Bangla Radio Archive - 2007

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01 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

The first program of 2007 presented an in-depth review of the issues surrounding the coming general election of Bangladesh. Retired Bangladeshi senior diplomat Badiuzzaman Khan analysed various clauses of the Constitution and the issues raised by the parties and commented on how this election can be held to the acceptance of all parties and the general public. This week’s program played two Bangladeshi patriotic songs ‘salam salam hajar salam’ by Abdul Jabbar and ‘ek tara tui bol-re ebar desher kotha bol’ by Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week’s program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

08 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented reading of a short story ‘olot palot’ written by Touhidul Hasan Shaju and 'ekot-trish bochhor por Runa Sabina' - an interesting interview with Bangladesh’s two celebrity singers Runa Laila and Sabina Yasmin by Shirin Bokul published in Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘momo mayamoi shopone’ by Nilufar Yasmin, ‘bidhatar tumi ek apurbo shristi’ by Milon Mahmood and Hyder Husyn, and ‘mayabono biharini ami noi’ by Keya Ghoshal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

15 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with four Bangladeshi doctors working in Canberra Hospital in Canberra. Dr. Shombhu Dutta, Dr. Jaodad Hasan, Dr. Md. Toufiqur Rahman and Dr. Saida Tazina Toufique arrived recently in Australia to fill in the shortage of doctors in the country. Bangla Radio presenter Dr. Dalia Nilufar who works in the same hospital interviewed them to know about their life in Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ei padma, ei meghna', 'ami chailam jare' and 'deho ekhon hashpatal' sung by two extra-ordinary new generation singers of Bangladesh - this year's 'CloseUp1' winner Salma Akhter from Kushtia and last year's finalist Beauty. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with: (1) new generation Bangladeshis growing up in Canberra about their feelings for Bangladesh, (2) Roysul Khan, Sports Secretary of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Association's football tournament, and (3) Nic Manikis, Executive Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs Group of the Australian Capital Territory Government, praising the activities of the Bangladeshi community in Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'tomar barir ronger melai dekhechhilam bioscope', 'olok tumi polok phelona', and 'tomar ghore bash kore kara' sung by new generation singers of Bangladesh 'CloseUp1' finalists Nishita Borua and Muhin. This week’s program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

29 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) a mirco-drama 'mullayon' written by Sadequr Rahman and played by Ayelita and Biplob Talukdar, and (2) a letter from Rangpur, Bangladesh written by Barry Ison. Barry was born and educated in the sub-continent and spent most of his life in Bangladesh (listen his interview in our archive - 3 April 2006). In his recent letter Barry described his observation of Bangladesh's political situation, people and their future. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'jhora bokuler shathi (remix) by Bangladeshi singer Konok Chapa, 'mone koro jodi shob chhere hai' by Indian singer Chitra Sing, and 'kon khelaje khelbo kokhon' by Bangladesh singer Oditi Mohsin. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

05 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented three features: (1) ‘ekusher bhabna’ – influence of Bangla language movement in literature and Dhaka’s cultural heritage (2) ‘ekusher boi mela’ – some new books in this year’s Bangla Academy book fair, and (3) use of electric fishing nets - environmental disaster feared along the coasts of Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin’s Island. This week’s program played four songs from memory lane: ‘pinjor khule diyechhi’, ‘shudhu gaan geye porichoy’, ‘hoi jodi bodnam hok aro’ and ‘dukkho amar bashor rater palonko’ sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Bashir Ahmed, Mohammad Zafar Iqbal and Sabina Yasmin’. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

