Bangla Radio Archive - 2006

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02 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a farewell interview with Layeka Bashir, an extraordinary 'Nazrul Geeti' singer Canberra was proud to have during the last few years. Layeka accompanied her postgraduate student husband, Abu Ahmed, to Canberra and is returning to Bangladesh this month. Bangla Radio took the opportunity to interview such a devoted 'Nazrul Geeti' singer who started her singing career at the age of four and have practised classical music more than ten years before embracing 'Nazrul Geeti'. The beautiful songs she sang for the program are: 'ekadoshir chad re oi', 'ajhor dharae borsha jhore', 'shiuli phooler mala dole' and 'mone pore aaj shekon jonomer bidaeo shondhabela'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadeq Rahman.

16 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program looked back at the year 2005 from two different perspectives: as a 'Bangladeshi' and as a 'Canberra resident'. Retired diplomat Badiuzzaman Khan reviewed the events and issues that shaped Bangladesh in 2005 - his observations and comments, and Dalia Nilufar Khan presented a chronicle of Bangladesh Australia Association's activities during the year and her perception of life in Canberra. Two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'nodir kul nai kinar nai' by renowned Bangladeshi singer Abbas Uddin Ahmed and 'nishithe jaiyo phoolobone' by famous Indian singer Shachin Dev Barman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadeq Rahman.

23 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented live recordings of three functions organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra in 2005: 'Projonmo' - celebrating the Independence Day of Bangladesh, 'Shemai' - Eid-ul-Fitr reunion, and 'Pushpanjali' - celebrating the birth anniversary of Poets Rabindranath Thakur and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Last week Dalia Nulufar Khan gave an overview of the Association activities in 2005, this week's program took our listeners to three of these functions for a glimpse of 'probash' life in Canberra, Australia. All people featured in the program are Canberra artists and residents. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented features from Bangladesh newspapers covering: (1) 'Bishwa Ijtema', (2) 'Jatio Shangit Utsav' - a three day long national song festival, (3) international film festival in Dhaka, and (4) the life of Shona Mia - the eighty plus years old grave digger of Dhaka Azimpur graveyard, who buried more than fifty thousand bodies including the three language martyrs of 21 February 1952 and the countless victims of 25 March 1971 Pakistan Army genocide. This week's beautiful songs are: 'kobe shadhur charan dhuli mor lagbe gaye', 'dekhna mon jhakmari ei duniadari', and 'manush guru nishtha jar' - all Lalon songs sung by Bangladeshi singers Tapan Chowdhury, Jahangir and Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

06 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

Commemorating the language month of February, this week's program theme was - use of 'Bangla' language in song and science!! The discussion led to an investigation of human body and mind, how it shapes human personality and causes multiple personality disorder!! It presented an interesting interview with Dr. Masiuddin Khan. Three beautiful songs played on the theme are: 'ke tumi boshe nodi kule ekela' by renowned Indian singer Shuchitra Mitra, 'ketechhe ekela birohero bela' by Bangladeshi popular singers Kaderi Kibria and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya, and 'moder garab moder asha a-mori bangla bhasha' by an unknown Bangladeshi singer. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

13 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Canberra community news, live recording from a performance by the visiting Bangladeshi cultural troupe in Canberra who came to participate in Canberra's national multicultural festival and a feature on 'Pahela Falgun' - marking the begining of Spring season in Bangladesh. It played a beautiful musical composition by the visiting group: Jalal Ahmed in 'bashi', Abhijit Roy in 'tabla' and Sohel Aziz in 'key-board', a song by Alam Ara Minu and one playback song from the dance sequence 'kanai paar kore de amare'. It played another song on Spring - 'monjori-o-monjori, aamer monjori' - by Bangladeshi celebrity singer Rezwana Chowdhury Banya. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

20 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a radio coverage of the Bangladeshi community participation in the Canberra's National Multicultural Festival 2006, and a feature - 'bishwa jure mohan ekushey' - observance of 21st February language martyrs day outside Bangladesh from Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' written by M. E. Chowdhury Shameem. It played a beautiful folk song 'shorbonasha padma nodi, tor kachhe shudai' by Bangladeshi singer Nolok Babu who emerged winner in the first-ever music talent search 'Closeup1 - Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh' by winning the hearts of tens of thousands of television viewers who voted him to be the best. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi celebrity artist Kumar Bishwajit recorded in Canberra when he accompanied a cultural team from Bangladesh that came to participate in Canberra's national multicultural festival held this month. It played a song from his recent album 'antor jolere jole amar, antor jolere' and live from the stage performance in Canberra - 'tomra ektara bajaio na, dotara bajaio na' and 'jonmile morite hobe, bhober rongo hobe je shango'. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarkar.

