Bangla Radio Archive - 2015

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Forests and wildlife in Bangladesh [Image: theblueyonder.com]
05 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured a couple of interviews by two eminent Bangladeshi environmentalists and wild life experts, Dr. Ali Reza Khan and Mr. Enam Ul Haque. In the interviews they talked about the current state of forests and wildlife in Bangladesh and what needs to be done to protect and enhance those. What came out in the interviews is that despite the dire state of our natural resources we still have a lot of these resources left intact to be proud of and much to be hopeful for. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

The natural beauty of Bangladesh [Photo: www.positive-light.org]
12 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with photographer Mikey Leung recorded at the Bangladesh Independence Day function in Canberra on 26 March 2014. Mr. Leung, a Canadian, now residing in Sydney Australia, described how he and his Australian wife Belinda Meggitt travelled to Bangladesh on development program assignments and gradually fell in love with the country and its people. His photography project 'Positive Light' (www.positive-light.org) is their dream to empower Bangladeshi people through sustainable tourism. The national anthems used in the program were sung by the students of the Canberra Bangla Language and Cultural School. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Poems from album 'ma amar ma' recited by Murshed Haider Anjohn - Part 2
19 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of 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 poems used in this presentation are: 'shudhu shei protisrutir jonney' - Asaf-ud-daula, 'shototo ma jononi tumi' - Kazi Rosy, 'mar kachhey fera' - Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, 'amader ma' - Humayun Azad, 'boishakhey nijosh-sho shongbad' - Mahadev Saha and 'amar ma' - Khaleda Edib Chowdhury. The album is distributed by Saf Foundation in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Australian country singer Eric Bogle and his team singing at the Citizenship Ceremony in Canberra [Image: abc.net.au]
26 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Australia Day 2015' - the official national day of Australia celebrated on 26 January to mark the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson in New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain. It presented part of the Citizenship Ceremony held in Canberra from a recording of nationwide telecast by TV channel ABC. It also presented interviews with Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Rana and Mr. Ziaul Huq Bablu to highlight the upcoming events of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and the International Mother Language Movement Committee in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Folk opera: 'Ma, Mati, Manush' performed by Notto Company [Image: Print by Rokeya Sultana]
02 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera - 'ma, mati, manush' (Part 1) - performed by the group Notto Company in West Bengal, India. It was first staged in the 1970s playing the theme of people’s anger against the administration’s attempts to take away their land. About three decades later West Bengal's Trinamool Congress took the theme as their slogan drawing huge turnout in the politically volatile vast hinterland. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Folk opera: 'Ma, Mati, Manush' performed by Notto Company [Image: Print by Rokeya Sultana]
09 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera - 'ma, mati, manush' (Part 2) - performed by the group Notto Company in West Bengal, India. It was first staged in the 1970s playing the theme of people’s anger against the administration’s attempts to take away their land. About three decades later West Bengal's Trinamool Congress took the theme as their slogan drawing huge turnout in the politically volatile vast hinterland. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Folk opera: 'Ma, Mati, Manush' performed by Notto Company [Image: Print by Rokeya Sultana]
16 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera - 'ma, mati, manush' (Part 3) - performed by the group Notto Company in West Bengal, India. It was first staged in the 1970s playing the theme of people’s anger against the administration’s attempts to take away their land. About three decades later West Bengal's Trinamool Congress took the theme as their slogan drawing huge turnout in the politically volatile vast hinterland. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Mother Language Day - 'Language Walk' held in Canberra [Photos: Fahimul Islam]
23 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Mother Language Day observed on 21st February marking the sacrifice of the language martyrs in Bangladesh on this day in 1952. It covered the 'Language Walk' organised by the International Mother’s Language Movement (IMLM) committee in Canberra on 21 February 2015. The slogan of this year’s event was: “My Language My Pride”. The program presented interviews of the Language Walk participants and Mr Ziaul Hoque Bablu the convenor of IMLM. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya at her concert in Canberra - 28 Feb 15 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya's concert in Canberra organised by the Max Event Australia on 28 Feb 2015. Regarded as one of the leading Ranbindra Sangeet (Tagore's song) singers in both Bangladesh and India, Rezwana studied at the Visva-Bharati University, a major centre for learning Rabindra Sangeet in West Bengal, India. Mentored by distinguished singer late Konika Bandyopadhyay, Rezwana Choudhury has mastered Tagore’s songs in their full flavour. Recipient of awards including Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar and Sangeet Samman Puroshkar, Bannya is currently an associate professor of music at Dhaka University. This week's program presented part 1 of the recordings from her Canberra concert. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

