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Commemorations and celebrations

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21 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

Commemorating the 'Ekushe February Bhasha Shaheed Dibash' this week's program presented a brief history of this significant day, poetry recitation by Golam Mustafa and some beautiful songs. This well documented and creatively presented program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

28 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra organised a function on 26 March to celebrate this year's Bangladesh Independence Day. Named 'Projonmo' (meaning the next generation) the function was organised from a different, but important perspective - Bangladesh's independence in the heart of our new generation. 'Projonmo' function was totally coordinated, prepared and presented by the younger Bangladeshis in Canberra. It gave our new generation an opportunity to learn the history of Bangladesh. This week's program featured live recordings from the 'Projonmo' function. It was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

20 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

The emotion and happiness of Bangladesh's one day international cricket match win over Australia is reflected in this week's program. It contains recording of the live running commentary that described the extraordinary performance of Bangladeshi team and songs that captured the mood of all Bangladeshis. A beautifully compiled program that will be kept in our radio archive as a piece of history for a long time. The program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarkar.

27 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording from Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's function commemorating the Independence Day of Bangladesh on 26 March 2006 held in the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre in Canberra City. The selected recordings are: (i) address by the Chief Guest His Excellency High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr Ashraf-ud-Doula on the occasion, and announcement of the outcome of Australian Immigration Minister's recent visit to Bangladesh that resulted in bilateral agreements on visa, immigration and student exchange programs (ii) voices of two great leaders of Bangladesh's independence movement that united the whole nation in liberation war, and (iii) the realisation, understanding and vision of Bangladesh's independence by the new generation. It played two songs - 'shono ek ti Mujiborer' and 'prothom Bangladesh' - that relives independence in our heart from both ends of the spectrum. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program echoed the joy and fulfillment of all Bangladeshis at the demonstration of young Bangladeshi cricketers' capabilities against big brother Australians in a recent test cricket match in Fatulla, Dhaka in Bangladesh. It read articles from Bangladeshi daily newspaper. After which the program carried away with some beautiful experimental songs presented by young Bangladeshi singers. The songs presented in this weeks program are: Lalangeeti 'jat gelo jat gelo bole' by Shahjahan Munshi, Rabindrashangeet 'amar nishitho rater badol dhara' by Shahana, 'pohela boishakher gaan' by Milon Mahmud, a song on ageing (!) 'etodin jantam' by Haider Hossain and a love song 'koli theke phool' by evergreen Ferdous Waheed. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

17 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Jibanananda Das poems and 'lokgeeti' on the theme of 'Banglar Nodi' commemorating the Bangla New Year. The poems - 'ei prithibite ek', 'tomar book theke' and 'abar ashibo phire' - were recited by famous Bangladeshi actor and actress Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. The songs are 'amae dubailire', 'hei shamalo hei-o', 'epar gone baiya mora' and 'dehotori dilam chharia' by Indian singers Onuk Ghoshal and Shagoto, and 'o padma nodire' by Bangladeshi singer Nolok Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [ps. You may wish to sneak a look at the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's fantastic new website just released on 1st day of Baishak 1423 Bangla. The URL is http://www.canberrabashi.org.au.]

12 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented recording of the cultural presentation - 'Ridoye Ekush' - commemorating the Language Martyr's Day and International Mother Language Day at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on 24th February 2007. It was jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission, Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Bangla Academy Australia and PriyoAustralia.com. The cultural function was directed by Alice Nahar and Anwar Akash. The narrators of the program were: Murshed Haider Anjohn, Sharmin Shafiuddin and Ahmed Imran. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two articles published in Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' reporting on Bangladesh's win over South Africa at the Super Eights match of ICC World Cup in Guyana. The first article by Utpal Shuvro from Guyana covered this epic win - the reaction of the players, cricket fans and people of that country. The second by Bangladesh's skipper Habibul Bashar describing his feelings of the day, team spirit and expectations. The beautiful songs played the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers Samina Nabi 'kono ek shundor ra-te' and by Bappa and Shumon 'amader shimanae kokhono dei ni prachir'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

16 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented radio coverage of the Canberra 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 15th April to celebrate the Bangla New Year 1414. It featured recordings of the cultural function and interviews with His Excellency High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. M. Humayun Kabir, guests and the stall owners. The beautiful cultural function was directed by Association's Cultural Secretary Alice Nahar and performed by the students of Association's Bangla School, new generation Bangladeshis, Bangladeshi students studying in Canberra and the local artists. This week’s program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

