Bangla Radio Archive - 2010

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04 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

The first program of 2010 presented a beautiful radio drama based on short story 'robibar' by poet Rabindranath Thakur. It depicted the life of a young artist caught between the loves of two women. Adaptation and script by Boidyanath Mukhopadhay and directed by Jogonnath Bose. Roles played by Jogonnath Bose, Urmila Bose, Ishita Mitra, Ratula Chakrabarty and Kajol Bhattacharya. This week's program presented the first part of the drama. The instrumental piece of Tagore song 'amar raat pohalo' played in the program was taken from CD 'shudhu alo andhare' produced by Saregama India Ltd. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

The second program of 2010 presented: (1) recitation of Tagore poem 'mone pora' by Sayantani Das from Sydney, and (2) a micro drama 'shomoshya' based on the social life of two Bangladeshi expatriates in Canberra wittten by Sadequr Rahman and roles played by Shayma and Nadia Hossain. The beautiful Lalon song 'teen pagoley holo mela' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Farida Parveen. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

18 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interviews discussing the issues of 'Climate Change and Bangladesh': (1) it interviewed Dr. Saleemul Huq from International Institute for Environment and Development (www.iied.org), an independent international research organisation based in England, about the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark during 7 - 18 December 2009 and the next steps for Bangladesh, and (2) it interviewed H.E. Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, on Bangladesh Government's views and follow-up actions on Copenhagen Conference. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

25 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945), a leader in the Indian independence movement. It presented an in-depth biography of this great personality from Bengal - his dedication for India's freedom from the British, his role in Indian politics, his travel to Soviet Union, Germany and Japan to seek alliance, his leadership in the Indian National Army, and the events surrounding his personal life and his presumed death that still remains a mystery. The beautiful patriotic songs played the program, composed in that period by Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam: 'karar oi louhakopat', 'shikol pora chhol' and 'durgama giri kantar' were taken from album 'jagoroner gaan' produced by the Jagoron Shanskriti Charcha o Gobeshona Kendra, Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

01 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - ‘Australia Day’ - celebrated throughout Australia on 26th January to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove. It presented the significance of the day, how it is celebrated, and the annual Australia Day awards awarded to distinguished Australians. A set of beautiful Australian patriotic songs "Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching", "Under Southern Stars", "I am Australian", "True Blue" and "South Australia" played the program were sung by popular Australian singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

08 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second half of the beautiful radio drama 'robibar' based on a short story by poet Rabindranath Thakur. It depicted the life of a young artist caught between the loves of two women. Adaptation and script by Boidyanath Mukhopadhay and directed by Jogonnath Bose. Roles played by Jogonnath Bose, Urmila Bose, Ishita Mitra, Ratula Chakrabarty and Kajol Bhattacharya. The first half of the drama was broadcast on 4 January 2010. The instrumental piece of Tagore song 'aji bijon ghorey' played in the program was taken from CD 'shudhu alo andhare' produced by Saregama India Ltd. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews with (1) Mr. S.M. Zakaria Hoq, senior Bangladesh Government officer, studying Public Policy at the Australian National University on AUSAID scholarship, about his role and responsibilities as Upozila Nirbahi Officer and how his studies will benefit Bangladesh, (2) Dr. Zamir Hossain at the National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra last week about the activities of their organisations CO-Operation in Development Australia (CO-ID) and Lets Work for Bangladesh in establishing schools in rural Bangladesh, and (3) Dr. Moyazur Rahman, President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra about their food stall and cultural presentation at the festival. The beautiful song played in the program 'ekti bangladesh, tumi jagroto jonotar' was sung by leading Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

