Bangla Radio Archive - 2017

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'Probaho' - the Bangla music group from Auckland, New Zealand [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, the first of 2017, introduced - 'Probaho' - a Bangla music group formed by the Bangladeshi expatriates living in Auckland, New Zealand. The group came to Canberra just before Christmas to visit family and friends. The visitors treated the locals with a fabulous concert and shared their life stories in Auckland, New Zealand. This week's program featured their story and their music performed at a private party in Canberra. The members of the Probaho group visited Canberra were: Fakhrul Alam Dipu - rythm guitar and lead vocalist, Mohammed Bashar Ehsan - keyboard, Mohammed Rezaul Haque Chowdhury Rubel - base guitar, Snehashish Das - drum and tabla, Shamsun Nahar Flora - vocalist and Shaheen Haque overall management and coordination. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Cadets prepare for parade at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Rajshahi Cadet College (12 March 2016) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
09 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, part one of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's first episode presented recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The sitar piece used in the program was by Sangeet from Brisbane, Australia from his album 'Between Bombay & Byron Bay'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Flags of all Bangladeshi cadet colleges at the Ex-cadets' Forum Australia (ECFA) event "Cadets' Day Out 2016" in Sydney on 25 Sep 2016 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
16 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, part two of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's episode presented the remaining part of the recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The beautiful song played in the program was sung by Alamgir, an ex-Cadet of Mirzapur Cadet College, from his popular album 'Alamgir in Hollywood'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

International students at the Australian National University in Canberra [Photo: www.anu.edu.au]
23 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2002: This week's program covered the function organised by the Students Liason Committee of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra that formally welcomed the new Bangladeshi students to Canberra. The interviews of new students were recorded by Sherke Chaman Khan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

One member of Identity Inclusion support group interviewing a person in need of their services [Photo: @identityinclusion]
30 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Ms. Shamsin Ahmed, founder of Identity Inclusion Bangladesh, a project that aims to break mental health stigma, promote community based health services and social inclusion of people with mental health conditions, learning and developmental disabilities. In her interview Shamsin shared how she is changing the perspective of mental disabilities in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Ornob. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Drama 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' produced by Theatre and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun, 1976 [Photo: departmag.com]
06 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2001: This week's program presented an interview of Mr. Ramendu Majumdar, an eminent cultural personality of Bangladesh, on group theatre movement in the country recorded during his visit to Sydney in 2001. The interview has been followed by part of the stage drama 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' produced by Theatre and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun in 1976. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

History of Bangla language - Professor Anisuzzaman [Image: thedailystar.net]
13 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2001: This week's program presented part two of a series of interview of Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University in Bangladesh on the history of Bangla language. The song played in the program was sung by Promita Mollik. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Early morning walk at the flower festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
20 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the 'Early Morning Walk' at the Canberra annual flower festival 'Floriade' on 1st October 2016. It was hosted by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra as part of the 'Walk of the Nations' event organised by the Heart Foundation, ACT. Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan covered the event for Bangla Radio Canberra. The chorus played in the program was sung by the young generation students of Canberra music school and group 'Dhrupad'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Australian citizenship - Attraction and feelings of a recent recipient [Image: Bangla Radio]
27 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented informal interviews highlighting the feelings of a recent recipient of Australian citizenship and why Australia remains the choicest country to migrate to. The people interviewed are: Mr. Rashidul Haque Khan, Ms. Qamrun Sultana and Mr. Rezaul Karim Hitlu. The interviews were recorded by Canberra resident Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan for Bangla Radio. The beautiful song played in the program was sung by Indian singer Anjon Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

International Women's Day - March 8 [Image: acelebrationofwomen.org]
06 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Women's Day which is held on 8 March each year. It provided a brief context for this date and played a number of relevant poems and song highlighting the importance of the day. The poets whose works were included in this program were: Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Debabrata Singh and Mallika Sen Gupta. The artists who lent their voices to the poems and song were: Gouri Ghosh, Shaila Ahmed, Indrani Sen, Medha Bandopadhay and Bratati Bandopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