12 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented radio reports on: (1) the first 'Shoroshoti Puja' organised by the Bangladeshi Hindu community in Canberra on 7th January 2007 at the local Florey Temple, (2) the 'International Food and Dance Spectacular' held on 10th February 2007 in Canberra as part of the National Multicultural Festival, and (3) an interview with the Producer of Voice of Bangladesh Radio broadcast from Sydney Dr. Nargis Akhter Banu. The two songs played in this week's program are: 'tumi kemon kore gaan koro he guni' sung by Canberra artists Avijit Sarker and Priyonka Biswas, and a West Papuan song sung by an artist of their community at the festival. The beautiful bag pipe ensemble used in the program was played by the City of Queanbeyan Pipe Band at the festival. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) some words on 'ekush' - the 21st February 1952 language movement - 'bhasha shaheed dibosh' - that is now celebrated worldwide as the International Mother Language Day, and (2) a short story by popular Bangladeshi science fiction writer Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal - 'prothom shikhok' - based on his childhood experiences. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'ma-go tomar bhabna keno' by last year's CloseUp1 winner Nolok Babu, 'shopne taar shathe hoi dekha' by Habib Waheed, and 'o mor bania bondhure' by this year's CloseUp1 winner Salma Akhter - all new generation singers from Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

26 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a distinguished leader of the Indian freedom movement during the British rule, through two Canberra connections - Shibu Dutta and Mohammad Daud - who recollected their memories of meeting him in India and described Netaji's role in Indian National Army in Malaysia. This week's program also read a letter from one of our listener in Bangladesh Mr. Masuduzzaman describing his observation of changing life and society in present political climate and his hope for a different Bangladesh. Two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ma-er deya mota kapor' by Bangladeshi singer Sadi Mohammad and 'kadam kadam baraye ja' by the Calcutta Youth Choir in India. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

05 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a short story - 'Gonok' - written by popular Indian writer Promoth Nath Bishi and three relaxing songs from the memory lane: 'neshar latim jhim dhorechhe', 'ami obujher moto eki korechhi' and 'shanto noditi, pote aaka chhobiti' sung by Bangladeshi singers: Shubir Nandi, Kanak Chapa and Saadi Mohammad. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

12 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented recording of the cultural presentation - 'Ridoye Ekush' - commemorating the Language Martyr's Day and International Mother Language Day at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on 24th February 2007. It was jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission, Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Bangla Academy Australia and PriyoAustralia.com. The cultural function was directed by Alice Nahar and Anwar Akash. The narrators of the program were: Murshed Haider Anjohn, Sharmin Shafiuddin and Ahmed Imran. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a report on - 'Canberra Day' - celebrated today in the Australian Capital Territory to mark the official naming of Canberra as the Australia's capital in 1913. Canberra architect and town planner Rumana Jamaly compiled this interesting report for Bangla Radio with a brief history behind the establishment of this beautiful city. This week's program also presented a heart warming story of one fifteen year old girl Tazmira from Hasnabad, India who became the icon of revolt against dowry in her country - an example for all girls in every village in the subcontinent. The wonderful songs played in the program were composed and sung by Bangladesh's new generation singer Habib Waheed: 'ek-tu dara be-ki, ekhuni nambe brishti', 'shopne taar shathe hoy dekha' and 'din gelo tomari potho cha-hia'. The background music played the program was taken from CD 'Sitar Meditations', the artists were - Australian aboriginal people's musical instrument Didgeridoo: Jimmy Mounier, Cello: Mandy and Sitar: Sangeet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented some serious stuff surrounding the Independence Day of Bangladesh celebrated today: (1) a poem 'toma-ke pabar jonne he shadhinota' by Bangladesh's national poet Shamsur Rahman and recited by Nazmun Nahar Ratna, (2) description of an effort of reconciliation by the Pakistani people about their role in 1971 by Dr. Bina D'Costa, (3) two beautiful letters of observation of life in present Bangladesh - purification of state and mind in the current political, social and physical landscape - by Barry Ison from Bangladesh, and (4) the future scenarios by Prof. Robin Jeffrey, Director, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University in Canberra. The lovely song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Anamika Tripura. The background music used in the program was performed by celebrity Indian composer and sitar player Ravi Shanker. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

02 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interesting interviews with three Bangladeshi doctors: Dr. Porag Das, Dr. Momtaz Begum and Dr. Abdur Rahman about their medical profession and life in Canberra. They provided information for prospective Bangladeshi doctors willing to work in Australia - how to apply and what are the steps involved to start a medical career in Australia. This week's program also presented details of two exciting Canberra events in April - 'Boishakhi Mela 2007' and badminton and table tennis tournaments - organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. More information of these events can be found in Association's website: www.canberrabashi.org.au. The beautiful song 'o-re nil doria' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Pantho Kanai. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah

09 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two articles published in Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' reporting on Bangladesh's win over South Africa at the Super Eights match of ICC World Cup in Guyana. The first article by Utpal Shuvro from Guyana covered this epic win - the reaction of the players, cricket fans and people of that country. The second by Bangladesh's skipper Habibul Bashar describing his feelings of the day, team spirit and expectations. The beautiful songs played the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers Samina Nabi 'kono ek shundor ra-te' and by Bappa and Shumon 'amader shimanae kokhono dei ni prachir'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

16 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented radio coverage of the Canberra 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 15th April to celebrate the Bangla New Year 1414. It featured recordings of the cultural function and interviews with His Excellency High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. M. Humayun Kabir, guests and the stall owners. The beautiful cultural function was directed by Association's Cultural Secretary Alice Nahar and performed by the students of Association's Bangla School, new generation Bangladeshis, Bangladeshi students studying in Canberra and the local artists. This week’s program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

23 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented voices of some old and new Canberra residents interviewed during the 'International Mother Language Day' function at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra by Dr. Dalia Nilufar. They are: Mr. David Guy from the Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation SMEC, visitor from Brunei Mrs. A. B. M. Shafiuddin, Dr. Mo Ashifur Rahim and a newly arrived couple from Melbourne Mr. Mahbubur Rahman Tutul and Mrs. Samina Rahman Sylvie. The three hit Bangladeshi songs played in the program are: 'chherona chherona hat' (remix) by Pantho Kanai and Munni, 'chena chena lage' (remix) by Sunbeam, and 'tumi amar prothom shokal' by Tapan Chowdhury and Shakila Jafar. Association's website mentioned in the program is: www.canberrabashi.org.au. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two readings: a short story - 'shap' - and one enlightening column - 'anondo jol' - by distinguished Bangladeshi columnist Shumonto Aslam, and a collection of wonderful songs from new generation Bangladeshi singers. The songs played in the program are: 'tumi chao roddur, ami chai akash meghla' by band Yaatri, 'ami tomakei bole debo' by Shonjeeb Chowdhury, and 'keu jokhon aar nei pashe, tondra mogon kono akashe' by Punom in album 'Bujhchho' by band Prayer-Hall. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

07 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) a brief report on last week's badminton and table tennis tournaments organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, (2) 'probashir Rabindranath' - paying tribute to Poet Rabindranath Thakur on his 146th birth anniversary, and (3) a beautiful letter from Vietnam - 'banglar gaan gai' - by Provash Mondol. The Scottish folk song and 'Rabindra Sangeet' played in the program were sung by distinguished Indian singers Shagota Lakhmi Das Gupta and Indrani Sen. The piano piece used in the program was taken from a CD - 'purano shei diner kotha' - by famous Indian artist V. Balsara. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

14 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interesting article describing the history of a very close mystery object of Bangalee family and a letter from La Coruna, Spain written by Canberra probashi Ziauddin Ahmed. Now staying in Spain on an official assignment he described the heritage, buildings and people of this beautiful historic city in north-western Spain. The songs played in this week's program are: 'kisher mor radhon, kisher mor baron', 'modhu hoi hoi bish khaoaila, kon karone bhalobashar dam no dila' and 'dure kothao dure dure' by Bangladeshi singers Ferdousi Rahman, Bappa Mojumdar and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

21 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two interviews surrounding - 'rice' - in the Indian sub-continent: (1) the past - retired Prof. Gideon Polya of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, talked about the famines in the 40's during British rule of India. He is the author of the famous book 'Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History', and (2) the future - agricultural economist Dr. Mahbub Hossain, Head, Social Sciences Division, IRRI, in Manila, Philippines, spoke on the challenges of future rice cultivation in Bangladesh. The song played in the program 'kono ek gayer bodhur kotha tomae shonai shono' was composed by Salil Chowdhury in 1949 describing the famines of that time. It was sung by famous Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

