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13 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short play - 'John Howerder Panta Khaoa' - reflecting the desire of expatriate Bangalees to keep 'Bangla' alive in their overseas life. An intersting play, interesting topic and lively acting by the local amateur artists. The play was prepared for Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Bangla new year festival 'Parbon' held on 30th April 2005. In addition to the play, this week's radio program also played one Rabindra Shangeet by renowned Bangladeshi artist Fahmida Khatun. The program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

01 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a radio drama - 'Biraj Bou' - based on a novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhay, a famous novelist in Bangla literature. It was played from an HMV Kolkata audio cassette recorded on the 100th birth anniversary of the writer. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second part of the radio drama 'Biraj Bou'. The first part was played in last week's program. The drama is based on a novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhay, famous novelist in Bangla literature. It was played from HMV Kolkata audio cassette recorded on the 100th birth anniversary of the writer. The Rabindra shangeet 'na chahile jare paoa jai' played in the program was sung by renowned Indian singer Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

20 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interesting radio drama ‘Porijan’ written by Firoz Khondoker, radio adaptation and direction by Mohammed Monowarul Aziz. Set in northern Bangladesh and using local dialect of Pabna, the drama is an exquisite example of the rich and diverse culture of Bangladesh. The participants are assumed to be local artists of Pabna. The drama was played courtesy of ‘Ekushe Betar’ in Sydney where it was first aired a few weeks ago. The beautiful song ‘shukher lagi fad patia’ played in the program was sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Beauty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented second half of the radio drama ‘Porijan’, the first half was played in last week's program. It was written by Firoz Khondoker, adapted and directed for radio by Mohammed Monowarul Aziz. Set in northern Bangladesh and using local dialect of Pabna, the drama is an exquisite example of the rich and diverse culture of Bangladesh. The drama was played courtesy of ‘Ekushe Betar’ in Sydney where it was first aired a few weeks ago. This week's program also described three popular places to visit around Canberra during this time of the year: (1) the cherry orchards in Young in New South Wales (2) Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Tidbinbilla, and (3) the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra City. The beautiful song ‘ondhokar kor, chondro-tare’ played in the program was sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Beauty. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

29 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) a mirco-drama 'mullayon' written by Sadequr Rahman and played by Ayelita and Biplob Talukdar, and (2) a letter from Rangpur, Bangladesh written by Barry Ison. Barry was born and educated in the sub-continent and spent most of his life in Bangladesh (listen his interview in our archive - 3 April 2006). In his recent letter Barry described his observation of Bangladesh's political situation, people and their future. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'jhora bokuler shathi (remix) by Bangladeshi singer Konok Chapa, 'mone koro jodi shob chhere hai' by Indian singer Chitra Sing, and 'kon khelaje khelbo kokhon' by Bangladesh singer Oditi Mohsin. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

27 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a light-hearted 'onu-natika' - Licence - about a driving lesson in Canberra. The voices were provided by Najmun Nahar Ratna and Lita Talukder and the script was written by Sadequr Rahman. The two songs played in the program 'bajilo kaharo bina' and 'tufan mail' were sung by the Bangladeshi singer Apala Farhad Naved. The program also presented an update about fund-raising activities in Canberra for the flood-affected people in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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.

17 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interesting 'onu-natika' - "Discipline" - about sharing accommodation in Canberra. The voices were provided by Rajeeb and Raquib and the script was written by Sadequr Rahman. The program also mentioned the Canberra activities to commemorate the coming 'Shadhinota Dibosh': Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's soccer match and a film festival - 'itihash kotha koy' - organised by the Bir Protik Ouderland Memorial Committee in Canberra. The beautiful song played in the program 'prem kata e boo-ke' was sung by Bangladeshi singers Babul Shupriyo and Priya. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sanjeeda.

