Bangla Radio Archive - 2014

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The nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, often used in studies of aging [Credit: commons.wikimedia.org]
06 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program discussed from a scientific perspective how the effects of age can be delayed in humans. The effects of aging are ultimately traceable to irreparable damage to irreplaceable individual cells. Insights into reducing such damage were described based on laboratory experiments and analysis of accelerated aging. The lifestyles in places where many inhabitants retain their physical abilities into advanced years were also described. The lyrics in this week's program were written and set to music by the late Shah Abdul Karim and the songs were sung by Azmir Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Australian wild flower Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima)
13 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of beautiful poem recitation by Bratati Bandopadhay, a popular Bengali language elocutionist from Kolkata, India and a member of Bengali performing group Sarathi. The poems are: 'amiye shei meye', 'ek guch-chha chabi', 'megh boltey apotti ki', 'prem' and 'nirjhorer shopno bhongo'. The Tagore song 'gohono kusumo kunja majhey' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Roquaiya Hasina Neely. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi band artist Nakib Khan
20 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a tribute to the Bangladeshi celebrity artist Nakib Khan’s concert organised by BAAC on 19 January 2014 at Cook Neighbourhood hall in Canberra. The songs played in this week's program are: 'Mon shudhu mon chuyeche' , ‘Mukhorito Jibon’, ‘Are o pagol monre’, sung by ‘Souls’ ‘Rhidoy kada matir’, ‘Bhalo lage’, ‘Achha keno manush’, were sung by ‘Renaissance’. These songs were collected from internet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

Australia Day 2014
27 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Australia Day, a national day celebrated annually on 26 January, to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. First part of the program presented a brief history and celebration of the day by Ayesha Samah Sheikh. The second part played an interview of the popular Bangladeshi band singer Nakib Khan recorded by Avijit Sarker during his recent visit to Canberra. The songs 'Advance Australia Fair' and 'I am Australian' by Mirusia Louwerse played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

National Multicultural Festival 2014 [Photo: multiculturalfestival.com.au]
10 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra during 7-9 February 2014. The three-day Festival featured culture and history of approximately 80 different cultures. This week's program presented four songs from Australia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Thailand. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

17 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to the language martyrs of Bangladesh who sacrificed their lives on the 21st of February 1952 at Dhaka in contemporary East Pakistan which is now recognized and observed as International Mother’s Language Day throughout the whole world. The program mainly featured the background of such an unparalleled event and the way of getting ‘Bangla’ as the state language of East Pakistan (Now the independent Bangladesh). Credit goes to ‘Bangla Television Canada’ for the audio-extraction from the documentary ‘A Mori Bangla Vasha’. The songs and recitations used in this program were performed by Bangladeshi Artists Mahmuduzzaman Babu, Kazi Arif, Tapan Mahmud, Md.Ahkam Ullah and ‘Kolkata Youth Choir’ from West Bengal. This week's program was produced by Rajib Paul.

Poster of the 'Mother Language Day Walk'
24 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 'Mother Language Day Walk' which took place on Friday 21 February 2014 in Canberra initiated by the Canberra based International Mother Language Movement Committee. The walk was initiated to grow awareness in the Canberra community about preserving all the mother/heritage languages of the world and to establish the idea to celebrate the day all over Australia. The program includes interviews and speeches of distinguished guests and key participants of the movement. The poem used in the program was recited by Kazi Arif. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Shahid Minar on 21st February
03 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program was based on practicing 'Bangla' language, culture and its rich heritage among the young children in Canberra, Australia. The songs played in the program were sung by Nehan, Surin, Avro, Inari, Ayan, Nijhum, Arith, Chhoya, Paromita, Arnab Chowdhury and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. The poems used in the program were written and recited by Fahmida Shoma. The program also includes interviews of some local Canberrans. This week’s program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

10 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the function organised in Canberra on 28 February 2014 to remember and pay homage to the fallen Bangladesh Army officers killed in Bangladesh Border Guard headquarters five years ago. It was organised by the family members of the martyred officers, and family members of the Bangladesh Army officers living in Canberra and Sydney. The speakers were Major (Ret) Dr. Ahmed Imran, Mr. Borhanuddin Shafi, Dr. Rumman, Ms. Shamima Parveen - widow of martyred Major Humayun Haider, and HE Bangladesh High Commissioner Lieutenant General (Ret) Masud Uddin Chowdhury. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain and Indian singer Shan. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [Related programs in archive: 2 Mar 09, 9 Mar 09 and 19 Mar 12]