06 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a feature on Monoroma Bosu - a leading female personality of Bangladesh who was actively involved in all liberation movement of our nation from the British rule to Bangladesh's independence in 1971, interview with members of Bangladesh cultural troupe who visited Canberra last month - Dipa Khandakar, Md. Ataur Rahman Mohon, Alam Ara Minu, Rubayat Ahmed, Zinia and Tushar - who spoke of their experience of the beautiful country and people of Australia and played two songs: 'hoe jodi badnam hok aro' by Zafar Iqbal and 'adho dhoroni alo adho adhar' by Nilufar Yasmin - both popular singers of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

13 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with a senior pilot of Bangladesh who is now visiting Canberra. Retired pilot Saifuddin started his aviation career with PIA in 1958 and served the airline until Bangladesh's liberation in 1971. After liberation he joined Bangladesh Biman and been with it until his retirement. In this informal interview with Sadequr Rahman he described the formation of commercial airlines in the Indian subcontinent - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - and shared some unforgettable memories from his flying career. It played three beautiful songs - all on the theme of 'pakhi' (bird): 'jhorero pakhi hoey ure' by Sabina Yasmin, 'pakhi ure ure jaey kothaey' by Moushumi Bhoumik, and 'dui pakhi' by Rezwana Chowdhury Banya. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

20 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program sketched the feeling of a Canberra expatriate in an afternoon with the backdrop of beautiful songs sung by promising new age singers of Bangladesh - Kaya, Tipu and Tutul. It featured a non-traditional Sitar devotee 'Sangeet', highlighted some Australian links to beat 'depression' and remembered the most intimate person of our life - 'mother'. The CDs chosen for this week's program are: 'Ananda', 'Ridoy Nagorey' and 'Sitar Meditations'. The songs are: 'amar anander shima nai', 'shamer bashi', 'ridoy nagorey' and 'ektu porey nambe brishti'. The Sitar piece 'Good Morning' played in the program was from the album 'Between Bombay and Byron Bay' compiled in CD 'Sitar Meditations'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording from Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's function commemorating the Independence Day of Bangladesh on 26 March 2006 held in the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre in Canberra City. The selected recordings are: (i) address by the Chief Guest His Excellency High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr Ashraf-ud-Doula on the occasion, and announcement of the outcome of Australian Immigration Minister's recent visit to Bangladesh that resulted in bilateral agreements on visa, immigration and student exchange programs (ii) voices of two great leaders of Bangladesh's independence movement that united the whole nation in liberation war, and (iii) the realisation, understanding and vision of Bangladesh's independence by the new generation. It played two songs - 'shono ek ti Mujiborer' and 'prothom Bangladesh' - that relives independence in our heart from both ends of the spectrum. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

03 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Canberra resident Barry Ison who spent his childhood in Mymensing, Bangladesh in early 1940s and since then spent most of his life travelling between Bangladesh, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Speaking fluently in Bangla, Barry described his childhood in Bangladesh and his active role in refugee camps during Bangladesh liberation war. He pioneered the promotion and development of handicraft and handloom industry of Bangladesh by setting up the first handicraft shop 'Shetuli' in Green Road, Dhaka. A Bangladeshi in heart, Barry remembers the Australia-Bangladesh link is over 150 years old when missionaries in Mymensing established the country's first - Mymensing Cricket Club! The three beautiful songs played in the program are: Rabindra Shangeet 'esho he baishakh' by Bangladeshi singer Mita Haque, 'jessore road' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhoumik, and 'amae ekjon shada manush dao' by renowned Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman. [ps. Another example of Australian contribution in Bangladesh: Late Bir Protik W A S Ouderland fought in the liberation war of Bangladesh. He is the only non-Bangladeshi honoured with the prestigious National Award 'Bir Protik' by the Bangladesh Government, see: http://www.banglaweb.com/ouderland/.]

