Bangla Radio Archive - 2008

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07 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program welcomed the New Year for Australia and Bangladesh, and presented the extra-ordinary achievement stories of three simple personalities - Eemon, Nargis and Horipodo - representing the millions of unsung workers behind the success of Bangladesh’s economic development. It played a beautiful song ‘aami ganer shongei bedhechhi amar pran, praner shonge manusher bhalobasha’ sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin, the first after recovering from her recent illness, and a set of traditional flute compositions by distinguished Bangladeshi artist Gazi Abdul Hakim from his album ‘Forget Me Not’. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

14 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented your horoscopes for the year 2008! Do you want to know what is in store for you in the new year? Then this week's program will interest you. It presented the horoscopes for 2008 for all the twelve zodiac signs calculated by astrologer and numerologist Bhashkor Shobboshachi. It played two beautiful songs: 'boroshar prothom dine, ghono kalo megh dekhe' by Bangladeshi popular singer Sabina Yasmin, and 'dilki doya hoy na' by Indian 'baul' singer Paban Das Baul from his album 'Real Sugar'. This week's program was produced and presented by Jayanta Sarker.

21 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two interviews on the physics and economics of global warming: (1) CSIRO scientist Dr. Roger Gifford, Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Chairman, National Committee for Earth Systems Science, described the evidence of global warming and its consequences including the risks for the Indian subcontinent, and (2) Canberra economist Dr. Helal Ahmed explained the concept of - 'carbon trading' - in controlling the climate change. The beautiful song 'keu jokhon aar nei pashe' played in the program was sung by Punam in her Bangladeshi band group Prayer Hall album 'bujchho?!'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

28 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a micro-drama - 'kortobbo' - to commemorate the 'Australia Day', a national day celebrated every year on the 26th of January across Australia. It reflected the migrants' dilemma between two cultures and gradual adaptation to a new life style. The micro-drama was written and directed by Sadequr Rahman and played by Liza, Rajib and Fazilatunnesa. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ke muthi muthi abeer kanone chhorae' by Bangladeshi singer Iffat Ara Khan and 'je tomae chhare chharuk, ami tomae chharbo na ma' by Indian singer Purba Dam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

04 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the story of Australian aboriginal people: their history, culture and heritage attached to the Australian continent and surrounding islands, and their 'stolen generation', and (2) education and research opportunities in Australia. It presented aboriginal traditional songs and music compiled from audio CDs: Sorry - Goanna, CAAMA Music - Sound of Aboriginal Australia, Rimijmara - Music of the Wandjina People, audio cassettes: Sharing Bush Secrets, and Aborigine Dreamtime, and a recording of the City of Queanbeyan Pipe Band. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [The websites mentioned in the program are: www.australianscholarships.gov.au/education, www.endeavour.dest.gov.au, www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm, and www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm.]

11 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim - physician, teacher, organiser and visionary - of Bangladesh, who dedicated his life in generating awareness of the diabetes in the country and established the country's first Institute and rehabilitation centre for them known as BIRDEM in Dhaka in 1980. His pioneering work for free diabetic and nutritional health service, education and motivation is saving thousands of lives in Bangladesh every year. The beautiful songs presented in the program: 'aami bhalobashi manush-ke', 'chitro-lekha', 'aar phool noy' and 'o, aamar jonogon' was sung by distinguished singer of the Indian sub-continent Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

18 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of - 'bangaleer dhormio shamprodayeekotar itihash o bistar' - viewpoint commemorating this year's international mother language day that will be observed on 21st February. Distinguished scholar of Bangladesh Professor Anisuzzaman, ex-Professor of Bangla Department in Dhaka University, Bangladesh, outlined his view of the evolution, politics and culture of religious communalism in the 'bangla' speaking Indian subcontinent and his vision of a future where people of all faith will have equal importance in the eye of the law, society and nation. The beautiful song complementing the theme 'shonkhaloghu' was sung by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of - 'bangaleer dhormio shamprodayeekotar itihash o bistar' - viewpoint commemorating this year's international mother language day observed on the 21st February. Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, distinguished Professor of Indian History at the University of Chicago in Illinois, USA, described the Hindu-Muslim relationship in Bengal from the British rule to the sub-division of the continent into India and Pakistan from a historical perspective. The beautiful Nazrul song 'ontorey tumi achho chirodeen o-go ontorojamee' was sung by celebrity Indian singer Anup Ghoshal. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