International Women's Day 2015 [Photo: www.positive-light.org]
09 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Women's Day, observed on 8 March 2015. It presented a brief history of the Day, information on some women's organisations, and invitation to 'A chorus of women' – a week long festival of the Canberra community women's chorus group to be held during 28 April - 2 May 2015 in Canberra. The songs on the mood of autumn played in the program were sung by Suchismita Bhattacharya, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya and Roma Mondal. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match at Manuka Oval in Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
16 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan held on 18 February 2015 at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia. It captured the emotion and spirit of the local Bangladeshi expatriates and supporters arriving from interstate and overseas in their thousands - making the event a memorable one in Canberra's history. Raquibul Sheikh recorded interviews of the supporters, the audience and the tempo of the match from the beginning to the end. This week's program is a compilation of those recordings as a snapshot of the historical match played by the Bangladesh Cricket Team. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

About Bangladesh's independence and liberation - Prof. Serajul Islam Choudhury [Image: positive-light.org]
23 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh, featured an interview with the eminent Bangladeshi educationist Professor Emeritus Dr. Serajul Islam Choudhury of Dhaka University. Drawing a clear distinction between the concepts of independence and liberation Professor Choudhury opined that despite sincere intentions Bangladeshis as a nation failed to achieve the liberation that they have been aspiring for so long. Highlighting the causes of this failure he also suggested ways forward in achieving national liberation. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

ADFA band at the Bangladesh's Independence Day function in Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
30 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh, played recording from the Bangladesh's Independence Day function organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra at Albert Hall on 26 March 2015, and read a collection of letters from the freedom fighters during the Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971. The letters were read from 'Ekattorer Chithi' published by Prothoma Publications. The national anthems and the violin recital used in the program were played by the Australian Defence Force Academy band and Nora Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Rumana Jamaly.

Indian singer Rupankar Bagchi [Photo: rupankar.com]
06 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the recent Canberra concert of Indian singer Rupankar Bagchi, winner of India’s 2014 National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer. The concert was organised by the Canberra Bengali Community on 7th March 2015 at the Gungahlin College Theatre in Gungahlin. The program presented interview of the singer and recordings from the concert. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya at her concert in Canberra - 28 Feb 15 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
13 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured part 2 of the recordings from Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya's concert in Canberra organised by Max Event Australia on 28 Feb 2015. Regarded as one of the leading Ranbindra Sangeet (Tagore's song) singers in both Bangladesh and India, Rezwana studied at the Visva-Bharati University, a major centre for learning Rabindra Sangeet in West Bengal, India. Mentored by distinguished singer late Konika Bandyopadhyay, Rezwana Choudhury has mastered Tagore’s songs in their full flavour. Recipient of awards including Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar and Sangeet Samman Puroshkar, Bannya is currently an associate professor of music at Dhaka University. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Jatra: 'shanjher shanai' - Part 1
20 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1422 by presenting a beautiful folk opera: - 'shanjher shanai' (Part 1) - performed by Jatra Lakkhi, Bina Das Gupta and members of the opera group Agragami. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stalls at the Canberra Boishakhi Mela 1422 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
27 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the - 'Canberra Boishakhi Mela 1422' - Bangla New Year 1422 celebration organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Canberra University campus in Bruce on last Saturday 25th April 2015. It presented interviews of the organisers, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, stall owners and people celebrating the day long fun. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Jatra: 'shanjher shanai' - Part 2
04 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the beautiful folk opera - 'shanjher shanai' - performed by Jatra Lakkhi, Bina Das Gupta and members of the opera group Agragami, from West Bengal, India. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bappa Mazumdar at his Canberra concert on 24 April 2015 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Bappa Mazumdar, one of the popular contemporary singer, music director and composer of Bangladesh, recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. ATN Canberra organised the concert for Bappa Mazumdar and Partha Borua “Dekha Hobe Bandhu” in Canberra on 24 April 2015. In his interview Bappa Mazumdar commented on the opportunities and achievements of contemporary songs and music in Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bioethics and the future society: scepticism and excitement [Image: Internet]
18 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered some novel scientific discoveries and notions, and the future implications these can have on the society. It showcased the scepticism and excitement of the scientific society regarding some future issues like designer baby, cloning, robots, organ transplantation and xenotransplantation. The songs played in the program were sung by Sahana Bajpaie and Palbasha Siddique respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976) [Image: Internet]
25 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 116th birth anniversary that was observed on 24th May 2015. It presented a beautiful biographical composition of the poet taken from a documentary directed by Anjan Das and produced and published by Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. The documentary traced the life of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the sources of his inspiration and how his poetry came to reflect his fiery and rebellious spirit. Bangla Radio Canberra acknowledges the producers of this documentary. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi singer Tahsan Rahman Khan [Photo: tombd.com]
01 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured a recording from the concert of Tahsan Rahman Khan, a popular Bangladeshi musician, actor and model, held in Canberra recently. Trained in singing at Shishu Academy and music at Chhayanat, Tahsan was a member of the band Black from 2000 to 2005, after that he started his solo career in music. He is currently teaching at the BRAC University. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