The European honey bee (Apis melliferra) [Photo: wikimedia.org]
17 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with bees. Bees play a crucial role in human agriculture and in the reproduction of plants generally. One species of honey bee, Apis melliferra, was taken to both America and Australia when the Europeans first colonised those lands and is important for the success of agriculture that uses introduced plants. Recently Apis melliferra has undergone a sharp drop in population due to Colony Collapse Disorder. The causes of Colony Collapse Disorder are not clear but the consequences could be severe and are discussed. The songs in this week's program were sung by Bangladeshi scientist and singer Apala Farhat Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Two short stories 'Stri charitra' and 'Putra' written by Indian writer Bonoful
24 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the richness of Bangla literature by broadcasting two short stories 'Stri charitra' and 'Putra' written by the celebrated writer, Bonoful. Bonoful's real name was Balai Chand Mukhapadhay. Bonoful was born in Purnia, India in 1899 and he died in 1979. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Apala Farhat Naved, and Indian singers Manna Dey and Anup Ghoshal respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressing a rally in Dhaka immediately upon his return to the newly independent Bangladesh after nine months of detention in Pakistan [Photo: dhakatribune.com]
31 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 43rd Independence Day of Bangladesh celebrated on the 26th of March 2014. It presented a brief history of the Bangladesh liberation movement covering the 1947 to 1971 period. The song and recitation used in the program were collected from the YouTube. The violin piece used in the program was played by Nora Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

A Bangladeshi girl in her classroom [Photo: ec.europa.eu]
07 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Nazrul Islam on the activities of the - 'Grameen Support Group Australia' - a non-profit community organisation registered in Sydney. The group believe that Bangladesh's Grameen approach is the best available method today to eradicate poverty from the world by individual and group initiatives along with governmental policies. To achieve this the group assists and supports Bangladesh's Grameen projects for its microcredit, educational and health programs. Mr. Islam also explained how the group's Scholarship program for very poor meritorious Bangladeshi students those secured GPA-5 in SSC exams has been successful in realising the benefits. The song 'gonotontro' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

A traditional dish 'panta ilish' in Boishakhi Mela [Image: sakurahouse-blog.com]
14 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the Bangla New Year 1421 observed this week in Canberra. It presented parts of the Boishakhi Mela cultural function organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and interviews with guest Mr. Fahimul Islam, Association President Syed As-sayeed and Cultural Secretary Zinath Jebin Khan. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Interview: Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq, Dhaka University, on state, politics and religion
21 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Supernumerary Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq of Dhaka University who has written extensively on state, society politics, religion, philosophy, culture and history among other things over the past four decades. He is a staunch proponent of abolishing the principles of both secularism and state religion from the state constitution, which Professor Huq believes is the root cause of many issues in the modern Bangladesh state. In this interview he talks about the future form of state and the world order, and proposes a world government to deal effectively with the challenges posed by the forces of globalization and the west. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Stage performance in Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2014 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
28 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on 26 April 2014. This 22nd Bangla New Year festival in Sydney, the single largest such gathering outside Bangladesh, has been estimated to be attended by fifteen thousand visitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Celebrating the richness of Bangla culture and tradition this year's festival was attended by local and federal government representatives, Bangladesh High Commissioner and other dignitaries. This week's program covered the first half of the formal stage programs of the festival. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stage performance in Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2014 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
05 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the second half of the programs of the 22nd Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on 26 April 2014. It captured the spirit and sounds of the mela in a beautiful composition of stage performances and interviews with the organisers and visitors to the festival. The stage audio clips were recorded by Mr. Anisur Rahman from bangla-sydney.com and the interviews were recorded by Dr. Abed Chaudhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Happy Buddha Purnima 2014  [Image: discoverindia.net]
12 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - to be celebrated on 14 May 2014 to mark the 2576th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the spiritual leader on whose teaching Buddhism was founded. It presented a beautiful Buddha Kirtan sung by Bangladeshi artists to mark the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi band singer Shafin Ahmed [Photo: Wikipedia.com]
19 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with popular Bangladeshi band singer Shafin Ahmed recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. Shafin grew up in a musical family - his father, Kamal Das Gupta, was a noted music director, while his mother, Firoza Begum, is a legendary Nazrul Geeti singer. Shafin took lessons about Nazrul Geeti in his childhood and exposed to western music in England. Along with his elder brother he founded Band Miles which went on to become a leading musical group in Bangladesh. Shafin left Miles in 2010 to form a new band group - Rhythm of Life. The songs played in the program were sung by Shafin Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

 Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976) [Image: maamatimanush.tv]
26 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 115th birth anniversary that was observed on 24th May 2014. It presented a brief biography of poet and played selected songs written by him highlighting the variety in composition, subject, philosophy, and his unique creation of Bangla ghazals, spiritual songs on different religion that has enriched the bangla song collection. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Stalls in Dhaka Ekushey Boi Mela 2014 organised by the Bangla Academy [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short story 'Selim Chishty' written by Indian writer Nimai Bhattacharya, description of a beautiful tourist destination in Bangladesh 'Nijhum Dip' and a short poem 'ranna banna' by young Bangladeshi writer Nafiul Islam Mim. The Nazrul-geeti 'rumu jhumu' and Rabindra-shangeets 'chiro bondhu' and 'kon khelajey' played in the program were sung by Indian singers Anup Jalota and Nilanjona Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

'Probashir Cinema' - Mr. Golam Mostafa, Mr. Abhijit Deonath and Mr. Zia Ahmed [Image: wallcoo.net]
09 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Probashir Cinema' - highlighting the works of three expatriate cinema producers in Australia. It presented interviews with: (1) Mr. Golam Mostafa, a distinguished stage and TV personality in Sydney now working on producing his new cinema trilogy, (2) Mr. Abhijit Deonath, a Canberra resident working on his first full length Bangla cinema 'Salt Bridge' based on expatriate life in Australia, and (3) Mr. Zia Ahmed, a resident of Sydney and long time short film enthusiast who has recently released his first short film 'the Inner Eye'. The interview with Mr. Zia Ahmed and actress Ms. Moushumi Martin was recorded by Mr. John Martin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

FIFA World Cup 2014 poster
16 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program produced a flavour of the 20th World Cup football game organised by the the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in Brazil. This is the only game which is popular in more than 200 countries around the world. It presented a brief history of the World Cup since 1930. The songs played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

The songs of Bengali Baul saint Fakir Lalon Shah [Sketch: YouTube.com]
23 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented the songs of Lalon Fakir (1774–1890), a Bengali Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker who has become an icon of religious tolerance. His songs inspired and influenced many poets and social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Allen Ginsberg. The songs played in the program were collected from YouTube and were sung by: Farida Parvin, Lopamudra Mitra, Band Shunnyo, Lalon Band, Chondona Mojumdar, Runa Laila, and Fakir Russel Shah. This week’s program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

15th Anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia (1999-2014) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
30 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia. The 780th program this week presented interviews of the founding radio presenters in 1999 recollecting their stories in establishing the program and their feelings on achieving this great milestone. The founding presenters are: Ehsan Ullah, Sakiba Rahman, Shireen Ahmad, Sadequr Rahman, Rumana Jamaly, Shamsul Huda and Fahmida Ehsan. The program has been dedicated to the memory of Najmul Huq Napo another founding member who unexpectedly died last year of health reason. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

15th Anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia (1999-2014) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program, in commemorating the 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, presented a beautiful composition of audio clips compiled from the Bangla Radio program archive covering years since its inception in 1999 to 2004. The clips represented a selection of programs from a wide range of categories covered by Bangla Radio. Another composition will be broadcast next week from programs broadcast during 2005-2014. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15th Anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia (1999-2014) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program, in commemorating the 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, presented another beautiful composition of audio clips compiled from the Bangla Radio program archive covering programs broadcast during 2005-2014. The audio clips included in the composition were produced by sixteen old and new producers of the Bangla Radio team. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman and Shireen Ahmad.

