Bangla Radio - Selected Categoy

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16 May 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio presents reading of articles published in the media that makes us proud, expresses our feelings and unites us in our dream for a more prosperous Bangladesh. This week's program read two articles published in Bangladesh newspaper 'Prothom Alo' - one describing how Bangladesh's Grameen Bank is transforming the lives and hopes of destitutes and the other portraying the love of Bangladeshi expatriates living overseas for their motherland. It played songs by Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Manna Dey and Fahmida Khatun. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a feature on Monoroma Bosu - a leading female personality of Bangladesh who was actively involved in all liberation movement of our nation from the British rule to Bangladesh's independence in 1971, interview with members of Bangladesh cultural troupe who visited Canberra last month - Dipa Khandakar, Md. Ataur Rahman Mohon, Alam Ara Minu, Rubayat Ahmed, Zinia and Tushar - who spoke of their experience of the beautiful country and people of Australia and played two songs: 'hoe jodi badnam hok aro' by Zafar Iqbal and 'adho dhoroni alo adho adhar' by Nilufar Yasmin - both popular singers of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

26 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: 'Rabindra Nazrul Shahitto o Naribad' - highlighting the issues of women's equal right and status in society depicted in the literary works of poet Rabindra Nath Thakur and Kazi Nazrul Islam, and 'Haoa Begumer Rabir Kiron Ebochhor Aro Ujjal' - story of Rabi - son of a penniless peasant Haoa Begum - and his extraordinary success in junior scholarship exam from Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh. The songs played the program are: 'baro mashe tero phool phote' - a folk chorus, 'phirey elam, durey giye, ami tomar onuradha' by Indian singers Rahul Dev Burman and Asha Bhoseley, 'bhalo koira bajan re dotara' by Indian singer Indrani Sen. It also played a beautiful 'Tabla' piece in raga 'Kalpana' by Indian artist Ustad Jakir Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

31 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a feature on the life of Khashia people of Bangladesh living in the north-eastern part of the country - Jayantia and Jaflang - near Sylhet, and a beautiful poetry recitation by prominent Indian actor Shoumitra Chattopadhay. It played a collection of songs by Indian singers Onuk Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam and Talat Mahmud. The songs are: 'enechhi amar shoto jonomer', 'ami kemon kore nibo tomar khobor', 'ei rim jhim jhim borosha'. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

07 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted Australian National University Professor Rick Shand's recent report on Bangladesh - extraordinary success in economic and social sectors with achievements in education, health, literacy and women's emancipation - by presenting two stories of women's empowerment - Rowshon Ara from Choddogram in Comilla and Laila Begum from Fulbari Upajila in Dinajpur and their role in transforming the lives of people in rural Bangladesh. It played three beautiful songs by new generation Bangladeshi singers Kaya and Helal. The songs are: 'doyal baba', 'aami kul hara kolongkini' and 'ochin desher majhi bhaire'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

25 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented three extraordinary stories of women emancipation in West Bengal, India – ‘Tistaparer Taslima’ teaching to live with pride, five indigenous women prove humanity rules and a single teenage mother awakens her society – from Mekholiganj, Borogora and Karimpur. Three beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘purbe aar poschime’ and ‘bebodhan’ by Bangladesh’s new generation singer Beauty from her album ‘Chorondashi’, and ‘ek-ee banglar duti nayaner asrur duti dhara’ by Indian legendary singer Manabendra Mukhapadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony held in Oslo, Norway on 10th December 2006. This year’s prize was awarded jointly to Dr. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and his Grameen Bank. Ms. Musammat Taslima Begum, a board member, received the prize on the Bank’s behalf. The program featured live recordings from the award ceremony, part of Dr. Yunus’ Nobel Prize Lecture and two articles covering the ceremony from leading newspapers in Bangladesh and India. It played two beautiful songs – ‘rangiye diye jao jao’ and ‘dhono dhanno pushpo bhora, amader ei bashundhara’. Live audio recordings of the ceremony were compiled from the Nobel website. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah with assistance from Sadequr Rahman.

01 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

The first program of 2007 presented an in-depth review of the issues surrounding the coming general election of Bangladesh. Retired Bangladeshi senior diplomat Badiuzzaman Khan analysed various clauses of the Constitution and the issues raised by the parties and commented on how this election can be held to the acceptance of all parties and the general public. This week’s program played two Bangladeshi patriotic songs ‘salam salam hajar salam’ by Abdul Jabbar and ‘ek tara tui bol-re ebar desher kotha bol’ by Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week’s program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

05 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented three features: (1) ‘ekusher bhabna’ – influence of Bangla language movement in literature and Dhaka’s cultural heritage (2) ‘ekusher boi mela’ – some new books in this year’s Bangla Academy book fair, and (3) use of electric fishing nets - environmental disaster feared along the coasts of Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin’s Island. This week’s program played four songs from memory lane: ‘pinjor khule diyechhi’, ‘shudhu gaan geye porichoy’, ‘hoi jodi bodnam hok aro’ and ‘dukkho amar bashor rater palonko’ sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Bashir Ahmed, Mohammad Zafar Iqbal and Sabina Yasmin’. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

