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18 Apr 2005 Listen MP3

The first program of Bangla Year 1412 took our listeners to Sydney's popular 'Baishakhi Mela' held in Burwood Girsl High School on 16th April 2005. The mela was organised by the Bangabandhu Parishad Australia (Razzak). Dr. Abed Chaudhury covered the mela on behalf of Bangla Radio, capturing the sounds of the festival in a fine autumn afternoon. He interviewed various sections of the visitors, the organisers and some of the stall owners. This week's program also featured a song by Akbar - a talent discovered by the BTV magazine 'Ittadi' from the streets of Dhaka - now a very popular singer of Bangladesh. The program was produced by Ehsan Ullah.

04 Jul 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the begining of seventh year of Bangla radio broadcasting in Canberra, Australia. Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra began broadcasting the program in July 1999. This week's program featured Association's recent Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function 'Pushpanjali' that was held in Canberra on 26th June 2005. Bangla Radio recorded the entire cultural program. This week's program played the first part of that recording that included children's song and recitation, Nazrul Geeti, Rabindra Shangeet and a special recitation of 'Rachana Rabindranath' - authored by a twelve year old girl (!) Shunetra Ghatak - an essay that is highly acclaimed in both West Bengal and Bangladesh. The local artists covered this week are: Shejoti, Sami, Layeka Bashir, Sakiba Rahman and Nazmun Nahar. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jul 2005 Listen MP3

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra organised Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function 'Pushpanjali' in Canberra on 26th June 2005. Bangla Radio recorded the entire cultural program. First half of that recording was played in last week's program. This week's program played the second part of that recording comprising popular Nazrul Geeti and Rabindra Shangeet - ending with the beautiful song 'Khanchar pakhi chhilo shonar khachatite, boner pakhi chhilo bone' that touched the heart of everyone present in the auditorum. 'Pushpanjali' cultural program was directed by Cultural Secretary Fahmida Ehsan and Canberra artists covered in this part are: Shafquat Khan, Dalia Nilufar, Layeka Bashir and Sakiba Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented live recordings of three functions organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra in 2005: 'Projonmo' - celebrating the Independence Day of Bangladesh, 'Shemai' - Eid-ul-Fitr reunion, and 'Pushpanjali' - celebrating the birth anniversary of Poets Rabindranath Thakur and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Last week Dalia Nulufar Khan gave an overview of the Association activities in 2005, this week's program took our listeners to three of these functions for a glimpse of 'probash' life in Canberra, Australia. All people featured in the program are Canberra artists and residents. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented features from Bangladesh newspapers covering: (1) 'Bishwa Ijtema', (2) 'Jatio Shangit Utsav' - a three day long national song festival, (3) international film festival in Dhaka, and (4) the life of Shona Mia - the eighty plus years old grave digger of Dhaka Azimpur graveyard, who buried more than fifty thousand bodies including the three language martyrs of 21 February 1952 and the countless victims of 25 March 1971 Pakistan Army genocide. This week's beautiful songs are: 'kobe shadhur charan dhuli mor lagbe gaye', 'dekhna mon jhakmari ei duniadari', and 'manush guru nishtha jar' - all Lalon songs sung by Bangladeshi singers Tapan Chowdhury, Jahangir and Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

06 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

Commemorating the language month of February, this week's program theme was - use of 'Bangla' language in song and science!! The discussion led to an investigation of human body and mind, how it shapes human personality and causes multiple personality disorder!! It presented an interesting interview with Dr. Masiuddin Khan. Three beautiful songs played on the theme are: 'ke tumi boshe nodi kule ekela' by renowned Indian singer Shuchitra Mitra, 'ketechhe ekela birohero bela' by Bangladeshi popular singers Kaderi Kibria and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya, and 'moder garab moder asha a-mori bangla bhasha' by an unknown Bangladeshi singer. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

20 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a radio coverage of the Bangladeshi community participation in the Canberra's National Multicultural Festival 2006, and a feature - 'bishwa jure mohan ekushey' - observance of 21st February language martyrs day outside Bangladesh from Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' written by M. E. Chowdhury Shameem. It played a beautiful folk song 'shorbonasha padma nodi, tor kachhe shudai' by Bangladeshi singer Nolok Babu who emerged winner in the first-ever music talent search 'Closeup1 - Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh' by winning the hearts of tens of thousands of television viewers who voted him to be the best. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

17 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

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

28 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an update on the activities of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and two reflections of changing lifestyles in Bangladesh and Canada. It read an article published in Bangladesh Daily Jugantor 'shotobar noto hoi shei nareer chorone' written by Nahid Kabir from Toronto, Canada. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'gan gai ami mon re boojhai', 'where is my baby gone' and 'maya lagaise' sung by new generation Bangladeshi artists Kaya, Helal and Kunle. The songs were selected from CDs 'Krishna' and 'Maya'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

16 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

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

23 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented emotions and feelings of Bangladeshis in three parts - 'desh', 'bhalobasha' and 'bishonnota' - from Bangla literature and songs. Part one depicted 'desh' from an article by popular Bangladeshi writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and song 'ki dekhar kotha ki dekhchhi' by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. Part two portrayed 'bhalobasha' from novel 'kobi' by famous Indian writer Tarashonkor Bondopadhay and song 'bhalobashar ahobane' by Bangladeshi singer Habib Waheed. Part three illustrated 'biroho' from a recent novel 'talash' by new Bangladeshi writer Shaheen Akhter and song 'shopno dekhbo boley' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

06 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with a budding Canberra music composer Shoeb Ahmad Shourav and samples of his music. Sourav is a new generation Bangladeshi brought up in Canberra with a passion for experimental music. He studied music composition at the University of Wollongong and currently studying computer music at the Australian National University in Canberra. Shourav was invited to perform in different cities of Australia and New Zealand. The musical pieces played in this week's program are: setting the mood for the interview, a classical song 'josna korechhe ari' by Begum Akhter, and electronic - 'drone music' - based on harmonies and tones using a few notes, composed by Shourav. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

01 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented readings of (1) an interesting article on the usage of foreign words in Bangla language, and (2) a short story - 'Coca Cola' - by Dr. Mohammad Zafar Iqbal based on his childhood memories. This week's program featured a promising new generation Bangladeshi singer Sayan Chowdhury, popularly known as Ornob, member of Bangladeshi bands 'Bangla' and 'Prayer Hall'. The three beautiful songs sung by Ornob played in the program are: 'tor jonno', 'tui ki janish na' and 'tui gaan ga'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

