Bangla Radio Archive - 2009

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05 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program welcomed the new year with dreams and wishes for everyone, the country of our residence and our motherland Bangladesh. It presented: (1) a poem - 'maar kachhe phera' - by Bangladeshi poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, and (2) a tribute to mother - 'mukh' - written by Ehsan Ullah. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bangladesh', 'adhare jochhona' and 'tui ki janishna' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Ayub Bachchu, Bappa Mojumdar and Ornob respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

12 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented issues of continuing our Bangla heritage in expatriate life: (1) reflection and comparison of life and values of first and second generation Bangladeshis living in Australia - 'borodiner jama' - written by popular Sydney playwright, actor and director John Martin, and (2) interview of some newly arrived students and migrants to Canberra describing their feelings and obligations in a new country and life. The beautiful song played in the program 'banglar mati banglar jol' was sung by Indian singers Concord Trio: Madhusree, Madhurita and Amrita. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson who teaches Bangla at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In it, she recounts her introduction to Bangla, her fascination with Bangla grammar and language and her experience of living in Bangladesh and the relationships she formed there. The program also reflected on the contributions to the Canberra community by Mr. K. K. Haque who is currently not well. The two beautiful songs played on the program ‘amar chockher joler majhe’ and ‘akash meghe dhaka’ were sung by popular Indian singer Chitra Singh and selected by Dr. Thompson. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with two prominent singers of Bangladesh - mother and daughter - Suraiya Zaman and Sakiba Rahman Mitul. Suraiya Zaman, senior radio artist of Bangladesh, now visiting Canberra, recollected her childhood memories of music lessons in India and Bangladesh. Sakiba Rahman, popular singer of Sydney and Canberra, described her devotion for Rabindra sangeet and how she is practicing it in expatriate life. The two beautiful songs played in the program, 'ochenake bhoy ki amar o-re' and 'gram chhara oi ranga matir poth' were sung by Suraiya Zaman and Sakiba Rahman respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

02 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the celebration of 'Shoroshoti Puja' at the Florey Temple in Canberra. The event was organised by the Bangladesh Puja Celebration committee. It presented a brief history of the 'Shoroshoti Puja', live recordings of the puja with interviews with the organisers, childhood memories of the celebration, and the recipe of the very popular 'pujar ranna' - 'niramish' and 'chholar daal'. The beautiful bhajans played in the program: 'baje monjulo monjiro', 'shongsharey keu karo noy' and 'koirey amar gopal krishno' were sung by Nilufer Yasmin and Sreya. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

09 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program welcomed the month of February, which has such deep association with the language movement in erstwhile East Pakistan. Mona, a little girl growing up in Canberra, selected most of the songs played in this week's program. She thinks her love of Bangla music is due to listening to Bangla songs with her parents. The songs selected were sung by Bangladeshi singers Habib Waheed, Krishnakoli and Dina. The poetry recital was by Kazi Arif. This week's program was presented by Urmi Rahman and produced by Shahadat Manik.

16 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with two distinguished Australians: (1) Mr. Fred Hyde, recipient of the 'Order of Australia' award, who helped build thirty-seven schools in Char Fashion, Bhola in Bangladesh, and (2) Mr. Chowdhury Sadaruddin, Bangladeshi expatriate and resident of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, recipient of the 'Local Hero of the Year 2009' award. The beautiful song played in the program 'aaj tomar mon kharap' titled 'pori' was sung by new generation Bangladeshi composer and singer Bappa Mojumdar. The website mentioned in the program is www.fredhyde.org. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy.