10 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program echoed the joy and fulfillment of all Bangladeshis at the demonstration of young Bangladeshi cricketers' capabilities against big brother Australians in a recent test cricket match in Fatulla, Dhaka in Bangladesh. It read articles from Bangladeshi daily newspaper. After which the program carried away with some beautiful experimental songs presented by young Bangladeshi singers. The songs presented in this weeks program are: Lalangeeti 'jat gelo jat gelo bole' by Shahjahan Munshi, Rabindrashangeet 'amar nishitho rater badol dhara' by Shahana, 'pohela boishakher gaan' by Milon Mahmud, a song on ageing (!) 'etodin jantam' by Haider Hossain and a love song 'koli theke phool' by evergreen Ferdous Waheed. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

17 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Jibanananda Das poems and 'lokgeeti' on the theme of 'Banglar Nodi' commemorating the Bangla New Year. The poems - 'ei prithibite ek', 'tomar book theke' and 'abar ashibo phire' - were recited by famous Bangladeshi actor and actress Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. The songs are 'amae dubailire', 'hei shamalo hei-o', 'epar gone baiya mora' and 'dehotori dilam chharia' by Indian singers Onuk Ghoshal and Shagoto, and 'o padma nodire' by Bangladeshi singer Nolok Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [ps. You may wish to sneak a look at the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's fantastic new website just released on 1st day of Baishak 1423 Bangla. The URL is http://www.canberrabashi.org.au.]

24 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Canberra resident Ms. Paramita Roy, a school teacher and film enthusiast who has written, directed and co-produced a Bangla film 'Hori Alone in Kolkata' premiered in Canberra recently. Five Australians travelled to India in January 2005 to make this film. The film is about an eleven-year-old Muslim boy Mohammad who, like many other children, travels to the city of Kolkata to support his family back home in his village. Mohammad, in disguise of Hori (a Hindu identity), has to make many amusing and sad adjustments to fit in his new life. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'asru diye lekha ei gaan' by Bangladeshi singer Kanak Chapa, 'shankhayaloghu' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhoumik and a playback song from the film 'Hori Alone in Kolkata' by Indian singer Shomita Shengupta. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

01 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a radio drama - 'Biraj Bou' - based on a novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhay, a famous novelist in Bangla literature. It was played from an HMV Kolkata audio cassette recorded on the 100th birth anniversary of the writer. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second part of the radio drama 'Biraj Bou'. The first part was played in last week's program. The drama is based on a novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhay, famous novelist in Bangla literature. It was played from HMV Kolkata audio cassette recorded on the 100th birth anniversary of the writer. The Rabindra shangeet 'na chahile jare paoa jai' played in the program was sung by renowned Indian singer Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program paid a tribute to Kobi Guru Rabindranath Thakur on the occasion of his 145th birth anniversary that fell last week. Sakiba Rahman presented - 'Oi Mohamanobo Ashe' - a short biographical sketch of this great poet of Bangla literature. It played selected Rabindra Shangeet: 'oi mohamanobo ashe', 'gohono kushumo kunjo majhe', 'madhobi hotath kotha hote elo', 'o amar desher mati', 'shokatore oi' and 'aguner poroshmoni' sung by Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, Hemanta Mukhopadhay, Sadi Mohammad, Indra Nil Sen and others. This week's program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

22 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of heartwarming stories of humanity from Medinipur, Birbhum, Canberra and Delhi - stories of ordinary people that move us, inspire us - with the backdrop of songs from the memory lane sung by Indian artists: Amol Mukhapadhay, Geeta Dutta, Shubir Sen, Shyamal Mitra and Tarun Bandhopadhay. The songs are: 'ei prithibite sharati jibon', 'tumi je amar ogo tumi je amar', 'eto shur ar eto gaan', 'aha oi aka baka je poth jae shudure', 'prithibi amare chae rekhona bedhe amae'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