22 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Language Martyr's Day ('bhasha shaheed dibosh') and the International Mother Language Day observed on 21st February in Bangladesh and around the world. It presented: (1) recordings from the function held at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on the occasion, (2) intimate interview with Mr. Raquib ud Dowla, a leader of the historic procession of 21st February 1952 in Dhaka and an eyewitness of the killing of the innocent students, and (3) the significance of International Mother Language Day in protecting and preserving the world's languages. The theme song played in the program 'amar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey february' was sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) a report on this year's - 'ekushey boi mela' - the month-long book fair commemorating the Language Martyrs Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2) the events following the shooting of Dhaka University students procession on 21st February 1952 from the diary of Tajuddin Ahmed, and (3) 'mata, matri-bhasha o matri-bhumi' - an interesting article by popular Bangladeshi writer Dr. Mohammad Zafar Iqbal on the state of Bangla language and new generation. The beautiful song played in the program 'bhoy peona tumi' was sung by extraordinary Bangladeshi singer Shayan from her album 'shayaner gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

08 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) brief discussion about the impact of global financial crisis in Bangladesh: some positive notes on its economy and economic development, how the country managed to increase the GDP and reduced poverty, increased foreign currency reserve and its potentials of becoming a member of the Next Eleven group, and (2) intimate interview with Mr. Abdul Hamid MP, current Speaker of Bangladesh's Parliament, during his recent visit to Canberra on his views on Bangladesh's economy, government initiatives, transit corridors for neighbouring countries and appeal to non-resident Bangladeshis to invest in Bangladesh. The beautiful patriotic song 'shurjodoye tumi, shurjasteo tumi o amar bangladesh' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Romel. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

15 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mahmud Hossain Murad, leading Tea-Taster and Tea-Broker of Bangladesh on the history of tea plantation in Bangladesh, the issues of tea brokerage and the prosperity of the country's tea industry expected in future, and (2) 'ma-er kachhey mey-er chithi' - a heart-warming letter to mother from her daughter written by Sutapa Barua, an expatriate Bangladeshi living in Sydney, published in the Sydney website www.bangla-sydney.com. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ek kup cha' and 'money porey ma-ke amar' was sung by Indian singer Kishore Kumar and expatriate Bangladeshi singer Rifat Nigar Shapla (Loy Records, Toronto) respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's famous cultural icon Waheedul Haque on his third death anniversary. He was a cultural activist, a campaigner for social-political-cultural causes, and founder of several cultural institutions in Bangladesh. A renowned Tagore exponent, Waheedul Haque was the founder of Chhayanat, which played a vital role in the cultural-political movements during late 1960s, prior to the country's liberation war. This week's program took listeners to his home village in Keraniganj Upazila, Dhaka where people at the Ati Bhawal High School organised a function to pay tribute to him on his death anniversary. It spoke to his daughter Apala Farhat Naved, Professor of Dhaka University, people close to him and students participating at the function, and captured live recordings of their cultural presentation. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

29 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the making of - 'CricketTomorrow.com' - a content rich Cricket website developed, launched and managed by a group of Bangladeshi Cricket devotees in Canberra, Australia. The site provides most up-to-date news, stories and photos of Cricket from around the world. In this week's program the group members shared their inspiration, motivation and dedication behind the development of this attractive website and their efforts to promote and uplift Bangladesh's Cricket in the world. The people interviewed in the program are: Roysul Hoq Khan (Sujon)Rafiqul Hasan Sharif (Joseph), Mohammad Haseeb Iqbal (Danny) and Murad Hossain (Murad). This week's program was produced and presented by Syed As-Sayeed.

05 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recitation of a poem on motherhood entitled 'mayurpankhi' written by Indian writer Subodh Sarkar and recited by Sydney expatriate Sayantani Das, and (2) 'onu-natika' - 'bhalobasha' or 'Love' written and directed by Sadequr Rahman - based on a true Canberra love story. Roles of the micro drama were played by Canberra residents Imon and Shoma. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ek pa-ye nupur amar, on-no pa khali' and 'shobai to shukhi ho-te chay' were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers Topu and Anila and popular Indian singer Manna Dey respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

12 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Ms. Zarina Hossain, Director of Service Learning and Internships at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh on the role of the university in providing a world-class education to promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds from across South and South East Asia and the Middle East - a much needed avenue for women to empower themselves to become enlightened leaders, and (2) how to live a beautiful life - some important health tips from Dr. Dalia Nilufar. The Rabindra sangeet played in the program 'tumi dhonno, dhonno hey' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Laisa Ahmed Lisa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

