Bangla Radio Archive - 2013

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Canberra's Naming Ceremony by Lady Denman at Capitol Hill on 12 March 1913 [Photo: National Library of Australia]
07 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s program, the first in a series of several, to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation’s capital, features an interview with veteran Canberran Bengali architect and urban planner, Shibu Dutta. The interview revealed, among other facts, a very interesting but hitherto little known connection of Bengal with the choice of Canberra as the federal capital in 1908. The popular country songs played in the program are sung by famous Australian country song writers and singers John Williamson and Peter Allen. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) performing in Delhi in 2009 [Photo: Internet]
14 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Ravi Shankar – legendary sitar player and music composer of the Indian subcontinent - who died on 11 December 2012 in San Diego, California. He was a talented musician, an organizer, and a professor of California University. During his lifetime he performed many concerts in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He worked together with George Harrison in the 70’s, most notably for the Concert for Bangladesh to raise international awareness. The beautiful sitar compositions used in the program were played by Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar collected from the internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

'Kaler Jatra' - a performance by Padatik Natya Sangsad at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka [Photo: Daily Star]
21 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'noroker phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is centred around social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. It was written and directed by Shoilesh Guha Niyogi and performed by the Kohinoor Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Social networks helping you connect and share with the people in your life
28 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the social media, especially Facebook that has gained popularity not just in our personal lives but also in businesses and government. It presented: (1) an interview with Ms. Lubna Alam, Lecturer and social media expert at the University of Canberra, sharing her view on some of the interesting impacts of Facebook in our lives, and (2) a CNN report by Elizabeth Cohen that discussed a study of Facebook users, which found some are envious of their friends. The beautiful flute composition 'See you again' used in the program was composed and played by Bangladeshi artist Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

The World's first International Mother Language Day monument in Sydney, Australia
04 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on: (1) the international mother language day, including the importance of conserving the mother language in multicultural Australia, and (2) the celebration of 'Mezban' by the Chittagong community in Canberra. It presented: (1) an interview with Tithan Paul, young Bangladeshi-Australian, sharing her view on conserving mother language, and (2) interview with one of the organisers and an audience of Mezban. This week's program played two beautiful songs sung by Bangladeshi singer Rathindranath Roy and a chorus sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

The Australian Parliament House in Canberra [Photo: www.aph.gov.au]
11 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is the second in a series to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation's capital in 2013. It highlighted the significance of this celebration to Australians reflecting on the purpose, setting, character and symbolism of Australia's national capital. It also presented a description of the programs scheduled for this year long celebration. The songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers released in 2012. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

'Muktir Gaan' - Song of Freedom  [Image: Cover from documentary film 'Muktir Gaan']
18 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program, in commemorating the month of language martyrs, presented a brief history of Bangla nationalist songs over the last two centuries. It provided a beautiful composition of Bangla nationalist songs evolved during this period and described how history, country and the people influenced the development. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Lata Mungeshkar, Bangladeshi singers Sakiba Rahman, Chonchol Mondol and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

The 'provatt ferry' at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra [Photo: Ajoy Kar]
25 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program captured the 'provatt ferry' and discussion on commemorating the month of language martyrs and International Mother Language Day organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Rathindronath Roy and the poem was recited by Mahbub-Ul Alam Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

Jatio Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh [Photo: Internet]
04 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is based on an interview of Ms. Sarah Burns regarding her Bangla learning experience and some beautiful music. The songs played in the program were sung by band Khiyo, Fahmida Nabi, Mita Haque, Arnab & Sahana Bajpayee. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Canberra celebrates its 100th birthday on 11 March 2013 [Collage: www.canberra100.com.au]
11 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is the third in a series to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation's capital in 2013. Broadcast on the day when Canberra is celebrating its 100th birthday, it presented the views of four Canberra town planners about how it grew over the century and how the land, climate and people shaped the national capital to its current vibrant state. The planners interviewed are: Johanna Duck, David Radice, Ravi Singh and Rumana Jamaly. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Mice - the most common animal model for human disease research [Photo: news.bbc.co.uk]
18 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the interaction of mice and humans through history and how mice have become the most common animal model for human disease research since the last century. This over-reliance on mice is hindering progress in some cases and the importance of diversity in animal models as well as in our national life was underlined. The songs in this week's program were sung by Indian singer Lopamudra Mitra and Bangladeshi singer Himangshu Goswami.. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862) - the last Mughal Emperor of India [Image: Wikipedia.org]
25 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 42nd Independence Day of Bangladesh. The program consisted of a personal reflection of the importance of economic independence in relation to political independence interspersed with a selection of anonymous patriotic songs and a recitation of 'tomake pabar jonne he swadhinota' by Nazmun Nahar Ratna. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