03 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program complimented the rain Canberrans are enjoying now after a long spell of hot and dry weather. It presented: (1) a short story - 'shompadok' - by poet Rabindranath Thakur, and (2) a brief history of short stories in Bangla language, starting from Bongkim Chandra to the present Bangladeshi writers - the trend, modernisation and socio-political influences of the society. The two beautiful songs played in the program 'monero ronge rangabo' and 'phuler mala poriye dile' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

19 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson who teaches Bangla at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In it, she recounts her introduction to Bangla, her fascination with Bangla grammar and language and her experience of living in Bangladesh and the relationships she formed there. The program also reflected on the contributions to the Canberra community by Mr. K. K. Haque who is currently not well. The two beautiful songs played on the program ‘amar chockher joler majhe’ and ‘akash meghe dhaka’ were sung by popular Indian singer Chitra Singh and selected by Dr. Thompson. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

01 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bulbul Chowdhury, pioneer of modern dance in Bangladesh and founder of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts in Dhaka, on his death anniversary on 17 May. A prominent dancer of the Indian subcontinent, Bulbul wrote and choreographed over eighty dance dramas based on myths, legends, folk tales and history. He was also equally interested in music, painting, poetry and writing. Bulbul Chowdhury was announced the National Dancer of Pakistan in 1949. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'momo chit-te, nriti nrit-te', 'badar badar', and 'shukno patar nupur pa-ey' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sadi Mohammad, Amina Ahmed and Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

08 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 110th birth anniversary that was observed on 25th May 2009. He is also equally acclaimed in India. Away from their motherland Bengali expatriates have limited opportunity to know and teach their children about the life and achievement of famous Bengali poets like Kazi Nazrul Islam. This week's program presented a complete life story of Nazrul - describing his childhood, struggle in youth, rebellion against orthodoxy and oppression, nationalist activities and contribution in Bangla literature. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'mora ar jonomey hongsho mithun chhilam' was sung by Bangladesh's celebrity Nazrulgeeti singer Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

22 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

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

22 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's famous cultural icon Waheedul Haque on his third death anniversary. He was a cultural activist, a campaigner for social-political-cultural causes, and founder of several cultural institutions in Bangladesh. A renowned Tagore exponent, Waheedul Haque was the founder of Chhayanat, which played a vital role in the cultural-political movements during late 1960s, prior to the country's liberation war. This week's program took listeners to his home village in Keraniganj Upazila, Dhaka where people at the Ati Bhawal High School organised a function to pay tribute to him on his death anniversary. It spoke to his daughter Apala Farhat Naved, Professor of Dhaka University, people close to him and students participating at the function, and captured live recordings of their cultural presentation. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

12 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

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

02 Apr 2012 Listen MP3

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

11 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of a series on: 'bangladesher band shongeet'. In tonight's episode it covered the formation and hit songs of one of the pioneering pop-music band of Bangladesh 'Souls', established in Chittagong in the early seventies and later moved to Dhaka. This week's episode also included an intimate interview with popular Bangladeshi singer Tapan Chowdhury, a former member of Souls, recorded during his recent visit to Canberra. The songs played in this program were collected from the Internet and Souls albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

18 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with distinguished Bangladeshi singer Ferdausi Rahman. Groomed by her father Abbasuddin Ahmed, a legendary folk singer, as a vocalist her music career spanned over five decades. She has not only uplifted the great trend of folk music that her father established, she also gave her fans a rich collection of music that includes Modern Song, Classical, Ghazal and Nazrul Shangeet. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Ferdausi Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Bappa Majumder
16 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of a series on: 'bangladesher band shongeet'. In this week's episode it covered the formation and hit songs of one of the most popular pop-music band of Bangladesh 'Dalchhut', formed by renowned singers Bappa Majumder and Sanjeeb Chowdhury in November 1996. The songs played in this episode 'shada moila rongila paley', 'gari cholena', 'bioscope', 'ami tomakei bole debo', and 'ama-ke ondho kore diechhilo chad' were sung by Bappa Majumder and Sanjeeb Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

'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.

'Muktir Gaan' - Song of Freedom  [Image: Cover from documentary film 'Muktir Gaan']
18 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program, in commemorating the month of language martyrs, presented a brief history of Bangla nationalist songs over the last two centuries. It provided a beautiful composition of Bangla nationalist songs evolved during this period and described how history, country and the people influenced the development. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Lata Mungeshkar, Bangladeshi singers Sakiba Rahman, Chonchol Mondol and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

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

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

Jatio Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh [Photo: Internet]
04 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is based on an interview of Ms. Sarah Burns regarding her Bangla learning experience and some beautiful music. The songs played in the program were sung by band Khiyo, Fahmida Nabi, Mita Haque, Arnab & Sahana Bajpayee. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Poster: Canberra Country Music Festival (15-17 Nov 2013) [Info: visitcanberra.com.au/Events/Festivals-and-celebrations]
22 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program produced a flavour of Australian folk music highlighting the deep feeling of the Australians about their cultural heritage. It presented a selection of most popular Australian country songs with a description of their origin. The songs played in the program are: 'Waltzing Matilda', 'True blue', 'I am Australian', 'Under southern stars', 'Can you hear Australian heroes marching', and 'I still call Australia home'. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

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.

'bhasha boichitrer bangladesh' - The diverse dialects of Bangladesh
13 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: 'bhasha boichitrer bangladesh' - a beautiful composition of songs and conversations of people representing the diverse regional spoken dialects of Bangladesh. The regions covered by this week's program are: Rangpur, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Bogra, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Noakhali. The songs played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Aboriginal rock art  [Image: www.travelnt.com]
03 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Jurtbirrk or love songs of the Iwaidja speaking Australian aborigines from the Northwestern Arnhem Land. Iwaidja is an endangered language spoken by less than 200 people in the Croker Island and the Coburg peninsula in Northern Territory today. The Jurtbirrk love songs that are spontaneously written and performed by Iwaidja speaking males tell stories of everyday love affair among the people. The songs played in this week’s program were taken from the only CD ever published on the Jurtbirrk songs by the Batchelor Press. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

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.