28 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented 'probashir Nazrul' - paying tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 108th birth anniversary, and two beautiful letters from England and South Korea by Apel Mahmood and S. M. Harun Pasha describing the other side of expatriate life - the experience, the reality and the sacrifice. The songs played in this week's program are: 'uskudara gideriken bir mendil beldum' by Turkish singer Safiye Ayla, 'shukno patar nupur paye' by Indian singer Indrani Sen, 'porodeshi megh' by ex-Canberra resident Bangladeshi singer Layeka Bashir and 'agun jole' by new generation Bangladeshi singer Nazmul Kabir. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) mysteries of our universe - two interesting theories in astronomical science - the collision of the universes and the destiny of our galaxy Milky Way in five billion years, and (2) the story of a Canberra girl and her dream album. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'tomar bhaz kholo anondo dekhao' by new generation Bangladeshi singer Bachelor, 'amar bolar kichhu chhilona' by Indian singer Hoimonti Shukla and 'khelichho ei bishwa loey' by Indian singer Anup Jalota. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) a very informative interview with Dr. Phil Cummins, an earthquake and tsunami expert with the Geoscience Australia, talking about tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region and the consequences for Bangladesh, and (2) second letter from Spain, written by Ziauddin Ahmed, describing the lifestyle and food of the people of Galicia, a surprisingly green and beautiful part of northern Spain. The song 'amar shokol niye boshe achhi shorbonasher ashae' played in the program was sung by celebrity Indian singer Indrani Sen. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

18 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program (1) commemorated the 'Father's Day' - celebrated yesterday in most countries of the world including Bangladesh - by paying tribute to our fathers, (2) presented opinion of some people about their relationship with father, and (3) read another enlightening column by distinguished Bangladeshi columnist Shumonto Aslam - 'taka' - from his column collection 'boundele'. The three beautiful songs played in the program complimenting this week's theme are: 'chhele amar boro hobe' by Bangladeshi band singer James, 'aye khuku aye' by popular Indian singers Hemanata Mukhopadhay and Srabonti Mojumdar', and 'ami chai na tomar shathe lorte' by Indian singer Anjan Dutta. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

25 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented scientific explanations of gaining body-weight: how hormones and bacteria inside our body determine our shape and weight; how brain, body and mind control our appetite for food; and, finally described one recent research that found that, beside diet and exercise, body-weight can also be controlled by using friendly bacteria! The beautiful songs presented in this week's program are: 'madhobi phutechhe oi' by Indian singers Lata Mungeshkar and Rahul Dev Burman, 'nodir jemon jhorna achhe' by Indian singer Aroti Mukhapadhay, and 'ei shundar prithibi theke' by Bangladeshi singer Tapan Mahmud. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

02 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the beginning of ninth year of Bangla Radio broadcasting in Canberra, Australia. Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra began broadcasting the program in July 1999. This week's program presented (1) a brief history of Bangla Radio and introduced its presenters, and (2) provided information for prospective new comers to Canberra who are planning to study and live here - where to find assistance, who to contact and how to settle in this beautiful capital city of Australia. The lovely songs 'neel moyur', 'bangladesh' and 'kacha mati' played in the program were sung by budding new Bangladeshi singer Nazmul Kabir. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of poem, song and short story to warm your heart in the cold Canberra winter evening. The poem and song to impress sweetheart - 'tomake obhi-badon priotoma' - was written by Bangladeshi poet Shaheed Kadri. It was recited by Bangladeshi artist Shimul Mostafa and sung by Indian singer Shumon Chattopadhay. The extraordinary short story - 'onko shlok' - read in the program was written by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed. The program concluded with a beautiful song 'kokhono mithe hoy sharati bela' sung by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Mojumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

16 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'impressions of Bangladesh' - by two foreigners and opening speeches at the Bangladesh Night 2007 fund raising dinner for Kids with Cancer Australia held last Saturday 14 July 2007 in Canberra. Association President Mr. Abdul Quader welcomed the guests at the function and Ms. Lorraine Barker ex High Commissioner of Australia to Bangladesh narrated her wonderful experiences in key note speech. Speaking fluently in Bangla Australian agricultural expert Mr. Noel Magor described his observations of the country, the people and rural development achievements. This week's program played three songs: 'shudhu gaan geye porichoy', 'ei mon tomake dilam' and 'jhorer pakhi hoye u-ray' sung by Bangladeshi celebrity singer Sabina Yasmin who is now undergoing Cancer treatment in Singapore - we wish her full recovery. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

