Bangla Radio Archive - 2016

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Christmas holidays: Canberra expatriate's movie Salt Bridge and Oscar, and tribute to legedary singer Subir Sen [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program, the first of 2016, welcomed the New Year by capturing the spirit of Canberra Christmas holidays. It highlighted the Oscar prospects of the new movie - 'Salt Bridge' - directed by Canberra expatriate Abhijit Deonath (saltbridgemovie.com) and paid tribute to legendary bengali singer Subir Sen who passed away recently. The hindi songs from movie Salt Bridge played in the program were taken from YouTube and the singer of the bengali songs was Subir Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Making of 'Salt Bridge' movie in Canberra: Abhijit Deonath, Alakananda Deonath and Paromita Dey [Image: saltbridgemovie.com]
11 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informal discussion about making of the movie 'Salt Bridge'. Shortlisted for this year's Oscar in three categories: original song, original score and best film, 'Salt Bridge' is an expatriate's movie about them and made by them in and around Canberra. Director Abhijit Deonath, producer Alakanada Deonath and playback singer Paromita Dey, all residents of Canberra, shared their excitement and experience of making the movie in Canberra. The Salt Bridge movie songs played in the program were taken from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Honeycomb work in Alhambra [Photo: Phillip Capper - wikimedia.org]
18 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the 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 second episode covered her visit of the Al Hambra, a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Alhambra's Islamic palaces, as we know them today, were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sujit Mustafa and Yasmin Mustari. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Two Mohurs - coins of the East India Company [Image: Wikipedia.com]
25 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the story of East India Company and the British rule of India. Based on the history of the Indian subcontinent during 1600 to 1800, it described the curiosity of a school student about the East India Company and the British. The instrumental music used in the program were played by Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sultan Khan, Ashesh Bandopadhay and Zakir Hossain. The voice of the play Nural Diner Shara Jibon was of Bangladeshi actor Nazmul Ahsan. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of their work. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Sculpture 'Amar Ekushey' in Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka [Photo: dailystar.com]
01 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the beginning of the month of language movement and martyrs, presented an interview with Professor Anisuzzaman on the history of Bangla language and the declaration of International Mother Language Day by the United Nations. Both presentations were played from Bangla Radio archive broadcast on 19 Feb 2001. The songs played in the program were sung by Protul Bondopadhay and Sumon Chattapadhay with Sabina Yeasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
08 Feb 2016 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 four stories published in Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo written by Vikarunnesa and Tahmina Amin, in Indian newspaper Anandabazar written by Shunondo Ghosh and Shantonu Ghosh, and a personal observation representing stories from Saskatchewan (Canada), Lebabon, Kolkata (India) and Canberra (Australia). The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Shahana, Anila and Polash Khan. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Jibon-mrityur bunone'- A collection of Jibanananda Das poems recited by Shoumitra Chattapadhay, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa [Image: www.positive-light.org]
15 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'jibon-mrityur bunone' - a collection of beautiful poems written by popular Bengali poet Jibanananda Das [1899-1954]. His poems played a vital role in the political and cultural perspective of Bangladesh by inspiring the Bengali nationhood during the mother language movement and during the country's war of liberation. The poems were recited by renowned actors and actress of India and Bangladesh: Shoumitra Chattapadhay, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. The instrumental pieces used in the program were played by Shibkumar Sharma and Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul

Meeting to defy 'Section 144' on 21 February 1952 that unfolded the historic events [Photo: Prof. Rafiqul Islam - Wikimedia.org]
22 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Language Martyr's Day & International Mother Language Day observed on 21 Feb 2016 by reading an article written by Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman on Late Chief Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, an activist of the Bengali language movement in 1952. The article was published in the December 2015 issue of the Bengali literary journal 'Kali O Kalam'. Justice Rahman, a prolific writer himself and author of more than seventy books and numerous other publications on as diversified subjects as language, religion, poetry and law, was the first person to break 'Section 144' on 21 February 1952 that unfolded the historic events. In this article Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman celebrated the versatility of late Muhammad Habibur Rahman and documented his multifaceted contributions to the people and language of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