12 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented radio reports on: (1) the first 'Shoroshoti Puja' organised by the Bangladeshi Hindu community in Canberra on 7th January 2007 at the local Florey Temple, (2) the 'International Food and Dance Spectacular' held on 10th February 2007 in Canberra as part of the National Multicultural Festival, and (3) an interview with the Producer of Voice of Bangladesh Radio broadcast from Sydney Dr. Nargis Akhter Banu. The two songs played in this week's program are: 'tumi kemon kore gaan koro he guni' sung by Canberra artists Avijit Sarker and Priyonka Biswas, and a West Papuan song sung by an artist of their community at the festival. The beautiful bag pipe ensemble used in the program was played by the City of Queanbeyan Pipe Band at the festival. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a report on - 'Canberra Day' - celebrated today in the Australian Capital Territory to mark the official naming of Canberra as the Australia's capital in 1913. Canberra architect and town planner Rumana Jamaly compiled this interesting report for Bangla Radio with a brief history behind the establishment of this beautiful city. This week's program also presented a heart warming story of one fifteen year old girl Tazmira from Hasnabad, India who became the icon of revolt against dowry in her country - an example for all girls in every village in the subcontinent. The wonderful songs played in the program were composed and sung by Bangladesh's new generation singer Habib Waheed: 'ek-tu dara be-ki, ekhuni nambe brishti', 'shopne taar shathe hoy dekha' and 'din gelo tomari potho cha-hia'. The background music played the program was taken from CD 'Sitar Meditations', the artists were - Australian aboriginal people's musical instrument Didgeridoo: Jimmy Mounier, Cello: Mandy and Sitar: Sangeet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

14 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interesting article describing the history of a very close mystery object of Bangalee family and a letter from La Coruna, Spain written by Canberra probashi Ziauddin Ahmed. Now staying in Spain on an official assignment he described the heritage, buildings and people of this beautiful historic city in north-western Spain. The songs played in this week's program are: 'kisher mor radhon, kisher mor baron', 'modhu hoi hoi bish khaoaila, kon karone bhalobashar dam no dila' and 'dure kothao dure dure' by Bangladeshi singers Ferdousi Rahman, Bappa Mojumdar and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

29 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the attractions of living in Canberra by some expatriate Bangladeshis residing in the Australian national capital for a long time, and (2) the wedding reception of a Bangladeshi girl brought up in Canberra Shawanah Tasneem and Cheyne Scott from New Castle in New South Wales held at the Canberra Islamic Centre in Canberra. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'shoishob' from Bangladeshi CD 'ekhon ekhanei' by band group 'Taan' and 'amar notun jibon ho-be shu-ru' from a CD of wedding songs from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report on the aftermath of cyclone 'Sidr' that devastated the coastal districts of Bangladesh on 15th November 2007 with a death toll that is expected to cross ten thousand lives. It included an eye witness report from Dublar Char written by Enam Ahmed and Zayedul Ahsan published in Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Star, a description of the property lost, present relief situation, relief initiatives in Canberra and what could be done to help the cyclone victims. The songs played in the program in sympathy to the cyclone victims are: 'meghnar ku-le ghar', 'aichho bhobe, jai-te ho-be', 'shotya ball, shu-pothe chol' by renowned Bangladeshi singers Abdul Alim, Mostafa Zaman Abbasi and Farida Parvin, and 'porer jaiga, porer jomin' by popular Indian singer Amor Pal. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

14 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented your horoscopes for the year 2008! Do you want to know what is in store for you in the new year? Then this week's program will interest you. It presented the horoscopes for 2008 for all the twelve zodiac signs calculated by astrologer and numerologist Bhashkor Shobboshachi. It played two beautiful songs: 'boroshar prothom dine, ghono kalo megh dekhe' by Bangladeshi popular singer Sabina Yasmin, and 'dilki doya hoy na' by Indian 'baul' singer Paban Das Baul from his album 'Real Sugar'. This week's program was produced and presented by Jayanta Sarker.

10 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented (1) celebration of Canberra's 95th birthday on 10th March 2008 - with a brief history of establishing the capital in present location, and (2) reading of an article written by Shaoal Khan on the equal rights of Bangladeshi women - commemorating the International Women's Day on 8 March 2008. This week's program played three beautiful songs by Bangladeshi singers: 'keno bhalobasha hariye jay' by Shubir Nandi, 'e-kaler hit gaan' by Milon Mahmud, and 'je amay mondo bole' by Jatra. The Australian aboriginal music played in the program was taken from audio cassette 'Aboriginal Dreamtimes' by Music World. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

31 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented four extraordinary stories surrounding - 'motherhood' - from Netrokona, Medinipur, Mumbai and Jaipur - that question the value of 'mother' in a materialistic world driven by science and economics. Is the natural bondage between mother and child gradually wearing out? Why? The beautiful songs played in the program 'chokher aloy dekhe-chhilem', 'poth hara pakhi' and 'tomari tore ma shopinu e deho' were sung by Bangladeshi artist Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya, Indian artist Indrani Sen and Bangladeshi artist Fahmida Khatun respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) report on the Association’s Bangla New Year celebration – ‘Banshori’ – held in Canberra on 26 April 2008, and (2) description of the inaugural train rides between Dhaka and Kolkata through the eyes and heart of two distinguished writers of the subcontinent: Imdadul Haque Milon and Shirshendu Mukhopadhay. The direct train service – ‘Moitri Express’ – between Bangladesh and India that reopened after 43 years on the first day of Bangla New Year on 14 April 2008, bridged the two Bengals, its people and their lost memories. The song played in the program 'anondo lokey' was sung by the singers of Canberra musical group ‘Spondon’ at the ‘Banshori’ function, and 'purano shei diner kotha' by the legendary Indian singer Hemanta Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the role of Bangladesh Army in the United Nation peace keeping missions around the globe. First, it presented a brief history of the development of modern army in the subcontinent - from the early 1700 to the East Bengal Regiment in 1948 - their role in Bangladesh's liberation war, and after that an interview with Ahmed Imran, an officer of the Bangladesh Army now completing his Ph.D. in Canberra, talked about the reasons behind the success of Bangladesh Army in the UN peace keeping missions from his own experience. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'aar noy judho' a chorus of the Bangladesh Army peace keeping mission, 'nongor tolo tolo' a chorus, and 'amay jodi prosno korey' by Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah. 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.