19 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) invitation to this year's Canberra Boishakhi Mela to celebrate the Bangla New Year 1417 by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's President Dr. Moyazur Rahman, and (2) an introduction to Australian folk music and a compilation of beautiful Australian folk songs covering convict folk songs (1788 - 1890), railway, war and union songs (1890s - 1950s) and new Australian folk styles since the 1970s. The songs played in the program were sung by popular Australian singers: Adam Harvey, Gina Jeffreys, Terry Misra, The Dubliners, The Pogues and Franklyn B. Paverty Bush Band. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the new generation Bangladeshis - children of the expatriates living in Canberra - about their knowledge of Bangla New Year celebrated on 14th April and the ANZAC Day commemorated nationwide in Australia on 25th April. The program was presented in two parts: (1) Bangla New Year celebration in Sydney and Canberra and views of the day by Shejoti and Adnin, and (2) Remembering Australian and New Zealand heroes who died and served on the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and views of the day by Fara and Shourid. The songs played in the program 'esho hey boishakh' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Mita Haque, the other songs 'eki oporup ru-pey ma', Advance Australia Fair and the piece of bugle were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

03 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented in the first section an interesting discussion between a young Arara Kar and Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya (from the University of California, Riverside) who was in Australia recently to launch a gamma ray telescope from Alice Springs. The discussion covered supernova, the launch of the gamma ray telescope, the solar system and the night sky, and the effects of climate change. Dr. Bhattacharya, a prominent member of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN), also talked about his current activities in Bangladesh. The second section covered the impacts of environmental pollution, particularly on fresh water availability in Bangladesh, and approaches to mitigate these effects. The songs 'amay bhashailirey' and 'manush manusher jonney' played this week were sung by Indian singers Manna Dey and Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

10 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a pure 'adda' with three executive committee members of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra: President Dr. Moyazur Rahman Maroof, General Secretary Mr. Md. Atik Ullah and Cultural Secretary Mr. Syful Islam Sohel. They talked about how Canberra Bangladeshi community grew over time, what motivated them to volunteer for the Bangladeshi community when life is so busy, what is behind their dedication and sacrifice in organising Association functions and activities to celebrate national days and festivals, how they plan and manage them, what is behind their success, and what were their challenges and rewards. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

17 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Olav Muurlink, Chairman of Co-operation in Development, Australia (CO-ID). CO-ID is a registered Australian charity, building and operating schools in the third world. The charity is run by volunteers and its administrative overhead is under five cents to the donated dollar. CO-ID has established 45 primary schools in Char Fashion in Bhola, Bangladesh that is providing education to eleven thousand underprivileged children in that area. In his interview Mr. Muurlink described the history of COID, his experience of Dhaka and Bhola, why Australians are held in very high regard by the people of Char Fashion and the impact of climate change on these children and their education. The beautiful song 'bangladesh, amar desh' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy.

24 May 2010 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 27th May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. The most important festival of the Buddhists, 'Buddha Purnima' falls on the full moon day of the lunar month Vaishaaka - a special time in Buddhism as it was on this day that the Buddha was born, gained enlightenment and attained Nirvana when he died. This week's program presented different aspects of Lord Buddha's life, his teaching and the path to reach the ultimate Nirvana. The beautiful Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Papiya Sarwar and Rizwana Chowdhury Bonna, and Indian singers Kishore Kumar and Konika Bondopaddhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