29 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the occasion of his 107th birth anniversary that fell last week. Dr. Dalia Nilufar presented a special feature containing a short biography of Kazi Nazrul Islam and some selected 'Nazrul-geeti'. The songs are 'ami jodi arab hotam' and 'amar shayma mayer kole chore' by Indian singer Anup Ghoshal, 'amar gohin joler nodi' by Indian singer Indrani Sen, 'amar jabar shomoy holo dao bidae' by Bangladeshi singer Firoza Begum. The theme song 'ekadoshir chand re oi' was sung by ex-Canberra resident Layeka Bashir. This week's program was produced by Ehsan Ullah and presented by Fahmida Ehsan. [Announcement: Bangla Radio website is moving to a new site from 1 June 2006. The URL is http://www.banglaradio.org.au. It is same as current with an '.au' at the end.]

05 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short story 'Olot Palot' written by Touhidul Islam Shaju and a feature remembering Rowshon Jamil - renowned actress and dance artist of Bangladesh - on her fifth death anniversay observed recently. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'bhromor koio gia', 'tumi je amar kobita', 'mora ar jonome hongsho mithun chhilam' and 'jare jabi jodi ja'. The singers are all from Bangladesh: Ferdousi Rahman, Sabina Yasmin, Bashir Ahmed and Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

12 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the first part of an interview with Professor Anisur Rahman - renowned Economist, writer and Rabindra Shangeet singer of Bangladesh - recorded recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Professor Rahman recollected his memories of Bangladesh's liberation war - his Economics research justifying the cause, his accounts of floating life during the war, support from famous Economist Amorto Sen to deep inside the politics of the country encompassing Tajuddin Ahmed. The songs played in the program are 'nibiro meghero chhaya diyechhi mele' by Professor Anisur Rahman and 'nongor tolo tolo' by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

19 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second part of the interview with Professor Anisur Rahman - renowned Economist, writer and Rabindra Shangeet singer of Bangladesh - recorded recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the second part, Professor Rahman recollected memories of his involvement in Rangpur 'Shanirvar' (self-reliance) movement - the ideology that helped local people survive the 1974 famine without any foreign aid and his interpretation of Rabindra Shangeet - its message, style and originality. The songs played in the program are Bhaoaiya 'oki garial bhai' by Bangladeshi prominent singer Ferdousi Rahman and Rabindra Shangeet 'tomar dare keno ashi' by Professor Anisur Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: 'Rabindra Nazrul Shahitto o Naribad' - highlighting the issues of women's equal right and status in society depicted in the literary works of poet Rabindra Nath Thakur and Kazi Nazrul Islam, and 'Haoa Begumer Rabir Kiron Ebochhor Aro Ujjal' - story of Rabi - son of a penniless peasant Haoa Begum - and his extraordinary success in junior scholarship exam from Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh. The songs played the program are: 'baro mashe tero phool phote' - a folk chorus, 'phirey elam, durey giye, ami tomar onuradha' by Indian singers Rahul Dev Burman and Asha Bhoseley, 'bhalo koira bajan re dotara' by Indian singer Indrani Sen. It also played a beautiful 'Tabla' piece in raga 'Kalpana' by Indian artist Ustad Jakir Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

03 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading from an interesting novel 'Holud Himu Kalo Rab' by popular Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed published in Bangladesh recently. It is read by Bangladeshi TV actor Jayanta Chattopadhay. The experimental song played as backdrop to this reading - 'direct, direct' - was sung by Bangladeshi new generation artist Pothik Nabi and his group - from the CD 'Ochena Pothik'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a rare interview with Raja Tridib Roy, the King of Chakma people living in the district of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Speaking to Bangla Radio while visiting Australia recently, Raja Tridib Roy gave a detailed description of the Chakma people - their origin, issues and solutions to their discontent. This informative discussion also covered history, politics and people from British rule to Bangladesh's Independence and how these shaped the life and culture of Chakma people today. The interview - a treasure for Bangla Radio - will be continued in next week's program. The two beautiful Chakma songs played in the program was sung by Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

17 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second and final part of the interview with Raja Tridib Roy, the King of Chakma people living in the district of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Speaking to Bangla Radio while visiting Australia recently, Raja Tridib Roy gave a detailed description of the Chakma people - their origin, issues and solutions to their discontent. This informative discussion also covered history, politics and people from British rule to Bangladesh's Independence and how these shaped the life and culture of Chakma people today. The two beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Chakma singer Alpana Chakma and Indian singer Roma Mondol. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