23 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented emotions and feelings of Bangladeshis in three parts - 'desh', 'bhalobasha' and 'bishonnota' - from Bangla literature and songs. Part one depicted 'desh' from an article by popular Bangladeshi writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and song 'ki dekhar kotha ki dekhchhi' by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. Part two portrayed 'bhalobasha' from novel 'kobi' by famous Indian writer Tarashonkor Bondopadhay and song 'bhalobashar ahobane' by Bangladeshi singer Habib Waheed. Part three illustrated 'biroho' from a recent novel 'talash' by new Bangladeshi writer Shaheen Akhter and song 'shopno dekhbo boley' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

30 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani - Bangladesh's most popular 'leader of the peasants' - by presenting a biography that outlined his political career from the British rule to the independence of Bangladesh. It highlighted his support for the oppressed, fight against colonialism, his role in the formation of political parties including Awami League, non-coopeartion movements and establishment of many educational institutions. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'shobujer bu-ke lal' by Bangladeshi Singer Sabina Yasmin, 'nongor chharia nayer dere majhi bhai' by Bangladeshi singer Abdul Alim and a chorus 'dhono dhanne pushpe bhora' by Bangladeshi artists. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

06 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with a budding Canberra music composer Shoeb Ahmad Shourav and samples of his music. Sourav is a new generation Bangladeshi brought up in Canberra with a passion for experimental music. He studied music composition at the University of Wollongong and currently studying computer music at the Australian National University in Canberra. Shourav was invited to perform in different cities of Australia and New Zealand. The musical pieces played in this week's program are: setting the mood for the interview, a classical song 'josna korechhe ari' by Begum Akhter, and electronic - 'drone music' - based on harmonies and tones using a few notes, composed by Shourav. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

13 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'probashir desh bhromon: anondo, bedona aar kanamachhi khela' - highlighting the issues faced by the Canberra Bangladeshis while traveling to Bangladesh and how to address those collectively through the Association. It also provided some useful information for planning the trip, particularly for the newcomers to Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'ujjal ek jhak paira' by Shondha Mukhapadhay, 'shurero ei jhorna' by Shobita Chowdhury, 'ami cholte cholte' by Pintu Bhattacharya, and 'jodi jante chao' by Hemanta Mukhapadhay - all distinguished singers from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

20 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program reminded us of the devastating flood situation in Bangladesh - the suffering of the people and their immediate need for food, shelter and medicine - and the two types of typical responses: the 'humanists' and the 'opportunists' as depicted in an interesting short story - 'fazlul karim shaheber tran karjo' - by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed. The two beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'manush manusher jonno' by distinguished Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika and 'gao gao jiboner gaan' by popular Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

27 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a light-hearted 'onu-natika' - Licence - about a driving lesson in Canberra. The voices were provided by Najmun Nahar Ratna and Lita Talukder and the script was written by Sadequr Rahman. The two songs played in the program 'bajilo kaharo bina' and 'tufan mail' were sung by the Bangladeshi singer Apala Farhad Naved. The program also presented an update about fund-raising activities in Canberra for the flood-affected people in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

03 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented (1) reading of a short story - 'tuition' - by Indian writer Promoth Nath Bishi, (2) a poem - 'jotok-khon tumi krishoker pashe' - by Bangladeshi poet Nirmolendu Gun and recited by Shimul Mostafa, and (3) a collection of songs: 'hemonter kono boshonter bani', 'ojana khoner nuton moner', 'shedin probhate' and 'abar bhalobashar shad ja-ge' by Indian singers Dijen Mukhopadhay and Promita Mollik and Bangladeshi singer Yasmin Mushtari. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

10 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah - a distinguished educationist, writer and linguist of Bangladesh, who devoted his life exploring the history of Bangla language and literature, authored books on the subject and played an important role in the language movement by establishing the reasons why Bangla, instead of Urdu, should be the state language of Pakistan. The four beautiful songs played in the program are: 'eki oporup rupe ma', 'moder gorob moder asha', 'jonmo amar dhonno holo', and 'shona shona shona' by Bangladeshi artists. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

