Bangla Radio Archive - 2012

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02 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

The first program of 2012 has been dedicated to three Bangla Radio Canberra producers: Dr. Sadequr Rahman, Dr. Bina D'Costa and Ms. Sakiba Rahman, who recently left Canberra to take up their new roles in Kuala Lumpur and Geneva. Bangla Radio is very much in debt for their contribution in the management and production of radio programs on a wide range of topics over the last ten years. In recollection this week's program played parts of the recording from recent annual meeting presided by Dr. Sadequr Rahman, the past Coordinator, held in his residence. The two beautiful songs played in the program: 'aaj abar money porey' and 'bhuley jao prothom aalap' were sung by popular Kolkata band 'chandrabindu'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Vernon Bailey discussing meditation and healing garden. Dr Bailey a distinguished Canberra nutritionist, who worked over fifty years in Asia mainly Indonesia, spoke about spiritual healing and multicultural reconciliation and the establishment of the Environment Meditation and Healing Garden in Canberra by the Canberra Interfaith Forum represented by the people from different faiths in Canberra. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'muchhey jaoa dinguli', 'pother klanti bhuley', 'dinguli mor shonar khanchae' and 'tui phele eshechhish karey' were sung by Indian singers Hemanta Mukhapadhay and Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

16 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program featured architectural heritage of Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Built around 1678, it is a unique example of Moghul Architecture in Bengal. Recently Lalbagh Fort has been proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage items register. This week's program also featured a conversation with Bangladeshi architect and historian Mizanur Rashid in Malaysia. Architect Rashid elaborated different historical aspects of the fort and told many unknown facts. The songs played in this week's program 'nurjahan' and 'ganga shindhu normoda' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Feroza Begum and Indian singer Angshuman Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

23 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured: (1) the worship of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom, in the world where religion plays an important role on human lives, and (2) an informative discussion on heart disease based on Heart Specialist Dr. Devi Shety’s Interview with WIPRO employees in Bangalore, India. The second part of the program was dedicated to the students of 44th batch of the Bangladesh Agricultural Institute. The songs played in this week’s program ‘saraswati namasthubyam’, ‘saraswati ma’, 'choley gechhe bondhu amar’ and ‘bari gari aha mori’ were sung by Indian singers Anup Jalota, Manna Dey and Bangladeshi singer Nakul Kumar Biswas respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

30 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the - Australia Day - by presenting a selection of Australian country songs and jokes. Australia Day is celebrated annually across Australia on 26 January to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty in the eastern coast of the Australian continent. The beautiful country songs: ‘We are Australian’, ‘Billy Tea’ and ‘My Island Home’ played in the program were sung by renowned Australian singers. The music compositions used in the program were taken from album Souvenir of Australia published by the Lifestyle Music Group. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorating the month of Language Martyrs of Bangladesh, presented a critical analysis of the current state of Bangla language and the evolution it has gone through since the historic language movement in 1952, with a particular emphasis on the challenge it is facing today from the language of the visual media, based on a write up by an eminent litterateur Syed Manzurul Islam. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by singers Abdul Latif from Bangladesh and Pratul Mukhopaddhay from India. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

13 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a discussion on the Liberation War of Bangladesh and Australian Mr. W.A.S. Ouderland, the only foreigner who was awarded the Gallantry Award 'Bir Protik' for his contribution towards Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. The beautiful songs played in this week’s program: ‘mora ekti ful ke bachabo bole’, ‘salam salam hazar salam’, ‘ek shagor rokter binimoye’, ‘tireer ei dheuer shagore’ were sung by Bangladeshi singers Apel Mahmud, Rasedul Hasan Kayes and a group of singers of Sadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