16 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'kancha roud' - written by Indian writer Protiva Boshu. It depicted the love between two college students formed over telephone without seeing each other. The roles were played by Indian artists Partho Ghosh and Gouri Ghosh. Background music was composed by Amor Laha. It was played from a CD titled 'prem' published by Music Master. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful 'geeti-natya' (lyric) - 'Rakhal Chandra Matal' - describing the life of simple Rakhal, a resident of West Bengal, India. It narrated the society he lived in and his place in that society. A society that he dreamed one day will treat everyone equal. The author of the 'geeti-natya' is Indian writer Shibnath Bondopadhaya. Story concept, lyrics and performance by popular Indian actor and singer Kishore Kumar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

25 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in an Australian context by presenting an 'onu-natika' - 'betha' - or the pain. It reflected the same love Nazrul felt for the minorities of the society, realised their pain and defended their rights fearlessly. The story is based on the experience of one such group - the Aboriginal stolen generation - representing a generation of aboriginal children taken away from their families to be raised in western religion and culture. The beautiful play was written by Sadequr Rahman and acted by Shejoti Amin, Ayelita Talukder, Mir Hashmat Ali and Lubna Alam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman. [Story of Australian aboriginal people and their stolen generation was covered in Bangla Radio program on 4 February 2008, and national apology to the stolen generation was covered on 3 March 2008 - see Bangla Radio Archive 2008]

15 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'shat taka baro ana' - written by Indian writer Shanjeeb Chottopadhaya. It portrayed the 'sour-sweet' life of a Bengali couple - representing the middle class - and their struggle, little dreams and happiness. The roles were played by Indian artists Partho Ghosh and Gouri Ghosh. It was played from a CD titled 'prem' published by Music Master. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

03 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'payer awaj paoa jaye' written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. Considered a literary masterpiece, the poetic-drama is based on the liberation war of Bangladesh describing the different characters, their interests and the experience of the people in the countryside. It was first staged by the 'Theatre' drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies and is one of the longest running production of the country. It was directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The leading roles were played by Abdullah Al Mamun (Matbor), Mohammad Zakaria (Pir) and Ferdousi Mojumdar (Matbor's daughter. This week's program played the first half of the audio recording. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

31 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented second half of the 'kabbo-natya' - 'payer awaj paoa jaye' written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. Considered a literary masterpiece, the poetic-drama is based on the liberation war of Bangladesh describing the different characters, their interests and the experience of the people in the countryside. It was first staged by the 'Theatre' drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies and is one of the longest running production of the country. It was directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The leading roles were played by Abdullah Al Mamun (Matbor), Mohammad Zakaria (Pir) and Ferdousi Mojumdar (Matbor's daughter). The first half of the audio recording was played on 3 August 2009. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

The first program of 2010 presented a beautiful radio drama based on short story 'robibar' by poet Rabindranath Thakur. It depicted the life of a young artist caught between the loves of two women. Adaptation and script by Boidyanath Mukhopadhay and directed by Jogonnath Bose. Roles played by Jogonnath Bose, Urmila Bose, Ishita Mitra, Ratula Chakrabarty and Kajol Bhattacharya. This week's program presented the first part of the drama. The instrumental piece of Tagore song 'amar raat pohalo' played in the program was taken from CD 'shudhu alo andhare' produced by Saregama India Ltd. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

The second program of 2010 presented: (1) recitation of Tagore poem 'mone pora' by Sayantani Das from Sydney, and (2) a micro drama 'shomoshya' based on the social life of two Bangladeshi expatriates in Canberra wittten by Sadequr Rahman and roles played by Shayma and Nadia Hossain. The beautiful Lalon song 'teen pagoley holo mela' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Farida Parveen. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

08 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second half of the beautiful radio drama 'robibar' based on a short story by poet Rabindranath Thakur. It depicted the life of a young artist caught between the loves of two women. Adaptation and script by Boidyanath Mukhopadhay and directed by Jogonnath Bose. Roles played by Jogonnath Bose, Urmila Bose, Ishita Mitra, Ratula Chakrabarty and Kajol Bhattacharya. The first half of the drama was broadcast on 4 January 2010. The instrumental piece of Tagore song 'aji bijon ghorey' played in the program was taken from CD 'shudhu alo andhare' produced by Saregama India Ltd. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

05 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recitation of a poem on motherhood entitled 'mayurpankhi' written by Indian writer Subodh Sarkar and recited by Sydney expatriate Sayantani Das, and (2) 'onu-natika' - 'bhalobasha' or 'Love' written and directed by Sadequr Rahman - based on a true Canberra love story. Roles of the micro drama were played by Canberra residents Imon and Shoma. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ek pa-ye nupur amar, on-no pa khali' and 'shobai to shukhi ho-te chay' were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers Topu and Anila and popular Indian singer Manna Dey respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