23 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented voices of some old and new Canberra residents interviewed during the 'International Mother Language Day' function at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra by Dr. Dalia Nilufar. They are: Mr. David Guy from the Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation SMEC, visitor from Brunei Mrs. A. B. M. Shafiuddin, Dr. Mo Ashifur Rahim and a newly arrived couple from Melbourne Mr. Mahbubur Rahman Tutul and Mrs. Samina Rahman Sylvie. The three hit Bangladeshi songs played in the program are: 'chherona chherona hat' (remix) by Pantho Kanai and Munni, 'chena chena lage' (remix) by Sunbeam, and 'tumi amar prothom shokal' by Tapan Chowdhury and Shakila Jafar. Association's website mentioned in the program is: www.canberrabashi.org.au. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated 'Eid-ul-Fitr' in Canberra by presenting: (1) memories of 'Eid' celebration in Bangladesh, (2) the unique way Bangladeshis celebrate the 'Eid' in Canberra, and (3) 'probashi shontaner ma-eder eid' - story of three mothers of expatriates celebrating lonely Eid in Dhaka and Barisal in Bangladesh. The three beautiful 'Rabindra shangeet' played in the program: 'onek kotha bole-chhilem', 'ami keboli shopon' and 'tomaro oshime' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Roquaiya Hasina, and the chorus 'Nazrul geeti' - 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' by Bangladeshi artists. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

22 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated 'Durga Puja' in Canberra by presenting: (1) 'banglar ashiner durga puja' - the tradition of 'Durga Puja' celebration in Bangladesh, (2) 'canberar durga puja' - celebration of 'Durga Puja' in the Florey temple in Canberra, (3) 'durga pujar itihash' - history of 'Durga Puja', and (4) some songs of 'Durga Puja'. The beautiful puja songs and supporting audio were compiled from a collection of CDs from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

24 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Christmas celebration in Canberra by the expatriate Bangladeshis of both Christian and non-Christian faith. The brilliantly compiled program reflecting - heaven, love, friendship and peace - included: (1) the experience of Christmas celebration in Bangladesh and Australia, (2) social celebrations in Canberra with friends from different communities, and (3) recollections of traditional celebration back home. Commemorating the celebration, this week's program presented beautiful songs on Christmas theme in Bangla 'proshanto shei ratri' and 'shono shorgo dutera', Schubert Ave Maria and Christmas carols. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

28 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a micro-drama - 'kortobbo' - to commemorate the 'Australia Day', a national day celebrated every year on the 26th of January across Australia. It reflected the migrants' dilemma between two cultures and gradual adaptation to a new life style. The micro-drama was written and directed by Sadequr Rahman and played by Liza, Rajib and Fazilatunnesa. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ke muthi muthi abeer kanone chhorae' by Bangladeshi singer Iffat Ara Khan and 'je tomae chhare chharuk, ami tomae chharbo na ma' by Indian singer Purba Dam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

14 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the celebration of Bangla New Year by the expatriate Bangladeshi Chakma community in Australia. It highlighted the Chakma - 'biju' - festival celebrated during the mainstream Bangla 'shonkranti' and 'nobo borsho' merriment - a rich tradition also shared across the subcontinent and beyond in the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia. This week's program was jointly compiled by the Bangladeshi Chakma expatriates living in Adelaide and Melbourne. The participants were: Trimita Chakma, Kabita Chakma and P.K. Taposh. The beautiful Chakma songs were sung by Magnolia Khisa - 'biju tui', Sourav Chakma - 'aiccha rangamaittya', Dripta Dewan Bappi - 'juni' written and composed by Raja Devasish Roy, and finally 'dogina boyer' a song composed and sung by distinguished Chakma cultural personality Kumar Shomit Roy - uncle of Raja Devasish Roy and brother of Tridib Roy - who died a week ago on 6th April 2008. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

19 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) a brief history of - 'dance' - the role it played in human life and societies, how it evolved as a medium of communication with the divine powers, to control the nature, as offering to different gods in our ancient civilizations, e.g. the sculptures of Harappa Mohenjodaro depicting various dance forms, and (2) a brief report on the International Dance Day celebration in Bangladesh, recently organised by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Nritto Shilpi Shangstha that was participated by thirteen dance troupes from different parts of the country. The popular dance playback songs played in the program are: 'aaji bahal koria, bajan go dotara', 'aaji dhaner khete roudro chha-aye' and 'aami jar nupurer chhondo' were taken from a Bangladeshi dance CD. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

29 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) preparation for Eid ul Fitr and Durga Puja celebrations in Canberra next week, and (2) three extraordinary stories from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Shiliguri, West Bengal, India surrounding Eid and Puja celebrations - the realities of the festival to the children living in the fringe of our society - their expectation and happiness. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' and 'durga puja shoktir puja' were sung by distinguished Indian singers Shotinath Mukhopadhaya and Bhakta Das Baul. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) Eid ul Fitr celebration experience of two newly arrived couples to Canberra: Priscilla/Tofazzel and Lovely/Sajed, and (2) Canberra Durga puja celebration at the Florey temple by Shourav Acharya - covering interviews with the Bangladeshi Hindu community's puja celebration committee members and guests: Ashish Dey, Debesh Howlader, Anamika Biswas, Nipa and Tapan Kundu. The two beautiful Nazrulgeeti played in the program: 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' and 'khoda ei goriber' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Rashida Khan Banu and Ferdous Ara. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