20 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952 through a collection of songs - 'chetonar gaan, preronar gaan' - that motivated the Bangalee’s to fight for their rights and win freedom. The story covered by the program starts from the resistance against British raj, language movement in 1952, liberation war in 1971 and the present Bangladesh. The beautiful songs played in the program will be in the Bangladeshi's heart forever. The artists of the songs are Abdul Latif, Rathindranath Ray, Apel Mahmud, Sabina Yasmin, Abdul Jabbar and Mahmuduzzaman Babu, and the poem was recited by Quazi Arif. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

27 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Humayun Faridi, a renowned actor of Bangladesh who passed away on 13 February 2012 at the age of 60. An active member of the Bangladesh's theatre movement, Humayun Faridi was well known for his outstanding performances on stage, television and cinema for over four decades. This week's program played some of Humanyun Faridi's beautiful recitations, parts of his performances and his memories recollected by one of his co-actress, Sydney resident, Ms. Rehana Sultana. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

05 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the first death anniversary of Dr. Apala Farhat Naved. Dr. Apala Naved was a professor of Biochemistry at Dhaka University, a teacher at Chhayanaut and a driving force behind Kalyan Porampora, which seeks to further the ideals and vision of her father Waheedul Haque of a secular and progressive Bangladesh. Dr. Apala Naved also contributed regularly to Bangla Radio Canberra. In this program, her life and remarkable personality is recollected by her friends Hasneen Muktadir, Sara Gulshan, Sima Gulshan and Prof. Mustafizur Rahman. The program concludes with a letter by her daughter, Auni. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Dr. Apala Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

12 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful composition of poems and songs on - 'boshonto utshab' - the traditional festival to welcome spring in Bangladesh. It also interviewed Bangladeshi expatriate in Sydney Ms, Nibedita Das, and Canberra residents Mr. Chris Bradley and Mr. Yilmaz Atag to get a glimpse of spring celebrations in Sydney and Canberra. The poems recited in the program were written by Dr. Abed Chaudhury. The songs played in the program: 'boshonto chhueyechhe', 'o-he shundoro momo', 'shukno patar nupur paaye', 'nachey shyama', 'dhirey dhirey boho' and 'eki labonne purno pran' were sung by Kumar Bishwajit, Shuvomita Banerjii, Sami, Manisha Murali Nair and Paromita Dey. This week’s program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

19 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered and paid homage to the army officers killed by the disgruntled Bangladesh border guards at their Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka three years ago. It presented an intimate interview of Shemonti, only child of fallen Major Khalid Hossain, and the observance of the third anniversary of the massacre in Dhaka last month. The songs played in the program: 'shadhinota ki boishakhi mela', 'koto-tuku osru gora-le', and 'mukti-jodhara kothae achho lukiye' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 41st Independence Day of Bangladesh. It presented a composition of patriotic songs, poem recitations and reading of an article by Provat Ghose, a Bangladeshi expatriate living in Adelaide, Australia. The poem used in the program was written by Romen Raihan and recited by Shimul Mostafa. The patriotic songs played in the program: 'sob kota janala', 'jonmo amar dhonno holo', 'bangladesh', 'karar oi louho kopat', 'oi ujjolo din', 'shadhinotar gaan', 'bongo amar jononi amar' were collected from the Internet. This week's program has been dedicated to the martyrs of the Bangladesh's Independence War. This week's program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

02 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on - 'Pohela Boishakh' - the first day of Bengali New year celebrated in mid-April which connects all ethnic Bengalis irrespective of religious and regional differences. It described the history and cultural tradition of Bangla New Year celebration in Bangladesh. The songs played in the programme: ‘esho he boishakh’, ‘dhitang dhitang bole’, ‘melay jaire’, 'lal paharer deshe ja' and 'shobar ghorey aaj boishakh eshechhe' were sung by Hemanta Mukherjee, Chinmoy Chatterjee, Maqsood of Feedback, Shagoto and Milon Mahmud respectively. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

09 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program, based on an article by the eminent Bangladeshi economist Mozaffer Ahmad, presented a critique of the current political culture in Bangladesh that, among other things, is characterised by the lack of accountability to the people and of democratic practices within the political parties. It highlighted how the current political culture impeded the unity of the nation and underscored the need of strong statesmanship for freedom from the current depressing state. 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.