The immortal 21st February [Image: anandabazar.com]
29 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program reported on the observance of 21st February Language Martyr's Day and International Mother Language Day in Canberra and Sydney, and read from two articles on Ekushey observance in West Bengal, India published in Kolkata daily Anandabazar. The authors of the articles are: Riju Bose and Lina Gangopadhay. The songs and theme music played in the program were collected from YouTube and Bangladesh Television. The cello piece used in the program was from album 'The Poet' by Martin Tillman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The Aedes mosquito that spread Dengue and Zika [Image: www.cdc.gov]
07 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program concerns mosquitoes. Many of us growing up in Bangladesh have memories of our constant struggles with them. The program briefly discussed the two main groups of mosquitoes causing health problems all around the world -Anophelene mosquitoes that spread malaria and the Culex group of mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes aegypti, that spread Dengue and Zika. The program concluded by discussing proposed biological measures to eradicate Aedes. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Sabrina Porshi in Canberra [Image: bdentertainers.com]
14 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Sabrina Porshi, a popular new generation singer of Bangladesh, recorded during her recent performance in Canberra. It was held in Canberra College theatre as a special program to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Porshi's singing career began when she became 2nd runner's up in a Music talent hunt show "Khude gaan raj" run by Channel i in 2008. The songs used in the program were recorded during her recent Canberra performance. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Azizul Hakim in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
21 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi actor Azizul Hakim and his wife script-writer Zinat Hakim during their recent performance in Canberra. It was held in Canberra College theatre as a special program to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Azizul Hakim started his acting career in stage theatre in late seventies and later became popular in television. The snippet of his television drama 'Patri Shongbad' used in the program was sourced from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Role of Bangladesh Betar in the liberation war [Photo: positive-light.org]
28 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Independence Day of Bangladesh observed on 26 March by presenting a special presentation on the history and role of Swadhin Bangla Betar broadcast in the liberation war. It played a vital role by broadcasting the Declaration of Independence and programs to increase mental state of Bangladeshis during the war. In 1971 this radio was the only media reaching to the far ends of Bangladesh and ran a successful propaganda campaign throughout the war. Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra was renamed Bangladesh Betar on 6 December 1971. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

Canberra Sarod Shondhya [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews of Ekushey Award winning Sarod maestro Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan from Bangladesh and his brother a percussion maestro Ustad Yusuf Ali Khan from the United Kingdom. It was recorded before their performance at the special Sarod recital function organised in Canberra recently by Bangladesh High Commission and the Bangladeshi community as part of the celebration of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

History and significance of the celebrations of Bangla New Year - poet Asad Chowdhury [Image: news.xinhuanet.com]
11 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1423 by presenting an interview with Bangladeshi poet Asad Chowdhury who spoke exclusively for Bangla Radio listeners on the history and significance of the celebrations of Bangla New Year. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sadi Mohammad, Milon Mahmud, Sabina Yeasmin, Samina Chowdhury, Bappa Mazumder and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque. [Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the program are those of the person interviewed on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Bangla Radio Canberra.]

Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2016 [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
18 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the popular Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 16 April 2016. Considered the largest of such gathering in the world outside Bangladesh, Sydney Boishakhi Mela is being organised for over two decades - that has grown from a schoolyard gathering to a mass congregation to fit in an Olympic stadium. Canberra resident Dr. Abed Chaudhury, a well-known Bangladeshi geneticist and science writer, captured the spirit of this year's Mela by recording interviews of the organisers, stall owners and visitors for Bangla Radio Canberra. This week's program is a beautiful compilation of Dr. Chaudhury's recordings. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

