Bangla Radio Archive - 2018

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Megacity Dhaka and I [Photo: Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017/YouTube.com]
01 Jan 2018 MP3

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.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 2) [Image: YouTube.com]
08 Jan 2018 MP3

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.

Human evolution in Indian subcontinent (Science: The evolution of mankind - Part 3) [Image: Monash University Malaysia documentary/YouTube]
15 Jan 2018 MP3

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.

'Esho Debi Esho E Aloke' [Image: shortday.in]
22 Jan 2018 MP3

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.

A discussion of Rabindranath Tagore's novel 'Chokher Bali' from the younger generation of Canberran-Bengalis [Image: in.bookmyshow.com]
29 Jan 2018 MP3

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.

Interview: Rashedul Hasan - 24th position at the MasterChef Australia 2017 contest [Image: dhakatribune.com]
05 Feb 2018 MP3

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.

Shahiduzzaman Selim in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
12 Feb 2018 MP3

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.

'Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushe February Ami Ki Bhulite Pari?' [Image: flikr/Sadat Mainuddin]
19 Feb 2018 MP3

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.

'Canberra Multicultural Festivaley Adda' [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
26 Feb 2018 MP3

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.

Happy Women's Day - 8th March [Source: Thinkstock Images]
05 Mar 2018 MP3

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.

Remembering Rudra - In memory of poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah [Photo: poemhunter.com]
12 Mar 2018 MP3

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.

'Ekjon Juary Putrer Golpo' written by Ashis Bablu [Image: bangla-sydney.com]
19 Mar 2018 MP3

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.

47th Independence Day of Bangladesh - War babies of 1971 are the first citizens of Bangladesh [Image: Google.com]
26 Mar 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the 47th Independence Day of Bangladesh by remembering the War-babies born to Bengali women consequent of their being raped by Pakistani soldiers and other criminals who took advantage of the situation of the liberation war of Bangladesh (March 1971 to December 1971). It described the heart-felt plight of these babies now adult and conscious of their identity and the history attached to their birth as also the price they paid for the birth of their country Bangladesh - and their endless search for their roots. The narration, recitation and songs were by Punna Joyotee, Tapati Aditya, Tushar Roy, Tapan Kundu, Robin Guda and Shampa Barua. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Friends (L-R) Harry Thompson and Sami Chaudhury during their recent visit to Bangladesh [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
02 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a friendly discussion highlighting a young Australian’s first visit to Bangladesh. Harry Thompson, a close friend of the second generation Bangladeshis in Canberra, recently visited Bangladesh with a Bangladeshi family and two of his friends. In this program Harry shared his observation, feelings and experiences about the country, culture and people with Sami Chaudhury and Adiba Ahmed. The song from Sylhet played in the program was collected from YouTuble. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

A brief history of the celebration of Easter [Art work: Jharna Purification]
09 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a brief history of the celebration of Easter. It was Easter Sunday on 1st April 2018. Easter is a time for reflection - to take stock of our life on earth and reflect on being good and doing good unto others. Easter has the sole purpose to remind us of the fragility of life and the importance of being humble and live in brotherly love for one another. This week’s program focused on the actual events and how these are commemorated in this day and age. This week's program was produced and presented by Jharna Purification.

A drama by Bourupee Kolkata - 'Tahar Namti Ranjana' - main cast: Sombhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra [Photo: Abanur Ferdous/Flikr]
16 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1425 by playing a beautiful drama - 'Tahar Namti Ranjana' - written by Bidhayak Bhattacharya and performed by Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra and Nimai Ghosh. It was produced by Bohurupee theatre group in Kolkata in late 50s. This week's program also paid tribute to Sombhu Mitra and his wife Tripti Mitra - both legendary Bangla theatre personalities, and congratulated the Bohurupee theatre group - the oldest surviving theatre group among the theatre groups in India formed by Sombhu Mitra in 1948 - on its 70th anniversary next month. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Vocal plays 'Durbhashini' and 'Bichitro Prem' voiced by Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu [Image: Shinoy Prahladan/bengaluru.citizenmatters.in]
23 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program continued the celebration of Bangla New Year in Canberra by playing two beautiful audio plays 'Durbhashini' and 'Bichitro Prem' voiced by Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu, two very popular recitation and vocal artists from West Bengal, India. The song played in the program was from an album by Anupam Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 3) [Image: YouTube.com]
30 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 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 Shondha Mukhopadhay. The songs played in the program were sung by Shondha Mukhopadhay. The narrators were Shahadat Manik and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Folk music - Arko Pravo Mukherjee [Image: YouTube.com]
07 May 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a selection of beautiful folk songs sung by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, a trained classical singer and an urban folk artist from Kolkata, India. Arko's high tenor and natural husk is unique to the traditional subcontinental music - a gifted voice behind his popularity in India and Bangladesh. He has been researching on the roots of Indian folk music and its vast history, trying to build a bridge between European, African and American folk music with the essential root music forms of India. After completing his medical degree and internship Arko moved to Mumbai in 2008 to pursue a career in Bollywood film industry as a music director, singer and songwriter. The songs played in the program were sung by Arko Mukherjee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Bioplob.