16 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the – 'Boishakhi Mela' – jointly organised by the Bangladeshi Seniors Club, Canberra and Bangladesh High Commission in the High Commission premises in Canberra on 14 April 2012 to celebrate the Bangla New Year. The program captured various aspects of the ‘Mela’ including the speech of ACT multicultural Minister Joy Birch, and interview with program organisers and visitors. The songs played in the program were sung by local singers performed in the Mela. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

23 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented first part of a two part onunatika - ‘Ka-theke-ka’ - which is to be broadcast in consecutive weeks. The onunatika is concerned with an apparently affluent young couple who have recently moved to Kuala Lumpur from Canberra and their interactions with some of the local ‘deshi’s. The voices on this week’s onunatika were provided by Javed Mahmood Shiplu, Fahima Khan and Mohammed Haider Ali. The songs in this week’s program were sung by Aditi Mohsin and Chandana Majumder. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur.

30 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second and concluding part of the onunatika - 'Ka-theke-ka'. In this week's program the husband starts a transport business from Kuala Lumpur to Australia following the advice of a more established businessman. The impact and consequences of this activity are followed. This week's program featured, in order, the voices of Shamsul Haque, Javed Mahmood Shiplu, Muhammed Haider Ali and Fahima Khan . The songs in this week's program were sung by Chandana Majumder and Shera Shwagoto. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur.

07 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his birth anniversary to be observed on 25th May. It presented a collection of his songs from the infinite treasure of multidimensional theme songs he created that not only enriched Bangla music with a new stream but also reflected the variety of experiences, depths and emotions of his dynamic life. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by distinguished singers from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

14 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) of the ACT Inc. MARSS provides programs for migrants of all ages to assist with language, welfare, employment, access and equity for people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This week's program featured an interview with Mr. Clinton McCulloch, one of the Project Officers of MARSS. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Bhupen Hazarika, Bappi Lahiri, Swapan Basu and Bangladeshi chorus-singers. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul.

21 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 92nd Birth Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children Day 2012 Celebration organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Indrani Sen and Hemanta Mukhherjee. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

28 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Dr. Enamul Haque, founder director general of Bangladesh National Museum and a pioneering figure in the study of archaeology and cultural heritage of Bengal. In this interview Dr. Haque, Bangladesh's veteran cultural personality who is also a renowned poet, lyricist and musician, recollected his work on archiving Bengal art, his contribution in Bangla literature and creation of a number of successful 'geeti-nritya-natya'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

04 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'World Environment Day' - to be observed on 5 June 2012. It presented highlights of the poisoning of over seventy million people in Bangladesh who have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water after hand-pumped wells were installed by the foreign aid agencies in the 1970s to tap groundwater. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Hemanta Mukherjee, Kishore Kumar and Bangladeshi singers Moniruzzaman Monir, Mamtaj and Asif. This week’s program was produced by Ajoy Kar and presented by Sima Kar.

11 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of a series on: 'bangladesher band shongeet'. In tonight's episode it covered the formation and hit songs of one of the pioneering pop-music band of Bangladesh 'Souls', established in Chittagong in the early seventies and later moved to Dhaka. This week's episode also included an intimate interview with popular Bangladeshi singer Tapan Chowdhury, a former member of Souls, recorded during his recent visit to Canberra. The songs played in this program were collected from the Internet and Souls albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

18 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with distinguished Bangladeshi singer Ferdausi Rahman. Groomed by her father Abbasuddin Ahmed, a legendary folk singer, as a vocalist her music career spanned over five decades. She has not only uplifted the great trend of folk music that her father established, she also gave her fans a rich collection of music that includes Modern Song, Classical, Ghazal and Nazrul Shangeet. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Ferdausi Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