03 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'the National Apology' - to the Australia's aboriginal people and their Stolen Generations at the Parliament House in Canberra on 13 February 2008 - "to remove a great stain from the nation's soul and in the true spirit of reconciliation to open a new chapter in the history of this great land Australia.'' This week's program was presented in two parts: (1) The story of the stolen generation narrated by Bob Randall from the documentary film 'Kanyini' directed by Melanie Hoggan, and (2) parts of the audio recording of the sorry speeches of Prime Minster Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented (1) celebration of Canberra's 95th birthday on 10th March 2008 - with a brief history of establishing the capital in present location, and (2) reading of an article written by Shaoal Khan on the equal rights of Bangladeshi women - commemorating the International Women's Day on 8 March 2008. This week's program played three beautiful songs by Bangladeshi singers: 'keno bhalobasha hariye jay' by Shubir Nandi, 'e-kaler hit gaan' by Milon Mahmud, and 'je amay mondo bole' by Jatra. The Australian aboriginal music played in the program was taken from audio cassette 'Aboriginal Dreamtimes' by Music World. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

17 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interesting 'onu-natika' - "Discipline" - about sharing accommodation in Canberra. The voices were provided by Rajeeb and Raquib and the script was written by Sadequr Rahman. The program also mentioned the Canberra activities to commemorate the coming 'Shadhinota Dibosh': Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's soccer match and a film festival - 'itihash kotha koy' - organised by the Bir Protik Ouderland Memorial Committee in Canberra. The beautiful song played in the program 'prem kata e boo-ke' was sung by Bangladeshi singers Babul Shupriyo and Priya. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sanjeeda.

24 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 37th Independence Day of Bangladesh to be observed on 26th March by: (1) paying tribute to late Australian - Bir Protik William A. S. Ouderland - the only foreigner who took an active part in Bangladesh's liberation war and was honored with the gallantry award 'Bir Protik' by the Bangladesh Government, (2) interview with convener Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan on the history and purpose of the Bir Protik Ouderland Memorial Committee, and Mr. Muhith Masih webmaster of the committee's website (http://banglaweb.com/ouderland/), and (3) memories of the liberation war by Canberra residents: Dr. Rezaul Haque, Dr. Abed Chaudhury, Mr. Anamul Haque Bhuiya, Mr. Zillur Rahman, Mr. Habibur Rahman and Mr. Aminur Rashid. The beautiful songs played in the program 'purbo digonte shurjo uthechhe' and 'joy bangla, banglar joy' were played from album 'ekattorer renaissance'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

31 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented four extraordinary stories surrounding - 'motherhood' - from Netrokona, Medinipur, Mumbai and Jaipur - that question the value of 'mother' in a materialistic world driven by science and economics. Is the natural bondage between mother and child gradually wearing out? Why? The beautiful songs played in the program 'chokher aloy dekhe-chhilem', 'poth hara pakhi' and 'tomari tore ma shopinu e deho' were sung by Bangladeshi artist Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya, Indian artist Indrani Sen and Bangladeshi artist Fahmida Khatun respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of informative stories and songs. The stories are: (1) the role of the government in preserving the history and heritage of Bangladesh - excavation of a Pal dynasty temple in Bogra, Bangladesh, (2) an orphanage in Pan Chhori, in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh run privately by the local people, (3) unemployed tea plantation workers in Madhavpur Upazila tea garden in Sylhet, Bangladesh, changing traditional profession, and (4) some amazing facts. The songs are: 'duti pakhi duti ni re' and 'jete jete ekla pothe' by distinguished Indian singers Anup Ghoshal and Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

14 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the celebration of Bangla New Year by the expatriate Bangladeshi Chakma community in Australia. It highlighted the Chakma - 'biju' - festival celebrated during the mainstream Bangla 'shonkranti' and 'nobo borsho' merriment - a rich tradition also shared across the subcontinent and beyond in the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia. This week's program was jointly compiled by the Bangladeshi Chakma expatriates living in Adelaide and Melbourne. The participants were: Trimita Chakma, Kabita Chakma and P.K. Taposh. The beautiful Chakma songs were sung by Magnolia Khisa - 'biju tui', Sourav Chakma - 'aiccha rangamaittya', Dripta Dewan Bappi - 'juni' written and composed by Raja Devasish Roy, and finally 'dogina boyer' a song composed and sung by distinguished Chakma cultural personality Kumar Shomit Roy - uncle of Raja Devasish Roy and brother of Tridib Roy - who died a week ago on 6th April 2008. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