13 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) personal observations of Eid and Durga puja in Canberra and Sydney, and recollection of Durga Puja in Kolkata, (2) how to keep our - 'brain' - active for high performance through physical exercise and good night's sleep, and (3) personal childhood memories of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, BAFA in old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The three beautiful Nazrulgeeti: 'kotha chhilo aaj raate', 'holud gandar phool' and 'amar e bhalobasha' played in the program were sung by distinguished Indian singers Anup Ghoshal and Shondha Mukhopadhaya. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

22 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program took the listeners to the - 'Bijoy Dibosh' - function held in Canberra on 20th December 2008. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra to commemorate the Victory Day of Bangladesh observed on 16th December. Special guests of the function were visiting Justice of Bangladesh Mr. Joynal Abedin and His Excellency High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury. The beautifully composed cultural program presented the history of Bijoy Dibosh by the children, media video clips, songs of Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and a play based on the liberation war 'borno-chora' written by Momtazuddin Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

29 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs and narrations from the holy Bible on the occasion of Christmas in Canberra. Compiled by the Bangladeshis of Christian faith in Canberra it presented the history of the birth of Jesus Christ. The songs played in the program are: 'shono shono tomader mukti laagi', 'poth hara pothikera', 'aaj holo shei borodin', 'jago jago jerujalem jago' and 'shorger shiri beye tumi eshechhiley' were sung by the artists of Banideepti, a regional organisation in Bangladesh for Radio Veritas Asia. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

02 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the celebration of 'Shoroshoti Puja' at the Florey Temple in Canberra. The event was organised by the Bangladesh Puja Celebration committee. It presented a brief history of the 'Shoroshoti Puja', live recordings of the puja with interviews with the organisers, childhood memories of the celebration, and the recipe of the very popular 'pujar ranna' - 'niramish' and 'chholar daal'. The beautiful bhajans played in the program: 'baje monjulo monjiro', 'shongsharey keu karo noy' and 'koirey amar gopal krishno' were sung by Nilufer Yasmin and Sreya. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

30 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) observance of Independence Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and (2) part two of the coverage of - 'Omor Ekushe Grontho Mela - 2009' - national annual book fair commemorating the language martys of Bangladesh held last month at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It presented interviews with publishers, writers, guests and visitors to the book fair. People interviewed in this part are: Osman Gani (Agami Prokashoni), Orpon Maitra (Reporter, NTV), Ornik (face painting artist) and Ramendu Majumdar (cultural personality and recipient of 'Ekushey Podok' 2009). The beautiful songs played in the program 'ekti bangladesh' and 'bangladesh 95' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sabina Yasmin and Maqsood respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

06 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) observance of 'Earth Hour 2009' in Canberra on 28th March and its background from interviews with Jennifer McMillin - Environment Officer, Australian National University (ANU), Preeti Rahman - Post-graduate student of ANU and Canberra Economist Jyoti Rahman, and (2) current Canberra event 'Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 09' - adventures in time and space to celebrate our region's special qualities, stories and traditions, 4-19 April 2009. The theme music 'Earth Hour Anthem' played in the program was presented by Rise and Shine Show. This week's program was presented and produced by Obaidul Haque assisted by Bushra Chowdhury.

04 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, to be celebrated on 8th May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. It presented different aspects of Lord Buddha's teaching and the path to reach the ultimate Nirvana. The Tagore songs played in the program are in remembrance of Poet Rabindranath Tagore - his birth anniversary coincides with the same day. The songs played are: 'bhengechho duar, eshechho jotirmoy', 'arup tomar bani', 'amar je shob dite hobey' and 'borisho dhora majhey shantir bani' were sung by Indian singers: Mohan Singh, Prasun Mukhopadhay, Kanika Bandopadhay and Bangladeshi singer Apala Naved respectively. The speakers were: Shampa Barua, Saurav Acharya, Shanta Barua, Robin Gooda and KP Barua. This week's program was produced by Shampa Barua and presented by Shampa Barua with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

21 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Eid ul Fitr in Canberra by reading some articles published in Bangladesh dailies on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr and Durga puja: (1) 'shiuly jhora eider akash' by Zobayer Ahsan Zaber, (2) 'ma, eidey ashchhee' by Robin Saifuddin, (3) 'nih-shongo mayer eider opek-kha' by Abul Kalam Muhammad Azad, and (4) 'ek pujar opek-khaye' by Monoj Kumar Mojumdar. The beautiful songs played in the program are 'romjaner oi rojar sheshey elo khushir eid' by Indian singer Shotinath Mukhopadhay and 'prithibir joto shukh, joto bhalobasha' by Bangladeshi singers Habib Wahid and Nancy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Pink Ribbon Day' observed on 26 October in Australia to help raise money and awareness for all Australian women affected by breast cancer - organised by the Cancer Council Australia (www.cancer.org.au). It remembered and paid personal tribute to a close colleague who lost her life to cancer. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers: 'matir khanchae bondi koira' by Arif (Album: Shagor Bukey), 'bina doshey pathaila doyal' by Polash Khan (Album: Mohajon), 'shonai hai hai re' by Fazlur Rahman Babu (Album: Monpura) and 'ei dehe boshot korlam re' by Polash Khan (Album: Mohajon). The Chinese flute pieces used in the program were played by: Zhang Bin, Ma Di and Zhan Yong Ming. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated Eid in Canberra by asking a cross-section of Bangladeshis in Canberra for their recollections and associations with Eid. The participants reflected a range of ages and viewpoints and recollected times from before partition, to childhoods in the sixties and seventies to Eid in Canberra in the new millennium. The two Rabindarsangeets included in the program were 'majhe majhe tobo dekha pai' by Laisa Ahmed Lisa and 'tomarei koriachi jibonero dhrubtara' by Mita Hoque; both the singers are from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