25 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program took listeners to the Sydney Boishakhi Mela held in Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush on 21 April 2012 to celebrate the Bangla New Year. On behalf of Bangla Radio Canberra Dr. Abed Chaudhury captured the spirit and sounds of this grand celebration attended by more than twenty-five thousand expatriates, international guests and dignitaries, making it one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. A similar recording of the same Mela held in Burwood Girls High School captured by Dr. Abed Chaudhury seven years ago can be found in Bangla Radio program archive dated 18 April 2005. This week's program was produced by Abed Chaudhury and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi women at a May Day rally
09 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the state of women in Bangladesh; looking for an answer to the puzzle why women constitute the largest chunk of the poverty stricken and rights deprived people, despite being the primary driving force in advancing Bangladesh status on the global Human Development Index. Based on a write up by an eminent Bangladeshi women’s rights activist Salma Khan, the first Asian elected Chairperson of the UN CEDAW Committee, the program depicted the status of women, their rights and state of empowerment today. The songs presented in the program were sung by Indrani Sen, Bhupen Hazarika and Leena Taposhi Khan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Bappa Majumder
16 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of a series on: 'bangladesher band shongeet'. In this week's episode it covered the formation and hit songs of one of the most popular pop-music band of Bangladesh 'Dalchhut', formed by renowned singers Bappa Majumder and Sanjeeb Chowdhury in November 1996. The songs played in this episode 'shada moila rongila paley', 'gari cholena', 'bioscope', 'ami tomakei bole debo', and 'ama-ke ondho kore diechhilo chad' were sung by Bappa Majumder and Sanjeeb Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

23 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a biography of Ziaur Rahman (1936 – 1981), an army officer, a Bangladeshi politician and the seventh President of the country. It discussed his life as an accomplished military officer, his contribution to the liberation of Bangladesh and his political career that founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), one of the two largest political parties in the country. The songs played in this week's program were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singers Sabina Yasmin and Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

Facebook - the most popular social networking site of today
30 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the most popular social networking site 'facebook'. It covered an introduction, brief history, and the profile and perspective of the 'facebook' users. It also discussed some interesting facts on the pros and cons of using this extraordinary networking site. The songs played in this week's program were taken from Bangla telefilm 'Amader Golpo' and Bangla movie 'Autograph' sung by Iresh Zaker and Anupam Roy respectively. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin and Zaheen Rahman.

06 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Krishna Janmashtami', an important Hindu festival marking the birth of Shri Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu, dating back to the period between 3200 and 3100 BC. This auspicious day called 'Janmashtami' will be observed this week in Canberra. This week's program highlighted different aspects of Shri Krishna's teachings and presented a collection of devotional songs sung by Indian singers Subhomita Banerjee, Anup Jalota, Chitra Singh and Hoimonti Shukla. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

13 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Humayun Ahmed, Bangladesh's most popular fiction writer, who died last month after fighting with cancer. It discussed his life, his work, and the feelings of some renowned personalities and his readership. The first two songs played in the program 'mori-le kandis na' and 'o-karigor' were written by Humayun Ahmed and sung by Meher Afroz Shawon and S. I. Tutul respectively. The last song 'karigor' was composed and performed as a tribute to Humayun by Bangladeshi band Aushruto. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin and Zaheen Rahman.

[Photo: Akramul Hoque]
20 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the 'Eid ul Fitr' that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, observed on the 19th of August 2012 in Canberra. It presented the significance of the day and an overview of the festivity practised in different countries around the world. The theme song used in the program 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' was sung by Shatinath Mukhopadhay, Mostafa Jamal Abbasi and group singers of the popular BTV program Ittadi. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

27 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program briefly discussed about the Australian Council of Social Service's research findings on Australia's unemployed population and the effectiveness of its current income support system. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Nachiketa Chakraborty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