23 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 'Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh' that was also observed as the International Mother Language Day throughout the world on 21st February. It presented: (1) brief history of the establishment of Shaheed Minar (the martyr's monument) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2) recitation of a poem 'amader maa' by Bangladeshi poet Humayun Azad, and (3) collection of songs dedicated to the language martyrs of 1952. The choruses played in the program are: 'salam salam hazar salam', 'o-amar desher mati', 'shona shona shona' from Bangladeshi album 'salam salam hazar salam' and songs 'hoyna' by Bangladeshi band group Shironamheen and 'ami banglar gaan gai' by Indian singer Protul Bondopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

02 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: 'ekjon probashir chokhey 2009 shaler february mash' - 'the Month of February in 2009 in the Eye of an Expatriate' covering: (1) this year's observance of Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day in Dhaka and around the world, and (2) tribute to the officers of Bangladesh Army and civilians died last week in the mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The chorus and songs played in the program: 'amar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey february', 'salam, barkat, rafique, jabbar', and 'ghumer deshe' were sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the Army officers and civilians killed during the mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the progress of official investigations, (2) 'war crime' - its definition and trials in history, and (3) 'war crime' during the liberation war of Bangladesh - chronological events highlighting the judicial, political and administrative attempts for the trial of war criminals. The songs played in the program: 'ektara tui desher kotha', 'ekbar jete de-na' and 'amae jodi prosno korey' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

16 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'kancha roud' - written by Indian writer Protiva Boshu. It depicted the love between two college students formed over telephone without seeing each other. The roles were played by Indian artists Partho Ghosh and Gouri Ghosh. Background music was composed by Amor Laha. It was played from a CD titled 'prem' published by Music Master. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented part one of the coverage of - 'Omor Ekushe Grontho Mela - 2009' - national annual book fair commemorating the language martyrs of Bangladesh held last month at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It presented interviews with publishers, writers, guests and visitors to the book fair. People interviewed in this part are: Md. Hasibul Alam (Radio Furti), Ruhan (Radio Today), Joyeeta Roy (Deutsche Welle), Monirul Islam (www.banglaculture.com), Shapan Kumar Howlader (Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Smriti Jadughar), Muhit Kamal (writer), stall representative (Bidya Prokash), Emdadul Haque Milon (writer), Rubaba Nazneen (visitor) and Sultana Kamal (visitor). The pan flute music used in the program was played by local artist and flute vendor Md. Lal Mia. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) observance of Independence Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and (2) part two of the coverage of - 'Omor Ekushe Grontho Mela - 2009' - national annual book fair commemorating the language martys of Bangladesh held last month at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It presented interviews with publishers, writers, guests and visitors to the book fair. People interviewed in this part are: Osman Gani (Agami Prokashoni), Orpon Maitra (Reporter, NTV), Ornik (face painting artist) and Ramendu Majumdar (cultural personality and recipient of 'Ekushey Podok' 2009). The beautiful songs played in the program 'ekti bangladesh' and 'bangladesh 95' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sabina Yasmin and Maqsood respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

06 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) observance of 'Earth Hour 2009' in Canberra on 28th March and its background from interviews with Jennifer McMillin - Environment Officer, Australian National University (ANU), Preeti Rahman - Post-graduate student of ANU and Canberra Economist Jyoti Rahman, and (2) current Canberra event 'Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 09' - adventures in time and space to celebrate our region's special qualities, stories and traditions, 4-19 April 2009. The theme music 'Earth Hour Anthem' played in the program was presented by Rise and Shine Show. This week's program was presented and produced by Obaidul Haque assisted by Bushra Chowdhury.

13 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Canberra resident Jyoti Rahman highlighting the role and contribution of expatriate Bangladeshis towards making the recent Bangladesh elections more transparent and fair. He first introduced the 'Drishtipat Writers Collective' - a forum of expatriate writers belonging to ‘Drishtipat’ - a non-profit, expatriate Bangladeshi organisation that works on human rights in Bangladesh, and then narrated his and the forum's contribution in Bangladesh election 2008. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'jao pakhi bolo ta-rey' and 'hot-hath ekta roud hoey jao' were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Kazi Krishnokoli Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