 Jibanananda Das - story of a poet [Image: YouTube.com]
08 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

Dimly recognised during his lifetime, Jibanananda Das [1899 -1954] was a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist. He is the most popular Bengali poet after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Today the poetry of Jibanananda has become the defining essence of modernism in twentieth-century Bengali poetry. This week's program presented a beautiful sketch of the contribution of poet Jibanananda Das to Bangla literature and Bengali consciousness. The flute piece used in the program was played by Bangladeshi flautist Shukur Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

Canberra singer Sheikh Lana on her solo album cover 'shonge amar chol' [Image: Aajob Records]
15 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of Canberra singer Sheikh Lana following her first solo album - 'shonge amar chol' - launch in Canberra on 1st May 2015. Sheikh Lana, an architect and town planner by profession, is also a reputed painter and registered singer of radio and TV channels in Bangladesh. She is also an active member of Bangla Radio Canberra. In her interview Lana recollected her family's inspiration to music, her devotion and her desire to explore and research the various Bangla music forms. The songs played in the program were taken from album 'shonge amar chol' released by Aajob Records in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah

An outdoor prayer session at the Canberra Islamic Centre [Image: www.cic-anil.org.au]
22 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Canberra - a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability. It is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. This week's program presented: (1) the importance of Ramadan in Islam compiled by Ayesha Sheikh Sama, and (2) the religious, spiritual and physical benefits of fasting described by popular public speaker Dr. Zakir Naik compiled from YouTube. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Jatra: 'du tukro ma'  - Part 1 [Image: Tapestry exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts]
29 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'du tukro ma' (Part 1) – written by Bhairab Gangopadhay. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues of the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'du tukro ma'  - Part 2 [Image: Tapestry exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts]
06 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'du tukro ma' (Part 2) – written by Bhairab Gangopadhay. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues of the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Sunil Gangopadhyay, the bauls of Bengal and a letter from home [Image: YouTube.com]
13 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the beginning of 17th year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. It presented two beautiful pieces from Bangla Radio program archive broadcast 15 and 14 years ago in 2000 and 2001. The pieces include popular Bengali writer late Sunil Gangopadhyay's reception in Canberra in 2000, his view of the bauls of Bengal and a letter from home. The feature song played in the program was sung by Indian baul singer Purna Das Baul. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