07 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the beginning of tenth year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. It presented: (1) brief note on the contribution of Bangla Radio Canberra presenters and their achievements, (2) introduction to the Bangladeshi community in Canberra - its characteristics and dedication to preserve the Bangla language, heritage and culture in future generations, and (3) 'shopno puroner montro' - keys to achieve our dreams - from two extraordinary stories from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Birbhum, West Bengal, India. The beautiful songs played in the program 'tumi je akash bhorey' and 'nodir majhi boley' were sung by Sydney resident Bangladeshi singer Amia Matin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of an article and beautiful songs surrounding - 'friendship' - to mark the Friendship Day observed last week in Bangladesh and around the world. It highlighted the qualities of good friendship and life with friends by reading an intimate article on friendship written by renowned Bangladeshi poet Nirmolendu Gun. The friendship songs played in the program 'bondhu tomar', 'tomader majhe', 'jae din jae ekaki' and 'tumi amar ghum' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Krishnokoli, James, Tutul and Shoinik. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn - from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program (1) welcomed Canberra spring, and (2) paid personal tribute to Abdullah Al Mamun - distinguished playwright, actor, director and filmmaker of Bangladesh, who died on 21 August 2008. It presented part of audio recording of the famous play - 'payer awaj paoa jae' - based on Bangladesh's liberation war written by Syed Shamsul Haque and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'phooley phooley dholey dholey', 'o-re nil doria', and 'aha aji e-boshonte' sung by Bangladeshi singers Shahana and Abdul Jabbar, and Indian singer Indrani Sen respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interesting columns by Ahsan Habib, Editor of popular Bangladeshi cartoon magazine - 'Unmad' - and the traditional 'iftar' market in old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The columns are: (1) 'halimer recipe', and (2) 'unmadonar itihash' - describing the history of 'Unmad' - the people behind its publication and its lifecycle in different generations. The report on traditional 'chawk bazarer iftari' described the heritage 'iftar' items - like 'boro baper polae khae', 'shuti kabab', 'doi bora' - that are after many generations still attracting people from all over Dhaka. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'akasher nile, hridoyer tu-lite' by Bangladeshi band Ark and 'bhabteyee paro' by Bangladeshi band Prayer Hall. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn - from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

03 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the great ruler Tipu Sultan, his contribution and the diary of his dreams by Dr. Kate Brittlebank, lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Australia and specialist in Indian history with a focus on the eighteenth century, in particular Tipu Sultan and the kingdom of Mysore, and (2) announcement of two upcoming events in Canberra: inauguration of a new website www.crickettomorrow.com on 8 November, and invitation to a traditional 'mezban' dinner on 22 November organised by the Chattalabashi living in Canberra. The beautiful Kannada song played in the program was sung by Indian singer Jishnu Das. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

10 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interesting 'game' involving you, your friends, Tipu Sultan and Barack Obama!! It is based on the theory of - 'six degrees of separation' - first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy and recently tested by Duncan Watts, a professor at the Columbia University in USA. The theory proposes that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'amare rekhechho shonar shopone dhaki', 'jodi aponar mo-ne' and 'jodi bhul bhenge jaye' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Apala Farhad Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

12 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented issues of continuing our Bangla heritage in expatriate life: (1) reflection and comparison of life and values of first and second generation Bangladeshis living in Australia - 'borodiner jama' - written by popular Sydney playwright, actor and director John Martin, and (2) interview of some newly arrived students and migrants to Canberra describing their feelings and obligations in a new country and life. The beautiful song played in the program 'banglar mati banglar jol' was sung by Indian singers Concord Trio: Madhusree, Madhurita and Amrita. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the Army officers and civilians killed during the mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the progress of official investigations, (2) 'war crime' - its definition and trials in history, and (3) 'war crime' during the liberation war of Bangladesh - chronological events highlighting the judicial, political and administrative attempts for the trial of war criminals. The songs played in the program: 'ektara tui desher kotha', 'ekbar jete de-na' and 'amae jodi prosno korey' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

23 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented part one of the coverage of - 'Omor Ekushe Grontho Mela - 2009' - national annual book fair commemorating the language martyrs 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: Md. Hasibul Alam (Radio Furti), Ruhan (Radio Today), Joyeeta Roy (Deutsche Welle), Monirul Islam (www.banglaculture.com), Shapan Kumar Howlader (Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Smriti Jadughar), Muhit Kamal (writer), stall representative (Bidya Prokash), Emdadul Haque Milon (writer), Rubaba Nazneen (visitor) and Sultana Kamal (visitor). The pan flute music used in the program was played by local artist and flute vendor Md. Lal Mia. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