20 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an intimate coverage of the wedding reception of Shoeb Ishtiaq Ahmad (Shaurov) and his bride Kate Saraswati held in Canberra recently. Shaurov, the only child of Bangla Radio presenter Shireen Momtaz (Ahmad), was brought up in Canberra. Kate, daughter of Poornita Saraswati and Edna Hengst, was born and brought up in Canberra. Bangla Radio presenter Dalia Nilufar spoke with both the bride and groom side guests to capture their feeling and spirit of the occasion - blended by the cultural mix and difference of the two generations. The beautiful duet played in the program 'tumi eley boshonto ashey boney' was sung by Indian singers Srikanta Acharya and Shadhana Sargam. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful 'geeti-natya' (lyric) - 'Rakhal Chandra Matal' - describing the life of simple Rakhal, a resident of West Bengal, India. It narrated the society he lived in and his place in that society. A society that he dreamed one day will treat everyone equal. The author of the 'geeti-natya' is Indian writer Shibnath Bondopadhaya. Story concept, lyrics and performance by popular Indian actor and singer Kishore Kumar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, to be celebrated on 8th May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. It presented different aspects of Lord Buddha's teaching and the path to reach the ultimate Nirvana. The Tagore songs played in the program are in remembrance of Poet Rabindranath Tagore - his birth anniversary coincides with the same day. The songs played are: 'bhengechho duar, eshechho jotirmoy', 'arup tomar bani', 'amar je shob dite hobey' and 'borisho dhora majhey shantir bani' were sung by Indian singers: Mohan Singh, Prasun Mukhopadhay, Kanika Bandopadhay and Bangladeshi singer Apala Naved respectively. The speakers were: Shampa Barua, Saurav Acharya, Shanta Barua, Robin Gooda and KP Barua. This week's program was produced by Shampa Barua and presented by Shampa Barua with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

11 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mark Bidwell, an Australian who established one orphanage in Khulna, Bangladesh in 2001 and since then tirelessly raising funds to keep it running. Mr. Bidwell on a trip to the subcontinent fell in love with the country, the language and its people. He has only one advice for the Bangladeshi expatriates worldwide: if you care for your motherland and want to help, 'just do it' - even one dollar can make the difference, and (2) 'amar ma ke monay poray' - remembering mother on this year's 'Mother's Day'. The beautiful song 'teen pagoley holo pala, no-dey eshey' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Farida Parveen. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

18 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the life and contribution of Mr. Khandkar Kadrul Haque to the Canberra's expatriate communities from the Indian subcontinent who died on 12th May 2009. He will be remembered for his twenty-four years of social service to the Canberra ethnic communities, his role in multiculturism and assistance in the establishment of Canberra Islamic Centre, and (2) 'rakhal theke orthonitibid' - story of Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank, describing how a poor farmer's son struggled in life to become one of the country's most successful economists, from an article written by Rajib Ahmed. The beautiful song played in the program 'shoghono gohon ratree' was sung by famous Indian singer Kishore Kumar and the violin recital used in the program was played by Indian artist Dilip Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

25 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in an Australian context by presenting an 'onu-natika' - 'betha' - or the pain. It reflected the same love Nazrul felt for the minorities of the society, realised their pain and defended their rights fearlessly. The story is based on the experience of one such group - the Aboriginal stolen generation - representing a generation of aboriginal children taken away from their families to be raised in western religion and culture. The beautiful play was written by Sadequr Rahman and acted by Shejoti Amin, Ayelita Talukder, Mir Hashmat Ali and Lubna Alam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman. [Story of Australian aboriginal people and their stolen generation was covered in Bangla Radio program on 4 February 2008, and national apology to the stolen generation was covered on 3 March 2008 - see Bangla Radio Archive 2008]

01 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bulbul Chowdhury, pioneer of modern dance in Bangladesh and founder of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts in Dhaka, on his death anniversary on 17 May. A prominent dancer of the Indian subcontinent, Bulbul wrote and choreographed over eighty dance dramas based on myths, legends, folk tales and history. He was also equally interested in music, painting, poetry and writing. Bulbul Chowdhury was announced the National Dancer of Pakistan in 1949. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'momo chit-te, nriti nrit-te', 'badar badar', and 'shukno patar nupur pa-ey' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sadi Mohammad, Amina Ahmed and Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