29 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of poems from album - 'Ma Amar Ma' - recited by Murshed Haider Anjohn, a presenter and producer of Bangla Radio Canberra now residing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The pieces used in this presentation are: Introduction by Muhtadin bin Gulzar, 'kash-bon o amar ma' - Nirmolendu Gun, 'anjalir kotha' - Shubodh Sarker, 'mar kotha' - Sadequr Rahman, 'kokhono amar ma-ke' - Shamsur Rahman, 'onahari ma' - Muhtadin bin Gulzar, 'amar ma' - Syed Ali Ahsan and 'mukh' - Ehsan Ullah. The album is distributed by Saf Foundation in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bengali poet and playwright Shukanto Bhattacharya (15 August 1926 - 13 May 1947) [Photo: Internet]
19 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Kobi Shukanto' - paying tribute to the revolutionary Bengali poet Shukanto Bhattacharya on his 87th birth anniversary. In this program presenter describes the other side of expatriate life - the experience, the reality and the sacrifice. The songs and recitation played in this week's program are: 'Thikana', 'Obak Prithibi', 'Ranar' by Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay, 'Atharo bochor boyes' by Bangladeshi reciter Shimul Mostafa. The partial interview of Shukanto's younger brother was collected from Internet which was played on Akashbani. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Bangladeshi rock star Shuvo at the Canberra Concert on 6 Sep 2013 [Photo: Priyanka Biswas]
09 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s program covered the Canberra concert of Bangladeshi rock star Shuvo held on 6 September 2013. The concert was jointly organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, Bangla Language and Cultural School Canberra and Bangla Radio Canberra. Shuvo, an accomplished singer and winner of many national and international song competitions including D'Rockstar and South Asian Superstar, gave an interview for Bangla Radio Canberra listeners. This week’s program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

Ms. Farzana Brownia from Channel i at a recent Canberra function [Photo: Priyanka Biswas]
16 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Ms. Farzana Brownia, presenter, producer and DGM of Channel i - the first digital TV channel of Bangladesh. Ms. Brownia travelled to Canberra, Australia as part of her world tour to meet with Bangladeshi expatriates on the occasion of Channel i's fifteenth anniversary celebration. The Rabindra Shangeet played in the program was sung by Sakiba Rahman Mitul. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'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.

Blooming tulips in Canberra annual flower show Floriade [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with renowned Bangladeshi singer Salma Akbar recorded during her recent visit to Canberra. A leading singer of Tagore songs Salma Akbar talked about her singing career and the practice, promotion and popularity of Tagore songs in Bangladesh. The Tagore songs 'tumi kon kanoner phool' and 'amaro porano jaha chaye' played in the program were sung by Salma Akbar. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

'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.

Dance with Rabindranath Thakur’s song performed by the ‘Kalamandalam’, Kolkata [Photo: Wikipedia]
02 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Rabindra-shangeet (songs of Rabindranath Thakur) composed with a new non-traditional approach influenced by the western and modern music. The songs were sung by the singers from West Bengal, India and compiled in an album titled 'Notuner Ahoban'. The songs played in the program were sung by Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury, Radhika, Shan, Shreya Ghosal & Nachiketa, Indrani Bandopadhay, Babul Shupriyo and Lopamudra Mitra. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi band artist Nakib Khan
20 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a tribute to the Bangladeshi celebrity artist Nakib Khan’s concert organised by BAAC on 19 January 2014 at Cook Neighbourhood hall in Canberra. The songs played in this week's program are: 'Mon shudhu mon chuyeche' , ‘Mukhorito Jibon’, ‘Are o pagol monre’, sung by ‘Souls’ ‘Rhidoy kada matir’, ‘Bhalo lage’, ‘Achha keno manush’, were sung by ‘Renaissance’. These songs were collected from internet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

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.

Shahid Minar on 21st February
03 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program was based on practicing 'Bangla' language, culture and its rich heritage among the young children in Canberra, Australia. The songs played in the program were sung by Nehan, Surin, Avro, Inari, Ayan, Nijhum, Arith, Chhoya, Paromita, Arnab Chowdhury and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. The poems used in the program were written and recited by Fahmida Shoma. The program also includes interviews of some local Canberrans. This week’s program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Two short stories 'Stri charitra' and 'Putra' written by Indian writer Bonoful
24 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program celebrated the richness of Bangla literature by broadcasting two short stories 'Stri charitra' and 'Putra' written by the celebrated writer, Bonoful. Bonoful's real name was Balai Chand Mukhapadhay. Bonoful was born in Purnia, India in 1899 and he died in 1979. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Apala Farhat Naved, and Indian singers Manna Dey and Anup Ghoshal respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

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

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

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

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

Bangladeshi band singer Shafin Ahmed [Photo: Wikipedia.com]
19 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with popular Bangladeshi band singer Shafin Ahmed recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. Shafin grew up in a musical family - his father, Kamal Das Gupta, was a noted music director, while his mother, Firoza Begum, is a legendary Nazrul Geeti singer. Shafin took lessons about Nazrul Geeti in his childhood and exposed to western music in England. Along with his elder brother he founded Band Miles which went on to become a leading musical group in Bangladesh. Shafin left Miles in 2010 to form a new band group - Rhythm of Life. The songs played in the program were sung by Shafin Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

 Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976) [Image: maamatimanush.tv]
26 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 115th birth anniversary that was observed on 24th May 2014. It presented a brief biography of poet and played selected songs written by him highlighting the variety in composition, subject, philosophy, and his unique creation of Bangla ghazals, spiritual songs on different religion that has enriched the bangla song collection. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

'Probashir Cinema' - Mr. Golam Mostafa, Mr. Abhijit Deonath and Mr. Zia Ahmed [Image: wallcoo.net]
09 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'Probashir Cinema' - highlighting the works of three expatriate cinema producers in Australia. It presented interviews with: (1) Mr. Golam Mostafa, a distinguished stage and TV personality in Sydney now working on producing his new cinema trilogy, (2) Mr. Abhijit Deonath, a Canberra resident working on his first full length Bangla cinema 'Salt Bridge' based on expatriate life in Australia, and (3) Mr. Zia Ahmed, a resident of Sydney and long time short film enthusiast who has recently released his first short film 'the Inner Eye'. The interview with Mr. Zia Ahmed and actress Ms. Moushumi Martin was recorded by Mr. John Martin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The songs of Bengali Baul saint Fakir Lalon Shah [Sketch: YouTube.com]
23 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented the songs of Lalon Fakir (1774–1890), a Bengali Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker who has become an icon of religious tolerance. His songs inspired and influenced many poets and social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Allen Ginsberg. The songs played in the program were collected from YouTube and were sung by: Farida Parvin, Lopamudra Mitra, Band Shunnyo, Lalon Band, Chondona Mojumdar, Runa Laila, and Fakir Russel Shah. This week’s program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

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.