07 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the influence of death on life. It presented: (1) recitation of a poem entitled 'sharee' written by Indian writer Subodh Sarkar and recited by Sydney expatriate Sayantani Das, and (2) 'onu-natika' - 'bismriti' or 'Oblivion' written and directed by Sadequr Rahman. Roles of the micro drama were played by Canberra residents Mohammed Razib, Zillur Rahman, Atik Ullah and Tina Atik. The beautiful songs played in the program 'Jessore Road' and 'majhey majhey tobo dekha pai' were sung by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik and Bangladeshi singer Laisa Ahmed Lisa respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

27 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a radio drama based on - 'Shesher Kobita' - a novel by Rabindranath Tagore, widely considered a landmark in Bengali literature. It depicts the love story of Amit Ray, a barrister educated at Oxford, whose virulent intellectualism reveals itself in its opposition to all forms of tradition. He meets Labannya in a car accident and the romance builds up in the misty hills of Shillong. Amit's iconoclastism meets Labannya's sincere simplicity through a series of scintillating dialogues and poems that they write for each other. The roles of the drama were played by Indian artists from Kolikata, West Bengal. This week's program played first part of the drama. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented second and final part of radio drama - 'Shesher Kobita' - based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore, widely considered a landmark in Bengali literature. It depicts the love story of Amit Ray, a barrister educated at Oxford, whose virulent intellectualism reveals itself in its opposition to all forms of tradition. He meets Labannya in a car accident and the romance builds up in the misty hills of Shillong. Amit's iconoclastism meets Labannya's sincere simplicity through a series of scintillating dialogues and poems that they write for each other. The roles of the drama were played by Indian artists from Kolikata, West Bengal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a mystery micro-drama - ‘chhoto apa’ - consisting of conversations between Falu, the manager of a cheap eatery near Dhanmondi Residential Area in Dhaka, Bangladesh and his regular customer Monir, a chauffeur, as they try to make sense of the behaviour of Monir’s employers. The micro-drama was written by Sadequr Rahman and the roles were played by Canberra expatriates Saiful Islam Sohel and Md. Atik Ullah. The two beautiful songs played in this week’s program 'faita jaye, bookta faita jaye' and 'taka shonge jabena, poisha shonge jabena' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Momtaz. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

29 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a micro-drama - 'shurovi' - about an old man who is visiting Dhaka. On his birthday he recounts to his grand-niece some aspects of his life and his general feeling of melancholy. She in turn focuses on the positive impact he has had on people around him, and the old man is left feeling much more optimistic. The roles in the micro-drama were played by Captain Saifuddin and Urmi Rahman. The beautiful songs played in program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Laisa Ahmed Lisa and Sanjeeda Khatun. The program also discussed the work of the Grameen Support Group Australia and some of the students that the Grameen Support Group Australia is sponsoring in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'nuraldiner shara jibon' - written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. It is one of his experiments with forms and the language that have given a new direction to Bangla literature. The verse-play is based on the legendary partisan leader of a peasant's army fighting against the East India Company's takeover of Bengal in 1757. It was first staged by the Nagorik drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies. The roles were played by the members of the Nagorik group. This week's program presented part one of the three part audio recording. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented second part of beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'nuraldiner shara jibon' - written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. It is one of his experiments with forms and the language that have given a new direction to Bangla literature. The verse-play is based on the legendary partisan leader of a peasant's army fighting against the East India Company's takeover of Bengal in 1757. It was first staged by the Nagorik drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies. The roles were played by the members of the Nagorik group. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the recording of stage drama - 'Che-r Cycle' - written by leading Bangladeshi playwright Mamunur Rashid. Based on the life of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara the play takes the audience to a surreal world, where Che is on his way to stage a revolution. The play continually switches between times and places where the characters assimilate into each other. It begins with three strangers on a beach, each with a unique interpretation of the world. With a sudden trance, they become Che, Aleida (Che's wife), and Che's comrades Fidel Castro and Raúl Castro. Through a deeper understanding of Che's life and philosophy, the three learn to see life in a new light. The roles were performed by Mamunur Rashid, Chanchal Chowdhury and Rubli Chowdhury. It was produced by Bangla Theatre in Bangladesh and directed by Faiz Zahir. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