20 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an intimate coverage of the wedding reception of Shoeb Ishtiaq Ahmad (Shaurov) and his bride Kate Saraswati held in Canberra recently. Shaurov, the only child of Bangla Radio presenter Shireen Momtaz (Ahmad), was brought up in Canberra. Kate, daughter of Poornita Saraswati and Edna Hengst, was born and brought up in Canberra. Bangla Radio presenter Dalia Nilufar spoke with both the bride and groom side guests to capture their feeling and spirit of the occasion - blended by the cultural mix and difference of the two generations. The beautiful duet played in the program 'tumi eley boshonto ashey boney' was sung by Indian singers Srikanta Acharya and Shadhana Sargam. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

18 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the life and contribution of Mr. Khandkar Kadrul Haque to the Canberra's expatriate communities from the Indian subcontinent who died on 12th May 2009. He will be remembered for his twenty-four years of social service to the Canberra ethnic communities, his role in multiculturism and assistance in the establishment of Canberra Islamic Centre, and (2) 'rakhal theke orthonitibid' - story of Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank, describing how a poor farmer's son struggled in life to become one of the country's most successful economists, from an article written by Rajib Ahmed. The beautiful song played in the program 'shoghono gohon ratree' was sung by famous Indian singer Kishore Kumar and the violin recital used in the program was played by Indian artist Dilip Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) 'desh bodoler shopne bivore manushera' - a report on the inspiring initiative undertaken by Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo on enlightening and committing people ‘to change’ for a better future and better country - written by popular Bangladeshi writer Anisul Huq, and (2) recitation of poem 'shudhu shei protisrutir jonno' by Asafuddowla from Anjohn's album 'ma amar ma'. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers: 'bahir boley durey thako' by Habib and Nancy, 'tumi chailey brishty' by Minar Rahman, and 'da-riye achhi tomar da-rey' by Shumon'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

27 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program covered two events held in Canberra on the last weekend: (1) Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's annual dinner function 'Bangladesh Night' held at the Queanbeyan Conference Centre on 25th July 2009, and (2) a presentation on 'Fred Hyde - A Story of Hope and Inspiration in Bangladesh' by Mr. Tony Kent, Chair, CO-Operation in Development Australia (CO-ID). It was organised by "Let’s work for Bangladesh" at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on 26th July 2009. The other speakers were HE Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, and Mr. Borhanuddin Shafi representing "Let’s work for Bangladesh". The beautiful Chakma song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

10 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) interviews with Mr. Brian Martin, Chairman, Operation Cleft (www.operationcleft.org.au) and Ms. Dalia Das, Project Manager, Operation Cleft Bangladesh - highlighting the humanitarian works of the Australia based aid organisation that is sponsoring children's cleft lip and palate surgery with local health professionals in Bangladesh, and (2) interview with Mr. Nitya Bernard Parker - a Bangla music devotee and singer. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'bondhu amar, bondhu amar' by Australian singer Nitya Bernard Parker, 'ek pa-ye nupur tomar' by Bangladeshi singers Topu and Anila, and 'bahir boley durey thako' by Bangladeshi singers Habib and Nancy. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

14 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) reading of an interesting article 'bangladesher kichhu notun roag' and two parody 'gaahi shamyer gaan' and 'naree' by Murshed Haider Anjohn, and (2) beautiful songs sung by two new generation Bangladeshi singers: Rajib and Didar. Written and composed by Shoaib Choudhury the songs played in the program are: 'sharadin brishti porechhey', 'jeney nao tumi', 'koshter paychari', and 'matir deho aar kotokal'. The songs were compiled from some new unreleased albums and sent to Bangla Radio from Dhaka by Crown Music & Video Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mohammed Azharul Huq, Commercial Counsellor, Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, about the opportunities and benefits for Bangladeshi expatriates or NRB (non resident Bangladeshis) and their role in the development of Bangladesh, and (2) story of a meritorious Bangladeshi student Hasan Ali, son of a poor vendor from Ulipur, and his struggle that earned him a GPA 5 in higher secondary examination. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'Bangladesh' by distinguished U.S. folk singer and composer Joan Baez and 'mukti-joddah' by extra-ordinary Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

01 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) a report on this year's - 'ekushey boi mela' - the month-long book fair commemorating the Language Martyrs Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2) the events following the shooting of Dhaka University students procession on 21st February 1952 from the diary of Tajuddin Ahmed, and (3) 'mata, matri-bhasha o matri-bhumi' - an interesting article by popular Bangladeshi writer Dr. Mohammad Zafar Iqbal on the state of Bangla language and new generation. The beautiful song played in the program 'bhoy peona tumi' was sung by extraordinary Bangladeshi singer Shayan from her album 'shayaner gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

08 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) brief discussion about the impact of global financial crisis in Bangladesh: some positive notes on its economy and economic development, how the country managed to increase the GDP and reduced poverty, increased foreign currency reserve and its potentials of becoming a member of the Next Eleven group, and (2) intimate interview with Mr. Abdul Hamid MP, current Speaker of Bangladesh's Parliament, during his recent visit to Canberra on his views on Bangladesh's economy, government initiatives, transit corridors for neighbouring countries and appeal to non-resident Bangladeshis to invest in Bangladesh. The beautiful patriotic song 'shurjodoye tumi, shurjasteo tumi o amar bangladesh' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Romel. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

29 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the making of - 'CricketTomorrow.com' - a content rich Cricket website developed, launched and managed by a group of Bangladeshi Cricket devotees in Canberra, Australia. The site provides most up-to-date news, stories and photos of Cricket from around the world. In this week's program the group members shared their inspiration, motivation and dedication behind the development of this attractive website and their efforts to promote and uplift Bangladesh's Cricket in the world. The people interviewed in the program are: Roysul Hoq Khan (Sujon)Rafiqul Hasan Sharif (Joseph), Mohammad Haseeb Iqbal (Danny) and Murad Hossain (Murad). This week's program was produced and presented by Syed As-Sayeed.