14 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program celebrated Bijoy Dibosh by recounting some recent wins for Bangladesh and Bangladeshis. These include raising funds for the Bangladesh Canberra Friendship school (a Fred Hyde school) by Lets work for Bangladesh, the recognition of Dr. Mahfuz Aziz of the University of South Australia with the Prime Minister’s award for the Australian University Teacher of the Year, social development in Bangladesh as recounted by Prof. Mohammed Yunus, record remittances to Bangladesh and the awarding of contracts for ship-building to Bangladeshi companies. Bijoy Dibosh in Canberra and other local events were also mentioned. The songs played in this week’s program were by Sabina Yasmin and Shahnaz Rahmatullah. The program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

28 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program, the last for 2009, celebrated Christmas with a Bangla flavour. The impact of Jesus’ life and sacrifice was placed in a universal context and accompanied by songs celebrating his life and impact: Hobe tar agomon, Pothohara pothikera, Jonmo barota tomar, Baluchore Bathan Ghore, Aaj dhorate neme and Shono shono shono. This week’s program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

01 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - ‘Australia Day’ - celebrated throughout Australia on 26th January to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove. It presented the significance of the day, how it is celebrated, and the annual Australia Day awards awarded to distinguished Australians. A set of beautiful Australian patriotic songs "Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching", "Under Southern Stars", "I am Australian", "True Blue" and "South Australia" played the program were sung by popular Australian singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

22 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Language Martyr's Day ('bhasha shaheed dibosh') and the International Mother Language Day observed on 21st February in Bangladesh and around the world. It presented: (1) recordings from the function held at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on the occasion, (2) intimate interview with Mr. Raquib ud Dowla, a leader of the historic procession of 21st February 1952 in Dhaka and an eyewitness of the killing of the innocent students, and (3) the significance of International Mother Language Day in protecting and preserving the world's languages. The theme song played in the program 'amar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey february' was sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

26 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the new generation Bangladeshis - children of the expatriates living in Canberra - about their knowledge of Bangla New Year celebrated on 14th April and the ANZAC Day commemorated nationwide in Australia on 25th April. The program was presented in two parts: (1) Bangla New Year celebration in Sydney and Canberra and views of the day by Shejoti and Adnin, and (2) Remembering Australian and New Zealand heroes who died and served on the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and views of the day by Fara and Shourid. The songs played in the program 'esho hey boishakh' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Mita Haque, the other songs 'eki oporup ru-pey ma', Advance Australia Fair and the piece of bugle were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

24 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, to be celebrated on 27th May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. The most important festival of the Buddhists, 'Buddha Purnima' falls on the full moon day of the lunar month Vaishaaka - a special time in Buddhism as it was on this day that the Buddha was born, gained enlightenment and attained Nirvana when he died. This week's program presented different aspects of Lord Buddha's life, his teaching and the path to reach the ultimate Nirvana. The beautiful Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Papiya Sarwar and Rizwana Chowdhury Bonna, and Indian singers Kishore Kumar and Konika Bondopaddhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

16 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program was presented in two parts. (1) The first part celebrated Friendship Day observed on 1st August by interviewing three friends what they understand by 'friendship'. The friends interviewed were Ms. Alice Harvey, Ms. Monica Li, and Mr. Velo Petrov representing three different ethnic groups. (2) The second part presented a discussion on the forthcoming Federal Election to be held on 21 August 2010. It highlighted the policies and promises of the two major parties and the views of two Bangladeshi expatriates - Dr. Kamal Uddin and Dr. Mohammed Mainuddin. The beautiful song 'hotath rastaye' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Kabir Sumon. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

18 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program celebrated the Durga Puja held in Canberra during 13-17 October. It presented a very informative interview with Dr. Kshanada Mohan Das of Canberra, and Mr. Nirmal Paul and Mr. Prabir Maitra of Sydney on various aspects of Durga Puja, the history of Durga Puja celebration in Australia and how does Puja, as part of Bengali culture, add value to Australian multicultural society. The beautiful songs played in this week’s program: Mahalaya - 'jago tumi jago’ and Rabindra Sangeet – 'ananda dhara bohichhe bhuboney' were sung by Indian singer Dijen Mukherjee and Bangladeshi singer Aditi Mohsin respectively. The Dhol was played by Sanjoy. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