Pandit Ram Kanai Das (1935-2014) [Photo: facebook.com]
15 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Pandit Ram Kanai Das, the legendary folk song scholar and maestro, who passed away on 5 September 2014 at the age of 79. Recipient of many national awards including the Ekushey Padak 2014, Pandit Ram Kanai Das was born in Sunamganj, Bangladesh to a family that has been preserving and practicing folk music for generations. His parents, grandfather Prakash Chandra Talukdar and great grandfather Ramcharan Talukdar were all renowned bards of the greater Sylhet region. The songs played in the program were sung by Pandit Ram Kanai Das and Paromita Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

'Phagun Phooler Anonde' - musical performance by Spondon Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
22 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'Phagun Phooler Anonde' - a musical performance by Canberra based Bangladeshi musical group, Spondon, held in Canberra on 20 September 2014. It presented a beautiful compilation of popular folk, spiritual, modern and Tagore songs from Spondon's performance performed by more than twenty five singers and musicians. The program also 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. This week's program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Poster for Bangladeshi singer Rumana Islam's Canberra concert held on 13 June 2014
29 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Bangladeshi singer Rumana Islam's Canberra concert organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 13 June 2014 as part of its annual Bangladesh Night function. An architect by profession Rumana Islam is the daughter of late Khan Ataur Rahman, Bangladeshi film actor, director, producer, music composer and singer. The songs played the program were sung by Rumana Islam and Canberra singer Avijit Sarker. This week's program has been 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.

Indian film actress Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) [Image: wikimedia.org]
03 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Indian film actress Suchitra Sen through a collection of songs from her roles in Bengali cinema. Born in Pabna, Bangladesh she spent most of her life in West Bengal and died on 17 January this year at the age of eighty-three. She was awarded the 'Padma Shri', one of the highest civilian awards in India, and the West Bengal Government's highest honour 'Banga Bibhushan' among other national and international awards. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Bangladeshi painter and print maker Rokeya Sultana [Image: www.rokeya-sultana.com]
10 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with the eminent Bangladeshi painter and print maker Rokeya Sultana, sharing with the listeners how her work has been so profoundly inspired by nature, and why women and nature feature very prominently in her work. 'Madonna' and 'Earth, Water and Air' are two of her most famous art series. The flute recital used in the program was taken from album 'beautiful nature' played by Bangladeshi flautist Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

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.

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

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

Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya at her concert in Canberra - 28 Feb 15 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya's concert in Canberra organised by the Max Event Australia on 28 Feb 2015. Regarded as one of the leading Ranbindra Sangeet (Tagore's song) singers in both Bangladesh and India, Rezwana studied at the Visva-Bharati University, a major centre for learning Rabindra Sangeet in West Bengal, India. Mentored by distinguished singer late Konika Bandyopadhyay, Rezwana Choudhury has mastered Tagore’s songs in their full flavour. Recipient of awards including Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar and Sangeet Samman Puroshkar, Bannya is currently an associate professor of music at Dhaka University. This week's program presented part 1 of the recordings from her Canberra concert. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Indian singer Rupankar Bagchi [Photo: rupankar.com]
06 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the recent Canberra concert of Indian singer Rupankar Bagchi, winner of India’s 2014 National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer. The concert was organised by the Canberra Bengali Community on 7th March 2015 at the Gungahlin College Theatre in Gungahlin. The program presented interview of the singer and recordings from the concert. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya at her concert in Canberra - 28 Feb 15 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
13 Apr 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured part 2 of the recordings from Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya's concert in Canberra organised by Max Event Australia on 28 Feb 2015. Regarded as one of the leading Ranbindra Sangeet (Tagore's song) singers in both Bangladesh and India, Rezwana studied at the Visva-Bharati University, a major centre for learning Rabindra Sangeet in West Bengal, India. Mentored by distinguished singer late Konika Bandyopadhyay, Rezwana Choudhury has mastered Tagore’s songs in their full flavour. Recipient of awards including Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar and Sangeet Samman Puroshkar, Bannya is currently an associate professor of music at Dhaka University. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

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.

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

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

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.

Bappa Mazumdar at his Canberra concert on 24 April 2015 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Bappa Mazumdar, one of the popular contemporary singer, music director and composer of Bangladesh, recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. ATN Canberra organised the concert for Bappa Mazumdar and Partha Borua “Dekha Hobe Bandhu” in Canberra on 24 April 2015. In his interview Bappa Mazumdar commented on the opportunities and achievements of contemporary songs and music in Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976) [Image: Internet]
25 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 116th birth anniversary that was observed on 24th May 2015. It presented a beautiful biographical composition of the poet taken from a documentary directed by Anjan Das and produced and published by Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. The documentary traced the life of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the sources of his inspiration and how his poetry came to reflect his fiery and rebellious spirit. Bangla Radio Canberra acknowledges the producers of this documentary. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi singer Tahsan Rahman Khan [Photo: tombd.com]
01 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured a recording from the concert of Tahsan Rahman Khan, a popular Bangladeshi musician, actor and model, held in Canberra recently. Trained in singing at Shishu Academy and music at Chhayanat, Tahsan was a member of the band Black from 2000 to 2005, after that he started his solo career in music. He is currently teaching at the BRAC University. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Canberra singer Sheikh Lana on her solo album cover 'shonge amar chol' [Image: Aajob Records]
15 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of Canberra singer Sheikh Lana following her first solo album - 'shonge amar chol' - launch in Canberra on 1st May 2015. Sheikh Lana, an architect and town planner by profession, is also a reputed painter and registered singer of radio and TV channels in Bangladesh. She is also an active member of Bangla Radio Canberra. In her interview Lana recollected her family's inspiration to music, her devotion and her desire to explore and research the various Bangla music forms. The songs played in the program were taken from album 'shonge amar chol' released by Aajob Records in Bangladesh. 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.

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

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

Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya (10 January 1950 - 12 May 2015) [Image: thehindu.com]
03 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered and paid tribute to popular Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya who died on 12 May 2015 in Kolkata. Her writing focused on social issues examining the contemporary Bengali middle class, relationship crisis and degeneration of the moral fibre of the society on the backdrop of globalisation and consumerism - particularly the exploitation and suffering of women. The beautiful Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Debobroto Biswas, Promita Mollik and Chinmoy Chattopadhay. The musical pieces were played by Bangladeshi flautist Shukkur Ali and Indian violinist Dilip Roy. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Nasir Ali Mamun - 'The Poet of the Camera' [Photo: Nasir Ali Mamun]
31 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with the Bangladeshi pioneer portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun. 'The Poet of the Camera', as he was dubbed by poet Shamsur Rahman, shared with Bangla Radio listeners stories of his childhood and his becoming a photographer. In the interview he spoke about his experience of photographing 6000 odd celebrities that include as many as 27 noble laureates, many statesmen, artists, litterateurs and such. He also talked about his dream of establishing a museum of photos - 'Photoseum'. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Interview: Bangladeshi singer Ferdousi Rahman [Photo: megainsane.com]
21 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Bangladeshi singer Ferdousi Rahman recorded in Dhaka by Dalia Nilufar. Ferdousi Rahman, a leading and senior most singer of the country, started her singing career in 1955 in radio and then sang as playback singer in cinema and television for nearly sixty years. She is the daughter of legendary folk singer of Bangladesh Abbas Uddin. The songs played in the program were sung by Ferdousi Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