21 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Dr. Mohammed Mainuddin Milon, water resources expert with the CSIRO in Canberra, and (2) information on Association's recent function 'surjodoy' and upcoming festival 'banshory' to celebrate the Bangla new year on 26 April 2008. Bangladeshi expatriate now residing in Canberra, Dr. Milon is currently involved with the CSIRO Water for Healthy Country project. He talked about the Bangladesh's water issues - both surface and ground water, irrigation system and the effect of climate on water resources in the future. The beautiful remixed song 'poddar dhaew-re, mor shunno ridoy poddo, ja niye-ja' was sung by Bangladeshi popular singer Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

28 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) report on the Association’s Bangla New Year celebration – ‘Banshori’ – held in Canberra on 26 April 2008, and (2) description of the inaugural train rides between Dhaka and Kolkata through the eyes and heart of two distinguished writers of the subcontinent: Imdadul Haque Milon and Shirshendu Mukhopadhay. The direct train service – ‘Moitri Express’ – between Bangladesh and India that reopened after 43 years on the first day of Bangla New Year on 14 April 2008, bridged the two Bengals, its people and their lost memories. The song played in the program 'anondo lokey' was sung by the singers of Canberra musical group ‘Spondon’ at the ‘Banshori’ function, and 'purano shei diner kotha' by the legendary Indian singer Hemanta Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

05 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented readings of articles from Bangladesh newspapers: (1) Bangladesh's proposal to construct a joint petroleum reservoir in the region at the coming SAARC Regional Energy Trade Conference in the Maldives, (2) archaeological remains of Kanak Raja's palace in Sharsha Upazila of Jessore, Bangladesh, and (3) historical remains of Sheikh Farid's 'Dorgah' in Meherpur, Bangladesh. This week's program presented a collection of Nazrul songs: 'bhuli kemone, ajo je mone' by famous Indian singer Angur Bala recorded in 1928, 'hrid padme choron rakho' by popular Indian singer Anup Jhalota, and 'keno ashile, bhalo bashile, dilena dhora jibone jodi' by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Nilufar Yeasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

12 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the role of Bangladesh Army in the United Nation peace keeping missions around the globe. First, it presented a brief history of the development of modern army in the subcontinent - from the early 1700 to the East Bengal Regiment in 1948 - their role in Bangladesh's liberation war, and after that an interview with Ahmed Imran, an officer of the Bangladesh Army now completing his Ph.D. in Canberra, talked about the reasons behind the success of Bangladesh Army in the UN peace keeping missions from his own experience. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'aar noy judho' a chorus of the Bangladesh Army peace keeping mission, 'nongor tolo tolo' a chorus, and 'amay jodi prosno korey' by Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

19 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) a brief history of - 'dance' - the role it played in human life and societies, how it evolved as a medium of communication with the divine powers, to control the nature, as offering to different gods in our ancient civilizations, e.g. the sculptures of Harappa Mohenjodaro depicting various dance forms, and (2) a brief report on the International Dance Day celebration in Bangladesh, recently organised by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Nritto Shilpi Shangstha that was participated by thirteen dance troupes from different parts of the country. The popular dance playback songs played in the program are: 'aaji bahal koria, bajan go dotara', 'aaji dhaner khete roudro chha-aye' and 'aami jar nupurer chhondo' were taken from a Bangladeshi dance CD. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

26 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) details of Association’s upcoming functions: Bangladesh Night – Annual Fund Raising Dinner, ‘Bondhon – shompritir bondhon ar shiter pitha poolir mela’, and Association's Annual General Meeting, (2) letter from Bangladesh – sent by Bangla Radio presenter Murshed Haider Anjohn, and (3) ‘Canberra probashir May mash’ - Canberra life in the month of May covering this year’s Mother’s Day. The beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘bakshe bakshe bondi baksho’, ‘akash bhora shurjo tara’ and ‘ma’ by popular Bangladeshi singers: Ornob, Sadi Mohammad and James respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

