northern Territory of Australa. Our listeners will remember Moinul Ahsan for his travel diaries of South America that were presented in Bangla Radio last year. His travel website is http://www.hotahrandom.com if you want to see the travel photos described in this program. The program played Rabindra Shangeet by Kanika Bandopaddhay and Hemanta Mukhapaddhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadeq Rahman.

13 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short play - 'John Howerder Panta Khaoa' - reflecting the desire of expatriate Bangalees to keep 'Bangla' alive in their overseas life. An intersting play, interesting topic and lively acting by the local amateur artists. The play was prepared for Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Bangla new year festival 'Parbon' held on 30th April 2005. In addition to the play, this week's radio program also played one Rabindra Shangeet by renowned Bangladeshi artist Fahmida Khatun. The program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

20 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

The emotion and happiness of Bangladesh's one day international cricket match win over Australia is reflected in this week's program. It contains recording of the live running commentary that described the extraordinary performance of Bangladeshi team and songs that captured the mood of all Bangladeshis. A beautifully compiled program that will be kept in our radio archive as a piece of history for a long time. The program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarkar.

27 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

This week's programme (mostly in English) presented an interview with Dr. Howard Rawson, an agronomist, who visited Bangladesh several times in the last two years on a FAO project aimed at increasing wheat production in Bangladesh. One way in which production could be increased is by growing a crop of wheat in the period between two crops of rice but this needs some changes to the way wheat is cultivated in Bangladesh. Dr. Rawson talked about his interactions with the local farmers who were testing new methods of cultivation and the possible reasons for the success of the project. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

04 Jul 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the begining of seventh year of Bangla radio broadcasting in Canberra, Australia. Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra began broadcasting the program in July 1999. This week's program featured Association's recent Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function 'Pushpanjali' that was held in Canberra on 26th June 2005. Bangla Radio recorded the entire cultural program. This week's program played the first part of that recording that included children's song and recitation, Nazrul Geeti, Rabindra Shangeet and a special recitation of 'Rachana Rabindranath' - authored by a twelve year old girl (!) Shunetra Ghatak - an essay that is highly acclaimed in both West Bengal and Bangladesh. The local artists covered this week are: Shejoti, Sami, Layeka Bashir, Sakiba Rahman and Nazmun Nahar. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jul 2005 Listen MP3

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra organised Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function 'Pushpanjali' in Canberra on 26th June 2005. Bangla Radio recorded the entire cultural program. First half of that recording was played in last week's program. This week's program played the second part of that recording comprising popular Nazrul Geeti and Rabindra Shangeet - ending with the beautiful song 'Khanchar pakhi chhilo shonar khachatite, boner pakhi chhilo bone' that touched the heart of everyone present in the auditorum. 'Pushpanjali' cultural program was directed by Cultural Secretary Fahmida Ehsan and Canberra artists covered in this part are: Shafquat Khan, Dalia Nilufar, Layeka Bashir and Sakiba Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

25 Jul 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two short stories - 'Oditia' and 'Bhitor O Bahir' - writen by Bonoful, the famous Bangla short story writer from West Bengal, India. It played songs by Indian singers Shibaji Chottopadhya and Lopamudra Mitra and Bangladeshi singer Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sadequr Rahman and Sakiba Rahman.

01 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented articles from Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' and weekly magazine 'Jai Jai Din'. First article 'Aloy bhuban bhora' is a story of hope - example set by the success of our disadvantaged students in rural Bangladesh. Second article described scenic Shumai Chhara - an uncommon tourist attraction near Moulavi Bazar, Sylhet, that expatriates should not miss in their next visit to Bangladesh. It played songs by Bangladeshi artists Azam Khan and Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

08 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

Ever been to an ocean voyage? Wondered about the life of seafarers? Their experiences in the ocean? This week's program featured an interview with Aminur Rashid, a marine engineer and naval architect living in Canberra. Aminur Rashid shared his own experience and memorable moments in the ocean that matched the description in famous novel 'Shomudra Jatra' by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhay. The program played two songs on ocean theme - one by Bangladeshi singer Onima and the other by Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented news from Bangladesh, story of a discovery in USA and some fish recipe in deshi and international flavours. The recipe will be of interest to our listeners who want to cook deshi fish available in local Bangladeshi groceries, such as – ‘Kajoli’ with ‘jhinga’, ‘Ayer’ with ‘aloo’, ‘begun’, ‘data’ and ‘bori’, and ‘Rupchanda’ grill. The program played some popular songs by Indian artist Bhupen Hajarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarkar.

