Bangla Radio Archive - 2011

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03 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

The first program of 2011 presented a collection of Bangla poems by Prithwiraj Choudhury, and remembered motherland on the eve of the new year. The poems included 'purbo paschim' - a beautiful depiction of the history of Bangladesh, retracing the events of human struggle during the liberation war. The poems were recited by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Prithwiraj Choudhury. The two beautiful songs played in the program: 'hobigonjer jalali koitor' and 'koto din dekhina mayer mukh' were sung by Indian singer Shagoto and Bangladeshi singer Khalid Hassan Milu respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a very informative discussion on environment, bio-diversity, ecology and ethics which become survival imperatives for all species on Earth. Different levels of violence involved in non-sustainable development, including the genetic engineering and chemicals, which become debt trap to farmers, have been focused in the discussion. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by popular Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. The instrumental piece used in the program was played by Indian composer V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

17 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented findings of new research on 'happiness'. The previously dominant 'Set-point theory' was described and how new research by economists based on long-term studies in Germany and the US indicate that overall happiness is better analysed as the sum of happiness for most people in health, family relationships and money. Set-point theory appears to apply only to money. Happiness is further enhanced by having a sense of contributing something to others. The songs played in this weeks program were sung by Sakiba Rahman Mitul, Shah Abdul Karim, Zinga Goshthi and Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

24 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme featured an interview with Mr. Enam Ul Haque, the prominent South Asian birder and explorer, the only Bangladeshi to make it to both the South and the North poles. The interview highlighted the state of birds and birding as an up-and-coming hobby in Bangladesh. It stressed the importance of conserving birds for the ultimate conservation of nature and highlighted the birders’ central role to that end. The informative interview also drew an interesting connection between Australia and Bangladesh in terms of migratory bird flyway. The beautiful song played in the program 'jao pakhi bolo ta-rey' was sung by Bangladeshi singers Chondona Majumdar and Krishnokoli. This week’s programme was produced and presented from Dhaka by Obaidul Haque.

31 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presented - 'ekusher chetona o bhasha andoloner itihash' - a beautiful composition of narration and songs on the history of Bangla Language Movement in 1952 that catalysed the assertion of Bengali national identity in Pakistan, became a forerunner to Bengali nationalist movements, and subsequently the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. It commemorated the Language Martyr's Day and International Mother Language Day to be observed around the globe on 21st February. The songs played in the program were taken from the album Jagoroner Gaan. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

07 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with David Bergman, Special Reports Editor of Bangladeshi newspaper the New Age. The interview focussed on the impact of the publicly released WikiLeaks cables on South Asia, how these profoundly changed communication methods between states, and the responsibility of media in general. The interview was conducted on the backdrop of Bergman's article on RAB and WikiLeaks published on 4 January, 2011, where he points out to the misinformation provided by the Guardian claiming that the RAB was a 'government death squad' and it received British training. The songs played in the program were sung by music group from Kolkata, Moheener Ghoraguli. This week's programme was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

14 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews with: (1) Bangladeshi Architect Abul Abdullah, an architectural designer at Perkins+Will in Chicago, USA about his professional career and new developments in building technology, sustainable design and exterior building envelopes, that are being applied in their projects in the US, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, and (2) some new comers to Canberra about their feeling and experience of living in the national capital. The beautiful songs played in the program 'aha aji e boshonte' and 'megh balika' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singers Rezwana Chowdhury Bonna and Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's programme was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

21 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with the famous contemporary Bangladeshi Science-Fiction writer, columnist cum educationist Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He puts forward his point of view on a range of issues including climate change, the education policy and romantic thoughts in spring. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Indian artist Anjan Dutt and Feroza Begum from Bangladesh. This week’s program, dedicated to the Language-Martyrs of “Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh and International Mother Language Day on 21st February”, was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

28 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program, on the last day of February, celebrated the flowering of Bangla in Australia. It consisted of (1) a short story 'April Fool', written by Sydney expatriate Mamoonur Rashid and read by Sakiba Rahman Mitul, and (2) songs and poems presented at the 21st February commemoration in Canberra jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission and the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. These consisted of songs by Dhrupod, Shajoti Amin and Sakiba Rahman Mitul and poetry recitation by Abdullah Al Mahbub Sumon and Ziaul Hoque Bablu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