06 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the recording of stage drama - 'Che-r Cycle' - written by leading Bangladeshi playwright Mamunur Rashid. Based on the life of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara the play takes the audience to a surreal world, where Che is on his way to stage a revolution. The play continually switches between times and places where the characters assimilate into each other. It begins with three strangers on a beach, each with a unique interpretation of the world. With a sudden trance, they become Che, Aleida (Che's wife), and Che's comrades Fidel Castro and Raúl Castro. Through a deeper understanding of Che's life and philosophy, the three learn to see life in a new light. The roles were performed by Mamunur Rashid, Chanchal Chowdhury and Rubli Chowdhury. It was produced by Bangla Theatre in Bangladesh and directed by Faiz Zahir. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

13 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an onunatika - ‘daoat’ - based on the teachings of Sun-Tzu, the famed Chinese general and martial strategist who lived about 500BC. Advice from his most famous book ‘The Art of War’ is applied in the setting of a dinner party. The voices in the play were provided by Khaleda Akhter Rosy, Murad Hossain and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. The onunatika was written and directed by Sadequr Rahman. The songs played in the program were sung by the Bangladeshi expatriate and architect Waziuddin Chowdhury Saud and Indrani Sen. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

04 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented third and final part of beautiful 'kabbo-natya' - 'nuraldiner shara jibon' - written by distinguished Bangladeshi writer Syed Shamsul Haque. It is one of his experiments with forms and the language that have given a new direction to Bangla literature. The verse-play is based on the legendary partisan leader of a peasant's army fighting against the East India Company's takeover of Bengal in 1757. It was first staged by the Nagorik drama group of Bangladesh in late seventies. The roles were played by the members of the Nagorik group. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a wonderful drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). A symbolic political novel 'kritodasher hashi' (The Laughter of a Slave) was written in 1962 in protest against the Pakistani Military regime. It was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The date of the recording is unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This weeks program, in the middle of Ramadan, the Muslim month of tolerance and self-control and nearly coincident with the independence days of India and Pakistan, presented an onunatika 'Khela' written by Sadequr Rahman. The onunatika is set in 1948 and examines exclusion and victimisation through the discussions of a group of boys as they prepare to play a football game. The voices were provided by Rajib, Atik and Sanjay. The songs used in the program were composed by Salil Chowdhury and sung by the members of the Indian People's Theatre Association and the Calcutta Youth Choir. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

05 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented part 2 of the wonderful drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). A symbolic political novel 'kritodasher hashi' (The Laughter of a Slave) was written in 1962 in protest against the Pakistani Military regime. It was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The date of the recording is unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented part 3 of the wonderful drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). A symbolic political novel 'kritodasher hashi' (The Laughter of a Slave) was written in 1962 in protest against the Pakistani Military regime. It was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The date of the recording is unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

03 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the start of the annual Hindu festival in Canberra that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. Attuned to the festive mood, this week's program presented Jatra - 'ogo bishnu priya' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre, spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. It depicted the story of Hindu goddess Laxmi bringing love, peace and prosperity to humanity. The casts of the Bangladeshi folk theatre troupe and date of the recording are unknown. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) announcement of Association's next event - 'Bangladesh Utshav' - to be held in Canberra on Saturday 15 October 2011, (2) brief report of Canberra Durga Puja organised by the Bangladesh Puja Celebration Committee on last Saturday 8 October 2011, and (3) final part of Jatra - 'ogo bishnu priya' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre, spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. It depicted the story of Hindu goddess Laxmi bringing love, peace and prosperity to humanity. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Victory Day of Bangladesh by presenting the fourth and final part of drama - 'kritodasher hashi' - written by Bangladeshi novelist Shawkat Osman (1917-1998). It also played a rare interview with the author on the background of this novel and its link to the independence of Bangladesh. The drama was directed by Aminur Rahman Azam and the roles were played by the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. The audio clip used in the program has been compiled from documentary film 'muktir gaan' directed by Tareque and Catherine Masud. The violin recital used in the program was played by Bangladeshi expatriate in USA Nora Ali. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented first part of a two part onunatika - ‘Ka-theke-ka’ - which is to be broadcast in consecutive weeks. The onunatika is concerned with an apparently affluent young couple who have recently moved to Kuala Lumpur from Canberra and their interactions with some of the local ‘deshi’s. The voices on this week’s onunatika were provided by Javed Mahmood Shiplu, Fahima Khan and Mohammed Haider Ali. The songs in this week’s program were sung by Aditi Mohsin and Chandana Majumder. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur.