27 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program, the last for 2010, celebrated Christmas. Christmas is observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The program described Jesus' birth with readings from the Bible in Bangla by Anthony William Amit and Nipa D'Costa. The readings were accompanied by songs by Elvis Presley, Harry Connick Jr and Boney M, and two Bangla songs: 'shono shono shono' and 'pothohara pothikera'. The program also reflected on the true meaning of Christmas. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

28 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program, on the last day of February, celebrated the flowering of Bangla in Australia. It consisted of (1) a short story 'April Fool', written by Sydney expatriate Mamoonur Rashid and read by Sakiba Rahman Mitul, and (2) songs and poems presented at the 21st February commemoration in Canberra jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission and the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. These consisted of songs by Dhrupod, Shajoti Amin and Sakiba Rahman Mitul and poetry recitation by Abdullah Al Mahbub Sumon and Ziaul Hoque Bablu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated Christmas observed on 25 December around the globe to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. It presented the story of - Santa Claus - its origin and myths, the role of Santa in Christmas celebration and perception of children around the globe. This week’s program played some popular songs on the theme of Christmas and Santa Claus. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

05 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the first death anniversary of Dr. Apala Farhat Naved. Dr. Apala Naved was a professor of Biochemistry at Dhaka University, a teacher at Chhayanaut and a driving force behind Kalyan Porampora, which seeks to further the ideals and vision of her father Waheedul Haque of a secular and progressive Bangladesh. Dr. Apala Naved also contributed regularly to Bangla Radio Canberra. In this program, her life and remarkable personality is recollected by her friends Hasneen Muktadir, Sara Gulshan, Sima Gulshan and Prof. Mustafizur Rahman. The program concludes with a letter by her daughter, Auni. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Dr. Apala Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

12 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful composition of poems and songs on - 'boshonto utshab' - the traditional festival to welcome spring in Bangladesh. It also interviewed Bangladeshi expatriate in Sydney Ms, Nibedita Das, and Canberra residents Mr. Chris Bradley and Mr. Yilmaz Atag to get a glimpse of spring celebrations in Sydney and Canberra. The poems recited in the program were written by Dr. Abed Chaudhury. The songs played in the program: 'boshonto chhueyechhe', 'o-he shundoro momo', 'shukno patar nupur paaye', 'nachey shyama', 'dhirey dhirey boho' and 'eki labonne purno pran' were sung by Kumar Bishwajit, Shuvomita Banerjii, Sami, Manisha Murali Nair and Paromita Dey. This week’s program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

26 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 41st Independence Day of Bangladesh. It presented a composition of patriotic songs, poem recitations and reading of an article by Provat Ghose, a Bangladeshi expatriate living in Adelaide, Australia. The poem used in the program was written by Romen Raihan and recited by Shimul Mostafa. The patriotic songs played in the program: 'sob kota janala', 'jonmo amar dhonno holo', 'bangladesh', 'karar oi louho kopat', 'oi ujjolo din', 'shadhinotar gaan', 'bongo amar jononi amar' were collected from the Internet. This week's program has been dedicated to the martyrs of the Bangladesh's Independence War. This week's program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

02 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on - 'Pohela Boishakh' - the first day of Bengali New year celebrated in mid-April which connects all ethnic Bengalis irrespective of religious and regional differences. It described the history and cultural tradition of Bangla New Year celebration in Bangladesh. The songs played in the programme: ‘esho he boishakh’, ‘dhitang dhitang bole’, ‘melay jaire’, 'lal paharer deshe ja' and 'shobar ghorey aaj boishakh eshechhe' were sung by Hemanta Mukherjee, Chinmoy Chatterjee, Maqsood of Feedback, Shagoto and Milon Mahmud respectively. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

16 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the – 'Boishakhi Mela' – jointly organised by the Bangladeshi Seniors Club, Canberra and Bangladesh High Commission in the High Commission premises in Canberra on 14 April 2012 to celebrate the Bangla New Year. The program captured various aspects of the ‘Mela’ including the speech of ACT multicultural Minister Joy Birch, and interview with program organisers and visitors. The songs played in the program were sung by local singers performed in the Mela. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

21 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 92nd Birth Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children Day 2012 Celebration organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Indrani Sen and Hemanta Mukhherjee. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

06 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Krishna Janmashtami', an important Hindu festival marking the birth of Shri Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu, dating back to the period between 3200 and 3100 BC. This auspicious day called 'Janmashtami' will be observed this week in Canberra. This week's program highlighted different aspects of Shri Krishna's teachings and presented a collection of devotional songs sung by Indian singers Subhomita Banerjee, Anup Jalota, Chitra Singh and Hoimonti Shukla. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