Eid memories of the past by Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet [Image: Ehsan Ullah]
20 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan festival - Eid ul Fitr - observed on the 17th July 2015 in Canberra. It presented a brief description of the festival by Ayesha Samah Sheikh for our young listeners, and recollection of Eid festivals in the past by two Canberra visitors Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet. The feature song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Science: Smell ability and the risk of death - recent scientific analyses [Image: Internet]
27 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program discussed the link between the ability to detect odours and general health. It highlighted the scientific work published in recent years that indicates that the inability to detect and correctly identify odours among the elderly (and perhaps the not-so-elderly) is linked to a three-fold increased risk of death over a five year span. It is possible that the observation is linked to the ability of the stem cells of an individual to replenish exhausted odour-detecting cells. The folk songs played in this week’s program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Chandana Majumder. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya (10 January 1950 - 12 May 2015) [Image: thehindu.com]
03 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered and paid tribute to popular Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya who died on 12 May 2015 in Kolkata. Her writing focused on social issues examining the contemporary Bengali middle class, relationship crisis and degeneration of the moral fibre of the society on the backdrop of globalisation and consumerism - particularly the exploitation and suffering of women. The beautiful Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Debobroto Biswas, Promita Mollik and Chinmoy Chattopadhay. The musical pieces were played by Bangladeshi flautist Shukkur Ali and Indian violinist Dilip Roy. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Welcome (to Bangladesh) Chhitmahalbashi [Image: rediff.com]
10 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program reported on the historic land swap between Bangladesh and India that eliminates hundreds of enclaves, known as 'Chhitmahals', held by each other along the border. At a minute past midnight on Friday 31 July 2015 the Chhitmahals instantly begun disappearing in phases over the next 11 months. Bangladesh will absorb 111 Indian enclaves and India will take 51 from Bangladesh. This week's program played a selection of Bangladeshi patriotic songs to welcome the enclave residents to Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Curzon Hall of Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh [Photo: Facebook DUAA]
17 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Raquibuddin Ahmed, President, Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA), recorded during his recent visit to Canberra. In his interview Mr. Ahmed elaborated the objective and activities of the Association, and invited all alumni to the special alumni reunion to be held on 2nd January 2016 at the Dhaka University campus. The interview was recorded by life member of DUAA Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan. The musical piece used in the program was played by Abinash Chandra Shil. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Building Code implementation in Bangladesh : Interview with Architect Mubasshar Hussein [Image: dhakatribune.com]
24 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program focused on the issues of implementing the Building Code in Bangladesh. It presented an interview with Architect Mubasshar Hussein, past president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), discussing the lessons learnt from the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 and the collaborative effort of all parties required to implement the Building Code in Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Nasir Ali Mamun - 'The Poet of the Camera' [Photo: Nasir Ali Mamun]
31 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with the Bangladeshi pioneer portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun. 'The Poet of the Camera', as he was dubbed by poet Shamsur Rahman, shared with Bangla Radio listeners stories of his childhood and his becoming a photographer. In the interview he spoke about his experience of photographing 6000 odd celebrities that include as many as 27 noble laureates, many statesmen, artists, litterateurs and such. He also talked about his dream of establishing a museum of photos - 'Photoseum'. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Korobi - lovely daughter of late Lamia Rukhsana Khan Kakon (1976-2015) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and bid a very personal heart-felt farewell to Lamia Rukhsana Khan Kakon who has recently lost her life to cancer in Melbourne. She was the eldest daughter of Dr. Lutfar Khan and Ms. Lulu Khan. Kakon grew-up in Melbourne studying at the Oakleigh High School; Mentone Girl's Secondary College and graduated from the Monash University and Swineburne University of Technology. Kakon will be missed by her family and friends in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and overseas. The songs played in the program were sung by Sraboni Sen and the instrumental pieces were played by Dilip Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read two stories published in Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo written by Sarwar Jahan from Adelaide and Mahfuzul Alam Khan from Dubai. The beautiful songs on expatriate life 'kotodin dekhina mayer mukh' and 'tomar doai bhalo achhi' were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview: Bangladeshi singer Ferdousi Rahman [Photo: megainsane.com]
21 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Bangladeshi singer Ferdousi Rahman recorded in Dhaka by Dalia Nilufar. Ferdousi Rahman, a leading and senior most singer of the country, started her singing career in 1955 in radio and then sang as playback singer in cinema and television for nearly sixty years. She is the daughter of legendary folk singer of Bangladesh Abbas Uddin. The songs played in the program were sung by Ferdousi Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Durga - Hindu Goddess of victory of good over evil [Image: durgautsav.com]
28 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'mirar bondhua' (Part 1) - written by Satya Prakash Dutta and performed by Indian folk theatre group Agragami. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, depicted a Hindu mythical story. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Durga - Hindu Goddess of victory of good over evil [Image: durgawalls.com]
05 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'mirar bondhua' (Part 2) - written by Satya Prakash Dutta and performed by Indian folk theatre group Agragami. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, depicted a Hindu mythical story. It commemorated the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the worship of Hindu goddess Durga to be observed in Canberra on 17th and 18th of October 2015. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Snail infected by Leucochloridium parasite [Image: still from video by Gilles San Martin via Wikimedia]
12 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program discussed the issue of 'mind-control' by parasites. Three examples were presented. Two of them were the control of snail behaviour by a parasite that lives part of its life in the snail and the control of ant behaviour by another parasite. The third example was that of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that makes mice lose their fear of cats and may influence human behaviour. The songs played in the program were sung by Antara Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'kobita guchchha' - recited by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Sutapa Bandopadhyay [Image: YouTube]
19 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'kobita guchchha' - a collection of beautiful poem recitation by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Sutapa Bandopadhyay - two popular Bengali language elocutionists from Kolkata, India. The poems recited in the program were written by Shapnamoy Chakrabarty, Sunil Gangopadhyay and Rabindranath Thakur. This week's program has been a special presentation on the occasion of the Hindu festival Bijoya Doshomy to be celebrated this week. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi rock singer Ayub Bachchu in recent Canberra concert [Photo: Syed Ali]
26 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Ayub Bachchu, a leading rock singer of Bangladesh, recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. Ayub Bachchu is best known as the founding member and the leader of the rock band LRB. LRB's music has been extremely popular for decades to the Bangladeshi young generations. The songs used in the program were played from Ayub Bachchu's popular albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