A concert from Canberra music group 'Dhrupad' - Jalsha #12 (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 May 2018 MP3

This week's program presented recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #12 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 5th May 2018. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Dhrupad promises to create a music that soothe soul and help discover not only our roots and traditions but also the common human bonding that links us all as citizens of this world. The theme of Jalsha #12 was 'Old & New' to make a bridge between two different generations. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

Islamic songs of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam [Image: seekershub.com]
21 May 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by a compilation of beautiful Islamic songs created by the poet. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by renowned Bangladeshi singers Yeasmin Mushtary, Khalid Hossain, Sohrab Hossain, Fatema Tuz Zohra and Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

A blessed Buddha Purnima [Image: lionsroar.com]
28 May 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, celebrated on 22nd May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program presented aspects and significance of the day by Topoti Aditya, Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua. The singer of the songs were Monoj Murali, Shagota Laksmi Dasgupta, Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya and Shupratik Das. Technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

A concert from Canberra music group 'Dhrupad' - Jalsha #12 (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #12 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 5th May 2018. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Dhrupad promises to create a music that soothe soul and help discover not only our roots and traditions but also the common human bonding that links us all as citizens of this world. The theme of Jalsha #12 was 'Old & New' to make a bridge between two different generations. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part one of the recording from Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration - 'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - songs of prominent poets of Bengal, honouring: Rabindranath Thakur, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dwijendralal Ray, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen. It was held in Gungahlin College Theatre, Gungahlin, Canberra on 12th May 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

After the 'Eid-ul-Fitr' prayer at the newly constructed mosque of Canberra Islamic Centre in Monash, Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated - 'Eid-ul-Fitr' - the Muslim festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. 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.

'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
25 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the recording from Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration - 'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - songs of prominent poets of Bengal, honouring: Rabindranath Thakur, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dwijendralal Ray, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen. It was held in Gungahlin College Theatre, Gungahlin, Canberra on 12th May 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The happiness and misery of poetry - Sunil Gangopadhyay [Image: wikimedia.org/Ragib]
02 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934-2012), an Indian Bengali poet and novelist regarded as one of the most prolific and effervescent writers of modern Bengali literature. Born in Faridpur, in what is now Bangladesh, Gangopadhyay studied, worked and spent most of his life in the city of Kolkata, India. This week's program focused on his love of poetry and his poems - 'the happiness and misery of poetry'. The participants were Topoti Aditya, Tushar Roy, Shahadat Manik and Shampa Barua. Technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Australian singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Hilda Mauboy [Image: jessicamauboy.com.au]
09 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a selection of younger generation's favourite songs by the Australian artists. The singers represented are: Delta Goodrem - Innocent eyes, Shannon Noll - What about me, Guy Sebastian - Battle scars, Keith Urban - The fighter, John Famham - You're the voice, and Jessica Mauboy - Galaxy. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