A scene from 'Paicho Chorer Kissa' performed by Dhaka Padatik at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy [Image: The Daily Sun]
01 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the Jatra: 'noroker phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of the Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is based on social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. It was written and directed by Shoilesh Guha Niyogi and performed by the Kohinoor Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A jatra actor prepares before the performance [Image: Wikipedia.org]
08 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of the Jatra: 'kagojer phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre. Set on the days of British rule in India, the play captured the conflict between the traditional indian culture and the modern culture introduced by the British. It was written by Shattya Prakash Dutta and directed by Shekhor Ganguly, The music director of the play was Manabendra Mukherjee. Lead performers were Shekhor, Tarun, Tara, Dipen and Deb Gopal. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

"Shubho Noboborsho" - Happy Bangla New Year [Composition: Samiya Shajedin]
15 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year or 'Pohela Boishakh' - the first day of the Bengali calendar celebrated by the Bengali communities around the globe on the 14th and 15th April. It presented a brief overview of the Bangla calendar, the traditional and modern ways the day is celebrated, and a selection of beautiful songs surrounding the Bangla new year. The songs played in the program are: 'cholo shobai jiboner ahabaney', 'grishmo, borsha, shoroth, hemonto', 'melaey jai re', 'aji e bhor jeno', 'ailorey bongey bhora boishakh', and 'esho hey boishakh'. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Poster: Canberra Country Music Festival (15-17 Nov 2013) [Info: visitcanberra.com.au/Events/Festivals-and-celebrations]
22 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program produced a flavour of Australian folk music highlighting the deep feeling of the Australians about their cultural heritage. It presented a selection of most popular Australian country songs with a description of their origin. The songs played in the program are: 'Waltzing Matilda', 'True blue', 'I am Australian', 'Under southern stars', 'Can you hear Australian heroes marching', and 'I still call Australia home'. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

29 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the Jatra: 'kagojer phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre. Set on the days of British rule in India, the play captured the conflict between the traditional indian culture and the modern culture introduced by the British. It was written by Shattya Prakash Dutta and directed by Shekhor Ganguly, The music director of the play was Manabendra Mukherjee. Lead performers were Shekhor, Tarun, Tara, Dipen and Deb Gopal. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a selection of short stories written by the contemporary Afghan writers, now settled outside their country, capturing memories of their homeland. It read three stories from 'afganistaner shreshto golpo' translated by long time Canberra resident Dr. Afzal Hossain and released in Bangla Academy Boi Mela this year. The stories are: (1) 'Afghanistan' by Zaheda Gani, (2) 'Hate' by Parveen Fayez Jadah Malal, and (3) 'Photo' by Azam Rahnawar Zariab. The traditional Afghan music pieces used in the program were played by Gulmohammad Abdulqadir, Aziz Herawi & Lloyd Miller, and Laila Djân. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'bhasha boichitrer bangladesh' - The diverse dialects of Bangladesh
13 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: 'bhasha boichitrer bangladesh' - a beautiful composition of songs and conversations of people representing the diverse regional spoken dialects of Bangladesh. The regions covered by this week's program are: Rangpur, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Bogra, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Noakhali. The songs played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

27 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presents some memorable, popular and famous , classical Bangla Ghazals from poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s variety of song collection. Ghazal’s originated in Persia and later entered Indian Subcontinent as a musical inspiration. The language, play of words with mild, sweet, soothing tunes gave a distinct character to ghazals. Kazi Nazrul Islam started writing bangla ghazal’s at 1920’s based on variety of ragas. Nazrul’s ghazals are still as popular as they were on those days. Today’s programme produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Aboriginal rock art  [Image: www.travelnt.com]
03 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Jurtbirrk or love songs of the Iwaidja speaking Australian aborigines from the Northwestern Arnhem Land. Iwaidja is an endangered language spoken by less than 200 people in the Croker Island and the Coburg peninsula in Northern Territory today. The Jurtbirrk love songs that are spontaneously written and performed by Iwaidja speaking males tell stories of everyday love affair among the people. The songs played in this week’s program were taken from the only CD ever published on the Jurtbirrk songs by the Batchelor Press. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