15th Anniversary celebration function of Bangla Radio Canberra - 1 Nov 2015 [Photo: Muhith Masih Babu]
02 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 15th Anniversary celebration function of Bangla Radio Canberra held on 1 Nov 2015 at the St John Paul II College auditorium in Canberra. The chief guest of the function was HE High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain. This week's program presented first part of the audio recording of the function courtesy of Mr. Muhith Masih Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

A dance sequence by Ishnat Zerin Urmi at the Bangla Radio Canberra 15th Anniversary celebration function [Photo: Muhith Masih Babu]
09 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 15th Anniversary celebration function of Bangla Radio Canberra held on 1 Nov 2015 at the St John Paul II College auditorium in Canberra. The chief guest of the function was HE High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain. This week's program presented second part of the audio recording of the function courtesy of Mr. Muhith Masih Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Wishes and gratitude of current presenters of Bangla Radio Canberra on its 15th anniversary [Image: Internet]
16 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented wishes and gratitude of the current presenters of Bangla Radio Canberra on its 15th anniversary of broadcasting in Canberra. A significant milestone for a community radio program that is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. The feelings of the founding members on this achievement were broadcast on 30 June 2014 program archived in our website. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Picturesque Andalusia, Spain [Image: wikipedia.com]
23 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of a new travel diary series by our producer Shireen Ahmad. Shireen recently toured around a number of countries in Europe. She recorded her travel commentary during her visit to the beautiful tourist places for our listeners. This series will cover her entire trip. This first episode is from Spain. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Shyamal Mitra and Lata Mungeshkar. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Capability Systems Centre at the UNSW @ ADFA campus in Canberra [Image: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au]
30 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informal discussion about life as foreign student at the University of New South Wales in Canberra located at the Australian Defence Force Academy. A group of Bangladeshi students studying at the campus shared their experience, facilities and opportunities for higher studies in Canberra. It acknowledged the assistance of Dr. Ahmed Imran and Ms. Tasneem Rahman in organising and recording the discussion. This week's program was produced by Sakiba Rahman and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Moutushi's Mongolia [Image: journeymart.com]
07 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program involves a conversation with Moutushi (Sanzeeda Ali), who is Canberra-born and bred, and a name familiar to many Canberrans. Moutushi spent a year as an Australian youth ambassador to Mongolia, helping with educational outreach efforts in that country. In this program she describes her experience of that year, from visiting nomads in their tents to life in Ulan Bator, the coldest capital city in the world. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman among the artists of Bangladesh Betar [Photo: Lutfar Rahman]
14 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh by playing a beautiful audio-sketch especially prepared for Bangla Radio Canberra by Mr. Mazharul Islam, a freedom fighter working for Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971, and now a distinguished media personality in Bangladesh. It highlighted the role of Bangladesh Betar during the liberation war, played a snippet of Swadhin Bangla Betar broadcast during the liberation war, and gave an overview of his life as radio broadcaster. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

A depiction of Mary and baby Jesus [Artist: Jharna Bernadette Purification]
21 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated Christmas to be celebrated this week by presenting a special composition of Christmas memories from Bangladesh and beautiful Bengali Christmas songs, including a very familiar Christmas tune, "Silent Night, Holy Night" sung in Arabic. The composition, prepared by special guest presenter Luna's sister Jharna Bernadette Purification from Melbourne, highlighted an important aspect of Christmas, which is family. This week's program was presented by Luna and Jharna Bernadette Purification and produced by Luna Purification.

Graduation day of Bangla Academy Australia, Sydney [Photo: Anwar Akash]
28 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program, the last in 2015, featured the activities of Bangla Academy Australia in Sydney in promoting Bangla language and culture among the new generation. It has been prepared and presented by Anwar Akash, director of the academy. The sitar recital played by Ravi Shankar used in the program has been taken from album A Concert for Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.