17 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Bangla 'kawali' commemorating the start of the muslim holy month of Ramadan in Canberra, and the story of a five-generation muslim family, as told by Hanifa Deen, describing the history of her Punjabi forefathers during their early settlements in Australia, compiled from the stories of the early muslim settlers - 'Uncommon Lives' - from the National Archives of Australia website: http://uncommonlives.naa.gov.au. The 'kawali' artists are Nilufar Yasmin, A. Dewan and U. Dewan. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

24 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

life - 'mother' - by presenting a collection of articles on the life, affection and sacrifice of our mothers in three parts: (1) 'amader ma' - by Bangladeshi columnist Shumonto Aslam, (2) 'ekjon ma er kahini' - by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, and (3) 'ma ke mone po re' - by a lonely passenger from the Pacific island nation of Samoa at the Sydney International Airport. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are 'o tota pakhi' by Nirmola Misra, 'raga sangeet' by Shanti Sharma, and 'ma, ma go ma' by Manna Dey - all distinguished singers from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented readings of (1) an interesting article on the usage of foreign words in Bangla language, and (2) a short story - 'Coca Cola' - by Dr. Mohammad Zafar Iqbal based on his childhood memories. This week's program featured a promising new generation Bangladeshi singer Sayan Chowdhury, popularly known as Ornob, member of Bangladeshi bands 'Bangla' and 'Prayer Hall'. The three beautiful songs sung by Ornob played in the program are: 'tor jonno', 'tui ki janish na' and 'tui gaan ga'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

08 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) some words on the significance of the Muslim holy month of 'Ramadan', (2) the extraordinary story behind famous British singer Cat Steven's conversion to Islam and becoming Yusuf Islam, and (3) some instructions in the holy 'Quran' on 'halal' and 'haram' food. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'if you ask me who is my God', 'oh, the wise moon rose over us', 'Ramadan' and 'A is for Allah' by Yusuf Islam. The last song 'give thanks to Allah' was sung by celebrity pop singer Michael Jackson. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

15 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated 'Eid-ul-Fitr' in Canberra by presenting: (1) memories of 'Eid' celebration in Bangladesh, (2) the unique way Bangladeshis celebrate the 'Eid' in Canberra, and (3) 'probashi shontaner ma-eder eid' - story of three mothers of expatriates celebrating lonely Eid in Dhaka and Barisal in Bangladesh. The three beautiful 'Rabindra shangeet' played in the program: 'onek kotha bole-chhilem', 'ami keboli shopon' and 'tomaro oshime' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Roquaiya Hasina, and the chorus 'Nazrul geeti' - 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' by Bangladeshi artists. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

22 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated 'Durga Puja' in Canberra by presenting: (1) 'banglar ashiner durga puja' - the tradition of 'Durga Puja' celebration in Bangladesh, (2) 'canberar durga puja' - celebration of 'Durga Puja' in the Florey temple in Canberra, (3) 'durga pujar itihash' - history of 'Durga Puja', and (4) some songs of 'Durga Puja'. The beautiful puja songs and supporting audio were compiled from a collection of CDs from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

29 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the attractions of living in Canberra by some expatriate Bangladeshis residing in the Australian national capital for a long time, and (2) the wedding reception of a Bangladeshi girl brought up in Canberra Shawanah Tasneem and Cheyne Scott from New Castle in New South Wales held at the Canberra Islamic Centre in Canberra. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'shoishob' from Bangladeshi CD 'ekhon ekhanei' by band group 'Taan' and 'amar notun jibon ho-be shu-ru' from a CD of wedding songs from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