'kobita guchchha' - recited by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Sutapa Bandopadhyay [Image: YouTube]
19 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'kobita guchchha' - a collection of beautiful poem recitation by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Sutapa Bandopadhyay - two popular Bengali language elocutionists from Kolkata, India. The poems recited in the program were written by Shapnamoy Chakrabarty, Sunil Gangopadhyay and Rabindranath Thakur. This week's program has been a special presentation on the occasion of the Hindu festival Bijoya Doshomy to be celebrated this week. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi rock singer Ayub Bachchu in recent Canberra concert [Photo: Syed Ali]
26 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Ayub Bachchu, a leading rock singer of Bangladesh, recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. Ayub Bachchu is best known as the founding member and the leader of the rock band LRB. LRB's music has been extremely popular for decades to the Bangladeshi young generations. The songs used in the program were played from Ayub Bachchu's popular albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Wishes and gratitude of current presenters of Bangla Radio Canberra on its 15th anniversary [Image: Internet]
16 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented wishes and gratitude of the current presenters of Bangla Radio Canberra on its 15th anniversary of broadcasting in Canberra. A significant milestone for a community radio program that is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. The feelings of the founding members on this achievement were broadcast on 30 June 2014 program archived in our website. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

Christmas holidays: Canberra expatriate's movie Salt Bridge and Oscar, and tribute to legedary singer Subir Sen [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program, the first of 2016, welcomed the New Year by capturing the spirit of Canberra Christmas holidays. It highlighted the Oscar prospects of the new movie - 'Salt Bridge' - directed by Canberra expatriate Abhijit Deonath (saltbridgemovie.com) and paid tribute to legendary bengali singer Subir Sen who passed away recently. The hindi songs from movie Salt Bridge played in the program were taken from YouTube and the singer of the bengali songs was Subir Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Making of 'Salt Bridge' movie in Canberra: Abhijit Deonath, Alakananda Deonath and Paromita Dey [Image: saltbridgemovie.com]
11 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informal discussion about making of the movie 'Salt Bridge'. Shortlisted for this year's Oscar in three categories: original song, original score and best film, 'Salt Bridge' is an expatriate's movie about them and made by them in and around Canberra. Director Abhijit Deonath, producer Alakanada Deonath and playback singer Paromita Dey, all residents of Canberra, shared their excitement and experience of making the movie in Canberra. The Salt Bridge movie songs played in the program were taken from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Sculpture 'Amar Ekushey' in Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka [Photo: dailystar.com]
01 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the beginning of the month of language movement and martyrs, presented an interview with Professor Anisuzzaman on the history of Bangla language and the declaration of International Mother Language Day by the United Nations. Both presentations were played from Bangla Radio archive broadcast on 19 Feb 2001. The songs played in the program were sung by Protul Bondopadhay and Sumon Chattapadhay with Sabina Yeasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

'Jibon-mrityur bunone'- A collection of Jibanananda Das poems recited by Shoumitra Chattapadhay, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa [Image: www.positive-light.org]
15 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'jibon-mrityur bunone' - a collection of beautiful poems written by popular Bengali poet Jibanananda Das [1899-1954]. His poems played a vital role in the political and cultural perspective of Bangladesh by inspiring the Bengali nationhood during the mother language movement and during the country's war of liberation. The poems were recited by renowned actors and actress of India and Bangladesh: Shoumitra Chattapadhay, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. The instrumental pieces used in the program were played by Shibkumar Sharma and Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul

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.

Sabrina Porshi in Canberra [Image: bdentertainers.com]
14 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Sabrina Porshi, a popular new generation singer of Bangladesh, recorded during her recent performance in Canberra. It was held in Canberra College theatre as a special program to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Porshi's singing career began when she became 2nd runner's up in a Music talent hunt show "Khude gaan raj" run by Channel i in 2008. The songs used in the program were recorded during her recent Canberra performance. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Azizul Hakim in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
21 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi actor Azizul Hakim and his wife script-writer Zinat Hakim during their recent performance in Canberra. It was held in Canberra College theatre as a special program to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Azizul Hakim started his acting career in stage theatre in late seventies and later became popular in television. The snippet of his television drama 'Patri Shongbad' used in the program was sourced from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

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.

Canberra Sarod Shondhya [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews of Ekushey Award winning Sarod maestro Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan from Bangladesh and his brother a percussion maestro Ustad Yusuf Ali Khan from the United Kingdom. It was recorded before their performance at the special Sarod recital function organised in Canberra recently by Bangladesh High Commission and the Bangladeshi community as part of the celebration of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

History and significance of the celebrations of Bangla New Year - poet Asad Chowdhury [Image: news.xinhuanet.com]
11 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1423 by presenting an interview with Bangladeshi poet Asad Chowdhury who spoke exclusively for Bangla Radio listeners on the history and significance of the celebrations of Bangla New Year. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sadi Mohammad, Milon Mahmud, Sabina Yeasmin, Samina Chowdhury, Bappa Mazumder and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque. [Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the program are those of the person interviewed on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Bangla Radio Canberra.]

Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2016 [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
18 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the popular Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 16 April 2016. Considered the largest of such gathering in the world outside Bangladesh, Sydney Boishakhi Mela is being organised for over two decades - that has grown from a schoolyard gathering to a mass congregation to fit in an Olympic stadium. Canberra resident Dr. Abed Chaudhury, a well-known Bangladeshi geneticist and science writer, captured the spirit of this year's Mela by recording interviews of the organisers, stall owners and visitors for Bangla Radio Canberra. This week's program is a beautiful compilation of Dr. Chaudhury's recordings. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

The diversity and practice of Nazrul Sangeet - Yasmin Mushtari [Image: thedailystar.net]
25 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer Yasmin Mushtari, recorded during her recent Canberra concert. Well known for her rendition of Poet Nazrul Islam's raga-based melody and ghazals, Yasmin Mushtari started training in music at the age of six in the Nazrul Academy and later became a disciple of legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan. The beautiful songs played in the program were taken from Yasmin Mushtari's solo album 'Praner Melaye'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangla New Year celebration on campus - UNSW @ ADFA in Canberra [Photo: Tasneem Rahman]
02 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the beautiful 'Boishakh Boron 1423' function organised by UNSWBD, a group of Bangladeshi post graduate research students studying in the University of New South Wales campus at Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. It captured their spirit to celebrate and enjoy every possible occasion despite their busy and monotonous research life. The function was held at the Ukranian Hall in Queanbeyan on 17 April 2016. The participants were: Syeda Aniqua Batul, Afroza Akter, Tamanna Moon, Raisa Chowdhury, Tasneem Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Tanmoy Das Gupta, Monir Morshed, Md. Asikuzzaman, Mohammad Shahin Uddin, Rashed Saifuddin, Kalyan Kumar Haldar and Sohel Ahmed. The sitar piece 'banglar dhun' used in the program was played by Pandit Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