[Photo: Akramul Hoque]
20 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the 'Eid ul Fitr' that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, observed on the 19th of August 2012 in Canberra. It presented the significance of the day and an overview of the festivity practised in different countries around the world. The theme song used in the program 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' was sung by Shatinath Mukhopadhay, Mostafa Jamal Abbasi and group singers of the popular BTV program Ittadi. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Merry Chistmas
24 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program is on the significance of Christmas in our modern world and the interrelation between the festivities and true spirit of Christmas. It focused on children who experience the real joy of Christmas and how through our children the adults also spread the Christmas cheer in so many different ways. However, this year's Christmas spirit has been dampened all around the world by the recent massacre in the US, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A special prayer is sought from our listeners to spare a thought for the 26 families who lost their little children and loved ones. The five Christmas songs played in the program are: three Bangla songs recorded by Banideptee - 'hobey taar agomon', 'hey baani shorgio' and 'pothohara pothikera', and one special children's Christmas carol by Jackson 'Up on the Housetop', and finally 'Ave Maria' by Michael Buble which is dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and their families. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

The 'provatt ferry' at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra [Photo: Ajoy Kar]
25 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program captured the 'provatt ferry' and discussion on commemorating the month of language martyrs and International Mother Language Day organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Rathindronath Roy and the poem was recited by Mahbub-Ul Alam Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862) - the last Mughal Emperor of India [Image: Wikipedia.org]
25 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 42nd Independence Day of Bangladesh. The program consisted of a personal reflection of the importance of economic independence in relation to political independence interspersed with a selection of anonymous patriotic songs and a recitation of 'tomake pabar jonne he swadhinota' by Nazmun Nahar Ratna. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

"Shubho Noboborsho" - Happy Bangla New Year [Composition: Samiya Shajedin]
15 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year or 'Pohela Boishakh' - the first day of the Bengali calendar celebrated by the Bengali communities around the globe on the 14th and 15th April. It presented a brief overview of the Bangla calendar, the traditional and modern ways the day is celebrated, and a selection of beautiful songs surrounding the Bangla new year. The songs played in the program are: 'cholo shobai jiboner ahabaney', 'grishmo, borsha, shoroth, hemonto', 'melaey jai re', 'aji e bhor jeno', 'ailorey bongey bhora boishakh', and 'esho hey boishakh'. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Ramadan Mubarak [Image: www.islamcan.com]
15 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Canberra. It presented information on the significance of the month, fasting and food selection to keep fit and healthy, and preparation for Eid celebration in Canberra. The songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Yasmin Mustary and Nilufar Yasmeen. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Artist impression of the Gungahlin Mosque for north Canberra muslim community [Image: NCMC Inc]
05 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Canberra. It presented: (1) progress of the Gungahlin mosque in north Canberra from Mr. Borhanuddin Ahmed, President, North Canberra Muslim Community Inc. and its architectural elements from designer Architect Jalaluddin Anis, (2) importance of Ramadan for children by Ayesha Samah Sheikh, and (3) Canberra Eid celebration in the eye of a guest from Bangladesh Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun, Director, Impress Group. The song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe' played in the program was sung by Indian singer Satinath Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Eid Mubarak! - sweets at a Eid reception in north Canberra [Photo: Bangla Radio Canberra]
12 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program lived the spirit of Eid ul Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, celebrated in Canberra last week. It presented some interesting medical research findings on fasting during the month of Ramadan, the effects of this fasting on our health and some observations of Eid celebration in the past and present. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Nakul Kumar, Mustafa Jamal Abbasi and various choirs of the theme song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid'. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Muslims performing Hajj rituals around Ka'ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Image: www.journeymart.com]
14 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Eid-ul-Adha' in Canberra to be celebrated on 15th October 2013 in conjunction with the Hajj - the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It presented an interview with Mr. Kabir Chowdhury, a senior resident of Canberra, on the significance and aspects of Hajj, and some important information for people planning for Hajj in the future. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Merry Christmas and may God's grace be always with you [Image: wikipedia.org]
23 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week Bangla Radio presented its Christmas special by showcasing the core significance of Christmas which is conveyed through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus came into this world for our salvation, for which, he even gave his life on the Cross. This week's program upheld the essence of Christ's sacrifice which is epitomized through his message of Peace, Love and Hope. The program also presented some wonderful Christmas songs illustrated with a brief account of the most celebrated Christmas carol, Silent Night. As a special treat it presented listeners with two Christmas carols performed by our very own Canberra based musical group 'Spondon', including the Bengali version of the Silent Night. This week's Christmas special has been produced by Luna Purification with special presentation by Bina D'Costa from Geneva and Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Australia Day 2014
27 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Australia Day, a national day celebrated annually on 26 January, to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. First part of the program presented a brief history and celebration of the day by Ayesha Samah Sheikh. The second part played an interview of the popular Bangladeshi band singer Nakib Khan recorded by Avijit Sarker during his recent visit to Canberra. The songs 'Advance Australia Fair' and 'I am Australian' by Mirusia Louwerse played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