Moushumi Bhowmik's songs of Bengalees' past and an uplifting future [Photo: Huzzatul Mursalin Apu, from book 'Positive Light']
13 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of songs of Indian Bengali singer and songwriter Moushumi Bhowmik. Her songs characterised by modern poetic lyrics stands out of the traditional Bengali songs. Her popular albums include: "Ekhono golpo lekho" and "Ami ghor bahir kori". The songs of Moushumi Bhowmik compiled in this week's program beautifully narrated the past and an uplifting future for the Bengalees. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Farewell Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya (1961-2017) - We will remember you [Photo: wionews.com]
20 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to popular Indian folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya who died in a road accident on 7th March 2017 at the age of 56. Born and raised in Assam he moved to West Bengal and devoted his life in resurrecting traditional music of the land and his roots. Kalika Prasad co-founded the band 'Dohar' with the intent to revive the folk music tradition of Northern and Eastern Bengal. The songs played in the program were sung by Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya and his group 'Dohar'. The week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

The liberation war through poems [Image: Ittefaq.com.bd]
27 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 47th Independence Day of Bangladesh, celebrated on 26th March. The day is observed to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan in the late hours of 25 March 1971 after the Pakistani Army brutally committed genocide on unarmed civilian Bengalis in the name of "Operation Searchlight" that triggered the liberation war. This week's program remembered the war through poems. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Students of ORCA Home Chittagong paying tribute to the Rana Plaza victims [Photo: ORCA]
03 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, final part of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's episode highlighted the development activities of ex-Cadets' associations in Bangladesh as repayment of the debt of studying in a privileged institution in the country. It described the wide ranging projects of the Old Rajshahi Cadets Association (ORCA) providing assistance to the poor, destitute and orphans across Bangladesh. One of the songs played in the program was from album 'jagoroner gaan' and the other sung by Sabina Yasmin, Samina Chowdhury, Bappa Majumdar and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

About poetry: Recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa - an interview [Photo: wordpress.com]
10 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview of renowned Bangladeshi recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa recorded after his recent performance in Canberra - 'ga-ne o kobitar majhey je-ge uthuk canberra' - organised by ATN Canberra. In his interview Mr. Mustafa described how 'poetry' influences our life, family and society, his love for poetry, and his views on the traditional and modern poetry. Two of his recitations were played in the program. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

From Bangla Radio Archive - Information for prospective Bangladeshi students (Pt 1) [Photo: Obaidul Haque]
17 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2009: This week’s program presented information for prospective Bangladeshi students planning to undertake higher studies at the Australian universities. It interviewed some Bangladeshi students currently studying at the Australian National University in Canberra, and two former students Dr. Bina D'Costa and Ahmed Imran who are now involved in teaching/research at the university, on their experience and advice for future Bangladeshi students. They talked about how to prepare for higher studies in Australia, the scholarships available, settling in Australia and the friendly people and country they could expect in Australia. The students interviewed are: Fouzia Nasreen Sultana, Debashish Chakraborty, Nitol Dewan and Faham Abdus Salam. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Lest We Forget - ANZAC DAY - April 25th [Image: Australian War Memorial]
24 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'ANZAC Day' - observed on 25 April each year as a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served". The program compiled a story, songs and a poem on the ANZAC theme. The story 'National ANZAC Centre at Albany, WA' was taken from ABC documentary and the poem 'The ANZAC on the wall' written and performed by Jim Brown is an award winning poem about a young ANZAC in the Australian Light Horse Regiment who died at the charge of Beersheba in 1917. The songs, story and poem were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Remembering Satyajit Ray [Image: bollywoodlife.com]
01 May 2017 Listen MP3

On the occasion of his 96th birth anniversary on 2nd May, this week's program remembered the work and life of one of the greatest film makers of our time, Satyajit Ray. The program featured parts of a television interview of Ray recorded by Durdarshan in the 70s and played songs from two of his many movies 'aha ki anondo' from Hirok Rajar Deshe and 'ami chini go chini tomare' from Charulota. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

A blessed Buddha Purnima [Image: udayavani.com]
08 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, celebrated on 3rd 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 composition of songs and poem by Poet Rabindranath Thakur on Lord Buddha's realisation, message and preaching. The recitation was by Tushar Roy, and the singers were Shampa Barua and Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Canberra Boishakhi Mela 1424'  [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
15 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the celebration of Bengali New Year 1424 in Canberra organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Dickson College campus in Dickson on 29th April 2017. It interviewed a number of enthusiastic visitors to capture the spirit of the celebration for continuing the Bengali cultural heritage in expatriate life from one generation to the next. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Canberra Bangla School students' presentation at the Boishakhi Mela 1424 [Photo: Canberra Bangla School]
22 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented second half of the coverage of the celebration of Bengali New Year 1424 in Canberra. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Dickson College campus in Dickson on 29th April 2017. The program captured the spirit of the celebration by interviewing stall owners, visitors and organisers, and played glimpses of some cultural presentations for the listeners. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.