02 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) Canberra news - conclusion of the month-long screening of films based on Bangladesh's liberation war organised by the Ouderland Memorial Committee, (2) story of - 'mango' - popularly known as the ‘king of fruits’ - its origin, spread, health benefits and the reasons it is called the 'storage of vitamins', (3) poetry recitation by celebrity Indian actor Shoumitra Chottopadhay, and (4) remembering Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, Bangladesh's distinguished journalist and founder editor of Bangladesh daily 'Ittefaq', on his 39th death anniversary. The beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘shiuli fota phurolo’ by Indian singer Roma Mondol, ‘shishir bheja ratri ekhon’ by Bangladeshi singer Azam Khan, and a classical composition from CD 'Project Tananana' by legendary Indian music composer Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

09 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Mohammad Kaykobad, who has recently visited Canberra as a Research Fellow to the Australian National University. He is currently a professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and a visiting professor at the North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Kaykobad is one of many leading specialists in Information Technology in the country. He authored a number of books on recreational mathematics and along with Muhammed Zafar Iqbal started the national - 'Mathematics Olympiad' - a much acclaimed endeavour that is gaining popularity in the country. In his interview with Sadequr Rahman, Dr. Kaykobad discussed the current issues surrounding the IT profession and industry in Bangladesh - its history and future. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

16 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) personal tribute to Dr. Selim Al Deen, a pioneer of theatre movement in Bangladesh, a scholar, an organiser and a professor of Drama and Dramatics at the Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh - undisputedly regarded as the leader of the neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh who developed a 'new drama form' based on the narratives of traditional indigenous theatre, and (2) remembering - 'father' - on this year's Father's Day. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bangla bhashae kotha boli' and 'shokatore oi' were sung by Bangladeshi folk singer Kangalini Sufia and Indian singer Moushumi Karmakar respectively. The Jibonanondo Das poem used in the program was recited by Bangladeshi actress Shuborna Mustafa. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informative discussion on the issues surrounding the proposed Phulbari Coal Mine in northern Bangladesh. The project would divert a river, suck an aquifer dry for 30 years and evict thousands of people from their homes. Environmental and social concerns are now creating overwhelming opposition to the project within Bangladesh. This week's program reviewed these concerns by two experts: (1) Prof Anu Muhammad, Professor of Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a civil society campaigner against the Phulbari mine, and (2) Canberra resident Bangladeshi expatriate Dr. Ruhul Amin Sarker, distinguished operations researcher and teacher specialising in coal mining, production and marketing at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. The beautiful song 'ami banglae gaan gai' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman. [Note: Views expressed in the program are those of the invited speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bangla Radio Canberra. The websites mentioned in the program are: http://phulbariresistance.blogspot.com and http://www.aidwatch.org.au]

30 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the life and achievement of two great scientists of the Indian subcontinent: (1) Dr. Mohammad Qudrat-i-Khuda - a scientist and educationist specialising in organic chemistry, inventor of jute by products, popular science writer who took an active part in Bangladesh's liberation war, and (2) Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose - a physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, and science fiction writer who is considered the father of radio science, made extremely significant contributions to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science in the region. The beautiful song 'tomae notun kore pabo boley', 'rup shagore doob diyechhi' and 'ebar amae dakley durey' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

07 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the beginning of tenth year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. It presented: (1) brief note on the contribution of Bangla Radio Canberra presenters and their achievements, (2) introduction to the Bangladeshi community in Canberra - its characteristics and dedication to preserve the Bangla language, heritage and culture in future generations, and (3) 'shopno puroner montro' - keys to achieve our dreams - from two extraordinary stories from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Birbhum, West Bengal, India. The beautiful songs played in the program 'tumi je akash bhorey' and 'nodir majhi boley' were sung by Sydney resident Bangladeshi singer Amia Matin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

14 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the story of Abu Zar Gifary (ra) - favourite 'sahaba' of Prophet Mohammad (ra) who transformed from a daring bandit into a devout muslim - the startling story behind his transformation, and (2) 'Dorshona' - a beautiful tourist spot in Chuadanga, Bangladesh and once a busy railway junction between Dhaka and Assam - its history, heritage and natural beauties. The songs played in the program 'hoy jodi bodnam hok aro', 'monero ronge rangabo', 'ogo mor modhumita', and 'oi shur bhora dur nilimae' were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Zafar Iqbal, Sabina Yasmin, Mahmudun Nabi, Sadi Mohammad and Fatematuj Zohra. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