National Multicultural Festival 2014 [Photo: multiculturalfestival.com.au]
10 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra during 7-9 February 2014. The three-day Festival featured culture and history of approximately 80 different cultures. This week's program presented four songs from Australia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Thailand. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressing a rally in Dhaka immediately upon his return to the newly independent Bangladesh after nine months of detention in Pakistan [Photo: dhakatribune.com]
31 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 43rd Independence Day of Bangladesh celebrated on the 26th of March 2014. It presented a brief history of the Bangladesh liberation movement covering the 1947 to 1971 period. The song and recitation used in the program were collected from the YouTube. The violin piece used in the program was played by Nora Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

A traditional dish 'panta ilish' in Boishakhi Mela [Image: sakurahouse-blog.com]
14 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the Bangla New Year 1421 observed this week in Canberra. It presented parts of the Boishakhi Mela cultural function organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and interviews with guest Mr. Fahimul Islam, Association President Syed As-sayeed and Cultural Secretary Zinath Jebin Khan. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Stage performance in Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2014 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
28 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on 26 April 2014. This 22nd Bangla New Year festival in Sydney, the single largest such gathering outside Bangladesh, has been estimated to be attended by fifteen thousand visitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Celebrating the richness of Bangla culture and tradition this year's festival was attended by local and federal government representatives, Bangladesh High Commissioner and other dignitaries. This week's program covered the first half of the formal stage programs of the festival. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stage performance in Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2014 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
05 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the second half of the programs of the 22nd Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on 26 April 2014. It captured the spirit and sounds of the mela in a beautiful composition of stage performances and interviews with the organisers and visitors to the festival. The stage audio clips were recorded by Mr. Anisur Rahman from bangla-sydney.com and the interviews were recorded by Dr. Abed Chaudhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Happy Buddha Purnima 2014  [Image: discoverindia.net]
12 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - to be celebrated on 14 May 2014 to mark the 2576th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the spiritual leader on whose teaching Buddhism was founded. It presented a beautiful Buddha Kirtan sung by Bangladeshi artists to mark the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15th Anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia (1999-2014) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
30 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia. The 780th program this week presented interviews of the founding radio presenters in 1999 recollecting their stories in establishing the program and their feelings on achieving this great milestone. The founding presenters are: Ehsan Ullah, Sakiba Rahman, Shireen Ahmad, Sadequr Rahman, Rumana Jamaly, Shamsul Huda and Fahmida Ehsan. The program has been dedicated to the memory of Najmul Huq Napo another founding member who unexpectedly died last year of health reason. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

15th Anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia (1999-2014) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program, in commemorating the 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, presented a beautiful composition of audio clips compiled from the Bangla Radio program archive covering years since its inception in 1999 to 2004. The clips represented a selection of programs from a wide range of categories covered by Bangla Radio. Another composition will be broadcast next week from programs broadcast during 2005-2014. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15th Anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia (1999-2014) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program, in commemorating the 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, presented another beautiful composition of audio clips compiled from the Bangla Radio program archive covering programs broadcast during 2005-2014. The audio clips included in the composition were produced by sixteen old and new producers of the Bangla Radio team. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman and Shireen Ahmad.

Eid ul Fitr greetings from Bangla Radio Canberra
04 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Eid-ul-Fitr, celebrated in Canberra on the 28th of July 2014, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan in Islamic calendar. It presented interviews of Bangladeshi residents in Canberra enjoying the unique Canberra Eid socialisation, something not found in any other place in Australia. The expatriates interviewed are Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Rana, President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Dr. Munir Mir, Dr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Omar Rahman and Mr. Avijit Sarker. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Sri Krishna Janmastami celebration 2014
18 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Jonmastami' - celebrated on 17 August 2014 by the Hindu community for birth anniversary of Bhagaban Sri Krishna who saved humanity from the devils and provided a beautiful guideline about life in the "Bhagabat Gita". This program presents some general information about Krishna’s birth history and remarkable activities. The songs and flute played in this program were sung by Anup Jalota and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, are collected from internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Merry Christmas [Image: Luna Purification]
22 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the true meaning of Christmas in light of the horrific events in 2014 that have stirred the nations around the world. It reflected the importance of family and loved ones in our life which is particularly given attention to during Christmas. We pray for all the departed souls that have left this world in tragic events in 2014 and their loved ones left behind. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