155th birth anniversary of poet Rabindranath Thakur [Photo: voiceseducation.org]
09 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 155th birth anniversary of Bengali poet Rabindranath Thakur (1861-1941) - a well respected poet of Bangladesh and India and the composer of the national anthem of both countries. He was the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first Asian to win this prize. This week's program paid tribute to the poet by presenting a brief about his life and his diverse literary creations. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Jayati Chakraborty, Sagar Sen, Kanika Bandopadhay, Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Rabindranath Thakur, Arnob and Anima Roy. The instrumental pieces used the program was composed by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

'Shuvo Buddha Purnima' [Image: Ehsan Ullah]
23 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, celebrated on 21st May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program presented a beautiful collection of Poet Rabindranath Thakur's compositions on Lord Buddha's realisation, message and preaching. The recitation was by Tushar Roy, and technical producer and singer was Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Anima Roy in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
30 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a brief interview of Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet singer Anima Roy, recorded during her recent Canberra concert, and a collection of Rabindra Sangeet. Promising and talented singer Anima Roy is a Lecturer in the Music and Drama Department of Jagannath University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is also a principal of a music school. The beautiful songs played in the program were played from Anima Roy's solo album 'Tomaro Birohey'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
06 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the live recording from Rabindra-Nazrul Jonmo Jayanti function - 'Sraddhanjali'- organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 14 May 2016 at St John Paul II College in Gungahlin ACT. It was performed by talents from Canberra community. The solo songs included in this program were sung by Avijit Sarkar, Jeenat Khan and Avijit Sarkar (2). The recitation was by Bushra Khanom and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Souls and Shunno's Canberra charity concert poster [Image: ATN Canberra Inc]
13 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program featured two Bangladeshi rock bands Souls and Shunno's Canberra concert organised by the ATN Canberra Inc on 7 May 2016 as part of fund raising events. Formed in 1970 Souls is one of the leading rock bands in Bangladesh led by Partha Barua, a lyricist and music composer, followed by Naseem Ali, Ahsanur Rahman in drum, Masum in keyboard and Rubel in bass. On the other side Shunno formed in 2007 is the newest talent in Bangladeshi band music. Emil is the lead vocal for Shunno followed by Labib, Michael and Ishmamul. The songs played in the program were sung by Souls and Shunno. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Amazing musical and artistic mind of famous scientists (Part 1) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
20 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced a new series on the amazing musical and artistic mind of famous scientists. The first episode covered: Albert Einstein, Hedy Lamarr and Leonardo da Vinci. Despite having the innovative thoughts famous scientists also had a great influence of music and arts in their life. The songs played in the program are 'Einstein' by Kelly Clarkson, 'Just a moment more' from the Hedy Lamarr’s movie ‘My Favourite Spy' (1951), 'Hedy Lamarr' by Findlay Napier, 'She blinded me with science' by Thomas Dolby and 'The Atom song' written by Mike Ouffutt. The sitar piece used in the program was played by Pandit Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Children's literature and songs in Bengali language [Image: play.google.com]
27 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week’s program took us back to our childhood days reminiscing some of the much loved songs and poems most Bengali children encounter from an early age to adolescence. It explored the creations of poets Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Shukumar Roy, Sattyajit Roy, Jagindranath Sharkar and Shalil Chowdhury which even to this day fill anyone’s heart with the joys of childhood memories. The songs and poems used in this week’s program also aimed to attract the younger generation who are perhaps unlikely regular listeners of the show. Performers include: R. D. Barman, Antara Chowdhury, Bratati Bandapadhay, and a few children’s choirs from Bangladesh and India. This week’s program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

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.

 Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the live recording from Rabindra-Nazrul Jonmo Jayanti function - 'Sraddhanjali' - organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 14 May 2016 at St John Paul II College theatre in Gungahlin ACT. It was performed by talents from the Canberra community. The songs played in this program were sung by Avijit Sarker, Priyanka Biswas, Yusuf Khandakar and Rifat Bita. The recitation was by Bushra Khanom and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. Instrumental hands were Dipankar Sen (tabla) and Ahetesham Alam Khan Rana (guitar). This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarker.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti function [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 3 (final) of the live recording from Rabindra-Nazrul Jonmo Jayanti function - 'Sraddhanjali' - organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 14 May 2016 at St John Paul II College in Gungahlin ACT. It was performed by talents from Canberra community. The solo songs included in this program were sung by Yusuf Khandakar, Tarek Safa, Fahmida Shoma, Rupali Sarker and Mitu Roy. The recitation was by Bushra Khanom and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. Instrumental hands were Dipankar Sen (tabla) and Ahetesham Alam Khan Rana (guitar). This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Humayun Ahmed - Ekti chhoto golper nam (13 Nov 1948 - 19 Jul 2012) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
25 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Humayun Ahmed (1948-2012), Bangladeshi novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker on his fourth death anniversary. It presented a beautifully composed overview of this very popular storyteller's life, attributes and creations: 'Humayun Ahmed - Ekti chhoto golper nam'. The songs played in the program were composed by Humayun Ahmed and sung by various artists of Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

[Archive: 2010] Tribute to Bangladesh's legendary Baul singer and composer Shah Abdul Karim [Image: Bangla Radio]
22 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: 'Gane-Golpe Shah Abdul Karim' - paying tribute to legendary Bangladeshi Baul composer and singer Shah Abdul Karim (1916 - 2009) from Sunamganj, Sylhet. Baul Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed over 1600 songs and was awarded the 'Ekushey Padok' by the Bangladesh Government in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. This week's program narrated some significant events of Karim’s life and presented a beautiful composition of his popular songs. The Shah Abdul Karim songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Dulal Bhoumik, Kaya, Pradip Kumar and Band Dalchhut. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul.

 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.