21 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented audio recording of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's - 'bondhon' - function held in Canberra on 19 July 2008. It was organised to meet and greet the newcomers to Canberra. The highlights of the evening were: a traditional dinner, 'bhorta' and 'pitha' competition, presentations from Bangla School and Canberra musical group 'Spondon', and a full length Bangla movie. This week’s program presented recording of the speeches by the Association's current President Dr. Iqbal Zahid and Bangla School's principal Mr. Zillur Rahman, and part of the cultural presentaion by the students of Bangla School. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

28 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) report of the AGM of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra held on 27 July, (2) upcoming Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) Australia seminar in Canberra on 2nd August to commemorate its tenth anniversary - interview with BEN Australia Convenor Mr. Kamrul Ahsan, (3) upcoming CD launch function in Canberra on 9th August - 'ei lovino shongo tobo' - by Canberra Rabindra Shangeet singer and Bangla Radio presenter Ms. Sakiba Rahman, and (4) upcoming seminar and exhibition - 'Architectural Excellence in Bangladesh' - in Sydney on 12th August by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (www.baa-arch.org) - interview with one of the Convenor, Canberra Architect Farhadur Reza, highlighting the need for promotion of Bangladeshi Architects and their recognition in the immigration process. The beautiful songs presented in the program 'ei shundor phool, shundor phol' and 'esho, esho amar ghorey esho' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Rashida Khan Banu and Mita Haque. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

04 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with immigration advisor Mr. Amin Rahman (ozmaint@gmail.com) on - 'sponsorship' - opportunities currently available to bring relatives to Australia. He explained the different categories of sponsorship, the processes and the family members and relatives people can sponsor - various incentives from the Australian government to fill the skill shortage that opened opportunities for distant relatives as well - for both permanent and temporary visas (www.immi.gov.au). The beautiful songs played in the program 'amar notun ga-ner jonmotithi elo' and 'baba amar london chhilo, golpo shunechhi' were sung by talented Indian singer Soumyen Adhikari. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of an article and beautiful songs surrounding - 'friendship' - to mark the Friendship Day observed last week in Bangladesh and around the world. It highlighted the qualities of good friendship and life with friends by reading an intimate article on friendship written by renowned Bangladeshi poet Nirmolendu Gun. The friendship songs played in the program 'bondhu tomar', 'tomader majhe', 'jae din jae ekaki' and 'tumi amar ghum' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Krishnokoli, James, Tutul and Shoinik. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn - from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

18 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report of the community events held in Canberra in the last fortnight and an interview from Bangla Radio archive. The events covered are: (1) Conference on Bangladesh environment issues held in Bangladesh High Commission to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Bangladesh Environment Network, and (2) launch of the audio CD ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’ with a collection of Tagore songs sung by Bangla Radio presenter Sakiba Rahman. The interview from archive is with Bangladeshi student artist Shahabuddin while he was studying at the Canberra School of Art, interviewed by Fowzul Azim. The beautiful songs: ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’, ‘ananda dhara’, ‘moha bish-shey’ and ‘o-amar desher mati’ were sung by Canberra artist Sakiba Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recollection of memories of distinguished Indian writer Sunil Gangopadhyay's visit to Canberra a few years ago (2) a piece of classical music, and (3) two beautiful songs. It played part of an audio recording of the reception of Sunil Gangopadhyay, regarded as one of the most prolific and effervescent writers of modern Bengali literature, where he recollected his roots in Bangladesh, shared his feelings and recited his poems. The instrumental classical music played in the program was composed and presented by renowned Indian composer Ravi Shanker. The beautiful songs, 'bhalobeshe shokhi nivrite jotone' and 'shokhi badholo badho jhulonia' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Kaderi Kibria and Yasmin Mustari respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

01 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program (1) welcomed Canberra spring, and (2) paid personal tribute to Abdullah Al Mamun - distinguished playwright, actor, director and filmmaker of Bangladesh, who died on 21 August 2008. It presented part of audio recording of the famous play - 'payer awaj paoa jae' - based on Bangladesh's liberation war written by Syed Shamsul Haque and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'phooley phooley dholey dholey', 'o-re nil doria', and 'aha aji e-boshonte' sung by Bangladeshi singers Shahana and Abdul Jabbar, and Indian singer Indrani Sen respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the role of Bangladeshi expatriate women in helping and empowering themselves, sharing knowledge and organising community outreach activities. It presented a telephone interview with Shahnaz Yousuf from New York, describing the activities of their organisation - 'adhunika' - in promoting equality, health and right of women in their expatriate life. Shahnaz is custodian of the website/blog: www.adhunika.org. The beautiful songs played in the program 'amar kichhu kotha chhilo tomae bolar, kebol tomae' and 'tor-i jonno shorirer bhare ami noto' were sung by popular Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D’Costa.