30 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second and concluding part of the onunatika - 'Ka-theke-ka'. In this week's program the husband starts a transport business from Kuala Lumpur to Australia following the advice of a more established businessman. The impact and consequences of this activity are followed. This week's program featured, in order, the voices of Shamsul Haque, Javed Mahmood Shiplu, Muhammed Haider Ali and Fahima Khan . The songs in this week's program were sung by Chandana Majumder and Shera Shwagoto. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur.

'Kaler Jatra' - a performance by Padatik Natya Sangsad at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka [Photo: Daily Star]
21 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'noroker phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is centred around social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. It was written and directed by Shoilesh Guha Niyogi and performed by the Kohinoor Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A scene from 'Paicho Chorer Kissa' performed by Dhaka Padatik at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy [Image: The Daily Sun]
01 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the Jatra: 'noroker phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of the Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is based on social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. It was written and directed by Shoilesh Guha Niyogi and performed by the Kohinoor Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A jatra actor prepares before the performance [Image: Wikipedia.org]
08 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of the Jatra: 'kagojer phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre. Set on the days of British rule in India, the play captured the conflict between the traditional indian culture and the modern culture introduced by the British. It was written by Shattya Prakash Dutta and directed by Shekhor Ganguly, The music director of the play was Manabendra Mukherjee. Lead performers were Shekhor, Tarun, Tara, Dipen and Deb Gopal. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

29 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the Jatra: 'kagojer phool' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre. Set on the days of British rule in India, the play captured the conflict between the traditional indian culture and the modern culture introduced by the British. It was written by Shattya Prakash Dutta and directed by Shekhor Ganguly, The music director of the play was Manabendra Mukherjee. Lead performers were Shekhor, Tarun, Tara, Dipen and Deb Gopal. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' [Part 1]
24 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre in the Indian sub-continent. It portrayed the life of women in brothels, their status in society and their expectations from life. Lead performers were Bela Sarker, Ashim Kumar and Anadi Chakrabarti. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' [Part 2]
08 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'babu-go shindurer daam onek' (Part 2) - a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre in the Indian sub-continent. It portrayed the life of women in brothels, their status in society and their expectations from life. Lead performers were Bela Sarker, Ashim Kumar and Anadi Chakrabarti. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Char Adhyay' - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur and directed by Sombhu Mitra
23 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Char Adhyay' (Four Chapters) - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur. Set in India under British Raj it captured the ideals of the Bengali Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. It tells the story of a group of revolutionaries fighting for independence - a movement that rules out love for a woman colleague. It was directed by Sombhu Mitra and performed by Bahurupi theatre troupe in Kolkata, India. Lead performers are Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, Gangapada Basu, Amar Ganguli, Kumar Roy and Soven Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Char Adhyay' - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur and directed by Sombhu Mitra
18 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Char Adhyay' (Four Chapters) [Part 2] - a drama based on a novel by Rabindranath Thakur. Set in India under British Raj it captured the ideals of the Bengali Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. It tells the story of a group of revolutionaries fighting for independence - a movement that rules out love for a woman colleague. It was directed by Sombhu Mitra and performed by Bahurupi theatre troupe in Kolkata, India. Lead performers are Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, Gangapada Basu, Amar Ganguli, Kumar Roy and Soven Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Short play - 'Bangla Radio Ebong Amra' - written by Samia Shajedin and directed by Shamsuddin Shafi
25 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short play - 'Bangla Radio Ebong Amra' - written by Samia Shajedin and directed by Shamsuddin Shafi. It is a recorded version of the play staged for the 14th anniversary function of Bangla Radio Canberra celebrated in 2012. The Bangla Radio team members performed in the play are: Raquibul Sheikh, Samia Shajedin, Ajoy Kar, Sima Kar, Borhanuddin Shafi, Mohammad Rahman and Zaheen Rahman. The songs played in the program were written by late Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