21 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Syeda Rizwana Hasan, a Bangladeshi attorney and environmentalist, and recipient of Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012, for her leadership in judicial activism in Bangladesh for people’s right to good environment. Syeda Hasan in her interview recollected her memories of childhood Dhaka and expressed her concerns for the current state of environment of the city. The songs played in the program were sung by Nazma Zaman and Band Chirkut. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 1
28 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 1] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Eid ul Fitr greetings from Bangla Radio Canberra
04 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Eid-ul-Fitr, celebrated in Canberra on the 28th of July 2014, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan in Islamic calendar. It presented interviews of Bangladeshi residents in Canberra enjoying the unique Canberra Eid socialisation, something not found in any other place in Australia. The expatriates interviewed are Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Rana, President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Dr. Munir Mir, Dr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Omar Rahman and Mr. Avijit Sarker. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 2
11 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 2] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Sri Krishna Janmastami celebration 2014
18 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Jonmastami' - celebrated on 17 August 2014 by the Hindu community for birth anniversary of Bhagaban Sri Krishna who saved humanity from the devils and provided a beautiful guideline about life in the "Bhagabat Gita". This program presents some general information about Krishna’s birth history and remarkable activities. The songs and flute played in this program were sung by Anup Jalota and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, are collected from internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 3
25 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 3] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Bari Fera' - Home-coming for a break in Bangladesh [Photo: wikipedia.com]
01 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a conversation with a Bangladeshi returning home after a gap of two years. The interviewee described his life and work in Malaysia and his feelings as he was returning home for a break in Bangladesh. He also described his initial struggles in getting used to living in a foreign country. The song played in this week's program was a duet by Shyam Shundor Boishnav and Shefali Ghose. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 4
08 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 4 - Final] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Pandit Ram Kanai Das (1935-2014) [Photo: facebook.com]
15 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Pandit Ram Kanai Das, the legendary folk song scholar and maestro, who passed away on 5 September 2014 at the age of 79. Recipient of many national awards including the Ekushey Padak 2014, Pandit Ram Kanai Das was born in Sunamganj, Bangladesh to a family that has been preserving and practicing folk music for generations. His parents, grandfather Prakash Chandra Talukdar and great grandfather Ramcharan Talukdar were all renowned bards of the greater Sylhet region. The songs played in the program were sung by Pandit Ram Kanai Das and Paromita Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