08 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 110th birth anniversary that was observed on 25th May 2009. He is also equally acclaimed in India. Away from their motherland Bengali expatriates have limited opportunity to know and teach their children about the life and achievement of famous Bengali poets like Kazi Nazrul Islam. This week's program presented a complete life story of Nazrul - describing his childhood, struggle in youth, rebellion against orthodoxy and oppression, nationalist activities and contribution in Bangla literature. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'mora ar jonomey hongsho mithun chhilam' was sung by Bangladesh's celebrity Nazrulgeeti singer Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

15 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'shat taka baro ana' - written by Indian writer Shanjeeb Chottopadhaya. It portrayed the 'sour-sweet' life of a Bengali couple - representing the middle class - and their struggle, little dreams and happiness. The roles were played by Indian artists Partho Ghosh and Gouri Ghosh. It was played from a CD titled 'prem' published by Music Master. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) 'desh bodoler shopne bivore manushera' - a report on the inspiring initiative undertaken by Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo on enlightening and committing people ‘to change’ for a better future and better country - written by popular Bangladeshi writer Anisul Huq, and (2) recitation of poem 'shudhu shei protisrutir jonno' by Asafuddowla from Anjohn's album 'ma amar ma'. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers: 'bahir boley durey thako' by Habib and Nancy, 'tumi chailey brishty' by Minar Rahman, and 'da-riye achhi tomar da-rey' by Shumon'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

29 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Prof. Willem van Schendel, professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam and author of a newly published book - 'A History of Bangladesh' - published by the Cambridge University Press. A renowned scholar of Asian history, particularly of the subcontinent and Bangladesh, Prof. Schendel talked about his recent book and its content: cultural, economic and social history of Bangladesh through the eye of a foreigner for western readership. The beautiful song played in the program 'bondhu tomar chokher majhey chinta khela korey' was sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Krishnokoli Islam, from her album 'shurjey bandhi basha'. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

06 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program marked the beginning of - 'eleventh' - year of Bangla Radio broadcasting in Canberra. It is the 521st program presented by the Bangla Radio team, proud of achieving the significant milestone in community radio broadcasting in Canberra. This week's program presented part of the recording of the first Bangla Radio program broadcast in July 1999 and took the opportunity to thank everyone involved in Bangla Radio and its listeners in Canberra and around the globe. It highlighted the mystic baul singer Shahjahan Miah of Bangladesh and his team, the composers of the beautiful music used as Bangla Radio title, by playing one of their song 'kala amae pagol korechhe, ghorey roi kemoney'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

13 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative interview with Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Mohammed Alauddin, Professor of Chemistry, Wagner College, New York, USA, on indoor air pollution in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, exposure to indoor air pollutants from the burning of solid fuels in household cook stoves has been recognised as the major cause of death among children of age five year and less. Prof. Alauddin talked about an improved cook stove that is making the difference both in health and fuel efficiency. The beautiful song played in the program 'o footpather meye' was sung by popular Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

20 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented information for prospective Bangladeshi students planning to undertake higher studies at the Australian universities. It interviewed some Bangladeshi students currently studying at the Australian National University in Canberra, and two former students Dr. Bina D'Costa and Ahmed Imran who are now involved in teaching/research at the university, on their experience and advice for future Bangladeshi students. They talked about how to prepare for higher studies in Australia, the scholarships available, settling in Australia and the friendly people and country they could expect in Australia. The students interviewed are: Fouzia Nasreen Sultana, Debashish Chakraborty, Nitol Dewan and Faham Abdus Salam. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

27 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program covered two events held in Canberra on the last weekend: (1) Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's annual dinner function 'Bangladesh Night' held at the Queanbeyan Conference Centre on 25th July 2009, and (2) a presentation on 'Fred Hyde - A Story of Hope and Inspiration in Bangladesh' by Mr. Tony Kent, Chair, CO-Operation in Development Australia (CO-ID). It was organised by "Let’s work for Bangladesh" at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on 26th July 2009. The other speakers were HE Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, and Mr. Borhanuddin Shafi representing "Let’s work for Bangladesh". The beautiful Chakma song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