World renowned Indigenous Australian singer Dr. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu [Image: YouTube.com]
16 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the NAIDOC week observed in Australia during 7-14 July 2018 to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It paid tribute to Dr. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (1971-2017), an internationally renowned Indigenous Australian musician, who brought the aboriginal songs to the mainstream music and won numerous music awards. Born blind, Gurrumul sang stories of his land both in his dialect and in English. The songs played in the program were sung by Gurrumul Yunupingu, Delta Goodrem, Missy Higgins and Paul Kelly. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Nelson Mandela - Tribute on his birth centenary [Image: channel4.com]
23 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013), a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, on his 100th birth anniversary. Mandela was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 4) [Image: YouTube.com]
30 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 4 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 focused on and paid tribute to music composer Nachiketa Ghosh. The songs played in the program were sung by Manabendra Mukhopadhay, Nirmala Misra, Aroti Mukhopadhay, Manna Dey and Hemanta Mukhopadhay. The narrators were Punna Joyotee and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

The origin of the bread and shoe [Image: wikipedia.com]
06 Aug 2018 MP3

This week’s program discusses the probable timelines for the first preparation of bread and the first use of shoes. Evidence from different sources indicates that the first bread was produced about 10 to 20 thousand years ago. Mummified remains of humans such as Otzi and archaeological evidence suggest that shoes were also first used around the same time. Clearly that period of time brought about great changes for human beings. The songs in this week’s program were sung by Parveen Sultana and the program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Students at a university in Canberra [Image: canberra.com.au]
13 Aug 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the interviews with students from Bangladesh who have been studying in different universities in Canberra, Australia. In their interview they have shared their experiences of studying and living in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Punna Joyotee and Shajoti Amin.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 5) [Image: YouTube.com]
20 Aug 2018 MP3

This week’s program presented part 5 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some super- hit Bengali songs during the 1960s and 1970s as told by Pulak Bandopadhyay - the lyricist, songwriter and music composer from West Bengal, India. Pulak Bandopadhyay (1931 - 1999) recollected the stories in his book – ‘Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae’ – about these songs sung by popular Indian Bengali singers. This week’s episode focussed on and paid tribute to the lyricist, songwriter and music composer - Pulak Bandopadhyay The songs played in the program were sung by Akhilbandhu Ghosh, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Protima Bandopadhyay and Hemanta Mukhopadhyay. The narrators were Punnya Joyotee and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam - Tribute on his 42nd death anniversary [Image: dhakatribune.com]
27 Aug 2018 MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 42nd death anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It focused on the stories behind the creation of some popular Nazrul songs. The songs played in the program were sung by Manobendra Mukhopadhyay, Dhiren Basu, Firoza Begum, Satinath Mukhopadhyay and Madhuri Chottopadhyay. The technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

The scenic campus of Australian National University in Canberra [Image: ANU]
03 Sep 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the interviews with students from Bangladesh who have been studying in different universities in Canberra, Australia. In their interview they have shared their experiences of studying and living in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Punna Joyotee and Shajoti Amin.

Interview - Lubna Marium - renowned dancer, researcher and cultural activist of Bangladesh [Image: thedailystar.net]
10 Sep 2018 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with a leading cultural personality of Bangladesh Ms. Lubna Marium - a renowned dancer, art director, researcher and cultural activist of South Asia - during her recent visit to Australia. She is affiliated with Bangladesh's dance institutions 'Nrityajog', 'Nrittoshilpi Shongstha' and the International Dance Council. In her interview Ms. Marium described the role of dance and music in the subcontinent and her initiatives in documenting, training and promoting these traditional cultures of the region. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Radio Drama: 'Chokhe Angul Dada' - story by Promothonath Bishi and script by Manoj Mitra [Image: daily-sun.com]
17 Sep 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'Chokhe Angul Dada' - script by Manoj Mitra based on a story by Promothonath Bishi. It is a nostalgic satire first broadcast in the 70s by Akashbani Kolkata. Main roles were: Gour Shi, Bhanu Bandopadhay, Chinmoy Roy and Amollya Shanyal. Singers were Ruma Guha Thakuroda and Hoimonti Shukla. The radio drama was produced by Jagannath Bashu. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Poet Nazrul Islam's songs and poems to welcome the Canberra spring [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
24 Sep 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's songs and poems to mark the start of spring in Canberra - officially starting from 1st of September. After a long and cold winter the spring in Canberra is welcomed by the theme of the program - 'spring, nature and love'. The singers of the songs were Aroti Mukhopadhay, Indrani Sen, Manobendra Mukhopadhay, Feroza Begum and Nilufar Yeasmin, and recitations were by Chitralekha Guha and Biplob Mondol. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Emergency Medical Care in Australia - An interview with Dr. Reza Ali (Part 1) [Image: abc.net.au]
01 Oct 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a very informative interview with Dr. Reza Ali, a specialist of Emergency Medicine and Trauma at hospitals in Sydney run by the New South Wales government. A Bangladeshi expatriate living in Sydney for a long time, Dr. Ali described the Emergency Medical Care in Australia and how best to avail them. The interview was taken by Dr. Jasim Uddin for the Sydney based Janmabhumi TV episode 'Probashey Apnar Shastho' part three. This week's radio program is part one of a two part episode of that interview. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Poetry - History of institutional recitation practices in Bangladesh and its role in reforming the society [Image: wikimapi.org]
08 Oct 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of Bangla poem recitations - highlighting the history of institutional recitation practices in Bangladesh and the role it has played in reforming the society. The poems used in the program were by Syed Shamsul Haque, Nirmolendu Goon, Rabindranath Thakur, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah and Nazim Hikmat. The recitations were by Golam Mustafa, Ahkam Ullah, Mahidul Islam and Shimul Mostafa. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

