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.

Dance artistes welcome monsoon at the day-long monsoon festival at Bangla Academy, Dhaka on 12 June 2015 [Photo: dhakatribune.com/Syed Zakir Hossain]
29 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs by Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on 'monsoon' - a season in the subcontinent that inspired many poets. The program narrated the traditional 'ragas', and how these ragas embodied the Nazrul songs creating each of them a fulfilled unique entity. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by renowned singers of Bangladesh and India. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

A painting showing Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) taking possession of New South Wales, Australia [Souce: bbc.com/Getty Images]
05 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program narrated stories of two discovery: (1) the discovery of Australia by Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) on behalf of the British crown in 1770, following more than 160 years of mapping and exploration, mainly by the Dutch, and (2) the discovery by Canberra astrophysicist Prof Brian Paul Schmidt that the expansion of the universe is accelerating that won him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess. The songs played in the program were sung by Australian country singer Terry Morris and Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

(L-R) Mr. Zillur Rahman, Mr. Mir Hashmat Ali and Mr. Jainal Abedin - leading pioneers in building the Canberra Bangladeshi community [Photo: Ehsan Ullah, 1989]
12 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 1 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra function commemorating the 21st February Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh [Photo: Ehsan Ullah, 2001]
19 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 2 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangla Language and Cultural SChool Canberra stall at the ACT Community Language Schools Association festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
26 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 3 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Young (now adult) Bangladeshi dancers after their performance at the Canberra annual Multicultural Festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
03 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 4 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A view of the Canberra southern suburb of Gordon [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
10 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 5 (Final) of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Poet Rabindranath Thakur during his late age [Image: caravandaily.com]
17 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Rabindranath Thakur's songs paying tribute to the great poet on his 76th death anniversary to be observed on 7th August 2017. The songs were selected on the theme of monsoon in the Indian subcontinent that is greatly missed by the expatriates overseas. The songs played in the program were sung by Arundhoti Hom Chowdhury, Sreeradha Bannerjee, Srikanta Acharya, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosele and Emon Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

If you remember me on a rainy night - In memory of Kamal Dasgupta and Feroza Begum [Images: Internet]
24 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to two legendary music personalities of Bangladesh: Dr. Kamal Dasgupta - a Bengali music director, composer and folk artist, and Ms. Feroza Begum - a leading Nazrul Shangeet singer and recipient of Bangladesh Independence Day Award. The duo, who later married, was musical geniuses - Dr. Dasgupta developed a close association with poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and composed the music for almost four hundred of his songs, while Ms. Feroza Begum was a distinguished Nazrul Shangeet singer. The Nazrul Shangeets played in the program were sung by the singers of 'Dhrupad' music group in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Image: Wedding Invitation (cover of a traditional Bangladeshi wedding invitation card)
31 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews of Ms. Kate Saraswati and Mr. Peter Roeper married to two Bangladeshi Australians living in Canberra - Mr. Shoeb Ishtiaq Ahmad (Shaurov) and Ms. Khurshid Jahan respectively. The interviews asked them about their adopted Bangladeshi lifestyle and their integration into the Bangladeshi community in Canberra. The radio clip of Ms. Saraswati played before the interviews was taken from Bangla Radio archive dated 20 April 2009 recorded by Dr. Dalia Nilufar. The solo song played in the program was sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB) - Thank You Evening [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
07 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the musical evening by the legendary singers of Bangladesh Salma Akbar, Sajed Akbar and their daughters Aliva Salmeen Evana and Subah Akbar organised by "Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB)", a charity organisation based in Canberra, to say - 'Thank You' - to the donors for their support. It was held in Gungahlin College Auditorium in Canberra on 5th of May 2017. LWFB's charity work among other activities runs the 'Bangladesh Canberra Friendship School' for 300 students in Char Fasson, Bhola since 2009 and provide scholarships to poor but talented students of different colleges and universities in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Music as a medium for spreading the message of peace [Image: un.org/peaceday]
14 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. The theme of this week's program was music as a medium for spreading peace. It presented songs on the theme sung by Shahana Bajpaie, Michael Jackson, Bhupen Hazarika and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Caption: 'Boshonto Boron' - Welcoming Spring [Image: Colors of life | Syful Rony | Flickr]
21 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful commentary on the history and evolution of the celebration of Spring arrival in Bengal. It described the significance of the traditional Spring festivals and how the celebration has changed over time shaped by the rulers, people and their culture to date since Mughal emperor Akbar introduced the Bangla calendar in 1585. A selection of songs on Spring played in the program were sung by singers from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Canberra flower festival Floriade 2016 | Ehsan Ullah]
28 Aug 2017 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 online Bangladeshi newspapers Prothom Alo and Bdnews24.Com written by Rimmi Rumman (New York, USA), Tasmina Khandakar (Seoul, South Korea), Shafinawaz Shipu (London, UK) and Tamanna Islam (California, USA). The background music used in the program were played by Sultan Khan, Zakir Hossain, Ram Krishna Paul, Dilip Roy and V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

