Bangla Radio Archive - 2018
This week's program, the first of 2018, welcomed the New Year by a program compiled in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It captured the feelings of an expatriate trying to find the city and its residents as he remembered decades ago. The songs played in the program were sung by Jalali Set and Gaanchil featuring Minar Rahman. The flute piece used in the program was from a recording at the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 played by Pandit Ranu Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.
This week's program presented part 2 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some super-hit Bengali songs during the 1960s and 1970s as told by Pulak Bandopadhay - the lyricist, songwriter and music composer from West Bengal, India. Pulak Bandopadhay (1931?-1999) recollected the stories in his book - 'Kothae Kothae Raat Hoey Jae' - about these songs sung by popular Indian Bengali singers. This week's episode focussed on and paid tribute to singer Kishore Kumar. The songs played in the program were sung by Kishore Kumar. The narrators were Tushar Roy, Punnya Joyoti and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.
This week’s program presented a discussion with Prof Qasim Ayub, a human evolutionary geneticist who was part of the international 1000 genomes project consortium. He described the migration of humans from Africa about 50,000 years ago into the rest of the world and discussed the evidence of interactions with Neanderthals and Denisovians, who were similar but not identical to modern humans. He also described aspects of more recent population history of South Asia, particularly of Bangladesh and Pakistan. This week’s program, which is in English, continues the ‘Manush Elo Kotha Theke’ theme of programs broadcast on 8th Aug 2016 and 16 Oct 2017. The singer of the song played in the program was Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.
This week's program commemorated the - 'Saraswati Puja' - that is being celebrated this week in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and other countries in Asia. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning worshiped by the followers of Hindu religion. This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs, recitals and significance of the celebration. The songs played in the program were sung by Shagota Laksmi Dasgupta, Hoimonti Shukla, Manobendro Mukhopadhay and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. The narrators were Tapati Dey, Avijit Sarker, Tapati Aditya and Tushar Roy. Thechnical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.
This week's program presented a discussion of Rabindranath Tagore's novel - 'Chokher Bali' - from the younger generation of Canberran-Bengalis. Their analysis looked at the plot, characters and themes of the text such as friendship, social norms and gender roles. The participants were: Adiba Ahmed, Anika Nawar, Punna Joyotee, Adnin Zahid, Fara Ehsan, Tasfia Rashid and Azmina Hossain. The singer of the Tagore song played in the program was Shahana. The instrumentals used in the program were played by Ramkrishna Paul and the other from an album by Saregama. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.
This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi expatriate in Sydney Mr. Rashedul Hasan, a contestant at the ninth series of MasterChef Australia premiered on 1 May 2017 on Network Ten. Mr. Hasan secured the 24th place in the contest. In his interview Mr. Hasan described his experience at the contest, his passion for cooking, his professional and family life, and his desire to promote traditional 'Bangladeshi' cuisine at the international arena. The song played in the program was sung by Topu and Anila. The flute pieces used in the program were played by Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.
This week's program presented an interview with Shahiduzzaman Selim - popular Bangladeshi theatre, television and film actor, and winner of Bangladesh National Film Award in 2012. The interview covering his career as an actor and his vision for the future was recorded during his recent performance in Canberra. The snippets of two of his television dramas played in the program were 'Mission Shoshur Bari' and 'Gayer Manush'. The singer of the beautiful song was Fazlur Rahman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.
This week's program highlighted the significance of the Language Martyrs' Day or Martyrs' Day which is a national day of Bangladesh observed on 21st February to commemorate protests and sacrifices to protect Bengali as a national language during Bengali Language Movement of 1952. It is also observed as the International Mother Language Day worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism after proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999. This week's program mentioned the different activities and functions planned to commemorate the day in Canberra, Australia. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.
This week's program has been hosted by some of the group who call themselves 'Next Generation', many of whom were born and brought up in Canberra. This week's program has been a casual discussion between friends covering a range of topics from the Canberra Multicultural Festival, Bengali culture to Bengali food. It was recorded live at the festival held on 17 February 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.
This week's program commemorated the International Women's Day observed around the globe on March 8th annually to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. This week's program presented a very informative article on women's cancer written by Nishat Sultana and published in Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo and remembered some women who fought the disease in Canberra. The singer of the song played in the program was Fahmida Khatun. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana and Ehsan Ullah.
This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah (1956 – 1991), a popular Bangladeshi poet noted for his revolutionary and romantic poetry and considered one of the leading Bengali poets of the 1970s. This week’s program shared part of Rudra's life, love and poems. The singers of the song played in the program were Kabir Shumon and Sabina Yeasmin. The instrumentals used in the program were played by Sultan Khan and Zakir Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.
This week’s program presented a beautiful story - 'Ekjon Juary Putrer Golpo' - (Story of a Gambler Son) written by Ashis Bablu and published in popular Sydney based Bangladeshi expatriates' website bangla-sydney.com. A resident of Sydney for over thirty years, Ashis Bablu is a well-known author contributing regularly to the Sydney and Dhaka media. The music pieces used in the program were taken from ABC Classic FM albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.
Program Audio Archive
- 19 Mar 2018 | Ehsan Ullah
- 26 Mar 2018 | Shampa Barua
- 02 Apr 2018 | New generation's voice
- 09 Apr 2018 | TBA
- 16 Apr 2018 | Ehsan Ullah
- 23 Apr 2018 | TBA
- 30 Apr 2018 | TBA
- 07 May 2018 | Shamsuddin Shafi
- 14 May 2018 | New generation's voice
- 21 May 2018 | Sheikh Lana