17 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Indrani Dutta from West Bengal, India who is an actor, a dancer and a singer. Indrani Dutta has visited Canberra recently with her dance troop 'Sristi' in early this year. She was invited to perform in different cities of Australia. The musical pieces played in this week's program 'chhata dhoro-he deora' by Kali Dasgupta, and background song 'hotath bhishon bhalo lagchhe' by Lata Mungeshkar were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' [Part 1]
24 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre in the Indian sub-continent. It portrayed the life of women in brothels, their status in society and their expectations from life. Lead performers were Bela Sarker, Ashim Kumar and Anadi Chakrabarti. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A founding member of Bangla Radio Canberra - Najmul Huq Napo (1960-2013) [Facebook: Najmul Huq]
01 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the beginning of 15th year of Bangla Radio broadcasting in Canberra and paid tribute to Najmul Huq Napo, a founding member of Bangla Radio, who passed away recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The songs played in the program were sung by Sami, Punnya, Shejoti and Mona, the young artists of Canberra some of whom Napo interviewed in his last radio program thirteen years ago. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' [Part 2]
08 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' (Part 2) - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre in the Indian sub-continent. It portrayed the life of women in brothels, their status in society and their expectations from life. Lead performers were Bela Sarker, Ashim Kumar and Anadi Chakrabarti. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Ramadan Mubarak [Image: www.islamcan.com]
15 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Canberra. It presented information on the significance of the month, fasting and food selection to keep fit and healthy, and preparation for Eid celebration in Canberra. The songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Yasmin Mustary and Nilufar Yasmeen. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

22 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented some tourist attractions of - Canberra - the beautiful national capital of Australia. It described the view of Canberra from Mount Ainslie lookout, the setting of the Australian War Memorial, the grandeur of the Australian Parliament House, and the annual spring flower festival 'Floriade'. The songs played in the program are Remembrance Song, a song by Guy Sebastian, and a song describing Floriade. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

29 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of poems from album - 'Ma Amar Ma' - recited by Murshed Haider Anjohn, a presenter and producer of Bangla Radio Canberra now residing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The pieces used in this presentation are: Introduction by Muhtadin bin Gulzar, 'kash-bon o amar ma' - Nirmolendu Gun, 'anjalir kotha' - Shubodh Sarker, 'mar kotha' - Sadequr Rahman, 'kokhono amar ma-ke' - Shamsur Rahman, 'onahari ma' - Muhtadin bin Gulzar, 'amar ma' - Syed Ali Ahsan and 'mukh' - Ehsan Ullah. The album is distributed by Saf Foundation in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Artist impression of the Gungahlin Mosque for north Canberra muslim community [Image: NCMC Inc]
05 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Canberra. It presented: (1) progress of the Gungahlin mosque in north Canberra from Mr. Borhanuddin Ahmed, President, North Canberra Muslim Community Inc. and its architectural elements from designer Architect Jalaluddin Anis, (2) importance of Ramadan for children by Ayesha Samah Sheikh, and (3) Canberra Eid celebration in the eye of a guest from Bangladesh Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun, Director, Impress Group. The song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe' played in the program was sung by Indian singer Satinath Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Eid Mubarak! - sweets at a Eid reception in north Canberra [Photo: Bangla Radio Canberra]
12 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program lived the spirit of Eid ul Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, celebrated in Canberra last week. It presented some interesting medical research findings on fasting during the month of Ramadan, the effects of this fasting on our health and some observations of Eid celebration in the past and present. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Nakul Kumar, Mustafa Jamal Abbasi and various choirs of the theme song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid'. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Bengali poet and playwright Shukanto Bhattacharya (15 August 1926 - 13 May 1947) [Photo: Internet]
19 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Kobi Shukanto' - paying tribute to the revolutionary Bengali poet Shukanto Bhattacharya on his 87th birth anniversary. In this program presenter describes the other side of expatriate life - the experience, the reality and the sacrifice. The songs and recitation played in this week's program are: 'Thikana', 'Obak Prithibi', 'Ranar' by Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay, 'Atharo bochor boyes' by Bangladeshi reciter Shimul Mostafa. The partial interview of Shukanto's younger brother was collected from Internet which was played on Akashbani. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Some of the diverse types of potatoes available in South America [Photo: International Potato Centre, Peru]
26 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program recounted the history of the potato and of the great famine in Ireland that was caused by the failure of the potato crop and governance in 1845-1846. The identity of the specific strain of microbe that caused the famine has very recently been uncovered by modern DNA technologies and compared to its modern relatives. The songs played in this week's program were sung by the Bangladeshi singer Ashik and taken from his compilation called 'Baula'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