07 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) 'adda' with the members of - 'Cricket Tomorrow.com' - a content rich Cricket website developed by Bangladeshi Cricket devotees in Canberra, about the current ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Bangladesh as one host country, favourites and the Bangladesh team; and (2) interview with Mr. Anwar Akash, co-founder of - 'Bangla Academy Australia' - in Sydney, about their activities and achievements in promoting and fostering Bangla language, culture and heritage in Australia. The World Cup 2011 Bangladeshi theme song 'jitbe ebar jitbe cricket' and the beautiful song 'ami banglai gaan gai' palyed in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers and Indian singer Protul Mukhopadhay respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

14 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'Monoghor' - a pioneering school set up in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh by the Buddhist monks in 1974. Monoghor has played an absolutely crucial role in spreading modern education among the children in the region and currently has about 1200 students, both male and female. The history, ideals and day to day issues in Monoghor are recounted by Mr. Kirti Nishan Chakma, who himself studied at this school, and is currently involved in its management. The two Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

21 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'nuraldiner shara jibon' - written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. It is one of his experiments with forms and the language that have given a new direction to Bangla literature. The verse-play is based on the legendary partisan leader of a peasant's army fighting against the East India Company's takeover of Bengal in 1757. It was first staged by the Nagorik drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies. The roles were played by the members of the Nagorik group. This week's program presented part one of the three part audio recording. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented second part of beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'nuraldiner shara jibon' - written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. It is one of his experiments with forms and the language that have given a new direction to Bangla literature. The verse-play is based on the legendary partisan leader of a peasant's army fighting against the East India Company's takeover of Bengal in 1757. It was first staged by the Nagorik drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies. The roles were played by the members of the Nagorik group. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented - ‘bijoy sarkar er bijoygatha’ - a beautiful composition of the life and music of 'loko-kobial' Bijoy Sarkar (1902-1985), an unparallel bard singer cum tragic folksong composer in the South-west part of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Bijoy Sarkar was a prominent artist of Bangladesh Betar, Khulna. He also sang as a folk singer in Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka and Bangladesh Television, Dhaka. Songs of Bijoy Sarkar played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Chandana Majumdar, Kiran Chandra Roy, Nishikanto Boiragee and Bari Siddiqi. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

11 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured the seminar and exhibition - "Sharing Our Achievements" - to be held on the 6th of May in Canberra that is being organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA), an organisation dedicated to portraying the architectural achievements of Bangladeshi architects. The program included conversations with locally practicing architects Mr. Zia Ahmed, Mr. Iftekher Abdullah, Mr. Shamsul Huda and Mr. Farhadur Reza describing their experience and ideas in professional architectural practice. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

18 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the - 'Boishakhi Mela' - held in Canberra on 16th April 2011 which welcomed in the Bangla New Year. It included short conversations with the President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Dr. M. A. Quadir and the Cultural Secretary, Ms. Rumana Shoilee and excerpts from songs and recitations performed by students of Bangla School, Konka, Shajoti Amin and Spondon. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Labour Day' - to be observed on 1st May around the globe to remember the historic struggle of working people throughout the world for an eight-hour work day. The heart of the movement was in Chicago, culminating in Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot, a demonstration and unrest that took place on Tuesday May 4, 1886. More than a century and a quarter later, the labourers of the developing countries, particularly the domestic workers of Bangladesh, are yet to be recognised and benefited from that movement. The recitation and songs played in the program were collected from the Internet and Bangladeshi album 'jagoroner gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

02 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced - Anushandhitsu Chakro - a pioneering science club propagating knowledge of various aspects of science among the people of all classes in Bangladesh. It included an exclusive interview with members of the club which has 18 branches and more than 500 members across the country. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘o babu mosai’ sung by Indian singers Sujata and Diana Das, and ‘amra nehayet gorib’ sung by a group of singers of Kolkata Youth Care. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

09 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program, on the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore's birth, featured an extended telephone conversation with Mr. Iqbal Bahar Choudhury, ex-Editor-in-Chief, Bangla Service, Voice of America and noted broadcaster and vocal artiste, who recently visited Sydney. The conversation covered recollections of Iqbal Bahar Choudhury's parents and aunt and of incidents and personalities from his career as broadcaster. The recitation and songs of Tagore's work were performed by Iqbal Bahar Choudhury and Bangladesh's Rezwana Choudhury Banya. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

16 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with the eminent Bangladesh botanist, Dijen Sharma. Mr. Sharma, who is about to turn 82, is widely known for his knowledge and love of trees and for his many books on this topic. In the interview recorded in Dhaka, Dijen Sharma described exploring forests in his childhood and expressed his concerns over the current destruction of forests and its probable consequences. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