10 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a pure 'adda' with three executive committee members of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra: President Dr. Moyazur Rahman Maroof, General Secretary Mr. Md. Atik Ullah and Cultural Secretary Mr. Syful Islam Sohel. They talked about how Canberra Bangladeshi community grew over time, what motivated them to volunteer for the Bangladeshi community when life is so busy, what is behind their dedication and sacrifice in organising Association functions and activities to celebrate national days and festivals, how they plan and manage them, what is behind their success, and what were their challenges and rewards. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

31 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recordings from the first reunion of the Dhaka University Alumni Association Canberra (DUAAC) held in Canberra on 15 May 2010. Where speakers talked about the current issues of Dhaka University and their memories of student life on campus. The speakers were: Mr. Ali Hossain, Convener DUAAC, Mr. Borhan Ahmed Joint Convener, Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan Joint Convener, Professor Atique Islam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, Mr. Raquibuddin Ahmed, Secretary General, Dhaka University Alumni Association, HE Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, Ms. Meherunnesa, Ms. Fahmida Ehsan, Ms. Rezwana Chowdhury and Dr. Abed Chaudhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) short discussion on the impact of population and economic growth on Australian lifestyle, resources and environment, and (2) interview with Prof. Bijon B Sarma, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning and Head of the Department of Architecture, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh, on Sarma's Unified Script (SUS) - a multi-lingual scripting system - that he recently developed with Dr. Mira R Sarma-Parai, Pathologist in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ami ek jajabor' and 'tui phele eshechhish ka-rey' were sung by popular Indian singers Bhupen Hazarika and Jayeeta Ghosh respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

06 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the significance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the 'Laylat-al-Qadr' or 'Shab-e-Qadr' meaning the Night of Power, marking the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It presented: (1) information on Ramadan and the holy night for children by Ayesha Samah Sheikh, (2) recitation from Holy Quaran by Maisha Safa and Rubaiat Mollika Mollik, and (3) interview with Ms. Diana Abdur Rahman, founder and presenter of Australian Muslim Voice Radio FM 103.1. The two beautiful songs 'tri bhuboner prio muhammad' and 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

13 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr Ikebal Adam Patel, President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Council (AFIC) on the background, purpose and future of Canberra Islamic School and similar Schools in Australia being run by AFIC; (2) report on the Iftar-cum-dinner meeting hosted on 6 September 2010 by the AFIC President for the Queanbeyan Muslim community with the Queanbeyan Mayor and his Councillors that discussed the establishment of a local mosque and Muslim cemetery for the growing Muslim community; and (3) Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrations in Canberra and recollection of childhood Eid memories. The beautiful Nazrul song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' played in the program was sung by distinguished Indian singer Shatinath Mukhopadhay and Bangladeshi children artists of the Bongobondhu Shishu Kishore Mela. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

11 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured the seminar and exhibition - "Sharing Our Achievements" - to be held on the 6th of May in Canberra that is being organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA), an organisation dedicated to portraying the architectural achievements of Bangladeshi architects. The program included conversations with locally practicing architects Mr. Zia Ahmed, Mr. Iftekher Abdullah, Mr. Shamsul Huda and Mr. Farhadur Reza describing their experience and ideas in professional architectural practice. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

18 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the - 'Boishakhi Mela' - held in Canberra on 16th April 2011 which welcomed in the Bangla New Year. It included short conversations with the President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Dr. M. A. Quadir and the Cultural Secretary, Ms. Rumana Shoilee and excerpts from songs and recitations performed by students of Bangla School, Konka, Shajoti Amin and Spondon. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Labour Day' - to be observed on 1st May around the globe to remember the historic struggle of working people throughout the world for an eight-hour work day. The heart of the movement was in Chicago, culminating in Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot, a demonstration and unrest that took place on Tuesday May 4, 1886. More than a century and a quarter later, the labourers of the developing countries, particularly the domestic workers of Bangladesh, are yet to be recognised and benefited from that movement. The recitation and songs played in the program were collected from the Internet and Bangladeshi album 'jagoroner gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

02 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced - Anushandhitsu Chakro - a pioneering science club propagating knowledge of various aspects of science among the people of all classes in Bangladesh. It included an exclusive interview with members of the club which has 18 branches and more than 500 members across the country. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘o babu mosai’ sung by Indian singers Sujata and Diana Das, and ‘amra nehayet gorib’ sung by a group of singers of Kolkata Youth Care. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

16 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with the eminent Bangladesh botanist, Dijen Sharma. Mr. Sharma, who is about to turn 82, is widely known for his knowledge and love of trees and for his many books on this topic. In the interview recorded in Dhaka, Dijen Sharma described exploring forests in his childhood and expressed his concerns over the current destruction of forests and its probable consequences. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) a report on the status of US image as a global super power, and (2) recordings of the Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, including intervews with the departing President Dr. Mohammad A Quadir and Member Dr. Nahida Bhuiyan. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by singers Nazib Mahmud 'shey amar desh', Nachiketa Chakraborty 'tumi ashbey boley', and Mahmuduzzaman Babu 'ami banglay gaan gai'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

29 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the significance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the month Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and fast during the daylight hours to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and charity. It presented: (1) a discussion with Islamic scholar of Canberra Brother Nuruddin on the topics of Islam for younger generation and the month of Ramadan, and (2) some Islamic IQ questions and answers by little Sama. The beautiful song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