03 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program welcomed Canberra spring, which officially started this week, by offering a collection of beautiful songs from recent award winning Bangla movies from Bangladesh and India. The movies featured in the program are: Ontohin, Monpura, Abohoman, Lal Tip, Chaplin and Guerrilla. The songs were sung by Shreya Goshal, Babul Supriyo, Kazi Krishnokoli, Chondona Mazumder, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Shan, Tipu, Nancy and Anindita Brishti. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

10 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Architect Muzharul Islam, pioneer of modern architecture in Bangladesh, who passed away on the 15th of July 2012. It presented a brief description of his life and works, his architectural style that dominated the 1960s and 70s, and his initiatives that brought world renowned architects like Louis Kahn, Stanley Tigerman, Paul Rudolph and Doxiadis to work in Bangladesh. The songs played in the program were sung by Rezwana Chowdhury Bonna, Indrani Sen and Konika Bondopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shiekh Lana.

17 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a discussion about autism. The symptoms associated with autism and the means of reducing their impact on the affected were described by Dr. Leedy Hoque, a Bangladeshi physician and scientist who has professional and personal experience in this area. Dr. Hoque also runs 'Surer Jadu' and 'Ronger Jadu' classes for autistic children in Dhaka with the cooperation of Chhayanaut and has observed some heart-touching changes in the children. The song played in this week's program, 'momero putul' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Feroza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

24 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Baul Shah Abdul Karim, legendary folk singer and composer of Bangladesh. Born in Sunamganj District in Sylhet Division he started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from very early age. Ektara, a traditional single string instrument has been his constant companion. Though much belated, his contributions to Bengali Music has now been officially recognized by the State and its people. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers and composers Habib Wahid and Bappa Mazumder. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

01 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program, mostly in English, presents a discussion with Professor Tipu Aziz, Professor of Neurosurgery at Oxford University, UK about progress in the surgical treatment of some types of neurological disorders. The program covers the use of animal models for Parkinson’s disease and how that led to new surgical procedures for some types of that disease. Recent research that could lead to new treatments are also touched on. The song played in this week's program was sung by Pabon Das Baul of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

08 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr Iftikher Mahmood, founder of Hope Foundation (www.hopeforbangladesh.org). Dr. Mahmood described how this organisation supports the Cox's Bazar Hospital for Women and Children and Hope Medical Centres which aim to serve millions of people by providing education, acute medical care, treatment, and the rehabilitation of sick, injured, disabled and destitute women and children of Bangladesh. The song played in the program 'amar shonar bangla' was sung by Bangladeshi singer James. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

15 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladeshi poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah (1956-1992). A revolutionary and romantic poet, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah was equally popular in Bangladesh and West Bengal in India for his poems and songs. His most well known contribution is the song 'bhalo achhi bhalo theko, akasher thikanae chithi deeo' - I am fine and hope so thy, write me at the address in the sky. This week's program presented a collection of his poem recitations and songs compiled and narrated by Fatema Tuj Johura Sumi. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

22 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program, based on an article by eminent political scientist Dr. Rownak Jahan, a former professor of Political Science at Columbia University, presented a critique of the current political culture in Bangladesh. Highlighting the failure of the successive governments to establish democratic norms in the political culture since 1990, when Bangladesh experienced a transition to democracy through popular movements, it sketched a vision for an ideal leadership for the country. The inspiring songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

29 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to the legendary Bengali and Hindi singer of the Indian Sub-continent Kishore Kumar (1929-1987) on his twenty-fifth death anniversary observed this month. He is also known as an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter. This week's program featured some of his success stories and memorable events of his life. The popular songs played in the program were sung by Kishore Kumar and a duet with Manna Dey, another legendary singer of the Indian sub-continent. This week's program was produced by Rajib Paul and presented by Shrabani Paul.