03 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'payer awaj paoa jaye' written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. Considered a literary masterpiece, the poetic-drama is based on the liberation war of Bangladesh describing the different characters, their interests and the experience of the people in the countryside. It was first staged by the 'Theatre' drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies and is one of the longest running production of the country. It was directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The leading roles were played by Abdullah Al Mamun (Matbor), Mohammad Zakaria (Pir) and Ferdousi Mojumdar (Matbor's daughter. This week's program played the first half of the audio recording. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) interviews with Mr. Brian Martin, Chairman, Operation Cleft (www.operationcleft.org.au) and Ms. Dalia Das, Project Manager, Operation Cleft Bangladesh - highlighting the humanitarian works of the Australia based aid organisation that is sponsoring children's cleft lip and palate surgery with local health professionals in Bangladesh, and (2) interview with Mr. Nitya Bernard Parker - a Bangla music devotee and singer. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'bondhu amar, bondhu amar' by Australian singer Nitya Bernard Parker, 'ek pa-ye nupur tomar' by Bangladeshi singers Topu and Anila, and 'bahir boley durey thako' by Bangladeshi singers Habib and Nancy. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

17 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tributes to: (1) Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, on the occasion of National Mourning Day to commemorate his death anniversary on 15 August, and (2) renowned folk singer and Bangladesh's freedom fighter Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan, distinguished radio broadcaster Ashrafuzzaman khan who took bold action against the Pakistan government to air Sheikh Mujib's historic 7th March Speech and extraordinary singer of the Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra Moloy Kumar Ganguli. The beautiful songs: 'shono ekti mujiborer theke', 'oki garial bhai', 'nodir kul nai' and 'barir kachhe arshi nagar' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Renaissance, Ferdousi Rahman, Abbas Uddin and Farida Parvin. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

24 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Studying on an Australian Leadership Award in Economics, her research focus on the food safety regulation and its impact on Bangladesh export industry's productivity and efficiency. Living in Canberra with her two young children Nazneen described how she is managing her busy life as a student and mother. She also described her diverse career as a Bangladeshi women in government and her passion for pan flute. The beautiful piece of pan flute selected by Nazneen and played in the program was played by Nepalese artist Prem Rana Autary. This week's program was produced by Shireen Ahmed and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

31 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented second half of the 'kabbo-natya' - 'payer awaj paoa jaye' written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. Considered a literary masterpiece, the poetic-drama is based on the liberation war of Bangladesh describing the different characters, their interests and the experience of the people in the countryside. It was first staged by the 'Theatre' drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies and is one of the longest running production of the country. It was directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The leading roles were played by Abdullah Al Mamun (Matbor), Mohammad Zakaria (Pir) and Ferdousi Mojumdar (Matbor's daughter). The first half of the audio recording was played on 3 August 2009. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented information for prospective Bangladeshi students planning to undertake higher studies at the Australian academic institutions. In continuation of the program presented on 20th July 2009, this week's program highlighted opportunities for self-funding foreign students interested in pursuing higher studies in technical and further education. It interviewed three Bangladeshi students at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Canberra University on their experience and advice for future Bangladeshi students - on their preparation, tuition and living expenses, work permit and job opportunities in Canberra. The students interviewed are: Sabbir Ahmed, Niyam and Kazi Afshin Shiraji. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

14 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) reading of an interesting article 'bangladesher kichhu notun roag' and two parody 'gaahi shamyer gaan' and 'naree' by Murshed Haider Anjohn, and (2) beautiful songs sung by two new generation Bangladeshi singers: Rajib and Didar. Written and composed by Shoaib Choudhury the songs played in the program are: 'sharadin brishti porechhey', 'jeney nao tumi', 'koshter paychari', and 'matir deho aar kotokal'. The songs were compiled from some new unreleased albums and sent to Bangla Radio from Dhaka by Crown Music & Video Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