12 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presented a feature on the - 'Birds of Canberra'. It introduced the common birds of Australia and Canberra, described the natural bird habitats in and around Canberra, and how planning of Canberra city is influencing bird habitats to thrive in natural setting. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bulbul pakhi moina tiye', 'lal jhuti kakatua', 'amar shonar moina pakhi', kookaburra sitting on a old gum tree, and 'holudia pakhi' were sung by the singers from India, Australia and Bangladesh. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

17 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of the coverage of the Association’s - 'Bangladesh Utshav' - held in Canberra on 15 October 2011. This year Association presented awards to distinguished Bangladeshis Professor Atique Islam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Edith Cowan University in Perth for his achievements and support to the students from Bangladesh, and two senior Canberra couples Dr. Abed Chaudhury and Ms. Tulip Chaudhury, and Mr. Ehsan Ullah and Ms. Fahmida Ehsan in recognition of their outstanding efforts and commitments to the Canberra Bangladeshi community. This week's program was jointly produced by Ajoy Kar and Syed Asif Ali, and presented by Sheikh Lana.

24 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the coverage of the Association’s - 'Bangladesh Utshav' - held in Canberra on 15 October 2011. It includes recordings of some songs from the cultural function of the festival and interviews with stall holders of Bangla School, Bangladesh Environmental Network, Phoenix World Travel, Association's General Secretary Murad Hossain and guests. This week's program was jointly produced by Ajoy Kar and Syed Asif Ali, and presented by Sheikh Lana.

21 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented very informative reports on: (1) issues of Australia's long term unemployment, (2) Internet usage by young children in Australia, and (3) life satisfaction of Australian youths. The beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'aha re' by Bangladeshi singer Ahmed Tophayel, 'montri hobo' by Indian singer Nochiketa Chakraborty, and 'ei jiboner kannaguli' and 'jibonta jodi obhinoy hoi' by Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

12 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented some interesting research findings on Australian welfare and childhood obesity. Citing reports of the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and Productivity Commission it discussed how in spite of enjoying good standard of living certain groups of Australians are also getting disadvantaged socially and economically. The beautiful songs 'e kemon yearky bolo', 'jara ma-ke bhalobashona', 'feader khai' and 'tar kotha ki bolbo bolo' played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Nakul Kumar Biswas. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

23 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured: (1) the worship of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom, in the world where religion plays an important role on human lives, and (2) an informative discussion on heart disease based on Heart Specialist Dr. Devi Shety’s Interview with WIPRO employees in Bangalore, India. The second part of the program was dedicated to the students of 44th batch of the Bangladesh Agricultural Institute. The songs played in this week’s program ‘saraswati namasthubyam’, ‘saraswati ma’, 'choley gechhe bondhu amar’ and ‘bari gari aha mori’ were sung by Indian singers Anup Jalota, Manna Dey and Bangladeshi singer Nakul Kumar Biswas respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

06 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorating the month of Language Martyrs of Bangladesh, presented a critical analysis of the current state of Bangla language and the evolution it has gone through since the historic language movement in 1952, with a particular emphasis on the challenge it is facing today from the language of the visual media, based on a write up by an eminent litterateur Syed Manzurul Islam. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by singers Abdul Latif from Bangladesh and Pratul Mukhopaddhay from India. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

14 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) of the ACT Inc. MARSS provides programs for migrants of all ages to assist with language, welfare, employment, access and equity for people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This week's program featured an interview with Mr. Clinton McCulloch, one of the Project Officers of MARSS. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Bhupen Hazarika, Bappi Lahiri, Swapan Basu and Bangladeshi chorus-singers. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul.

25 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program took listeners to the Sydney Boishakhi Mela held in Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush on 21 April 2012 to celebrate the Bangla New Year. On behalf of Bangla Radio Canberra Dr. Abed Chaudhury captured the spirit and sounds of this grand celebration attended by more than twenty-five thousand expatriates, international guests and dignitaries, making it one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. A similar recording of the same Mela held in Burwood Girls High School captured by Dr. Abed Chaudhury seven years ago can be found in Bangla Radio program archive dated 18 April 2005. This week's program was produced by Abed Chaudhury and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi women at a May Day rally
09 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the state of women in Bangladesh; looking for an answer to the puzzle why women constitute the largest chunk of the poverty stricken and rights deprived people, despite being the primary driving force in advancing Bangladesh status on the global Human Development Index. Based on a write up by an eminent Bangladeshi women’s rights activist Salma Khan, the first Asian elected Chairperson of the UN CEDAW Committee, the program depicted the status of women, their rights and state of empowerment today. The songs presented in the program were sung by Indrani Sen, Bhupen Hazarika and Leena Taposhi Khan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Facebook - the most popular social networking site of today
30 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the most popular social networking site 'facebook'. It covered an introduction, brief history, and the profile and perspective of the 'facebook' users. It also discussed some interesting facts on the pros and cons of using this extraordinary networking site. The songs played in this week's program were taken from Bangla telefilm 'Amader Golpo' and Bangla movie 'Autograph' sung by Iresh Zaker and Anupam Roy respectively. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin and Zaheen Rahman.