05 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to one of the most eminent poet and novelist of Bengali literature Sunil Gangopadhyay who died on 23 October 2012. Two Canberra expatriate scientists, and Bangla literature enthusiasts, Dr. Abed Chaudhudry and Dr. Tanvir Hossain recollected their memories of Sunil Gangopadhyay and discussed some aspects of his work. It also presented part of the voice of Sunil Gangopadhyay recorded during his reception in Canberra in 2001. The instrumental piece used in the program was taken from album Sudhu Alo Adhare. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered the life and work of distinguished Bangladeshi singer, composer and lyricist Abdul Latif. It presented the first part of a two part program based on the biography of this respected and accomplished singer covering his childhood, education, singing career and his patriotic songs during the Bangla language movement. He was the first arranger of the influential song of the language movement 'amar bhaier rokte rangano ekushey february' written by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury. The song played in the program 'ora amar mukher kotha kaira ni-te chae' was composed and sung by Bangladeshi singer Abdul Latif. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

Bangladeshi singer, composer and lyricist Abdul Latif (1927-2005)
19 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered the life and work of distinguished Bangladeshi singer, composer and lyricist Abdul Latif. It presented the second part of a two part program based on the biography of this respected and accomplished singer covering his childhood, education, singing career and his patriotic songs during the Bangla language movement. He was the first arranger of the influential song of the language movement 'amar bhaier rokte rangano ekushey february' written by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury. The songs played in the program were composed and sung by Bangladeshi singer Abdul Latif. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

26 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews of two prominent architects from Bangladesh, Architect Mubasshar Hussain and Architect Ahsanul Hauque Khan, respectively the President of the Institute of Architects, Bangladesh and Chief Architect of the Government of Bangladesh. The two architects were in Australia on the occasion of the week-long festival in Melbourne titled ‘Bringing Architects Together’ that was organized by Bangladeshi architects in Australia (BaA) and hosted with the assistance of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Institute of Architects Bangladesh and the Bangladesh High Commission. The program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi after Bangladesh's liberation [Source: Daily Prothom Alo]
10 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a discussion on the life of the inhabitants of the Indo-Bangladesh enclaves, also known as the 'chitmahals' along the Bangladesh–India border, in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian Singers Manna Dey, Kishor Kumar and Nachiketa Chakroborty. This weeks program was produced by Ajoy Kar and presented by Sima Kar.

On this day in 1971, the Pakistani Army surrendered to the Indo-Bangladeshi High Command in Dhaka, ending the 9 month-long Bangladesh Liberation War.
17 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program is dedicated to the people who brought victory for Bangladesh in 1971. It presented the historical background of the independence of Bangladesh based on online articles by popular journalists. The voice of George Harrison and the late Ravi Shankar played in the program were collected from the Internet. The songs played in the program: 'amar sonar bangla', 'tir hara ei dhewer shagor', 'protidin tomai dekhi' and 'amra korbo joy' were broadcast by the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro, and sung by Konok Chapa and Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

Merry Chistmas
24 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program is on the significance of Christmas in our modern world and the interrelation between the festivities and true spirit of Christmas. It focused on children who experience the real joy of Christmas and how through our children the adults also spread the Christmas cheer in so many different ways. However, this year's Christmas spirit has been dampened all around the world by the recent massacre in the US, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A special prayer is sought from our listeners to spare a thought for the 26 families who lost their little children and loved ones. The five Christmas songs played in the program are: three Bangla songs recorded by Banideptee - 'hobey taar agomon', 'hey baani shorgio' and 'pothohara pothikera', and one special children's Christmas carol by Jackson 'Up on the Housetop', and finally 'Ave Maria' by Michael Buble which is dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and their families. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Part of the Bangla Radio Canberra team at the 14th year of broadcasting celebration
31 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a flash back of Bengali cultural program and activities held in Canberra in 2012. Popular singers Tapan Chowdhury, Kumar Biswajit from Bangladesh and Haimanti Shukla from West Bengal, India performed their melodious concerts this year. We also enjoyed cultural night organized and presented by the two local cultural groups: Dhrupad and Spondon. Bangladesh Australia Association also organized several cultural and community events this year. This week’s songs were collected from internet, and compiled and narrated by Zinath Khan. This week’s program produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.