23 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured a conversation with Architect Mubasshar Hussain, current president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and president of the Commonwealth Association of Architects. He recently visited Canberra to participate in the architectural exhibition and seminar titled ‘Sharing Our Achievements’. It was held on 5th May in the University of Canberra and was organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA). In the program Architect Mubasshar Hussain shared his views and thoughts on various aspects on architecture, town planning and democracy. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

30 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the recording of stage drama - 'Che-r Cycle' - written by leading Bangladeshi playwright Mamunur Rashid. Based on the life of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara the play takes the audience to a surreal world, where Che is on his way to stage a revolution. The play continually switches between times and places where the characters assimilate into each other. It begins with three strangers on a beach, each with a unique interpretation of the world. With a sudden trance, they become Che, Aleida (Che's wife), and Che's comrades Fidel Castro and Raúl Castro. Through a deeper understanding of Che's life and philosophy, the three learn to see life in a new light. The roles were performed by Mamunur Rashid, Chanchal Chowdhury and Rubli Chowdhury. It was produced by Bangla Theatre in Bangladesh and directed by Faiz Zahir. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the recording of stage drama - 'Che-r Cycle' - written by leading Bangladeshi playwright Mamunur Rashid. Based on the life of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara the play takes the audience to a surreal world, where Che is on his way to stage a revolution. The play continually switches between times and places where the characters assimilate into each other. It begins with three strangers on a beach, each with a unique interpretation of the world. With a sudden trance, they become Che, Aleida (Che's wife), and Che's comrades Fidel Castro and Raúl Castro. Through a deeper understanding of Che's life and philosophy, the three learn to see life in a new light. The roles were performed by Mamunur Rashid, Chanchal Chowdhury and Rubli Chowdhury. It was produced by Bangla Theatre in Bangladesh and directed by Faiz Zahir. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

13 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an onunatika - ‘daoat’ - based on the teachings of Sun-Tzu, the famed Chinese general and martial strategist who lived about 500BC. Advice from his most famous book ‘The Art of War’ is applied in the setting of a dinner party. The voices in the play were provided by Khaleda Akhter Rosy, Murad Hossain and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. The onunatika was written and directed by Sadequr Rahman. The songs played in the program were sung by the Bangladeshi expatriate and architect Waziuddin Chowdhury Saud and Indrani Sen. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

20 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented short interviews with two of the most popular singers of Bangladesh - Bappa Mazumder and Partha Barua. The interviews were recorded when they came to Australia to perform in concerts in Sydney and Melbourne early this month. Bappa Mazumder is one of the premier members of the famous Bangladeshi band 'Dalchhut' and Partha Barua is a member of the equally famous Bangladeshi band 'Souls'. They talked about their life and their love for music. The beautiful songs played in the program 'pori' and 'aaj tomakey proyojon' were sung by Bappa Mazumder and Partha Barua respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

27 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to legendary Bangladeshi singer and pioneer of pop music in Bangladesh Azam Khan who died on 5 June 2011 at the age of sixty-one. Azam Khan was at the top of his popularity during the 1970s after founding his band called 'Uchcharon'. He was an active member of cultural groups ‘Gonoshilpi-goshthee’ and ‘Kranti-Shilpigoshthee’. Azam Khan was a freedom fighter in Sector 2 and fought against the Pakistani army in the Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. Azam Khan will be remembered in Bangladesh for many of his revolutionary songs that inspired freedom fighters during the liberation war. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet Bangladesh.

04 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented third and final part of beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'nuraldiner shara jibon' - written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. It is one of his experiments with forms and the language that have given a new direction to Bangla literature. The verse-play is based on the legendary partisan leader of a peasant's army fighting against the East India Company's takeover of Bengal in 1757. It was first staged by the Nagorik drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies. The roles were played by the members of the Nagorik group. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on policy, politics and people of climate change and its impact on Bangladesh. It interviewed an environmental activist highlighting Australia’s responsibility to combat climate change in Bangladesh - the interview was taken by Arara Kar. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by two prominent Indian Singers- Hemanta Mukherjee and Manna Dey. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