Drama: 'Shorno-mrigo' (golden deer) [Image: freechristmaswallpapers.net]
30 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a drama - 'Shorno-mrigo' (golden deer) - depicting the dilemma faced by a Bangladeshi expatriate - his struggle between home and abroad, close family and prosperity. The drama was written and directed by Toukir Ahmed. Background music composed by Shujeo Shyam. The roles were played by Afzal Hossain, Toukir Ahmed, Shormili Ahmed and Natasha Hayat. The drama was broadcast by the Bangladeshi channel Ekushey TV. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 1
28 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 1] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 2
11 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 2] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 3
25 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 3] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stage Drama: 'Tiner Tolowar' directed by Utpal Dutta - Part 4
08 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording of stage drama - 'Tiner Tolowar' [Part 4 - Final] - directed by distinguished Indian playwright, actor and director Utpal Dutta. He experimented with theatrical forms in 1960s in the hope of creating a political theater and fomenting a proletarian social revolution in urban Kolkata in West Bengal. The roles were played by Utpal Dutta, Samir Majumdar, Satya Bondopadhay and Mrinal Ghosh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' - Part 1
06 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' - a popular folk-theatre form that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is centred on social issues prevalent in the sub-continent in early nineteenth century. It was written and directed by Sunil Chowdhury and performed by the Bharoti Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' - Part 2
29 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Jatra: 'ahollyar ghum bhangchhey' (Part 2) - a popular folk-theatre form that originated in Bengal in the 15th century and spread throughout most of Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent. The play is centred on social issues prevalent in the sub-continent in early nineteenth century. It was written and directed by Sunil Chowdhury and performed by the Bharoti Opera. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Folk opera: 'Ma, Mati, Manush' performed by Notto Company [Image: Print by Rokeya Sultana]
02 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera - 'ma, mati, manush' (Part 1) - performed by the group Notto Company in West Bengal, India. It was first staged in the 1970s playing the theme of people’s anger against the administration’s attempts to take away their land. About three decades later West Bengal's Trinamool Congress took the theme as their slogan drawing huge turnout in the politically volatile vast hinterland. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Folk opera: 'Ma, Mati, Manush' performed by Notto Company [Image: Print by Rokeya Sultana]
09 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera - 'ma, mati, manush' (Part 2) - performed by the group Notto Company in West Bengal, India. It was first staged in the 1970s playing the theme of people’s anger against the administration’s attempts to take away their land. About three decades later West Bengal's Trinamool Congress took the theme as their slogan drawing huge turnout in the politically volatile vast hinterland. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Folk opera: 'Ma, Mati, Manush' performed by Notto Company [Image: Print by Rokeya Sultana]
16 Feb 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera - 'ma, mati, manush' (Part 3) - performed by the group Notto Company in West Bengal, India. It was first staged in the 1970s playing the theme of people’s anger against the administration’s attempts to take away their land. About three decades later West Bengal's Trinamool Congress took the theme as their slogan drawing huge turnout in the politically volatile vast hinterland. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'shanjher shanai' - Part 1
20 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1422 by presenting a beautiful folk opera: - 'shanjher shanai' (Part 1) - performed by Jatra Lakkhi, Bina Das Gupta and members of the opera group Agragami. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'shanjher shanai' - Part 2
04 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the beautiful folk opera - 'shanjher shanai' - performed by Jatra Lakkhi, Bina Das Gupta and members of the opera group Agragami, from West Bengal, India. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues prevalent in the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'du tukro ma'  - Part 1 [Image: Tapestry exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts]
29 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'du tukro ma' (Part 1) – written by Bhairab Gangopadhay. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues of the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Jatra: 'du tukro ma'  - Part 2 [Image: Tapestry exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts]
06 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'du tukro ma' (Part 2) – written by Bhairab Gangopadhay. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, highlighted the social issues of the sub-continent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Durga - Hindu Goddess of victory of good over evil [Image: durgautsav.com]
28 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful folk opera: - 'mirar bondhua' (Part 1) - written by Satya Prakash Dutta and performed by Indian folk theatre group Agragami. The opera, produced by Dinesh Nandi, depicted a Hindu mythical story. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.