'Eid al-Adha' - the history and importance [Image: middleeastpress.com]
04 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated - 'Eid al-Adha' - the Muslim festival marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham. It presented a recorded lecture by distinguished Islamic scholar Noman Ali Khan highlighting the history and importance of the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Radio story reading - 'Ke-Hashe' written by Manjil Sen [Image: theghostdiaries.com]
11 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a Bangla thriller story 'Ke-Hashe' written by Manjil Sen in 1993. It was originally broadcast by Radio Mirchi, Kolkata, India as part of their series Sunday Suspense. The voices were Dip and Mir, background sound and special effects by Richard and directed by Indrani. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of this beautiful radio presentation collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Bistirno Duparey' - Canberra fund raising concert for the flood affected people of Bangladesh (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Bistirno Duparey' - Canberra fund raising concert for the flood affected people of Bangladesh (Part 2) [Image: thedailystar.net]
25 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Canberra Durga Protima at Duffy Primary School [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
02 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recording from - 'Canberra Durga Puja 2017' - organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association (Canberra) Inc on 30th September and 1st October in Duffy Primary School, and (2) part three of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part four of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Human Evolution [Image: Wikipedia.com]
16 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week’s program continued the fascinating story of human evolution from a scientific perspective. Modern humans evolved in Africa. There appear to have been at several waves of migrations of human-like species out of Africa, the last leading to the spread of modern humans across the globe. Earlier migrations led to the Neanderthals and Denisovans, who may have intermingled with modern humans as traces of their DNA can be found in ours. The first program in this series was broadcast on the 8th of August, 2016. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

The definition of beauty [Artwork: Jharna Bernadette Purification]
23 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program reflected on the various forms of our search for beauty in our surroundings and in us. It explored how we do so through our expression of songs and poems. The program is a lighthearted way of making us think about the issue of what, why, who and how we behold beauty. The songs compiled for today's program are well known songs by Rabindranath Thakur, Nazrul Islam, John Denver, TLC, Lokogeeti and Kahlil Gibran. This week's program was introduced and hosted by Luna Purification, and produced and presented by Jharna Bernadette Purification.

Bangladesh through the eye of second generation expatriates [Photo: The Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra - Ehsan Ullah]
30 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate conversation with a group of second generation Bangladeshi young adults raised in Canberra about their perception of their parents' motherland 'Bangladesh'. It covered topics like: how they identify themselves, whether they owe anything to Bangladesh, what does it mean to be of a Bangladeshi origin growing in Australia, what special expectations they managed while growing, and their engagement with the wider Canberra Bangladeshi community. The participants were: Shourhid Huda, Adiba Ahmed, Punnya Joyoti, Tasfia Rashid, Fara Ehsan, Azmina Hossain, Anika Nawar, Adnin Zahid, and Sami Chaudhury. The song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi children at the Bangladesh High Commission Canberra 2012 Bijoy Dibosh function, courtesy of Dr. A. Imran. The artists of the instrumental piece were Pandit Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

'Muhurto' presents 'Hridoy Jurey Bangladesh' [Image: poster by Muhurto]
06 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the charity concert - 'Hridoy Jurey Bangladesh' - organised by ‘Muhurto’, a Canberra-based band, on 21 October 2017 at John Paul II College auditorium in Nicholls, Canberra. The charity initiative raised funds for the ‘SiTara’s Story’, a not-for-profit organisation led by a group of passionate women in Canberra to facilitate mental health awareness program for adolescent girls in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Bangla short story 'Modhumaloti' written by Sharadindu Bandopadhay [Image: visualhunt.com]
13 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a Bangla short story 'Modhumaloti' written by Sharadindu Bandopadhay in 1957. It was originally broadcast by Radio Mirchi, Kolkata, India as part of their series Sunday Suspense. The voices were Mir and Dip, background sound and special effects by Richard and directed by Indrani. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of this beautiful radio presentation collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.