31 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recordings from the first reunion of the Dhaka University Alumni Association Canberra (DUAAC) held in Canberra on 15 May 2010. Where speakers talked about the current issues of Dhaka University and their memories of student life on campus. The speakers were: Mr. Ali Hossain, Convener DUAAC, Mr. Borhan Ahmed Joint Convener, Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan Joint Convener, Professor Atique Islam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, Mr. Raquibuddin Ahmed, Secretary General, Dhaka University Alumni Association, HE Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, Ms. Meherunnesa, Ms. Fahmida Ehsan, Ms. Rezwana Chowdhury and Dr. Abed Chaudhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the influence of death on life. It presented: (1) recitation of a poem entitled 'sharee' written by Indian writer Subodh Sarkar and recited by Sydney expatriate Sayantani Das, and (2) 'onu-natika' - 'bismriti' or 'Oblivion' written and directed by Sadequr Rahman. Roles of the micro drama were played by Canberra residents Mohammed Razib, Zillur Rahman, Atik Ullah and Tina Atik. The beautiful songs played in the program 'Jessore Road' and 'majhey majhey tobo dekha pai' were sung by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik and Bangladeshi singer Laisa Ahmed Lisa respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

14 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a selection of beautiful songs to complement the good times of the Queen's birthday long-weekend celebrated today in Canberra. The popular Bangla modern songs played in the program were picked to represent the variety of their streams and composition. The songs played the program were sung by the singers from Bangladesh, India and America. They are: 'coffee houser shei adda' by Manna Dey, 'nilanjona' by Nachiketa, 'manush manusher jon-ney' by Bhupen Hazarika, 'Blowing in the wind' by Bruce Springsteen, 'koto-ta poth' by Sumon Chattapadhay, 'ga-ri cholena' by Bappa Majumdar, 'o-daktar' by Nachiketa, and 'shadhinota' by Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

21 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the World Environment Day observed on 5th June 2010 around the world. It presented a discussion on environment and bio-diversity, state of the environment of Bangladesh and an interview with Bangladesh Environment Network Australia Chapter Coordinator Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan on the observance of the day in Australia. The beautiful songs played in the program 'tomar bhuboney mago eto pap' and 'bistirno du parey, oshonkho manusher hahakar' were sung by popular Indian singers Hemanta Mukhapadhay and Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

28 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with Mr. Lelung Khumi, the first graduate in the 300 years of history of the Khumi indigenous tribe living in Bangladesh. Mr. Khumi, recently graduated in Sociology from the Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia, shared with the listeners his fairy tale like journey from the remotest hills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to Dartmouth College in the USA and later to Australia and talked about the challenges he faced in his life and how he won them. The beautiful Khumi song played in the program 'khuteng beaung chu' was sung by the Burmese Khumi singer Ludia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

05 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Raja Devasish Roy, the King of the Chakma people of Bangladesh, recorded during his last month’s visit to Australia. The Raja has recently been appointed Expert Indigenous Member from Asia to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2011-2013. He talked about the impact his appointment could have in safeguarding the rights of indigenous people. The Raja also spoke of the role of the international community and expatriate Bangladeshis in bringing lasting peace to the region. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

12 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'ekti shalik pakhi, shiter pitha ar kobita' - reflecting on the expatriates' life in Canberra winter. It presented: (1) the story of friendship between an eleven year old Indian girl Shumita and a Myna named Shona, (2) recitation of poems by popular Indian poet Apurba Dutta at a Canberra function organised recently by the Priyoaustralia.Com, and (3) recollection of memories of traditional 'banglar pitha'. The beautiful songs played in the program 'pakhi amar, ekla pakhi' and 'amar kalo pakhi gelo urey' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Moushumi Kader and Indian singer Swapan Basu respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) short discussion on the impact of population and economic growth on Australian lifestyle, resources and environment, and (2) interview with Prof. Bijon B Sarma, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning and Head of the Department of Architecture, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh, on Sarma's Unified Script (SUS) - a multi-lingual scripting system - that he recently developed with Dr. Mira R Sarma-Parai, Pathologist in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ami ek jajabor' and 'tui phele eshechhish ka-rey' were sung by popular Indian singers Bhupen Hazarika and Jayeeta Ghosh respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

26 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to legendary Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 69th death anniversary that falls on this Bangla month. A popular poet, novelist, musician and playwright, Tagore reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. This week's program presented some of his beautiful songs and extracts from two of his popular literary works. The Tagore songs were sung by Indian singers Shantanu Roy Chowdhury, Kishore Kumar, Indranil Sen and Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. The Indian artists of the two plays were Abhik Sarkar, Urmimala Bashu and Soumitra Chatterjee. This week's program was produced by Rajib Paul and presented by Shrabani Paul.