The natural beauty of Bangladesh [Photo: www.positive-light.org]
12 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with photographer Mikey Leung recorded at the Bangladesh Independence Day function in Canberra on 26 March 2014. Mr. Leung, a Canadian, now residing in Sydney Australia, described how he and his Australian wife Belinda Meggitt travelled to Bangladesh on development program assignments and gradually fell in love with the country and its people. His photography project 'Positive Light' (www.positive-light.org) is their dream to empower Bangladeshi people through sustainable tourism. The national anthems used in the program were sung by the students of the Canberra Bangla Language and Cultural School. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Australian country singer Eric Bogle and his team singing at the Citizenship Ceremony in Canberra [Image: abc.net.au]
26 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Australia Day 2015' - the official national day of Australia celebrated on 26 January to mark the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson in New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain. It presented part of the Citizenship Ceremony held in Canberra from a recording of nationwide telecast by TV channel ABC. It also presented interviews with Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Rana and Mr. Ziaul Huq Bablu to highlight the upcoming events of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and the International Mother Language Movement Committee in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Mother Language Day - 'Language Walk' held in Canberra [Photos: Fahimul Islam]
23 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Mother Language Day observed on 21st February marking the sacrifice of the language martyrs in Bangladesh on this day in 1952. It covered the 'Language Walk' organised by the International Mother’s Language Movement (IMLM) committee in Canberra on 21 February 2015. The slogan of this year’s event was: “My Language My Pride”. The program presented interviews of the Language Walk participants and Mr Ziaul Hoque Bablu the convenor of IMLM. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

International Women's Day 2015 [Photo: www.positive-light.org]
09 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Women's Day, observed on 8 March 2015. It presented a brief history of the Day, information on some women's organisations, and invitation to 'A chorus of women' – a week long festival of the Canberra community women's chorus group to be held during 28 April - 2 May 2015 in Canberra. The songs on the mood of autumn played in the program were sung by Suchismita Bhattacharya, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya and Roma Mondal. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

ADFA band at the Bangladesh's Independence Day function in Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
30 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh, played recording from the Bangladesh's Independence Day function organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra at Albert Hall on 26 March 2015, and read a collection of letters from the freedom fighters during the Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971. The letters were read from 'Ekattorer Chithi' published by Prothoma Publications. The national anthems and the violin recital used in the program were played by the Australian Defence Force Academy band and Nora Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Rumana Jamaly.

Stalls at the Canberra Boishakhi Mela 1422 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
27 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the - 'Canberra Boishakhi Mela 1422' - Bangla New Year 1422 celebration organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Canberra University campus in Bruce on last Saturday 25th April 2015. It presented interviews of the organisers, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, stall owners and people celebrating the day long fun. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Sunil Gangopadhyay, the bauls of Bengal and a letter from home [Image: YouTube.com]
13 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the beginning of 17th year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. It presented two beautiful pieces from Bangla Radio program archive broadcast 15 and 14 years ago in 2000 and 2001. The pieces include popular Bengali writer late Sunil Gangopadhyay's reception in Canberra in 2000, his view of the bauls of Bengal and a letter from home. The feature song played in the program was sung by Indian baul singer Purna Das Baul. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

Eid memories of the past by Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet [Image: Ehsan Ullah]
20 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan festival - Eid ul Fitr - observed on the 17th July 2015 in Canberra. It presented a brief description of the festival by Ayesha Samah Sheikh for our young listeners, and recollection of Eid festivals in the past by two Canberra visitors Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet. The feature song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Durga - Hindu Goddess of victory of good over evil [Image: durgawalls.com]
05 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'mirar bondhua' (Part 2) - written by Satya Prakash Dutta and performed by Indian folk theatre group Agragami. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, depicted a Hindu mythical story. It commemorated the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the worship of Hindu goddess Durga to be observed in Canberra on 17th and 18th of October 2015. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

15th Anniversary celebration function of Bangla Radio Canberra - 1 Nov 2015 [Photo: Muhith Masih Babu]
02 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 15th Anniversary celebration function of Bangla Radio Canberra held on 1 Nov 2015 at the St John Paul II College auditorium in Canberra. The chief guest of the function was HE High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain. This week's program presented first part of the audio recording of the function courtesy of Mr. Muhith Masih Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

A dance sequence by Ishnat Zerin Urmi at the Bangla Radio Canberra 15th Anniversary celebration function [Photo: Muhith Masih Babu]
09 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 15th Anniversary celebration function of Bangla Radio Canberra held on 1 Nov 2015 at the St John Paul II College auditorium in Canberra. The chief guest of the function was HE High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain. This week's program presented second part of the audio recording of the function courtesy of Mr. Muhith Masih Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman among the artists of Bangladesh Betar [Photo: Lutfar Rahman]
14 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh by playing a beautiful audio-sketch especially prepared for Bangla Radio Canberra by Mr. Mazharul Islam, a freedom fighter working for Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971, and now a distinguished media personality in Bangladesh. It highlighted the role of Bangladesh Betar during the liberation war, played a snippet of Swadhin Bangla Betar broadcast during the liberation war, and gave an overview of his life as radio broadcaster. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

A depiction of Mary and baby Jesus [Artist: Jharna Bernadette Purification]
21 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated Christmas to be celebrated this week by presenting a special composition of Christmas memories from Bangladesh and beautiful Bengali Christmas songs, including a very familiar Christmas tune, "Silent Night, Holy Night" sung in Arabic. The composition, prepared by special guest presenter Luna's sister Jharna Bernadette Purification from Melbourne, highlighted an important aspect of Christmas, which is family. This week's program was presented by Luna and Jharna Bernadette Purification and produced by Luna Purification.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.