Rais Bhuiyan - subject of Kathryn Bigelow's new film and 'The True American' book [Image: scpr.org]
12 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of the 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. The song played in the program was sung by Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Farewel poet Shahid Qadri (1942-2016) [Image: risingbd.com]
19 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Shahid Qadri, Bangladeshi writer and poet who died in New York recently at the age of 74. Considered one of the leading contemporary Bengali poets, Shahid Qadri introduced urbanism and modernity in Bengali poetry - infusing patriotism, cosmopolitanism and universalism in its treatment of nature and city life that delved deep into self alienation in modern living. Shahid Qadri poems recited in the program were: 'Ke jeno bolchhe' by Quazi M Arif, 'Probasher pongktimala' by Gopon Saha, 'Ekti utthan potoner golpo' by Shahid Qadri, 'Tomake ovibadon' by Kabir Sumon and 'Songoti' by Runi Sarker. The instrumental piece was played by Pandit Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

‘Jaago Bahe Konthe Shobai’ - Tribute to writer Syed Shamsul Haque (27 Dec 1935 - 27 Sep 2016) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
03 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and writer Syed Shamsul Haque who died last week at the age of eighty-one. Recipient of Bangla Academy Award in 1966, ‘Ekushey Padak’ in 1984 and Bangladesh's Independence Day Award in 2000, this prolific wordsmith of the country put different Bangla dialects in the context of modern expression which took his creations to an extraordinary height. The poems and song written by Syed Shamsul Haque and used in the program were recited by: Ishrat Nishat ('Poraner Gohin Vitor' #4), Nazmul Ahsan ('Nuruldiner Shara Jibon'), Shimul Mustafa ('Amar Porichoy'), Shimul Mustafa and Ishrat Nishat ('Poraner Gohin Vitor' #1, #2 and #3) and sung by Andrew Kishore ('Hayre Manush Rongin Fanush'). The background instrumental pieces were played by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Durga Puja 2016 celebration in Canberra [Photo: Avi Sarkar]
10 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the observance of Durga Puja in Canberra celebrated on 8th and 9th October 2016. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association. Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. This week's program presented a brief on the origin of the festival and live recordings from the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Lakshmi Puja in Bengal [Image: bhakti-online.com]
17 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the origin and rituals of Lakshmi Puja, the worship of the Hindu goddess of wealth, celebrated in Bengal and other parts of the Indian sub-continent. It is observed on the third day of Tihar or Deepawali by placing small oil lamps or candles inside and outside devotees' homes and praying for prosperity and well-being of their families and businesses. The songs played in the program were sung by Kabir Sumon, Utsab, Sandha Mukharjee, Prodip Sarkar and Aditi Mohsin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

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.

Bangladeshi magician Jewel Aich in Canberra - An Interview [Photo: thedailystar.net]
07 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Jewel Aich, a celebrated Bangladeshi magician and musician, during his recent performance for the Canberra based music group Spondon. A freedom fighter during the Bangladesh's liberation war and recipient of the Ekushey Padak, one of the highest civilian award of Bangladesh, Jewel Aich is regarded as one of the distinguished magicians of the world and often been described as the "world's most artistic illusionist". In his interview Jewel Aich shared his passion for magic, his life long devotion in perfecting the art and establishing a magic academy in Bangladesh to take the art to a new height. The sitar recital used in the program has been played by Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

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.

Interview with the Bangla rock-music group 'Miles' (Part 1) [Images: Miles]
28 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of an interview with Bangladeshi rock band group 'Miles' recorded during their recent Canberra performance in October 2016. Formed in 1979 the group is widely considered as the most popular rock band in South Asia. In the interview members of the group Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Manam Ahmed described their passion for Bangla rock song and how they have succeeded in establishing a new non-traditional music in the country and popularise it in the Bangla music space. The songs used in the program were played from popular Miles albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview with the Bangla rock-music group 'Miles' (Part 2) [Original image: eventbee.com]
05 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of an interview with Bangladeshi rock band group 'Miles' recorded during their recent Canberra performance in October 2016. Formed in 1979 the group is widely considered as the most popular rock band in South Asia. In the interview members of the group Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Manam Ahmed described their passion for Bangla rock song and how they have succeeded in establishing a new non-traditional music in the country and popularise it in the Bangla music space. The songs used in the program were played from popular Miles albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Christmas tree [Source: historymyths.wordpress.com]
26 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted some of the traditional practices and symbolism of Christmas observed around the world. It shared how Boxing Day is relevant to Christmas, and how Christmas tree became a key feature of Christmas celebration. The program also shared a special Christmas cake recipe for our listeners. This week's program has been produced and presented by Luna Purification.

'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.

Drama 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' produced by Theatre and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun, 1976 [Photo: departmag.com]
06 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2001: This week's program presented an interview of Mr. Ramendu Majumdar, an eminent cultural personality of Bangladesh, on group theatre movement in the country recorded during his visit to Sydney in 2001. The interview has been followed by part of the stage drama 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' produced by Theatre and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun in 1976. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

History of Bangla language - Professor Anisuzzaman [Image: thedailystar.net]
13 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2001: This week's program presented part two of a series of interview of Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University in Bangladesh on the history of Bangla language. The song played in the program was sung by Promita Mollik. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

International Women's Day - March 8 [Image: acelebrationofwomen.org]
06 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Women's Day which is held on 8 March each year. It provided a brief context for this date and played a number of relevant poems and song highlighting the importance of the day. The poets whose works were included in this program were: Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Debabrata Singh and Mallika Sen Gupta. The artists who lent their voices to the poems and song were: Gouri Ghosh, Shaila Ahmed, Indrani Sen, Medha Bandopadhay and Bratati Bandopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

Moushumi Bhowmik's songs of Bengalees' past and an uplifting future [Photo: Huzzatul Mursalin Apu, from book 'Positive Light']
13 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of songs of Indian Bengali singer and songwriter Moushumi Bhowmik. Her songs characterised by modern poetic lyrics stands out of the traditional Bengali songs. Her popular albums include: "Ekhono golpo lekho" and "Ami ghor bahir kori". The songs of Moushumi Bhowmik compiled in this week's program beautifully narrated the past and an uplifting future for the Bengalees. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Farewell Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya (1961-2017) - We will remember you [Photo: wionews.com]
20 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to popular Indian folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya who died in a road accident on 7th March 2017 at the age of 56. Born and raised in Assam he moved to West Bengal and devoted his life in resurrecting traditional music of the land and his roots. Kalika Prasad co-founded the band 'Dohar' with the intent to revive the folk music tradition of Northern and Eastern Bengal. The songs played in the program were sung by Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya and his group 'Dohar'. The week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

About poetry: Recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa - an interview [Photo: wordpress.com]
10 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview of renowned Bangladeshi recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa recorded after his recent performance in Canberra - 'ga-ne o kobitar majhey je-ge uthuk canberra' - organised by ATN Canberra. In his interview Mr. Mustafa described how 'poetry' influences our life, family and society, his love for poetry, and his views on the traditional and modern poetry. Two of his recitations were played in the program. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Remembering Satyajit Ray [Image: bollywoodlife.com]
01 May 2017 Listen MP3