27 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program briefly discussed about the Australian Council of Social Service's research findings on Australia's unemployed population and the effectiveness of its current income support system. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Nachiketa Chakraborty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

17 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a discussion about autism. The symptoms associated with autism and the means of reducing their impact on the affected were described by Dr. Leedy Hoque, a Bangladeshi physician and scientist who has professional and personal experience in this area. Dr. Hoque also runs 'Surer Jadu' and 'Ronger Jadu' classes for autistic children in Dhaka with the cooperation of Chhayanaut and has observed some heart-touching changes in the children. The song played in this week's program, 'momero putul' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Feroza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

01 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program, mostly in English, presents a discussion with Professor Tipu Aziz, Professor of Neurosurgery at Oxford University, UK about progress in the surgical treatment of some types of neurological disorders. The program covers the use of animal models for Parkinson’s disease and how that led to new surgical procedures for some types of that disease. Recent research that could lead to new treatments are also touched on. The song played in this week's program was sung by Pabon Das Baul of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

22 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program, based on an article by eminent political scientist Dr. Rownak Jahan, a former professor of Political Science at Columbia University, presented a critique of the current political culture in Bangladesh. Highlighting the failure of the successive governments to establish democratic norms in the political culture since 1990, when Bangladesh experienced a transition to democracy through popular movements, it sketched a vision for an ideal leadership for the country. The inspiring songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi after Bangladesh's liberation [Source: Daily Prothom Alo]
10 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a discussion on the life of the inhabitants of the Indo-Bangladesh enclaves, also known as the 'chitmahals' along the Bangladesh–India border, in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian Singers Manna Dey, Kishor Kumar and Nachiketa Chakroborty. This weeks program was produced by Ajoy Kar and presented by Sima Kar.

Part of the Bangla Radio Canberra team at the 14th year of broadcasting celebration
31 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a flash back of Bengali cultural program and activities held in Canberra in 2012. Popular singers Tapan Chowdhury, Kumar Biswajit from Bangladesh and Haimanti Shukla from West Bengal, India performed their melodious concerts this year. We also enjoyed cultural night organized and presented by the two local cultural groups: Dhrupad and Spondon. Bangladesh Australia Association also organized several cultural and community events this year. This week’s songs were collected from internet, and compiled and narrated by Zinath Khan. This week’s program produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

The World's first International Mother Language Day monument in Sydney, Australia
04 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on: (1) the international mother language day, including the importance of conserving the mother language in multicultural Australia, and (2) the celebration of 'Mezban' by the Chittagong community in Canberra. It presented: (1) an interview with Tithan Paul, young Bangladeshi-Australian, sharing her view on conserving mother language, and (2) interview with one of the organisers and an audience of Mezban. This week's program played two beautiful songs sung by Bangladeshi singer Rathindranath Roy and a chorus sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

Some of the diverse types of potatoes available in South America [Photo: International Potato Centre, Peru]
26 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program recounted the history of the potato and of the great famine in Ireland that was caused by the failure of the potato crop and governance in 1845-1846. The identity of the specific strain of microbe that caused the famine has very recently been uncovered by modern DNA technologies and compared to its modern relatives. The songs played in this week's program were sung by the Bangladeshi singer Ashik and taken from his compilation called 'Baula'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Cancer: History, Explanation, Treatment and Measures [Photo: health-news.com]
30 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program covered - 'Cancer' - a devastating disease that claim millions of lives each year. It presented a very informative discussion on Cancer with its history, epidemiological data, biological explanation behind the deadly disease and current available treatments. It also presented an interview of a cancer researcher Ms. Lubna Hussain, who is currently working on an anticancer drug, on genetic and environmental causes that can predispose someone to cancer and the preventive measures people can take. The songs played in the program were sung by Tahsan and Shahana Bajpaye respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Community involvement in improving living environment in Dinajpur, Bangladesh [Images: www.worldskillsfoundation.org]
28 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted a recent project run by the Australian company Health Habitat in Dinajpur, Bangladesh that demonstrated the importance of community involvement in improving sanitation and waste disposal for healthier living. It presented an interview with Architect Paul Pholeros on his experience there and his involvement with the community and local professionals working together to improve their living environment. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Poster of the 'Mother Language Day Walk'
24 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 'Mother Language Day Walk' which took place on Friday 21 February 2014 in Canberra initiated by the Canberra based International Mother Language Movement Committee. The walk was initiated to grow awareness in the Canberra community about preserving all the mother/heritage languages of the world and to establish the idea to celebrate the day all over Australia. The program includes interviews and speeches of distinguished guests and key participants of the movement. The poem used in the program was recited by Kazi Arif. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

FIFA World Cup 2014 poster
16 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program produced a flavour of the 20th World Cup football game organised by the the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in Brazil. This is the only game which is popular in more than 200 countries around the world. It presented a brief history of the World Cup since 1930. The songs played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match at Manuka Oval in Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
16 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan held on 18 February 2015 at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia. It captured the emotion and spirit of the local Bangladeshi expatriates and supporters arriving from interstate and overseas in their thousands - making the event a memorable one in Canberra's history. Raquibul Sheikh recorded interviews of the supporters, the audience and the tempo of the match from the beginning to the end. This week's program is a compilation of those recordings as a snapshot of the historical match played by the Bangladesh Cricket Team. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

 Jibanananda Das - story of a poet [Image: YouTube.com]
08 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

Dimly recognised during his lifetime, Jibanananda Das [1899 -1954] was a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist. He is the most popular Bengali poet after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Today the poetry of Jibanananda has become the defining essence of modernism in twentieth-century Bengali poetry. This week's program presented a beautiful sketch of the contribution of poet Jibanananda Das to Bangla literature and Bengali consciousness. The flute piece used in the program was played by Bangladeshi flautist Shukur Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

Welcome (to Bangladesh) Chhitmahalbashi [Image: rediff.com]
10 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program reported on the historic land swap between Bangladesh and India that eliminates hundreds of enclaves, known as 'Chhitmahals', held by each other along the border. At a minute past midnight on Friday 31 July 2015 the Chhitmahals instantly begun disappearing in phases over the next 11 months. Bangladesh will absorb 111 Indian enclaves and India will take 51 from Bangladesh. This week's program played a selection of Bangladeshi patriotic songs to welcome the enclave residents to Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

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.