22 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: (1) advances of Bangladeshi women in professional career - growing interest in agricultural education - from daily Ittefaq, and (2) century old ancient trees of Bangladesh from daily Prothom Alo. The program played folk songs by Ferdousi Rahman and Tapan Roy and one poetry recitation by Shoumitra Chattopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

29 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented news highlights and one very interesting feature - 'Pathor Nagory' - on ancient ruins in Jagdal, near Naogaon, in Northern Bangladesh. It described the current state of this historic site dating back to 11th Century during Gupta Era that is also home of Bangladesh's 'Shaotal' tribal community. The songs played in the program were by Bangladeshi artists Kanak Chapa, Shammi Akhter, Sadi Mohammad and Syed Abdul Hadi. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

05 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview that discussed Bangladesh development issues - achievements, problems and prospects - in the eye of a foreigner who worked in Bangladesh for five years. Mr. Jorgen Lissner, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, in an interview with Shafiq Rehman, talks about his own experience in developing Bangladesh, about the people, the country and the administration. Can we see Bangladesh's progress through his eyes? The audio recording of the interview is courtesy of popular BTV magazine 'Lal Golap' aired on 12 August 2005. This week's program played a beautiful song by Bangladesh's new generation singer Pothik Nobi. It was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program producer Avijeet Sarker had to attend an urgent work related appointment. Replacement producer Sadequr Rahman availed this opportunity to open Bangla Radio's archive of 'Old is Gold' songs. Amid the backdrop of Canberra's late winter cloud and occasional rain, he has chosen songs of renowned Indian artist Hemanta Mukhapadhay and famous Bangladeshi singer Abdul Alim. Hemanta's songs represented 'palki', 'nouka baoa', 'dhan katar gaan' and 'joarer gaan'. Abdul Alim's songs are: 'meghnar kule', 'eije dunia' and 'porer jaega'. A very good selection of songs that will be liked by our listeners.

19 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented announcements from Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and Canberra's Bangla School, a feature from Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' and songs by Bangladeshi expatriate singer living in Sydney Abdullah Al Mamoon and popular Indian artist Indrani Sen. The feature - 'Krishna-kanter mono-chhobir jagoth' - written by Shahed Muhammad Ali, is a story of an extraordinary school teacher in remote areas of Shunamganj in Bangladesh, whose new teaching technique has not only brought surprising results, it can revolutionise the teaching method itself. Another success story that makes us proud of Bangladesh and its people. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah in place of scheduled producer Sadequr Rahman.

26 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured selected news from Bangladesh, international news, technology highlights and description of some places in Canberra where people can take their children during current school holidays. The songs played in the program are: 'ei bashante' and 'amar shonar moina pakhi' by Samina Chowdhury, 'duti mon ar nei dujonar' by Chitra Singh, and 'ei mon tomake dilam' by Sabina Yasmin - the three distinguished singers from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

03 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Barrister Harun ur Rashid, former Ambassador of Bangladesh to Australia and the United Nations in Geneva. A senior expatriate himself now settled in Canberra, Australia, he talked about the importance of projecting Bangladesh in the mainstream Australian community and gave some important advice to the Canberra Bangladeshi community on how to achieve this. His advice can be equally applied in all Bangladeshi expatriate communities around the globe. This week's song 'amae eto rate kene daak dili' was sung by Bangladeshi expatriate singer Alamgir. This week's program was presented by Fahmida Ehsan and produced by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented latest news on last weekend's devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir and two features, first on an extraordinary 'Iftar' party in Gazi Bhaban Shopping Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the second on 'Durga Puja' - the main festival of Hindu faith - being celebrated this week. Bangla Radio presented a beautiful musical composition depicting Devi Durga's arrival - 'Mahalaya' - from a recording of All India Radio, Kolkata. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

24 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: first, 'fasting in the eye of medical science' - exploring the common question: is fasting good for our health? and the second on 'Zakat' - some simple points muslims should know to accomplish it. In addition to these two features selected in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, it played a recitation of a famous Jibanananda Das poem - 'Shahaj' - by Shoumitra Chattapdhaya and some songs by Soni Nigam, Indrani Sen and Srikanta Acharya - all celebrity artists from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

31 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of popular songs by Bangladesh's celebrity singer Kumar Bishwajit who is coming to Canberra for a concert - 'Shudhui Gaan' - on 27 November 2005. The concert is organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. The program covered details of this concert, news about Association's upcoming Eid functions and announcements from Association's Bangla School and Bangla Radio. The songs played in the program are: 'ek poshla brishtite', 'amar chokher dekha bhool holo', 'jonmile morite hobe', 'ami nirbashone jabona','chandonago' and 'tomra ektara bajaiona'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented news highlights, recitation of Jibanananda Das poem 'Pachish Bachhar' by Sharke Chaman Khan, BTV news reader and ex-Canberra resident, report on Eid celebration and a collection of songs for our young listeners. The songs played are: 'ramjaner oi rojar sheshe', 'lal jhuti kakatua', 'ei chhotto chhotto paye cholte cholte', 'o-e ajogar ashchhe tere' and 'amader chhuti chhuti'. It was produced and presented by Avijit Sarkar.