18 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. In this week’s program, the noted Rabindra scholar, Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman of Dhaka University, discusses the sometimes-raised criticism that Rabindranath’s work was biased and focused largely on the Hindu/Brahma middle class of Kolkata. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by the Laisa Ahmed Lisa and Jayati Acharya. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with Bangladeshi Architect Mizanur Rashid on the architectural heritage of the ruins of Sompur Mahavihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh. The ruins are the earliest evidence of conscious architecture in Bangladesh. It is one of the oldest architectural evidences built to harbour the practice of Buddhism that also portrays various aspects of ancient Bengal’s civilisation. Architect Mizanur Rashid, a well known researcher and historian of the architectural remains of Bangladesh, described the ruins of Paharpur from different perspectives. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

01 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) a report on the status of US image as a global super power, and (2) recordings of the Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, including intervews with the departing President Dr. Mohammad A Quadir and Member Dr. Nahida Bhuiyan. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by singers Nazib Mahmud 'shey amar desh', Nachiketa Chakraborty 'tumi ashbey boley', and Mahmuduzzaman Babu 'ami banglay gaan gai'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

08 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a wonderful drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). A symbolic political novel 'kritodasher hashi' (The Laughter of a Slave) was written in 1962 in protest against the Pakistani Military regime. It was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The date of the recording is unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This weeks program, in the middle of Ramadan, the Muslim month of tolerance and self-control and nearly coincident with the independence days of India and Pakistan, presented an onunatika 'Khela' written by Sadequr Rahman. The onunatika is set in 1948 and examines exclusion and victimisation through the discussions of a group of boys as they prepare to play a football game. The voices were provided by Rajib, Atik and Sanjay. The songs used in the program were composed by Salil Chowdhury and sung by the members of the Indian People's Theatre Association and the Calcutta Youth Choir. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

22 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented the life and songs of distinguished folklore composer of North-eastern Bangladesh - Radha Romon (1833-1915) - a prominent Baul (mystic minstrel) of the country. Romon's Vaishnavism (worship of Krishna) shaped his musical work and led him to a life of Asceticism. Considered "the Father of Dhamail Songs" he wrote and composed over 2,000 songs in the Baul tradition and was well known in particular for his "Geets" and "Dhamail" songs - compositions to traditional dance forms. He was also heavily influenced by the Sufism that infuses Baul culture. Songs of Radha Romon played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Selim Chowdhury, Dilruba Khan, Biswajit Roy, Debdas Chowdhury and Swapan Basu from Kolkata, India. This week’s program was produced by Rajib Paul and presented by Shrabani Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

29 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the significance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the month Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and fast during the daylight hours to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and charity. It presented: (1) a discussion with Islamic scholar of Canberra Brother Nuruddin on the topics of Islam for younger generation and the month of Ramadan, and (2) some Islamic IQ questions and answers by little Sama. The beautiful song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

05 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented part 2 of the wonderful drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). A symbolic political novel 'kritodasher hashi' (The Laughter of a Slave) was written in 1962 in protest against the Pakistani Military regime. It was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The date of the recording is unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presented a feature on the - 'Birds of Canberra'. It introduced the common birds of Australia and Canberra, described the natural bird habitats in and around Canberra, and how planning of Canberra city is influencing bird habitats to thrive in natural setting. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bulbul pakhi moina tiye', 'lal jhuti kakatua', 'amar shonar moina pakhi', kookaburra sitting on a old gum tree, and 'holudia pakhi' were sung by the singers from India, Australia and Bangladesh. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

19 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented part 3 of the wonderful drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). A symbolic political novel 'kritodasher hashi' (The Laughter of a Slave) was written in 1962 in protest against the Pakistani Military regime. It was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The date of the recording is unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme featured - 'Sustainable Living’ - a lifestyle that attempts to reduce our use of the Earth's natural resources. It presented an interview with architect Iftekher Abdullah, an accredited professional of the Green Building Council of Australia, discussing various aspects of sustainable design of buildings and developments. The programme also presented some simple ways of retrofitting our houses for energy saving and changing our behaviour to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel based energy. This week's programme was jointly produced and presented by Asif Ali and Sheikh Lana.