24 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: first, following on from last two programs on Chakma people of Bangladesh, on the micro-credit schemes of NGOs - like BRAC, Asha, Proshika, IDF and others - in Chittagong Hill Tract that is transforming the life of tribal communities, and the second, the story of the invention of 'paper' in 16th Century. Shireen Ahmad played four beautiful songs to complement the Canberra rain that is forecast to continue for the rest of the week. The songs are: 'chhaya ghonaichhe bone bone' by Indian singer Chinmoy Chattopadhay, 'brishti pore ajhor dharae' by Bangladeshi band 'Dolchhoot', 'chhele belar brishti' and 'modhu gondhe bhora' by Indian singers Lopa Mudra Mitra and Arundhuti Hom Chowdhury respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

31 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a feature on the life of Khashia people of Bangladesh living in the north-eastern part of the country - Jayantia and Jaflang - near Sylhet, and a beautiful poetry recitation by prominent Indian actor Shoumitra Chattopadhay. It played a collection of songs by Indian singers Onuk Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam and Talat Mahmud. The songs are: 'enechhi amar shoto jonomer', 'ami kemon kore nibo tomar khobor', 'ei rim jhim jhim borosha'. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

07 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted Australian National University Professor Rick Shand's recent report on Bangladesh - extraordinary success in economic and social sectors with achievements in education, health, literacy and women's emancipation - by presenting two stories of women's empowerment - Rowshon Ara from Choddogram in Comilla and Laila Begum from Fulbari Upajila in Dinajpur and their role in transforming the lives of people in rural Bangladesh. It played three beautiful songs by new generation Bangladeshi singers Kaya and Helal. The songs are: 'doyal baba', 'aami kul hara kolongkini' and 'ochin desher majhi bhaire'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

14 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented comments and feedback from two Bangla Radio Canberra listeners Dr. Abed Chaudhury and Dr. Bina D'Costa on the interview with Raja Tridib Roy broadcast on 10th and 17th July 2006. Raja Tridib Roy, the ex-King of Chakma people living in the district of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, gave the interview to Bangla Radio while visiting Australia recently. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program was sung by Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a short story written by Indian writer Bonoful and a feature on one lovely tourist spot in Jakiganj, about two hours drive from Sylhet, in north-eastern Bangladesh at the intersection of three mighty rivers - Borak, Shurma and Kushiara. A place you can visit during your next trip to Bangladesh. It played a classical tabla recital by Ustad Zakir Hossain and three Nazrul songs: 'gul bagichar bulbuli ami' by Anjali Mukhapadhay, 'adho adho bol' by Manabendra Mukhapadhay and 'bikal belar jui chapa go' by Banasri Sen Gupta, all renowned artists of India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

28 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an update on the activities of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and two reflections of changing lifestyles in Bangladesh and Canada. It read an article published in Bangladesh Daily Jugantor 'shotobar noto hoi shei nareer chorone' written by Nahid Kabir from Toronto, Canada. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'gan gai ami mon re boojhai', 'where is my baby gone' and 'maya lagaise' sung by new generation Bangladeshi artists Kaya, Helal and Kunle. The songs were selected from CDs 'Krishna' and 'Maya'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an outline of the activities of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, its brief history and some achievements in transforming the lives of women and poor families in rural Bangladesh. It also gave information about the forthcoming Canberra function of Drishtipat Australia – a non-profit organisation – to raise funds for the handicapped children of Bangladesh. The three lovely songs played in the program are: ‘shohoj manush’, ‘shona dia bandha-asi ei ghor’ and ‘tui gaan ga ichhe moto’ from a CD by Bangladeshi band group ‘Bangla’. This week's program was produced and presented by Murad Hossain.