On the occasion of his 96th birth anniversary on 2nd May, this week's program remembered the work and life of one of the greatest film makers of our time, Satyajit Ray. The program featured parts of a television interview of Ray recorded by Durdarshan in the 70s and played songs from two of his many movies 'aha ki anondo' from Hirok Rajar Deshe and 'ami chini go chini tomare' from Charulota. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

'Canberra Boishakhi Mela 1424'  [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
15 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the celebration of Bengali New Year 1424 in Canberra organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Dickson College campus in Dickson on 29th April 2017. It interviewed a number of enthusiastic visitors to capture the spirit of the celebration for continuing the Bengali cultural heritage in expatriate life from one generation to the next. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Canberra Bangla School students' presentation at the Boishakhi Mela 1424 [Photo: Canberra Bangla School]
22 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented second half of the coverage of the celebration of Bengali New Year 1424 in Canberra. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Dickson College campus in Dickson on 29th April 2017. The program captured the spirit of the celebration by interviewing stall owners, visitors and organisers, and played glimpses of some cultural presentations for the listeners. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Dance artistes welcome monsoon at the day-long monsoon festival at Bangla Academy, Dhaka on 12 June 2015 [Photo: dhakatribune.com/Syed Zakir Hossain]
29 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs by Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on 'monsoon' - a season in the subcontinent that inspired many poets. The program narrated the traditional 'ragas', and how these ragas embodied the Nazrul songs creating each of them a fulfilled unique entity. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by renowned singers of Bangladesh and India. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Poet Rabindranath Thakur during his late age [Image: caravandaily.com]
17 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Rabindranath Thakur's songs paying tribute to the great poet on his 76th death anniversary to be observed on 7th August 2017. The songs were selected on the theme of monsoon in the Indian subcontinent that is greatly missed by the expatriates overseas. The songs played in the program were sung by Arundhoti Hom Chowdhury, Sreeradha Bannerjee, Srikanta Acharya, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosele and Emon Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

If you remember me on a rainy night - In memory of Kamal Dasgupta and Feroza Begum [Images: Internet]
24 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to two legendary music personalities of Bangladesh: Dr. Kamal Dasgupta - a Bengali music director, composer and folk artist, and Ms. Feroza Begum - a leading Nazrul Shangeet singer and recipient of Bangladesh Independence Day Award. The duo, who later married, was musical geniuses - Dr. Dasgupta developed a close association with poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and composed the music for almost four hundred of his songs, while Ms. Feroza Begum was a distinguished Nazrul Shangeet singer. The Nazrul Shangeets played in the program were sung by the singers of 'Dhrupad' music group in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB) - Thank You Evening [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
07 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the musical evening by the legendary singers of Bangladesh Salma Akbar, Sajed Akbar and their daughters Aliva Salmeen Evana and Subah Akbar organised by "Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB)", a charity organisation based in Canberra, to say - 'Thank You' - to the donors for their support. It was held in Gungahlin College Auditorium in Canberra on 5th of May 2017. LWFB's charity work among other activities runs the 'Bangladesh Canberra Friendship School' for 300 students in Char Fasson, Bhola since 2009 and provide scholarships to poor but talented students of different colleges and universities in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Caption: 'Boshonto Boron' - Welcoming Spring [Image: Colors of life | Syful Rony | Flickr]
21 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful commentary on the history and evolution of the celebration of Spring arrival in Bengal. It described the significance of the traditional Spring festivals and how the celebration has changed over time shaped by the rulers, people and their culture to date since Mughal emperor Akbar introduced the Bangla calendar in 1585. A selection of songs on Spring played in the program were sung by singers from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Bangladesh through the eye of second generation expatriates [Photo: The Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra - Ehsan Ullah]
30 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate conversation with a group of second generation Bangladeshi young adults raised in Canberra about their perception of their parents' motherland 'Bangladesh'. It covered topics like: how they identify themselves, whether they owe anything to Bangladesh, what does it mean to be of a Bangladeshi origin growing in Australia, what special expectations they managed while growing, and their engagement with the wider Canberra Bangladeshi community. The participants were: Shourhid Huda, Adiba Ahmed, Punnya Joyoti, Tasfia Rashid, Fara Ehsan, Azmina Hossain, Anika Nawar, Adnin Zahid, and Sami Chaudhury. The song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi children at the Bangladesh High Commission Canberra 2012 Bijoy Dibosh function, courtesy of Dr. A. Imran. The artists of the instrumental piece were Pandit Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

'Muhurto' presents 'Hridoy Jurey Bangladesh' [Image: poster by Muhurto]
06 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the charity concert - 'Hridoy Jurey Bangladesh' - organised by ‘Muhurto’, a Canberra-based band, on 21 October 2017 at John Paul II College auditorium in Nicholls, Canberra. The charity initiative raised funds for the ‘SiTara’s Story’, a not-for-profit organisation led by a group of passionate women in Canberra to facilitate mental health awareness program for adolescent girls in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Bangla short story 'Modhumaloti' written by Sharadindu Bandopadhay [Image: visualhunt.com]
13 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a Bangla short story 'Modhumaloti' written by Sharadindu Bandopadhay in 1957. It was originally broadcast by Radio Mirchi, Kolkata, India as part of their series Sunday Suspense. The voices were Mir and Dip, background sound and special effects by Richard and directed by Indrani. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of this beautiful radio presentation collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Poems of liberation [Image: Rayerbazar Boddho Bhumi/Rashid Talukder in 1971]
20 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful collection of poems - 'Muktir Kobita' - written on the theme of Bangladesh's liberation war and Independence in 1971. The poems, written by renowned Bangladeshi poets, captured the spirit, endurance and expectation of the liberation war. The recitations used in the program were by Asaduzzaman Noor, Shimul Mustafa, Mahidul Islam and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. The theme instrumentals used in the program were played by Ustad Sultan Khan in Sarangi and Shukkur Ali in flute. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay [Image: YouTube.com]
27 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented heart-warming stories behind the creation of some super-hit Bengali songs during the 1960s and 1970s as told by Pulak Bandopadhay - the lyricist, songwriter and music composer from West Bengal, India. Pulak Bandopadhay (1931?-1999) recollected the stories in his book - 'Kothae Kothae Raat Hoey Jae' - about these songs sung by equally popular Indian Bengali singers Hemanta Mukhopadhay and Manna Dey. The narrators in the program were Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. The background music used in the program was played by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.