The diversity and practice of Nazrul Sangeet - Yasmin Mushtari [Image: thedailystar.net]
25 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer Yasmin Mushtari, recorded during her recent Canberra concert. Well known for her rendition of Poet Nazrul Islam's raga-based melody and ghazals, Yasmin Mushtari started training in music at the age of six in the Nazrul Academy and later became a disciple of legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan. The beautiful songs played in the program were taken from Yasmin Mushtari's solo album 'Praner Melaye'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangla New Year celebration on campus - UNSW @ ADFA in Canberra [Photo: Tasneem Rahman]
02 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the beautiful 'Boishakh Boron 1423' function organised by UNSWBD, a group of Bangladeshi post graduate research students studying in the University of New South Wales campus at Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. It captured their spirit to celebrate and enjoy every possible occasion despite their busy and monotonous research life. The function was held at the Ukranian Hall in Queanbeyan on 17 April 2016. The participants were: Syeda Aniqua Batul, Afroza Akter, Tamanna Moon, Raisa Chowdhury, Tasneem Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Tanmoy Das Gupta, Monir Morshed, Md. Asikuzzaman, Mohammad Shahin Uddin, Rashed Saifuddin, Kalyan Kumar Haldar and Sohel Ahmed. The sitar piece 'banglar dhun' used in the program was played by Pandit Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

155th birth anniversary of poet Rabindranath Thakur [Photo: voiceseducation.org]
09 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 155th birth anniversary of Bengali poet Rabindranath Thakur (1861-1941) - a well respected poet of Bangladesh and India and the composer of the national anthem of both countries. He was the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first Asian to win this prize. This week's program paid tribute to the poet by presenting a brief about his life and his diverse literary creations. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Jayati Chakraborty, Sagar Sen, Kanika Bandopadhay, Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Rabindranath Thakur, Arnob and Anima Roy. The instrumental pieces used the program was composed by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Our natural and intellectual pollution [Image: NYTimes]
16 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with two aspects of life that are currently facing severe challenges in many countries: the physical environment and intellectual freedom. Much of the environmental pollution is due to man-made polymers. However, the recent discovery of a bacterium that can degrade Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bottles has provided some hope that PTFE polymers may be degraded in the future. The attacks to stop independent thinking that have been occurring in Bangladesh recently is matter of grave concern and the energetic steps must be taken to find the perpetrators. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Shuvo Buddha Purnima' [Image: Ehsan Ullah]
23 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, celebrated on 21st May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program presented a beautiful collection of Poet Rabindranath Thakur's compositions on Lord Buddha's realisation, message and preaching. The recitation was by Tushar Roy, and technical producer and singer was Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Anima Roy in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
30 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a brief interview of Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet singer Anima Roy, recorded during her recent Canberra concert, and a collection of Rabindra Sangeet. Promising and talented singer Anima Roy is a Lecturer in the Music and Drama Department of Jagannath University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is also a principal of a music school. The beautiful songs played in the program were played from Anima Roy's solo album 'Tomaro Birohey'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
06 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the live recording from Rabindra-Nazrul Jonmo Jayanti function - 'Sraddhanjali'- organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 14 May 2016 at St John Paul II College in Gungahlin ACT. It was performed by talents from Canberra community. The solo songs included in this program were sung by Avijit Sarkar, Jeenat Khan and Avijit Sarkar (2). The recitation was by Bushra Khanom and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Souls and Shunno's Canberra charity concert poster [Image: ATN Canberra Inc]
13 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program featured two Bangladeshi rock bands Souls and Shunno's Canberra concert organised by the ATN Canberra Inc on 7 May 2016 as part of fund raising events. Formed in 1970 Souls is one of the leading rock bands in Bangladesh led by Partha Barua, a lyricist and music composer, followed by Naseem Ali, Ahsanur Rahman in drum, Masum in keyboard and Rubel in bass. On the other side Shunno formed in 2007 is the newest talent in Bangladeshi band music. Emil is the lead vocal for Shunno followed by Labib, Michael and Ishmamul. The songs played in the program were sung by Souls and Shunno. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Amazing musical and artistic mind of famous scientists (Part 1) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
20 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced a new series on the amazing musical and artistic mind of famous scientists. The first episode covered: Albert Einstein, Hedy Lamarr and Leonardo da Vinci. Despite having the innovative thoughts famous scientists also had a great influence of music and arts in their life. The songs played in the program are 'Einstein' by Kelly Clarkson, 'Just a moment more' from the Hedy Lamarr’s movie ‘My Favourite Spy' (1951), 'Hedy Lamarr' by Findlay Napier, 'She blinded me with science' by Thomas Dolby and 'The Atom song' written by Mike Ouffutt. The sitar piece used in the program was played by Pandit Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Children's literature and songs in Bengali language [Image: play.google.com]
27 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week’s program took us back to our childhood days reminiscing some of the much loved songs and poems most Bengali children encounter from an early age to adolescence. It explored the creations of poets Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Shukumar Roy, Sattyajit Roy, Jagindranath Sharkar and Shalil Chowdhury which even to this day fill anyone’s heart with the joys of childhood memories. The songs and poems used in this week’s program also aimed to attract the younger generation who are perhaps unlikely regular listeners of the show. Performers include: R. D. Barman, Antara Chowdhury, Bratati Bandapadhay, and a few children’s choirs from Bangladesh and India. This week’s program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Latest shape of north Canberra's Gungahlin mosque - June 2016 [Image: abacm.net.au]
04 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week’s program marked the beginning of eighteenth year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. Commemorating the end of Ramadan festival 'Eid ul Fitr' to be celebrated this week, the program presented an update on the Gungahlin Mosque project in north Canberra. It interviewed Mr. Mainul Haque, president of the Gungahlin Mosque executive committee, and other members about the planning, implementation and current status of the project. This week’s program has been produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

 Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the live recording from Rabindra-Nazrul Jonmo Jayanti function - 'Sraddhanjali' - organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 14 May 2016 at St John Paul II College theatre in Gungahlin ACT. It was performed by talents from the Canberra community. The songs played in this program were sung by Avijit Sarker, Priyanka Biswas, Yusuf Khandakar and Rifat Bita. The recitation was by Bushra Khanom and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. Instrumental hands were Dipankar Sen (tabla) and Ahetesham Alam Khan Rana (guitar). This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarker.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 3 (final) of the live recording from Rabindra-Nazrul Jonmo Jayanti function - 'Sraddhanjali' - organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 14 May 2016 at St John Paul II College in Gungahlin ACT. It was performed by talents from Canberra community. The solo songs included in this program were sung by Yusuf Khandakar, Tarek Safa, Fahmida Shoma, Rupali Sarker and Mitu Roy. The recitation was by Bushra Khanom and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. Instrumental hands were Dipankar Sen (tabla) and Ahetesham Alam Khan Rana (guitar). This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Humayun Ahmed - Ekti chhoto golper nam (13 Nov 1948 - 19 Jul 2012) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
25 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Humayun Ahmed (1948-2012), Bangladeshi novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker on his fourth death anniversary. It presented a beautifully composed overview of this very popular storyteller's life, attributes and creations: 'Humayun Ahmed - Ekti chhoto golper nam'. The songs played in the program were composed by Humayun Ahmed and sung by various artists of Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Multinational Bangladesh - Interview of anthropologist Professor Prashanta Tripura [Image: bdnews24.com]
01 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with anthropologist Professor Prashanta Tripura, former faculty of anthropology at Jahangirnagar University and recently a full-time development professional. In his interview Professor Tripura discussed the importance of 'multinational Bangladesh' and beautifully explained how this multinationalism is recognised by the country and its Constitution. The songs used in the program were played from album 'Indigenous Folk Fusion Music of Bangladesh' by Sourav Chakma Tintin. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