15 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interesting columns by Ahsan Habib, Editor of popular Bangladeshi cartoon magazine - 'Unmad' - and the traditional 'iftar' market in old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The columns are: (1) 'halimer recipe', and (2) 'unmadonar itihash' - describing the history of 'Unmad' - the people behind its publication and its lifecycle in different generations. The report on traditional 'chawk bazarer iftari' described the heritage 'iftar' items - like 'boro baper polae khae', 'shuti kabab', 'doi bora' - that are after many generations still attracting people from all over Dhaka. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'akasher nile, hridoyer tu-lite' by Bangladeshi band Ark and 'bhabteyee paro' by Bangladeshi band Prayer Hall. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn - from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

22 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented (1) introduction to Canberra Bangla Bhasha o Shonskriti School - its objective and interview with some students, and (2) short story 'asha na mitilo' by a young Bangladeshi writer Noor-e-Janna Jhorna. The Bangla School, run by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra for over 25 years, sits every Sunday morning in Canberra College campus in Phillip. Admission is open anytime of the year - details at www.canberrabashi.org.au/BanglaSchool. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bengoma ar bengomir', 'ei akash, ei batash', 'reshmi churir shin-jhi-ni-te' and 'je deshta porechhilo' were sung by Shudeb Dey, Jyoti Mukherjee and Shakib A. Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

29 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) preparation for Eid ul Fitr and Durga Puja celebrations in Canberra next week, and (2) three extraordinary stories from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Shiliguri, West Bengal, India surrounding Eid and Puja celebrations - the realities of the festival to the children living in the fringe of our society - their expectation and happiness. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' and 'durga puja shoktir puja' were sung by distinguished Indian singers Shotinath Mukhopadhaya and Bhakta Das Baul. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) Eid ul Fitr celebration experience of two newly arrived couples to Canberra: Priscilla/Tofazzel and Lovely/Sajed, and (2) Canberra Durga puja celebration at the Florey temple by Shourav Acharya - covering interviews with the Bangladeshi Hindu community's puja celebration committee members and guests: Ashish Dey, Debesh Howlader, Anamika Biswas, Nipa and Tapan Kundu. The two beautiful Nazrulgeeti played in the program: 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' and 'khoda ei goriber' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Rashida Khan Banu and Ferdous Ara. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

13 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) personal observations of Eid and Durga puja in Canberra and Sydney, and recollection of Durga Puja in Kolkata, (2) how to keep our - 'brain' - active for high performance through physical exercise and good night's sleep, and (3) personal childhood memories of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, BAFA in old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The three beautiful Nazrulgeeti: 'kotha chhilo aaj raate', 'holud gandar phool' and 'amar e bhalobasha' played in the program were sung by distinguished Indian singers Anup Ghoshal and Shondha Mukhopadhaya. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

20 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) two 'rosh+alo koutuk', and (2) personal tribute to promising young photographer of Bangladesh Shubroto Ripon, who died recently at a very young age, by Mostafa Sarwar Farooki. Shubroto will be remembered for his creative work and contribution in very popular TV serials like 'ekannoborti', 69, and 'kerom'. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ami aaj bikiye debo', 'diye chhile chad' and 'prithibir ei khelaghorey, keu ashe keu jay' by new generation Bangladeshi singers Pritom, Shumon, Anila and T.W. Shoinik. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

27 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of two expatriate Bangladeshis - portraying their life, experience and sacrifice: (1) 'morubashi' by Raju from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and (2) 'aat bochhor porey' by Tuku from Houston, USA, published in a collection of stories in Bangladeshi magazine Jai Jai Din in 2005. The two beautiful songs played in the program: 'phooley phooley dholey dholey' and 'ogo-ma tui dekheja, nijer duti chokhe' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Shahana and Indian singer Soumyen Adhikari respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