14 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a tribute to Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das - a great nationalist, renowned lawyer and visionary. He was a leading figure in Bengal during the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1919-1922, an advocate of communal harmony and Hindu-Muslim unity, an opponent of caste-discrimination and untouchability, and a believer in women's emancipation and widow re-marriage. He became a national hero after successfully defending Aurobindo Ghosh in the Alipore Bomb conspiracy case that hanged 'Khudiram'. Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, who originated from Bikrampur, Bangladesh, will be remembered by the people for generations to come. Contributors to this special Bangla Radio presentation are: Barrister Harunur Rashid, Mr. Badiuzzaman Khan, Ms. Dalia Nilufar and an eyewitness of Deshbandhu's final days in Darjeeling Mr. Bashirul Alam. It played beautiful songs dedicated to him by two renowned singers of the subcontinent: Lata Mangeshkar from India and Kalim Sharafi from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented news highlights from Bangladesh and a very informative feature on - 'Shanti Niketan' - in Kolkata: its history and description of famous buildings and places surrounding it where Poet Rabindranath Thakur lived on different occasions during the last two decades of his life. The feature is based on a book by Tapan Kumar Bashak. Beautiful songs that composed this week's program are 'keno bhalobasha harie jae', 'boshe achhi potho cheye', 'dukhero timire jodi jole'. The singers are Shubir Nandy from Bangladesh and Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Shagar Sen and Shuchitra Sen from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

28 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interesting features from Bangladesh Daily 'Prothom Alo': (1) 'Nirontor Shikharty ek Shikhok' - story of a school teacher's determination to learn the best teaching techniques for his village school in Noakhali and how he successfully transformed it into a sought after educational institution, and (2) 'Fol o Fashaler Bondhu' - one man's crusade against the use of chemical fertilisers and insecticides in Tangail, who dedicated his life and resources to motivate people to grow chemical-free fruits by teaching his innovated techniques and distributing thousands of free seedlings every year. Success stories that make us proud of Bangladesh and its people. Two selected songs played in the program are 'Panshi Douraiya Jaitam' by a folk band in Sylhet, Bangladesh and an adaptation of 'Five Hundred Miles' by Indian singer Anjohn Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the story of - Australian 'Daal' (lentils) - covered by an interview with senior Bangladeshi agricultural scientist Dr. Syed Mosharraf Ali. Now based in Adelaide, Dr Ali has significant contribution in the Australian peas research that resulted in eleven peas and three lentil varieties to his credit, that are exported across the globe, especially to the subcontinent. His patented lentils 'Shakti' and 'Mukta' has been very popular in Asia, including Bangladesh, and has been a major foreign currency earner for the desperate Australian farmers. Now retired from the Department of Agriculture, South Australia, Dr Ali also told the inside story of the 'Bangladesh vetch scandal' that unscrupulous traders were involved in in imp orting toxic stock-feed as Australian lentils. The two beautiful songs played in the program were sung by prominent Bangladeshi singers Kalim Sharafi and Shabnam Mustari. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

19 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program is a remembrance of the Bangladesh's liberation war, a tribute to Bangladesh and her unsung martyrs, and a reawakening of our souls - through 'poems'. Commemorating the 'Bijoy Dibash' (Victory Day) of Bangladesh it presented a collection of selected poems that opened the window to the past, present and future of Bangladesh, our feelings and our dreams. The poems recited in the program are by renowned poets of Bangladesh and India. They are: Nirmolendu Gun, Shukanto Bhattacharya, Helal Hafiz, Abu Zafar Obaidullah, Rabiul Hussain, Shunil Gangopadhay, Ashim Shaha, Jibananondo Das, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah and Jashim Uddin. The voices that brought life to the peoms are of renowned Bangladeshi actors and actress: Humayun Faridi, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. Recitations were compiled from a beautiful CD 'Ridoye Bangladesh' published by G-Series of Bangladesh. Th e theme song played in the program is sung by prominent Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

The last program of 2005 presented two simple personalities: farmer Horipodo Kapali from Jhenaidaha and singer Nolok Babu from Jamalpur and their achievement stories to cherish to welcome the new year for a new beginning and new life. We saw a simple village farmer Horipodo's discovery of a new breed of rice - 'Hori Dhan' - named after him by the people that is winning thousands of hectares every year over traditional varieties and the heart of the people. We travelled with an unknown penniless street kid Nolok, with a gifted voice, love for his mother and music, in his journey from the street to the heart of Bangladesh by winning the 'Close-up One' nation-wide music contest - replacing tears-of-sorrow with tears-of-joy!! Two very precious flowers for Bangladesh to remember this otherwise eventful year and to welcome the new year. This extraordinary year-end presentation has been graced by two beautiful songs - one by famous Bangladeshi trio Niaz Mohammad Chowdhury, Andrew Kishor and Kumar Bishwajit, and the other by legendary Indian singer Lata Mungeshkar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.