'Manush Elo Kotha Theke?' (Part 1) [Image: nature.com]
08 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program traces the evolutionary history of man. Scientific evidence indicates that life on the planet started about 3.5 billion years ago in the oceans. Life moved to land about 400 million years ago and the primate branch of mammals first evolved about 50 million years ago. Humans and chimpanzees are believed to have followed separate evolutionary paths from about 5 million years ago. The final evolutionary steps to modern man are still debated and will be covered in a later program. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Apala Farhat Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

[Archive: 2009] Interview: Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the ANU in Canberra
15 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2009: An interview with Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Studying on an Australian Leadership Award in Economics, her research focus on the food safety regulation and its impact on Bangladesh export industry's productivity and efficiency. Living in Canberra with her two young children Nazneen described how she is managing her busy life as a student and mother. She also described her diverse career as a Bangladeshi women in government and her passion for pan flute. The beautiful piece of pan flute selected by Nazneen and played in the program was played by Nepalese artist Prem Rana Autary. This week's program was produced by Shireen Ahmed and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

[Archive: 2010] Tribute to Bangladesh's legendary Baul singer and composer Shah Abdul Karim [Image: Bangla Radio]
22 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: 'Gane-Golpe Shah Abdul Karim' - paying tribute to legendary Bangladeshi Baul composer and singer Shah Abdul Karim (1916 - 2009) from Sunamganj, Sylhet. Baul Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed over 1600 songs and was awarded the 'Ekushey Padok' by the Bangladesh Government in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. This week's program narrated some significant events of Karim’s life and presented a beautiful composition of his popular songs. The Shah Abdul Karim songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Dulal Bhoumik, Kaya, Pradip Kumar and Band Dalchhut. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul.

 Caption: The Rising Story of Bangladeshi Band Music [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
29 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program narrated the rising story of Bangladeshi band music. It presented some significant events of Bangladeshi band formation, their motivation and ambition in the period of 1970 to 1990. This program presented a beautiful composition of popular Bangladeshi band songs. The band songs played in the program were: 'Ashi ashi bole tumi ar elena' (Azam Khan), 'Bishshoy jatra' (Miles), 'Sraboner megh' (Different Tourch), 'Nirobe aj ei chokheri vasha' (Souls), 'Hridoy kadamatir' (Renaissence), 'Palki 2' (Feedback), 'Poddo patar jol' (Nogor Baul), 'Moharaj' (Warfaze) and 'Rupali Guiter' (LRB). This week’s program was associated by Mehedi Hasan, and presented and produced by Tasneem Rahman.

The True American - Murder and Mercy in Texas [Image: Book cover detail]
05 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Rais Bhuiyan - subject of Kathryn Bigelow's new film and 'The True American' book [Image: scpr.org]
12 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. The song played in the program was sung by Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Farewel poet Shahid Qadri (1942-2016) [Image: risingbd.com]
19 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Shahid Qadri, Bangladeshi writer and poet who died in New York recently at the age of 74. Considered one of the leading contemporary Bengali poets, Shahid Qadri introduced urbanism and modernity in Bengali poetry - infusing patriotism, cosmopolitanism and universalism in its treatment of nature and city life that delved deep into self alienation in modern living. Shahid Qadri poems recited in the program were: 'Ke jeno bolchhe' by Quazi M Arif, 'Probasher pongktimala' by Gopon Saha, 'Ekti utthan potoner golpo' by Shahid Qadri, 'Tomake ovibadon' by Kabir Sumon and 'Songoti' by Runi Sarker. The instrumental piece was played by Pandit Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness [Image: gcner.org]
26 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: This week's program replayed a feature explaining 'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness in plain language for Bangla Radio listeners. It was prepared by Bangladeshi expatriate scientists working at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra in 2000. The scientists were: Dr. Shamsul Haque, Dr. Shahjahan Ali and Dr. Abed Chaudhury. It was presented by Fahmida Ehsan, and compiled and produced by Dr. Sadequr Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