Graduation day of Bangla Academy Australia, Sydney [Photo: Anwar Akash]
28 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program, the last in 2015, featured the activities of Bangla Academy Australia in Sydney in promoting Bangla language and culture among the new generation. It has been prepared and presented by Anwar Akash, director of the academy. The sitar recital played by Ravi Shankar used in the program has been taken from album A Concert for Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Two Mohurs - coins of the East India Company [Image: Wikipedia.com]
25 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the story of East India Company and the British rule of India. Based on the history of the Indian subcontinent during 1600 to 1800, it described the curiosity of a school student about the East India Company and the British. The instrumental music used in the program were played by Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sultan Khan, Ashesh Bandopadhay and Zakir Hossain. The voice of the play Nural Diner Shara Jibon was of Bangladeshi actor Nazmul Ahsan. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of their work. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

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.

Latest shape of north Canberra's Gungahlin mosque - June 2016 [Image: abacm.net.au]
04 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week’s program marked the beginning of eighteenth year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. Commemorating the end of Ramadan festival 'Eid ul Fitr' to be celebrated this week, the program presented an update on the Gungahlin Mosque project in north Canberra. It interviewed Mr. Mainul Haque, president of the Gungahlin Mosque executive committee, and other members about the planning, implementation and current status of the project. This week’s program has been produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

 Caption: The Rising Story of Bangladeshi Band Music [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
29 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program narrated the rising story of Bangladeshi band music. It presented some significant events of Bangladeshi band formation, their motivation and ambition in the period of 1970 to 1990. This program presented a beautiful composition of popular Bangladeshi band songs. The band songs played in the program were: 'Ashi ashi bole tumi ar elena' (Azam Khan), 'Bishshoy jatra' (Miles), 'Sraboner megh' (Different Tourch), 'Nirobe aj ei chokheri vasha' (Souls), 'Hridoy kadamatir' (Renaissence), 'Palki 2' (Feedback), 'Poddo patar jol' (Nogor Baul), 'Moharaj' (Warfaze) and 'Rupali Guiter' (LRB). This week’s program was associated by Mehedi Hasan, and presented and produced by Tasneem Rahman.

The True American - Murder and Mercy in Texas [Image: Book cover detail]
05 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness [Image: gcner.org]
26 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: This week's program replayed a feature explaining 'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness in plain language for Bangla Radio listeners. It was prepared by Bangladeshi expatriate scientists working at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra in 2000. The scientists were: Dr. Shamsul Haque, Dr. Shahjahan Ali and Dr. Abed Chaudhury. It was presented by Fahmida Ehsan, and compiled and produced by Dr. Sadequr Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

Special presentation: Catastrophic earthquake in Bangladesh! A matter of time? [Photo from Nepal earthquake: channel3000.com]
24 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the possibility of a major earthquake in Bangladesh. It looked into an article published in the scientific journal Nature on 11 July 2016 that warned that a giant quake may be lurking under Bangladesh. A team of scientists led by Dr. Michael Steckler from Columbia University in USA analysed a decade's GPS data of the region and concluded that a locked and loaded megathrust fault buried under the sediments of Ganges and Bhahmaputra rivers could unleash an earthquake of up to 9.0 magnitude. This week's program interviewed two experts in Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government's national geoscience agency, for their opinion on the study and its findings. Seismologist Dr. Phil Cummins and structural engineer and community safety expert Dr. Mark Edwards discussed how the megathrust fault threats Bangladesh, the expected catastrophic destruction of an earthquake and issues of addressing and managing such risk. The background sound used in the program was taken from a documentary 'Earthquake in Nepal' produced by World You Tube Entertainment. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra based musical group Spondon's 10th anniversary [Photo: Spondon]
31 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered Canberra based popular Bangladeshi musical group Spondon's 10th anniversary celebration. Formed by a group of Bangladeshis from public servants to university teachers, doctors to architect, the spirit of Spondon was to embrace various genres of songs and individuals, and what followed was a medley of music and colourful people. This week's program narrated the history of Spondon, its activities and highlighted some of Spondon's charity work which has always been intertwined with the group's love of music and Bengali culture - 'a driving force to give something back to the community through music'. The songs played in the program were compiled from different Spondon concerts and the latest 10th anniversary function. This week's program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

The real life and strange death of poet Jibanananda Das [Image: Rajib Paul]
21 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an article on the real life and strange death of Bengal's greatest modern poet Jibanananda Das (1899–1954) titled 'ekjon kobi, ekti tram othoba odbhut adhar ek'. Authored by Imran Niloy and published in daily Ittefaq recently, it described the struggle and suffering of poet Jibanananda Das prior to his premature accidental death deemed by some as suicide. The recitations and songs used in the program were by Nazmul Ahsan, Swani Zubayer, Lopamudra Mitra and Niaz Mohammad Chowdhury. The flute piece was played by Shukur Ali. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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