A comparison of the appearance of the human X and Y chromosomes [Photo: Whitehead Institute, MIT]
02 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s programme dealt with the difference in DNA between males and females and raised the question whether this genetic difference could partly explain the relative failure of men in modern societies. The ability of females to shut down one of the X chromosomes and the benefits of applying this ability in medical treatments were also touched on. The songs in this week’s program are all by Kazi Nazrul Islam and sung by Sharmin Sathi Islam. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Bangladeshi rock star Shuvo at the Canberra Concert on 6 Sep 2013 [Photo: Priyanka Biswas]
09 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s program covered the Canberra concert of Bangladeshi rock star Shuvo held on 6 September 2013. The concert was jointly organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Bangla Language and Cultural School Canberra and Bangla Radio Canberra. Shuvo, an accomplished singer and winner of many national and international song competitions including D'Rockstar and South Asian Superstar, gave an interview for Bangla Radio Canberra listeners. This week’s program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

Ms. Farzana Brownia from Channel i at a recent Canberra function [Photo: Priyanka Biswas]
16 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Ms. Farzana Brownia, presenter, producer and DGM of Channel i - the first digital TV channel of Bangladesh. Ms. Brownia travelled to Canberra, Australia as part of her world tour to meet with Bangladeshi expatriates on the occasion of Channel i's fifteenth anniversary celebration. The Rabindra Shangeet played in the program was sung by Sakiba Rahman Mitul. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Char Adhyay' - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur and directed by Sombhu Mitra
23 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Char Adhyay' (Four Chapters) - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur. Set in India under British Raj it captured the ideals of the Bengali Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. It tells the story of a group of revolutionaries fighting for independence - a movement that rules out love for a woman colleague. It was directed by Sombhu Mitra and performed by Bahurupi theatre troupe in Kolkata, India. Lead performers are Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, Gangapada Basu, Amar Ganguli, Kumar Roy and Soven Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Cancer: History, Explanation, Treatment and Measures [Photo: health-news.com]
30 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program covered - 'Cancer' - a devastating disease that claim millions of lives each year. It presented a very informative discussion on Cancer with its history, epidemiological data, biological explanation behind the deadly disease and current available treatments. It also presented an interview of a cancer researcher Ms. Lubna Hussain, who is currently working on an anticancer drug, on genetic and environmental causes that can predispose someone to cancer and the preventive measures people can take. The songs played in the program were sung by Tahsan and Shahana Bajpaye respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Blooming tulips in Canberra annual flower show Floriade [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with renowned Bangladeshi singer Salma Akbar recorded during her recent visit to Canberra. A leading singer of Tagore songs Salma Akbar talked about her singing career and the practice, promotion and popularity of Tagore songs in Bangladesh. The Tagore songs 'tumi kon kanoner phool' and 'amaro porano jaha chaye' played in the program were sung by Salma Akbar. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Muslims performing Hajj rituals around Ka'ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Image: www.journeymart.com]
14 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Eid-ul-Adha' in Canberra to be celebrated on 15th October 2013 in conjunction with the Hajj - the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It presented an interview with Mr. Kabir Chowdhury, a senior resident of Canberra, on the significance and aspects of Hajj, and some important information for people planning for Hajj in the future. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Memories of Eid and thoughts for a hunger free world
21 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program recollected some personal memories of Eid ul Adha, the Islamic holy festival of the sacrifice, in Bangladesh. In an appraisal of the true teachings of the festival it discussed some statistics highlighting a shocking state of world food and poverty inequality, and hoped for a world free of hunger. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Indian band Bhumi, Bangladeshi singer Roquaiya Hasina Neely and Indian film actor Amitabh Bachchan. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Community involvement in improving living environment in Dinajpur, Bangladesh [Images: www.worldskillsfoundation.org]
28 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted a recent project run by the Australian company Health Habitat in Dinajpur, Bangladesh that demonstrated the importance of community involvement in improving sanitation and waste disposal for healthier living. It presented an interview with Architect Paul Pholeros on his experience there and his involvement with the community and local professionals working together to improve their living environment. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