‘Jaago Bahe Konthe Shobai’ - Tribute to writer Syed Shamsul Haque (27 Dec 1935 - 27 Sep 2016) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
03 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and writer Syed Shamsul Haque who died last week at the age of eighty-one. Recipient of Bangla Academy Award in 1966, ‘Ekushey Padak’ in 1984 and Bangladesh's Independence Day Award in 2000, this prolific wordsmith of the country put different Bangla dialects in the context of modern expression which took his creations to an extraordinary height. The poems and song written by Syed Shamsul Haque and used in the program were recited by: Ishrat Nishat ('Poraner Gohin Vitor' #4), Nazmul Ahsan ('Nuruldiner Shara Jibon'), Shimul Mustafa ('Amar Porichoy'), Shimul Mustafa and Ishrat Nishat ('Poraner Gohin Vitor' #1, #2 and #3) and sung by Andrew Kishore ('Hayre Manush Rongin Fanush'). The background instrumental pieces were played by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Durga Puja 2016 celebration in Canberra [Photo: Avi Sarkar]
10 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the observance of Durga Puja in Canberra celebrated on 8th and 9th October 2016. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association. Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. This week's program presented a brief on the origin of the festival and live recordings from the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Lakshmi Puja in Bengal [Image: bhakti-online.com]
17 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the origin and rituals of Lakshmi Puja, the worship of the Hindu goddess of wealth, celebrated in Bengal and other parts of the Indian sub-continent. It is observed on the third day of Tihar or Deepawali by placing small oil lamps or candles inside and outside devotees' homes and praying for prosperity and well-being of their families and businesses. The songs played in the program were sung by Kabir Sumon, Utsab, Sandha Mukharjee, Prodip Sarkar and Aditi Mohsin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

Special presentation: Catastrophic earthquake in Bangladesh! A matter of time? [Photo from Nepal earthquake: channel3000.com]
24 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the possibility of a major earthquake in Bangladesh. It looked into an article published in the scientific journal Nature on 11 July 2016 that warned that a giant quake may be lurking under Bangladesh. A team of scientists led by Dr. Michael Steckler from Columbia University in USA analysed a decade's GPS data of the region and concluded that a locked and loaded megathrust fault buried under the sediments of Ganges and Bhahmaputra rivers could unleash an earthquake of up to 9.0 magnitude. This week's program interviewed two experts in Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government's national geoscience agency, for their opinion on the study and its findings. Seismologist Dr. Phil Cummins and structural engineer and community safety expert Dr. Mark Edwards discussed how the megathrust fault threats Bangladesh, the expected catastrophic destruction of an earthquake and issues of addressing and managing such risk. The background sound used in the program was taken from a documentary 'Earthquake in Nepal' produced by World You Tube Entertainment. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra based musical group Spondon's 10th anniversary [Photo: Spondon]
31 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered Canberra based popular Bangladeshi musical group Spondon's 10th anniversary celebration. Formed by a group of Bangladeshis from public servants to university teachers, doctors to architect, the spirit of Spondon was to embrace various genres of songs and individuals, and what followed was a medley of music and colourful people. This week's program narrated the history of Spondon, its activities and 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'. The songs played in the program were compiled from different Spondon concerts and the latest 10th anniversary function. This week's program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Bangladeshi magician Jewel Aich in Canberra - An Interview [Photo: thedailystar.net]
07 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Jewel Aich, a celebrated Bangladeshi magician and musician, during his recent performance for the Canberra based music group Spondon. A freedom fighter during the Bangladesh's liberation war and recipient of the Ekushey Padak, one of the highest civilian award of Bangladesh, Jewel Aich is regarded as one of the distinguished magicians of the world and often been described as the "world's most artistic illusionist". In his interview Jewel Aich shared his passion for magic, his life long devotion in perfecting the art and establishing a magic academy in Bangladesh to take the art to a new height. The sitar recital used in the program has been played by Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview - Rice research in Bangladesh - Dr Abed Chaudhury, developer of new varieties that lower blood sugar level [Image: oryza.com]
14 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Canberra resident Dr Abed Chaudhury. Dr Chaudhury is an eminent plant scientist. For many years he has been involved in rice breeding in Bangladesh in his personal initiative. In recent years, he has been successful in developing some short duration rice varieties for different agro-climatic conditions of Bangladesh. Some of his rice varieties have low Glycemic Index (GI), which can help to lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. The song played in the program was taken from album 'jagoroner gaan' and the music recital was by Shiv Kumar Sharma. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