'Phagun Phooler Anonde' - musical performance by Spondon Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
22 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'Phagun Phooler Anonde' - a musical performance by Canberra based Bangladeshi musical group, Spondon, held in Canberra on 20 September 2014. It presented a beautiful compilation of popular folk, spiritual, modern and Tagore songs from Spondon's performance performed by more than twenty five singers and musicians. The program also highlighted some of Spondon's charity work which has always been intertwined with the group's love of music and Bengali culture - a driving force to give something back to the community through music. This week's program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Poster for Bangladeshi singer Rumana Islam's Canberra concert held on 13 June 2014
29 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Bangladeshi singer Rumana Islam's Canberra concert organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 13 June 2014 as part of its annual Bangladesh Night function. An architect by profession Rumana Islam is the daughter of late Khan Ataur Rahman, Bangladeshi film actor, director, producer, music composer and singer. The songs played the program were sung by Rumana Islam and Canberra singer Avijit Sarker. This week's program has been produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' - Part 1
06 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' - a popular folk-theatre form that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is centred on social issues prevalent in the sub-continent in early nineteenth century. It was written and directed by Sunil Chowdhury and performed by the Bharoti Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Muslims performing Hajj rituals around Ka'ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Image: Internet]
13 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a very informative interview on - 'Hajj' - an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims which must be carried out at least once in lifetime by all adult Muslims. Hajj is performed during a five-day period from the ninth through the thirteenth of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Canberra expatriate Mr. Tarek Safa and Ms. Iffat Tabassum described their experience of performing Hajj last year and shared some important information for expatriates planning to undertake the pilgrimage in future. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Conservation of Bangladesh's nature and environment [Image: pojf.org]
20 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Muqeed Majumder Babu, Chairman of Prokriti O Jibon Foundation (Nature and Life Foundation), an organization devoted to conservation of biological diversity and sustainable development in Bangladesh. In his interview Mr. Majumder highlighted the issues of biodiversity in Bangladesh and described how a television series in TV Channel-I created and directed by him is successfully building mass awareness on richness of biodiversity in the country. The beutiful song 'beche thak shobuj' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Prof. Muhammad Yunus delivering keynote speech in Sydney conference focussing people's architecture [Photo: Syed Ali]
27 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the keynote speech delivered by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the international conference focusing people’s architecture organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA) in association with Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in Sydney recently. The theme of the event was ‘Architects as social activists’ where Professor Muhammad Yunus was the keynote speaker and chief guest. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Indian film actress Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) [Image: wikimedia.org]
03 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Indian film actress Suchitra Sen through a collection of songs from her roles in Bengali cinema. Born in Pabna, Bangladesh she spent most of her life in West Bengal and died on 17 January this year at the age of eighty-three. She was awarded the 'Padma Shri', one of the highest civilian awards in India, and the West Bengal Government's highest honour 'Banga Bibhushan' among other national and international awards. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Bangladeshi painter and print maker Rokeya Sultana [Image: www.rokeya-sultana.com]
10 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with the eminent Bangladeshi painter and print maker Rokeya Sultana, sharing with the listeners how her work has been so profoundly inspired by nature, and why women and nature feature very prominently in her work. 'Madonna' and 'Earth, Water and Air' are two of her most famous art series. The flute recital used in the program was taken from album 'beautiful nature' played by Bangladeshi flautist Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus during recent Australia visit [Photo: Syed Ali]
17 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus recorded for Bangla Radio Canberra during his recent visit to Australia. In the interview he explained the concept of 'social business' and suggested various ways expatriates can contribute to development activities in Bangladesh. The program also presented part of Prof. Yunus' speech at the Bangladeshi architects’ conference in Sydney last month describing a Grameen project on 'beggars as entrepreneurs'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangladeshi celebrity chef Keka Ferdousi during her recent Australia visit [Image: facebook.com]
24 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi celebrity chef Keka Ferdousi during her recent visit to Australia. Author of many recipe books and recipient of numerous national and international awards, Ms. Ferdousi is a popular host on Bangladeshi TV and satellite channels, particularly 'desh bidesher ranna' in Channel I. She has travelled widely promoting Bangladeshi traditional recipes and researched extensively on Bangladeshi heritage sweets and dishes. The folk song played in the program was sung by Utpalendu Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Depression' - Advice and Help - Dr Mohammed Khan Mintoo
01 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program focussed on - 'depression' - a disorder of mood leading to serious mental illness. It presented an interview with Dr Mohammed Khan Mintoo, senior mental health specialist in Canberra, discussing the nature and levels of the illness, and the need for its appropriate clinical and social management. The interview was produced by Shahadat Manik for Canberra web channel 'Priyovision' and was hosted by Dr Shampa Barua. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Sraboni Sen and Sudeshna Chattopaddhaya. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
08 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program briefly discussed on Mission Australia's findings on Youth Survey 2014 and presented an interview with Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells about Translating and Interpreting services in Multicultural Australia. The interview was hosted by Arara Kar. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian Singers Manna Dey and Bhupen Hazarika. This weeks program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

The 1971 Bangladesh Mission in Washington DC (Ambassador Syed Muazzem Ali is the third from the right standing) [Photo: daily-sun.com]
15 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 44th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence in 1971. The program, dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of Bangladesh liberation war, featured an interview with Ambassador Syed Muazzem Ali, who in 1971 was the youngest Pakistani diplomat to defect to Bangladesh along with some of his colleagues at the Pakistan Mission in Washington DC. In the interview Ambassador Ali reminisces the defectors' actions in the Washington political arena to form support in favour of the liberation war. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Merry Christmas [Image: Luna Purification]
22 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the true meaning of Christmas in light of the horrific events in 2014 that have stirred the nations around the world. It reflected the importance of family and loved ones in our life which is particularly given attention to during Christmas. We pray for all the departed souls that have left this world in tragic events in 2014 and their loved ones left behind. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' - Part 2
29 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' (Part 2) - a popular folk-theatre form that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is centred on social issues prevalent in the sub-continent in early nineteenth century. It was written and directed by Sunil Chowdhury and performed by the Bharoti Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.