21 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Eid ul Fitr in Canberra by reading some articles published in Bangladesh dailies on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr and Durga puja: (1) 'shiuly jhora eider akash' by Zobayer Ahsan Zaber, (2) 'ma, eidey ashchhee' by Robin Saifuddin, (3) 'nih-shongo mayer eider opek-kha' by Abul Kalam Muhammad Azad, and (4) 'ek pujar opek-khaye' by Monoj Kumar Mojumdar. The beautiful songs played in the program are 'romjaner oi rojar sheshey elo khushir eid' by Indian singer Shotinath Mukhopadhay and 'prithibir joto shukh, joto bhalobasha' by Bangladeshi singers Habib Wahid and Nancy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Durga Puja in Canberra. It presented: (1) preparation for Durga Puja, (2) traditional Puja menu during the five days of Durga Puja, and (3) live recordings from Puja celebration at the Florey Temple in Canberra. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'agomony gaan shona jay', 'timir bidary, alokho bihary, krishno murary' and 'durga puja shoktir puja' by popular Indian singers Manna Dey, Anup Jalota and Bhakta Das Baul respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

05 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Australian aboriginal music: (1) Jurtbirrk songs of the Iwaidja clan of the Northwestern Arnhem Land of Northern Territory, (2) Kun-borrk songs of the Kurulk speaking Kuninjku clan, sung by Kevin Djimar, (3) a secular dance song from the Torres Straits Island, (4) a song from the Pitjatantjara clan from Alice Springs, sung by Frank Yamma, (5) song 'Marrayilyil' sung by George Djilyanga, the lead singer of the band ‘Warumpi’, (6) song 'Luarnulujana' by 'The Lajamanu Teenage Band' from the Northern Territory, and announcement of the annual picnic organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque. [Other Bangla Radio presentations on Australian aboriginal people's history: 4 Feb 08 and 3 Mar 08, drama: 25 May 09 - listen in Bangla Radio archive 2008 and 2009]

12 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mohammed Azharul Huq, Commercial Counsellor, Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, about the opportunities and benefits for Bangladeshi expatriates or NRB (non resident Bangladeshis) and their role in the development of Bangladesh, and (2) story of a meritorious Bangladeshi student Hasan Ali, son of a poor vendor from Ulipur, and his struggle that earned him a GPA 5 in higher secondary examination. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'Bangladesh' by distinguished U.S. folk singer and composer Joan Baez and 'mukti-joddah' by extra-ordinary Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

19 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to legendary Indian singer Manna Dey for his nomination for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2007 announced by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting earlier this week. He is receiving this award at the age of ninety. Manna Dey, a very popular singer for over six decades, has captured the heart of millions of people of the subcontinent by his songs, mainly in Bangla, Hindi and other languages. Dalia Nilufar compiled a beautiful biography of this legendary singer to recognise his devotion and contribution to music. The songs played in the program: 'hoyto tomar jonno', 'shaono ra-te jodi', 'ke prothom kachhe eshechee', 'ko fota chokher jol' and 'kofi houser addata' were sung by Manna Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

26 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Pink Ribbon Day' observed on 26 October in Australia to help raise money and awareness for all Australian women affected by breast cancer - organised by the Cancer Council Australia (www.cancer.org.au). It remembered and paid personal tribute to a close colleague who lost her life to cancer. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers: 'matir khanchae bondi koira' by Arif (Album: Shagor Bukey), 'bina doshey pathaila doyal' by Polash Khan (Album: Mohajon), 'shonai hai hai re' by Fazlur Rahman Babu (Album: Monpura) and 'ei dehe boshot korlam re' by Polash Khan (Album: Mohajon). The Chinese flute pieces used in the program were played by: Zhang Bin, Ma Di and Zhan Yong Ming. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

02 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented live recording (Part 1) of an interesting seminar on 'bangalit-to: otit, bortoman o bhobish-shot' presented by Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University, Bangladesh and Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History, Chicago University, USA. It was organised by Drishtipat Australia and Bangla Academy Australia at the Australian National University in Canberra on 30 August 2009. This week's program covered Professor Anisuzzaman's presentation on the ‘Bangalees’ of the sub-continent: their history, how politics shaped their language and culture, their future that lies in their plurality, and the responsibility that, according to him, has slipped to the lower-middle class from the upper middle class. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