The real life and strange death of poet Jibanananda Das [Image: Rajib Paul]
21 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an article on the real life and strange death of Bengal's greatest modern poet Jibanananda Das (1899–1954) titled 'ekjon kobi, ekti tram othoba odbhut adhar ek'. Authored by Imran Niloy and published in daily Ittefaq recently, it described the struggle and suffering of poet Jibanananda Das prior to his premature accidental death deemed by some as suicide. The recitations and songs used in the program were by Nazmul Ahsan, Swani Zubayer, Lopamudra Mitra and Niaz Mohammad Chowdhury. The flute piece was played by Shukur Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

Interview with the Bangla rock-music group 'Miles' (Part 1) [Images: Miles]
28 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of an interview with Bangladeshi rock band group 'Miles' recorded during their recent Canberra performance in October 2016. Formed in 1979 the group is widely considered as the most popular rock band in South Asia. In the interview members of the group Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Manam Ahmed described their passion for Bangla rock song and how they have succeeded in establishing a new non-traditional music in the country and popularise it in the Bangla music space. The songs used in the program were played from popular Miles albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview with the Bangla rock-music group 'Miles' (Part 2) [Original image: eventbee.com]
05 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of an interview with Bangladeshi rock band group 'Miles' recorded during their recent Canberra performance in October 2016. Formed in 1979 the group is widely considered as the most popular rock band in South Asia. In the interview members of the group Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Manam Ahmed described their passion for Bangla rock song and how they have succeeded in establishing a new non-traditional music in the country and popularise it in the Bangla music space. The songs used in the program were played from popular Miles albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview - Dr. Abed Chaudhury: Characteristics of blood sugar level lowering rice 'Shonali Chaal' and how to procure it
12 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of an interview broadcast in Bangla Radio Canberra on 14 Nov 2016 with Dr Abed Chaudhury, eminent geneticist and plant scientist. In that program Dr. Chaudhury described the new rice varieties that he has successfully developed that have low Glycemic Index (GI) and can help lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. In response to numerous queries from Bangla Radio Canberra listeners, in this week's program Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussed the special characteristics of one of his new variety rice 'Shonali Dhan' and how it can be procured in Bangladesh now and outside Bangladesh in the near future. 'Shonali Chaal' is produced and marketed by HKG Agro in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Gita Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The National Martyrs' Memorial of Bangladesh and its architect Syed Mainul Hossain [Photo: prothom-alo.com]
19 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 45th Victory Day of Bangladesh celebrated on 16 Dec 2016. It read two features published in Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' on the occasion: (1) 'bijoyer prothom shurjodoy' by Sajjad Sharif describing the events on the Victory Day, and (2) 'jatio sriti shoudher sthopotikey ki amra mo-ne rekhechhi?' by Mashiur Alam remembering the unsung architect of the country's National Martyrs' Memorial. The songs played in the program were taken from album 'jagoroner gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Christmas tree [Source: historymyths.wordpress.com]
26 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted some of the traditional practices and symbolism of Christmas observed around the world. It shared how Boxing Day is relevant to Christmas, and how Christmas tree became a key feature of Christmas celebration. The program also shared a special Christmas cake recipe for our listeners. This week's program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.