03 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the start of the annual Hindu festival in Canberra that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. Attuned to the festive mood, this week's program presented Jatra - 'ogo bishnu priya' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre, spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. It depicted the story of Hindu goddess Laxmi bringing love, peace and prosperity to humanity. The casts of the Bangladeshi folk theatre troupe and date of the recording are unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) announcement of Association's next event - 'Bangladesh Utshav' - to be held in Canberra on Saturday 15 October 2011, (2) brief report of Canberra Durga Puja organised by the Bangladesh Puja Celebration Committee on last Saturday 8 October 2011, and (3) final part of Jatra - 'ogo bishnu priya' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre, spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. It depicted the story of Hindu goddess Laxmi bringing love, peace and prosperity to humanity. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

17 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of the coverage of the Association’s - 'Bangladesh Utshav' - held in Canberra on 15 October 2011. This year Association presented awards to distinguished Bangladeshis Professor Atique Islam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Edith Cowan University in Perth for his achievements and support to the students from Bangladesh, and two senior Canberra couples Dr. Abed Chaudhury and Ms. Tulip Chaudhury, and Mr. Ehsan Ullah and Ms. Fahmida Ehsan in recognition of their outstanding efforts and commitments to the Canberra Bangladeshi community. This week's program was jointly produced by Ajoy Kar and Syed Asif Ali, and presented by Sheikh Lana.

24 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the coverage of the Association’s - 'Bangladesh Utshav' - held in Canberra on 15 October 2011. It includes recordings of some songs from the cultural function of the festival and interviews with stall holders of Bangla School, Bangladesh Environmental Network, Phoenix World Travel, Association's General Secretary Murad Hossain and guests. This week's program was jointly produced by Ajoy Kar and Syed Asif Ali, and presented by Sheikh Lana.

31 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the life and story of Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. A Bangladeshi economist and known as the "The Banker of the Poor", he founded the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides micro-credit (small loans to poor people possessing no collateral) to help its clients establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. This week's program provided a beautiful summary of his life - achievements, criticisms, praises and honors. The song 'chitralekha' played in the program was sung by Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

07 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to prominent Indian Ghazal singer, composer and music director Jagjit Singh, known as "The Ghazal King". Jagjit Singh, who died on 10 October 2011, gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh in 1970's and 80's as the first successful husband-wife duo act in the history of recorded Indian music. The beautiful Ghazals played in the program were sung by Indian singer Jagjit Singh and his wife Chitra Singh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

14 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to popular Indian singer and music composer Bhupen Hazarika who died last week at the age of eighty-five. His songs are infused with humanity and universalism, and have been sung in many languages, most notable in Bengali and Hindi besides his native Assamese. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'ami ek jajabor', 'manush manusher jonney', 'bistirno duparey', 'amra korbo joy', 'aaj jibon khujey', and 'mohabahu brahmaputra' were sung by late Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

21 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented very informative reports on: (1) issues of Australia's long term unemployment, (2) Internet usage by young children in Australia, and (3) life satisfaction of Australian youths. The beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'aha re' by Bangladeshi singer Ahmed Tophayel, 'montri hobo' by Indian singer Nochiketa Chakraborty, and 'ei jiboner kannaguli' and 'jibonta jodi obhinoy hoi' by Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

28 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented - 'shurokar bhupen hazarika' - describing the song composing history and talent of legendary Indian singer Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Known popularly as the singer, Bhupen was also a very successful music composer from as early as 1950s. This week's program, dedicated to Bhupen Hazarika, played a collection of hit songs composed by him. These are: 'shopto dinga modhukor', 'mo-ne rekho', 'rongila bashite ke daakey', 'ek khana megh', 'bhalo korey cheye dekho' and 'shagor shongomey' sung by Indian singers Shaymal Mitra, Lata Mungeshkar and Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

05 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a critical analysis of the important events in Bangladesh's history, the potentials lie for it in the future and ways to reap those by taking lessons from the past based on a recent lecture by Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The lecture was delivered in a special seminar organised by the Institute of Governance Studies at BRAC University in Dhaka on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

12 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented some interesting research findings on Australian welfare and childhood obesity. Citing reports of the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and Productivity Commission it discussed how in spite of enjoying good standard of living certain groups of Australians are also getting disadvantaged socially and economically. The beautiful songs 'e kemon yearky bolo', 'jara ma-ke bhalobashona', 'feader khai' and 'tar kotha ki bolbo bolo' played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Nakul Kumar Biswas. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

19 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Victory Day of Bangladesh by presenting the fourth and final part of drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). It also played a rare interview with the author on the background of this novel and its link to the independence of Bangladesh. The drama was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The audio clip used in the program has been compiled from documentary film 'muktir gaan' directed by Tareque and Catherine Masud. The violin recital used in the program was played by Bangladeshi expatriate in USA Nora Ali. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated Christmas observed on 25 December around the globe to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. It presented the story of - Santa Claus - its origin and myths, the role of Santa in Christmas celebration and perception of children around the globe. This week’s program played some popular songs on the theme of Christmas and Santa Claus. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.