11 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interviews: first with the newly elected General Secretary of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra Mr. Lutful Kabir – talking about his feelings and Association activities, and the second with Dr. Bina D’Costa – on the fund-raising function of Drishtipat Australia to be held in Canberra next weekend. The two beautiful songs played in the program are ‘tumi amar prothom shokal’ by Bangladeshi singers Tapan Chowdhury and Shakila Zafar, and a hit hindi movie playback song ‘bhigi bhigi si hey ye rate’ sung by Bangladesh’s band star James. This week's program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

18 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: first on ‘Bandarban’ – a lovely tourist destination in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, surrounded by hills and Budha statues provided as gifts by the rulers of surrounding countries, and the second, on Dhaka metropolis in the eye of foreigners – a team of six girl guides from England visiting Bangladesh and the fun of riding rickshaws. It played two beautiful folk songs ‘pi-riti ei jogote jati-kuler dhar dharena’ and ‘jibon chharia na jao more’ by Bangladeshi singer Kanak Chapa, and Chakma songs sung by Shamvunath Chakma and Anusriti Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

25 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented three extraordinary stories of women emancipation in West Bengal, India – ‘Tistaparer Taslima’ teaching to live with pride, five indigenous women prove humanity rules and a single teenage mother awakens her society – from Mekholiganj, Borogora and Karimpur. Three beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘purbe aar poschime’ and ‘bebodhan’ by Bangladesh’s new generation singer Beauty from her album ‘Chorondashi’, and ‘ek-ee banglar duti nayaner asrur duti dhara’ by Indian legendary singer Manabendra Mukhapadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

02 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an insight into the sensory worlds of ‘taste’ and ‘smell’, the science behind these senses – the molecules, receptor cells in our nose and tongue and the link to our brain – that develop our mentality, and even have links to our memories! The current muslim holy month of Ramadan teaches to control these senses. The beautiful songs played in the program are ‘borne, gondhe, choonde, gitite’ by Indian legendary singer Sachin Dev Burman, ‘ami rojoni gondha phooler moto gondho biliye jai’ by Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin, ‘bheshe ashe shuduro sriti-ro shurovi’ by Indian singer Anup Ghoshal and ‘shuno, shuno ya ilahi amaro monajat’ by Bangladeshi singer Nilufar Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

09 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented four short interviews with Shamsul Huda, Manzur Khan, Moinul Haque and Aminur Rashid highlighting the role and contribution of Bangladeshi community in Canberra’s Islamic activities. Their interviews were recorded in last weekend’s ‘Iftar’ party at the Canberra Islamic Centre hosted by the Bangladeshi community. The beautiful songs and recitation from Quran played in the program were sung by famous British singer Yusuf Islam (former Cat Stevens) after converting to Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

16 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented three features: reception of Dr. Muhammad Yunus in Chittagong after winning the Nobel Peace prize, observance of 116th death anniversary of Lalan Shah in Kushtia and signing of a major health development project between Bangladesh Government, World Bank and other donor agencies. The songs played the program are: ‘neshar latim jhim dhorechhe’ by Shubir Sen, ‘pa-be shamanney ki taar dekha’ and ‘milan ho-be ko-to diney’ by Farida Parveen, and a piece of electric guitar by Shunil Gangopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

23 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program is dedicated to Dr. Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh – joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize announced on 13th October 2006. It was presented in three parts: (1) a short biography of Dr. Muhammad Yunus, (2) the Nobel Peace Prize win and its meaning to Bangladesh described by Dr. Yunus, and (3) the immediate reaction and feelings of Bangladeshis living in Canberra. The first two parts were presented by Lipan Rahman of Brisbane Bangla Radio. The theme song used in the program was taken from Bangladesh satellite channel NTV’s popular program ‘CloseUp1 – Tomakeyee Khujchhe Bangladesh’. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Haque – one of the great political leaders of Bangladesh - on his one hundred and thirty third birth anniversary that fell on 26 October. It presented a short overview of his life, his political achievements in the then Bengal under the British rule and his contributions in the upliftment of the lives of peasants of the country. The beautiful theme song played in the program was sung by Indian singer Protul Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

06 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Nur Hossain – a Bangladeshi youth who was killed by the Police while protesting against anarchy and corruption during the civil unrest in Bangladesh in 1987. Commemorating his sacrifice this week's program started with a ‘poothi’ recitation narrating Nur Hossain’s story followed by a song ‘amar shonar bangla’ by Bangladeshi singer James, a beautiful poetry recitation - ‘Shadhinota’ – with a play-back song ‘ki dekhar kotha ki dekchhi’ by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain, reading of a short story ‘khela’ by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed and finally a song ‘chhoto chhoto obhiman’ by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