A tribute to legendary Indian singer Manna Dey [Photo: bbc.co.uk]
04 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Manna Dey, a legendary singer of the Indian subcontinent who died recently in Bangalore, India at the age of ninety-four. Born in Kolkata as Prabodh Chandra Dey and later nicknamed Manna Dey, he sang and recorded more than 4000 songs in Bengali and a number of other Indian languages. Winner of many national and international awards Manna Dey will be remembered for his soul stirring and ever-lasting songs. Bangla Radio also paid tribute to him on 19 Oct 2009 for his nomination for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award 2007. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples' Forum [Photo: bdnews24.com]
11 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, who had recently visited Canberra. Mr. Drong, in his interview with Bangla Radio, discussed among other things the state of the indigenous people living in Bangladesh today. He highlighted the debates concerning the definition of indigenous people in Bangladesh and the role of the state in safeguarding the rights of these people. He also talked about the positive attitude of the Australian government towards its indigenous population and how Bangladesh could learn from the Australian experience. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

'Char Adhyay' - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur and directed by Sombhu Mitra
18 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Char Adhyay' (Four Chapters) [Part 2] - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur. Set in India under British Raj it captured the ideals of the Bengali Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. It tells the story of a group of revolutionaries fighting for independence - a movement that rules out love for a woman colleague. It was directed by Sombhu Mitra and performed by Bahurupi theatre troupe in Kolkata, India. Lead performers are Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, Gangapada Basu, Amar Ganguli, Kumar Roy and Soven Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Short play - 'Bangla Radio Ebong Amra' - written by Samia Shajedin and directed by Shamsuddin Shafi
25 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short play - 'Bangla Radio Ebong Amra' - written by Samia Shajedin and directed by Shamsuddin Shafi. It is a recorded version of the play staged for the 14th anniversary function of Bangla Radio Canberra celebrated in 2012. The Bangla Radio team members performed in the play are: Raquibul Sheikh, Samia Shajedin, Ajoy Kar, Sima Kar, Borhanuddin Shafi, Mohammad Rahman and Zaheen Rahman. The songs played in the program were written by late Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

Dance with Rabindranath Thakur’s song performed by the ‘Kalamandalam’, Kolkata [Photo: Wikipedia]
02 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Rabindra-shangeet (songs of Rabindranath Thakur) composed with a new non-traditional approach influenced by the western and modern music. The songs were sung by the singers from West Bengal, India and compiled in an album titled 'Notuner Ahoban'. The songs played in the program were sung by Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury, Radhika, Shan, Shreya Ghosal & Nachiketa, Indrani Bandopadhay, Babul Shupriyo and Lopamudra Mitra. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview with ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch MLA, by Aurora Kar
09 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program captured an interview with ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch MLA, and discussed on issues concerning foreign remittance in Bangladesh. Minister’s interview on Centenary Multicultural Award was recorded by Arara Kar. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Nachiketa Chakraborty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

The National Martyrs' Memorial near Dhaka dedicated to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 [Image: crimesofwar.org]
16 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program, celebrating the 43rd Victory Day of Bangladesh, paid tribute to the martyrs of the Liberation War. It featured an interview with the eminent Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman of Dhaka University, in which he historically analysed the much talked about spirits of the liberation war and its achievements in the post liberation period, where he emphasized how the fundamental principles of the state policy in 1972 had historical roots and were not merely the product of the 1971 war alone. The program played a set of beautiful Bangladeshi patriotic songs. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Merry Christmas and may God's grace be always with you [Image: wikipedia.org]
23 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week Bangla Radio presented its Christmas special by showcasing the core significance of Christmas which is conveyed through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus came into this world for our salvation, for which, he even gave his life on the Cross. This week's program upheld the essence of Christ's sacrifice which is epitomized through his message of Peace, Love and Hope. The program also presented some wonderful Christmas songs illustrated with a brief account of the most celebrated Christmas carol, Silent Night. As a special treat it presented listeners with two Christmas carols performed by our very own Canberra based musical group 'Spondon', including the Bengali version of the Silent Night. This week's Christmas special has been produced by Luna Purification with special presentation by Bina D'Costa from Geneva and Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Drama: 'Shorno-mrigo' (golden deer) [Image: freechristmaswallpapers.net]
30 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a drama - 'Shorno-mrigo' (golden deer) - depicting the dilemma faced by a Bangladeshi expatriate - his struggle between home and abroad, close family and prosperity. The drama was written and directed by Toukir Ahmed. Background music composed by Shujeo Shyam. The roles were played by Afzal Hossain, Toukir Ahmed, Shormili Ahmed and Natasha Hayat. The drama was broadcast by the Bangladeshi channel Ekushey TV. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.