05 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) immigration and student visa opportunities for Bangladeshi nationals in Australia under the new government regulations changed in September 2007 by Mr. Amin Rahman (ozmaint@gmail.com), immigration advisor from Melbourne - outlining the skilled migration categories, basic criteria and the point system, and (2) Sydney Beauchamp - a remarkable eighty years old Canberra mouth organ player, and third generation migrant from France, playing 'home, sweet home' since age four. The beautiful mouth organ pieces used in the program were played by Sydney Beauchamp. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a radio magazine - 'desh, manush, mati' - comprising: (1) a poem by Bangladeshi poet Shamsur Rahman 'duh-shopner ek din' and recited by Bangladeshi artist Shimul Mostafa, (2) reading from 'e-le be-le' by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed, and (3) songs by Bangladeshi artists - 'emon manob shomaj ko-be go sri-jon ho-be' by Annu Sheh from a CD by band 'bangla', 'hae re manush rongin fanush' by new generation singer Muhin, and 'amar shara de-ho kheo go ma-ti' by Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

19 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report on the aftermath of cyclone 'Sidr' that devastated the coastal districts of Bangladesh on 15th November 2007 with a death toll that is expected to cross ten thousand lives. It included an eye witness report from Dublar Char written by Enam Ahmed and Zayedul Ahsan published in Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Star, a description of the property lost, present relief situation, relief initiatives in Canberra and what could be done to help the cyclone victims. The songs played in the program in sympathy to the cyclone victims are: 'meghnar ku-le ghar', 'aichho bhobe, jai-te ho-be', 'shotya ball, shu-pothe chol' by renowned Bangladeshi singers Abdul Alim, Mostafa Zaman Abbasi and Farida Parvin, and 'porer jaiga, porer jomin' by popular Indian singer Amor Pal. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented some views of Bangladesh's liberation war by Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Bir Protik, eminent security and strategic analyst and columnist in Bangladesh, at a reception in Canberra on 12 November 2007. He came to Australia as a key note speaker of the 'Civil Military Relationships' international conference organised by the Monash Asia Institute of Monash University in Victoria on 9 November 2007. Major General Ibrahim highlighted the contribution of freedom fighters including Australian late W A S Ouderland, Bir Protik, who fought in the liberation war of Bangladesh. The beautiful songs from the liberation war played in the program: 'purbo digonte shurjo uthechhe', 'hazar bochhor po-re' and 'nongor tolo tolo' were sung by the singers of one of the most popular band of Bangladesh - 'Renaissance'. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

03 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program complimented the rain Canberrans are enjoying now after a long spell of hot and dry weather. It presented: (1) a short story - 'shompadok' - by poet Rabindranath Thakur, and (2) a brief history of short stories in Bangla language, starting from Bongkim Chandra to the present Bangladeshi writers - the trend, modernisation and socio-political influences of the society. The two beautiful songs played in the program 'monero ronge rangabo' and 'phuler mala poriye dile' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

10 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Shanjib Chowdhury - a very talented composer, lyricist, singer and journalist of Bangladesh - who died on 19 November 2007 of brain hemorrhage at a very young age. He was the co-founder of band 'dol chhut' with Bappa Mojumdar that quickly became very popular in the country by presenting some extraordinary songs in album 'ah' and 'hridoypur'. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'nouka bhromon', 'gari cholena', 'chol bubaijan' and 'ami tomakei bole debo' were sung by Shanjib Chowdhury and Bappa Mojumdar from their album 'hridoypur'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

17 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Victory Day of Bangladesh celebrated on the 16th of December. It presented a heart-warming story based on the liberation war written by popular Bangladeshi writer and journalist Anisul Haque. The story - 'baba' - described the feelings of a father after hearing the news of death of his young freedom fighter son at the war. The two beautiful remix songs played in the program are: 'hazar bochhor po-re' and 'bhebonago ma' were sung by Nakib Khan and Pilu in album 'ekattorer renaissance' by popular Bangladeshi band Renaissance. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

24 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Christmas celebration in Canberra by the expatriate Bangladeshis of both Christian and non-Christian faith. The brilliantly compiled program reflecting - heaven, love, friendship and peace - included: (1) the experience of Christmas celebration in Bangladesh and Australia, (2) social celebrations in Canberra with friends from different communities, and (3) recollections of traditional celebration back home. Commemorating the celebration, this week's program presented beautiful songs on Christmas theme in Bangla 'proshanto shei ratri' and 'shono shorgo dutera', Schubert Ave Maria and Christmas carols. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.