02 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented some beautiful traditional and contemporary songs from the Torres Strait Islands. It depicted how despite being adjacent to the Australian mainland the culture of the Torres Strait Islands was influenced more by that of the Papuan situated in the North. Also, for being at the juncture of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans how the Torres Strait songs have acquired visible influence from far flung lands as Africa and the Americas. It told the story of the saltwater people while playing their music both from the past and the present in their native languages and in English. The songs played in the programme were sung by Dujon Niue, Manuel Namoa, Brenda Hall, Wayne See Kee, Saima Cultural Group and the all famous Seaman Dan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

09 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative discussion on the practice of 'fasting' during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning this week. It interviewed Mr. Mohammad Ahsanullah, Bangladeshi expatriate living in Canberra and a popular speaker on Islamic topics, about the history, importance and practice of fasting during Ramadan. Mr. Ahsanullah also described the Do's and Don’ts in Ramadan, teachings of the Koran, 'Hadith' or narration of the words and deeds of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) on Ramadan and the correct ways of praying the 'tarawee' prayer during the month. This week’s program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

16 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program was presented in two parts. (1) The first part celebrated Friendship Day observed on 1st August by interviewing three friends what they understand by 'friendship'. The friends interviewed were Ms. Alice Harvey, Ms. Monica Li, and Mr. Velo Petrov representing three different ethnic groups. (2) The second part presented a discussion on the forthcoming Federal Election to be held on 21 August 2010. It highlighted the policies and promises of the two major parties and the views of two Bangladeshi expatriates - Dr. Kamal Uddin and Dr. Mohammed Mainuddin. The beautiful song 'hotath rastaye' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Kabir Sumon. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

23 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the recent Bangladeshi scientists' success in decoding the genome sequence of jute that opened up new opportunities in the development of the country's golden fibre. It presented (1) interview with Dr. Abed Chaudhury, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist of genomics residing in Canberra, about 'swapnojaatra' (www.jutegenome.org), the jute genome sequencing project in Bangladesh and his contribution towards it, and (2) recordings of Dr. Maksudul Alam, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist of genomics and Chief Investigator of the jute genome sequencing project describing his experience and the future of the project. The beautiful song 'dhono dhan-ney pushpe bhora' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Manoshi Sadhu. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative discussion on political and economic future of Bangladesh, which is challenged by a combination of factors including the country's political violence, weak governance, poverty, corruption and Islamist militancy. It interviewed Advocate Tarana Halim, Member of Bangladesh Parliament, who is currently in Canberra on a personal visit, about her government’s policy to overcome these obstacles and maintain country’s economic growth and political stability. The beautiful Nazrul song ‘khelichho e bishwa loye’ played in the program was sung by popular Indian singer Anup Jalota. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

06 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the significance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the 'Laylat-al-Qadr' or 'Shab-e-Qadr' meaning the Night of Power, marking the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It presented: (1) information on Ramadan and the holy night for children by Ayesha Samah Sheikh, (2) recitation from Holy Quaran by Maisha Safa and Rubaiat Mollika Mollik, and (3) interview with Ms. Diana Abdur Rahman, founder and presenter of Australian Muslim Voice Radio FM 103.1. The two beautiful songs 'tri bhuboner prio muhammad' and 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

13 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr Ikebal Adam Patel, President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Council (AFIC) on the background, purpose and future of Canberra Islamic School and similar Schools in Australia being run by AFIC; (2) report on the Iftar-cum-dinner meeting hosted on 6 September 2010 by the AFIC President for the Queanbeyan Muslim community with the Queanbeyan Mayor and his Councillors that discussed the establishment of a local mosque and Muslim cemetery for the growing Muslim community; and (3) Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrations in Canberra and recollection of childhood Eid memories. The beautiful Nazrul song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' played in the program was sung by distinguished Indian singer Shatinath Mukhopadhay and Bangladeshi children artists of the Bongobondhu Shishu Kishore Mela. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