03 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the great ruler Tipu Sultan, his contribution and the diary of his dreams by Dr. Kate Brittlebank, lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Australia and specialist in Indian history with a focus on the eighteenth century, in particular Tipu Sultan and the kingdom of Mysore, and (2) announcement of two upcoming events in Canberra: inauguration of a new website www.crickettomorrow.com on 8 November, and invitation to a traditional 'mezban' dinner on 22 November organised by the Chattalabashi living in Canberra. The beautiful Kannada song played in the program was sung by Indian singer Jishnu Das. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

10 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interesting 'game' involving you, your friends, Tipu Sultan and Barack Obama!! It is based on the theory of - 'six degrees of separation' - first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy and recently tested by Duncan Watts, a professor at the Columbia University in USA. The theory proposes that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'amare rekhechho shonar shopone dhaki', 'jodi aponar mo-ne' and 'jodi bhul bhenge jaye' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Apala Farhad Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

17 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) - 'bongo bondhu' and father of the nation of Bangladesh - his biography and political career from the then East Pakistan to Bangladesh: different aspects of his life, leadership and building a nation. A very informative presentation from a historical perspective compiled by the presenter who observed the great leader during his career as a senior diplomat. This week's program presented part one of a two part presentation. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'salam salam hazar salam' and 'tumi ki dekhechho kobhu' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Abdul Jabbar. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

24 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program took the listeners to the - 'mezbaan' - function held in Canberra on 22nd November 2008. It was organised by the Canberra residents originating from the Chittagong region of Bangladesh. The open-to-all function included the traditional 'mezbaan', meaning community feast, and a beautiful cultural program consisting of popular 'chatgaiya' songs, skits and a slide show of the region and heritage. This week's program presented live recordings of the cultural function performed by the local artists and feedback from some of the guests at the function delighted by the 'mezbaan' hospitality. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of Australian life and country in three parts. First, two recent stories about the flying foxes in southern Queensland and a five year old boy's lesson of life from his father in Northern Territory, second, four popular Australian jokes, and finally, description of a memorable bus trip by a mother with her seven children from Canberra to Narooma. The beautiful Australian country songs played in the program were sung by popular Australian country singers John Williamson, The Sunny Cowgirls, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand and Steve Forde. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) short story - 'chunoputi' - written by renowned Indian writer Bonoful, (2) the 'Haj' pilgrimage - history, purpose and significance of this very important yearly religious event to Muslims and how it is being performed this year in Saudi Arabia, and (3) celebration of 'Eid ul Adha' in Canberra on 8 December. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'brishti ona-shrishti, shir shir korey mon', 'tomar mukher tulona je hridoy khujechhe' and 'gun gun mon bhromora koichhe ki-je shon na tora' were sung by popular Indian singers Lata Mungeshkar, Kumar Shanu and Asha Bhoshley. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

15 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented final part of the tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) - 'bongo bondhu' and father of the nation of Bangladesh: his biography and political career from the then East Pakistan to Bangladesh: different aspects of his life, leadership and building a nation. A very informative presentation from a historical perspective compiled by the presenter who observed the great leader during his career as a senior diplomat. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'shono ekti mujiborer theke lokhkho mujiborer kontho shorer dhoni' and 'amra shobai bangali' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

22 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program took the listeners to the - 'Bijoy Dibosh' - function held in Canberra on 20th December 2008. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra to commemorate the Victory Day of Bangladesh observed on 16th December. Special guests of the function were visiting Justice of Bangladesh Mr. Joynal Abedin and His Excellency High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury. The beautifully composed cultural program presented the history of Bijoy Dibosh by the children, media video clips, songs of Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and a play based on the liberation war 'borno-chora' written by Momtazuddin Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

29 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs and narrations from the holy Bible on the occasion of Christmas in Canberra. Compiled by the Bangladeshis of Christian faith in Canberra it presented the history of the birth of Jesus Christ. The songs played in the program are: 'shono shono tomader mukti laagi', 'poth hara pothikera', 'aaj holo shei borodin', 'jago jago jerujalem jago' and 'shorger shiri beye tumi eshechhiley' were sung by the artists of Banideepti, a regional organisation in Bangladesh for Radio Veritas Asia. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.