09 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented live recording (Part 2) of an interesting seminar on 'bangalit-to: otit, bortoman o bhobish-shot' presented by Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University, Bangladesh and Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History, Chicago University, USA. It was organised by Drishtipat Australia and Bangla Academy Australia at the Australian National University in Canberra on 30 August 2009. This week's program covered Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty's presentation on the ‘bangalees’ of the sub-continent: the diversity, difference and complexity of their language 'bangla' - how it reflected their life, history, landscape, and how it evolved over time and formed into a mature language - the essence of 'bangalit-to'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

16 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with visitors and newly arrived expatriates to Canberra at the picnic organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 1st November 2009 at the East Uriara Nature Reserve in Canberra, and (2) a prayer for two orphan conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna from Bangladesh undergoing a marathon surgery to separate them at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne - they were brought to Australia for medical treatment by the Children First Foundation. The beautiful song 'amar naam kishore kumar ganguly' was sung by distinguished Indian singer and actor Kishore Kumar. The electronic ambient music used in the program was composed and played by Kishore Sen from Kolkata, India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program discussed recent progress in producing rice lines that could help to increase rice production in Bangladesh in the next few years. The program started with an interview with Dr. M. A. Salam (Director General of Research in BRRI) that provided a broad perspective on the environmental constraints on rice cultivation in Bangladesh and the work done by BRRI to overcome these problems. This was followed by comments by Drs. Abdelbagi Ismail and David McKill of IRRI, who are leading scientists in the discovery and deployment of the submergence tolerance gene, sub-1. The program concluded with interviews with three Bangladeshi rice scientists who attended a recent rice genetics conference in Manila: Dr. Helaluddin Ahmed, Mr. Partha Sarathi Biswas and Dr. Masuduzzaman. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

30 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated Eid in Canberra by asking a cross-section of Bangladeshis in Canberra for their recollections and associations with Eid. The participants reflected a range of ages and viewpoints and recollected times from before partition, to childhoods in the sixties and seventies to Eid in Canberra in the new millennium. The two Rabindarsangeets included in the program were 'majhe majhe tobo dekha pai' by Laisa Ahmed Lisa and 'tomarei koriachi jibonero dhrubtara' by Mita Hoque; both the singers are from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

07 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program is concerned with war-babies born out of the struggle for independence in 1971. The program captured some of the comments of Sajid Hossain, marine engineer and author of the book 'Ekatorer judho-shishu' , made when he was visiting Canberra earlier in the year. He recounted his motivation to write the book and the reactions to it as well his own reflections on this difficult issue. The song played in this program was 'Shob kota janala khule dao na' by Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

14 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program celebrated Bijoy Dibosh by recounting some recent wins for Bangladesh and Bangladeshis. These include raising funds for the Bangladesh Canberra Friendship school (a Fred Hyde school) by Lets work for Bangladesh, the recognition of Dr. Mahfuz Aziz of the University of South Australia with the Prime Minister’s award for the Australian University Teacher of the Year, social development in Bangladesh as recounted by Prof. Mohammed Yunus, record remittances to Bangladesh and the awarding of contracts for ship-building to Bangladeshi companies. Bijoy Dibosh in Canberra and other local events were also mentioned. The songs played in this week’s program were by Sabina Yasmin and Shahnaz Rahmatullah. The program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

21 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program is focused on the songs and music that provided inspiration during the War of Liberation in 1971. The songs played include Joy Bangla Banglar Joy, Purbo Digonte Shurjo Uthechhe, Nongor Tolo Tolo, Amar Protibader Bhasha, Mora Ekti Phulke Banchabo Bole, Hei Shamlao Dhan Ho, Phul Khelbar Din Noy Oddo and Shuno Ekti Mujiborer. These were sung by a number of different artistes. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

28 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program, the last for 2009, celebrated Christmas with a Bangla flavour. The impact of Jesus’ life and sacrifice was placed in a universal context and accompanied by songs celebrating his life and impact: Hobe tar agomon, Pothohara pothikera, Jonmo barota tomar, Baluchore Bathan Ghore, Aaj dhorate neme and Shono shono shono. This week’s program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.