20 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative interview with Professor Nurul H. Choudhury, Professor of History at Rajshahi University, Bangladesh, tracing the history of socio-economic change in rural Bengal in the nineteenth century that saw the rise of the Faraizi movement and the Pabna movement among the peasantry to combat the excesses of the Zamindars and the indigo planters. He also described how the cultivation and export of jute in the second half of the century led to increased prosperity for the farmers and the emergence of a "Muslim middle-class". The beautiful Nazrul song played in this week’s program ‘bhuli kemone ajo je mone’ was sung in 1928 by the legendary Indian singer Angurbala Devi. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

27 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a radio drama based on - 'Shesher Kobita' - a novel by Rabindranath Tagore, widely considered a landmark in Bengali literature. It depicts the love story of Amit Ray, a barrister educated at Oxford, whose virulent intellectualism reveals itself in its opposition to all forms of tradition. He meets Labannya in a car accident and the romance builds up in the misty hills of Shillong. Amit's iconoclastism meets Labannya's sincere simplicity through a series of scintillating dialogues and poems that they write for each other. The roles of the drama were played by Indian artists from Kolikata, West Bengal. This week's program played first part of the drama. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented second and final part of radio drama - 'Shesher Kobita' - based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore, widely considered a landmark in Bengali literature. It depicts the love story of Amit Ray, a barrister educated at Oxford, whose virulent intellectualism reveals itself in its opposition to all forms of tradition. He meets Labannya in a car accident and the romance builds up in the misty hills of Shillong. Amit's iconoclastism meets Labannya's sincere simplicity through a series of scintillating dialogues and poems that they write for each other. The roles of the drama were played by Indian artists from Kolikata, West Bengal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented - 'Gane-Golpe Shah Abdul Karim' - paying tribute to legendary Bangladeshi Baul composer and singer Shah Abdul Karim (1916 - 2009) from Sunamganj, Sylhet. Baul Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed over 1600 songs and was awarded the 'Ekushey Padok' by the Bangladesh Government in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. This week's program narrated some significant events of Karim’s life and presented a beautiful composition of his popular songs. The Shah Abdul Karim songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Dulal Bhoumik, Kaya, Pradip Kumar and Band Dalchhut. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

18 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program celebrated the Durga Puja held in Canberra during 13-17 October. It presented a very informative interview with Dr. Kshanada Mohan Das of Canberra, and Mr. Nirmal Paul and Mr. Prabir Maitra of Sydney on various aspects of Durga Puja, the history of Durga Puja celebration in Australia and how does Puja, as part of Bengali culture, add value to Australian multicultural society. The beautiful songs played in this week’s program: Mahalaya - 'jago tumi jago’ and Rabindra Sangeet – 'ananda dhara bohichhe bhuboney' were sung by Indian singer Dijen Mukherjee and Bangladeshi singer Aditi Mohsin respectively. The Dhol was played by Sanjoy. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

25 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview of the Hon'ble State Minister of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh Mr. Dipankar Talukder during his recent visit to Canberra by Bina D'Costa, Obaidul Haque and Jyoti Rahman. The interview touched upon the events of Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati in February this year where Jumma/indigenous people were subjected to violent intimidation, resulting in a number of deaths. It started with the government's responses to the events, and continued with various questions on the 1997 Peace Accord, the Constitutional Reform, and the insecurity of various communities living in the region. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpona Chakma. This week’s program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

01 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a mystery micro-drama - ‘chhoto apa’ - consisting of conversations between Falu, the manager of a cheap eatery near Dhanmondi Residential Area in Dhaka, Bangladesh and his regular customer Monir, a chauffeur, as they try to make sense of the behaviour of Monir’s employers. The micro-drama was written by Sadequr Rahman and the roles were played by Canberra expatriates Saiful Islam Sohel and Md. Atik Ullah. The two beautiful songs played in this week’s program 'faita jaye, bookta faita jaye' and 'taka shonge jabena, poisha shonge jabena' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Momtaz. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