'Anandamoyeer Agomoney' - Celebration of Durga Puja 2018 in Canberra [Photo: Ashis Dey]
15 Oct 2018 MP3

This week's program celebrated the - 'Durga Puja' - an annual Hindu festival of the Indian subcontinent that reveres the mother Goddess Durga. The Canberra celebration was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association BAPA (Canberra) Inc at the Duffy Primary School, Duffy in Canberra on 13-14 October 2018. This week's program titled - 'Anandamoyeer Agomoney' - presented a beautiful composition of songs and narration highlighting the history and origin of the festival. The singers were: Mukta Dasgupta, Reshmi Lahiri, Shakambari Biswas, Tapati Dey, Mouresh Biswas, Shougata Lahiri, Tapan Kundu, Tushar Roy and Punna Joyotee. Supporting artists were: Ehtesham Khan Rana (Guitar), Mohammad Khan Mintu (Base Guitar) and Robin Guda (Percussions). Narrators were: Shulekha Barua, Tapati Dey, Tushar Roy, Tapati Aditya and Shampa Barua. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Students at the University of Canberra  [Image: canberra.edu.au]
22 Oct 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 of the interviews with students from Bangladesh who have been studying in different universities in Canberra, Australia. In their interview they have shared their experiences of studying and living in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Punna Joyotee and Shajoti Amin.

Farewell Ayub Bachchu - we will not forget you [Image: unb.com.bd]
29 Oct 2018 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Ayub Bachchu, a leading rock singer of Bangladesh, who died on 18th October 2018 at the age of fifty-six. Ayub Bachchu is best known as the founding member and the leader of the rock band LRB. This week's program recollected the memories of Ayub Bachchu's visit and concert in Canberra in 2015, about three years ago, by replaying the interview he then gave to Bangla Radio Canberra. The background flute recital of Ayub Bachchu's popular song 'shei tumi' was played by Iftekhar Anam in YouTube. The songs were sung by Ayub Bachchu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Emergency Medical Care in Australia - An Interview with Dr. Reza Ali (Part 2) [Image: thermh.org.au]
05 Nov 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the informative interview with Dr. Reza Ali, a specialist of Emergency Medicine and Trauma at hospitals in Sydney run by the New South Wales government. A Bangladeshi expatriate living in Sydney for a long time, Dr. Ali described the Emergency Medical Care in Australia and how best to avail them. The interview was taken by Dr. Jasim Uddin for the Sydney based Janmabhumi TV episode 'Probashey Apnar Daktar' part three. The songs played in the program were sung by the young singers of Canberra music group 'Dhrupad'. The background music recital was by Nafis Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project [Image: bridgeweb.com]
12 Nov 2018 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia. The interview highlighted a recent initiative of the High Commission in Canberra, Australia to project Bangladesh's social and economic development achievements, the country's current strength in international trade and the opportunity that lie ahead in future. It depends on the participation of expatriate Bangladeshis - their relevant skills, experience and connections - to build a bridge between Australia and Bangladesh to further expedite and strengthen Bangladesh's current development trend. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.