13 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading from an interesting novel 'Lilua Batash' written by popular Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed and published in Bangladesh recently. The novel intimately portrays some characters of present Bangladeshi society - their daily life, relationships and expectations. It is read by Bangladeshi TV actor Jayanta Chattopadhay. The artists of the instrumental music played in the program are: Shiv Kumar Sharma in Santoor, Hari Prasad Chaurasia in Flute and Kashi Nath Misra in Tabla - all from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

20 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interesting radio drama ‘Porijan’ written by Firoz Khondoker, radio adaptation and direction by Mohammed Monowarul Aziz. Set in northern Bangladesh and using local dialect of Pabna, the drama is an exquisite example of the rich and diverse culture of Bangladesh. The participants are assumed to be local artists of Pabna. The drama was played courtesy of ‘Ekushe Betar’ in Sydney where it was first aired a few weeks ago. The beautiful song ‘shukher lagi fad patia’ played in the program was sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Beauty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented second half of the radio drama ‘Porijan’, the first half was played in last week's program. It was written by Firoz Khondoker, adapted and directed for radio by Mohammed Monowarul Aziz. Set in northern Bangladesh and using local dialect of Pabna, the drama is an exquisite example of the rich and diverse culture of Bangladesh. The drama was played courtesy of ‘Ekushe Betar’ in Sydney where it was first aired a few weeks ago. This week's program also described three popular places to visit around Canberra during this time of the year: (1) the cherry orchards in Young in New South Wales (2) Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Tidbinbilla, and (3) the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra City. The beautiful song ‘ondhokar kor, chondro-tare’ played in the program was sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Beauty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program provided an insight into the amazing world of Nanotechnology and the possibility of its application in some real world problem. Does this technology have the answer to the acute arsenic problem in Bangladesh that is now affecting millions of people? This week's well documented program, with information compiled from the 'Science' magazine and the website of Bangladesh Environment Network, highlighted the issues of application of Nanotechnology and traditional filter technology in removing arsenic from groundwater in rural Bangladesh. The three beautiful songs depicting the story of 'Sakhina' played in the program was sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Fakir Alamgir. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

11 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony held in Oslo, Norway on 10th December 2006. This year’s prize was awarded jointly to Dr. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and his Grameen Bank. Ms. Musammat Taslima Begum, a board member, received the prize on the Bank’s behalf. The program featured live recordings from the award ceremony, part of Dr. Yunus’ Nobel Prize Lecture and two articles covering the ceremony from leading newspapers in Bangladesh and India. It played two beautiful songs – ‘rangiye diye jao jao’ and ‘dhono dhanno pushpo bhora, amader ei bashundhara’. Live audio recordings of the ceremony were compiled from the Nobel website. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah with assistance from Sadequr Rahman.

18 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the national Victory Day of Bangladesh on 16 December by reading two memoirs of the liberation war: (1) ‘shahjahan masterer sritite ekattor’ by Mostafa Hossain and (2) ‘ekattore amar ma-ke jibonto kobor deya hoy’ by Saidur Rahman. Both articles were published in Bangladeshi newspaper. The chorus ‘ek nodi rokto periye’ was played from a Bangladeshi CD titled ‘ek shagor rokter binimoye’. The first background music was taken from an album titled ‘The Poet – Romances for Cello’ and the artists are: Martin Tillman in Cello and Michael Hoppe in Keyboard. The Bangladeshi artists of the second background music are: Capt. Azizul Islam in flute and Pandit Samar Shaha in Tabla. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

25 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program took our listeners to Antarctica with Canberra resident Bangladeshi marine engineer Abdul Hannan. He shared his memorable expedition on board ship ‘Aurora Australis’ to the Davis station in the Antarctic via Macquarie Island, Casie and Mawson. Mr. Hannan, the first known ‘Bangali’ to set foot in the southern most frozen continent, described his experience of the lonely southern ocean, glaciers, the scientists and the penguins. It played a beautiful chorus ‘aloker ei jhorna dharae’ from a Bangladeshi 'Rabindra Shangeet' CD. This week’s program, the last for 2006, was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.