08 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the significance of - 'Hajj' - the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to Muslims. It interviewed two Canberra couples Habib and Dulu Rahman, and Mainul and Parveen Haque, who recently performed Hajj, about their experience and advice to people planning to perform 'Hajj' in the near future. The recording of the 'Hajj Talbiyah' - a prayer as well as an assertion of the pilgrim's intention to perform 'Hajj' only for the glory of Allah - used in the program was collected from the Internet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

15 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program focused on the distribution of the book ‘jekhane meyeder daktar nei’ by Gonoshasthaya Kendro in Bangladesh, and how listeners’ can make donations to help this effort. The program included discussions with Dr. Sarah Shannon, the director of Hesperian (the original creators of the book) and Prof. Altafunnessa, the CEO of Gonoshasthaya Kendro on the enormous impact that the book could make to the health care of disadvantaged women. The song played in the program ‘bansh baganer mathar upor chand utheche oi’ was sung by popular Indian singer Protima Bandopadhaya. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

22 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a selection of short stories on - 'Love' - collected from the Internet: (1) The Story of Two Teardrops - 'dui-ti osru-bindur kahini', (2) A Gift of Love - 'bhalobashar upohar', (3) Death and the Women - 'mrittu ebong mohilati', and (4) Love and Time - 'bhalobasha ebong shomoy'. The two beautiful love songs played in the program 'Trick of the light' and 'Ï will always love you' were sung by popular Australian singer The Triffids and popular American country singer Dolly Parton respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

29 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a micro-drama - 'shurovi' - about an old man who is visiting Dhaka. On his birthday he recounts to his grand-niece some aspects of his life and his general feeling of melancholy. She in turn focuses on the positive impact he has had on people around him, and the old man is left feeling much more optimistic. The roles in the micro-drama were played by Captain Saifuddin and Urmi Rahman. The beautiful songs played in program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Laisa Ahmed Lisa and Sanjeeda Khatun. The program also discussed the work of the Grameen Support Group Australia and some of the students that the Grameen Support Group Australia is sponsoring in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

06 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an exclusive interview with Jyotirindra Bodhipriya (Santu) Larma, Chief of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. It was recorded at a function held in Dhaka on 2 December 2010 on the occasion of the thirteenth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty by JSS and Bangladesh Government. The treaty was hailed by leaders around the world as a break through in the quarter of a century conflict in the region. The two beautiful Chakma songs played in the program 'ama decchan muro muri' and 'naksa ful' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

13 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Victory Day of Bangladesh to be observed on 16th December 2010. It presented the history of independence of Bangladesh and the significance of the Victory Day for the new generation Bangladeshis growing up outside Bangladesh. The two poems used in the program 'toma-ke paowar jonno he shadinota' and 'purbo poshchim' were written by poet Shamsur Rahman and Prithwiraj Choudhury. The poems were recited by Munira Parveen and Bratati Bandopadhayay respectively. The patriotic songs played in the program 'shobkota janala khule dao na', 'o amar desher mati tomar pore thekai matha' and 'ek shagor rokter binimoye' were sung by Sabina Yasmin, Sakiba Rahman Mitul and and a chorus song collected from YouTube. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

20 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an introduction to - 'Shadheen Bangla Betar Kendra' - the war-time broadcasting station which was crucial to inspire the spirit of liberation among the whole Bangalee nation by informing them how well they were advancing towards the victory. In those days when radio was the only media reaching to the far ends of Bangladesh, Shadheen Bangla Betar Kendra eventually became the orator of the Bangladesh government in exile. It ran the nationalist campaign throughout the war in gearing up our freedom fighters’ morale and also mobilising world opinion in favour of Bangladesh. The poem recitation and songs played in the program were taken from album Jagoroner Gaan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

27 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program, the last for 2010, celebrated Christmas. Christmas is observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The program described Jesus' birth with readings from the Bible in Bangla by Anthony William Amit and Nipa D'Costa. The readings were accompanied by songs by Elvis Presley, Harry Connick Jr and Boney M, and two Bangla songs: 'shono shono shono' and 'pothohara pothikera'. The program also reflected on the true meaning of Christmas. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.