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25 Jul 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two short stories - 'Oditia' and 'Bhitor O Bahir' - writen by Bonoful, the famous Bangla short story writer from West Bengal, India. It played songs by Indian singers Shibaji Chottopadhya and Lopamudra Mitra and Bangladeshi singer Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sadequr Rahman and Sakiba Rahman.

07 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented news highlights, recitation of Jibanananda Das poem 'Pachish Bachhar' by Sharke Chaman Khan, BTV news reader and ex-Canberra resident, report on Eid celebration and a collection of songs for our young listeners. The songs played are: 'ramjaner oi rojar sheshe', 'lal jhuti kakatua', 'ei chhotto chhotto paye cholte cholte', 'o-e ajogar ashchhe tere' and 'amader chhuti chhuti'. It was produced and presented by Avijit Sarkar.

19 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program is a remembrance of the Bangladesh's liberation war, a tribute to Bangladesh and her unsung martyrs, and a reawakening of our souls - through 'poems'. Commemorating the 'Bijoy Dibash' (Victory Day) of Bangladesh it presented a collection of selected poems that opened the window to the past, present and future of Bangladesh, our feelings and our dreams. The poems recited in the program are by renowned poets of Bangladesh and India. They are: Nirmolendu Gun, Shukanto Bhattacharya, Helal Hafiz, Abu Zafar Obaidullah, Rabiul Hussain, Shunil Gangopadhay, Ashim Shaha, Jibananondo Das, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah and Jashim Uddin. The voices that brought life to the peoms are of renowned Bangladeshi actors and actress: Humayun Faridi, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. Recitations were compiled from a beautiful CD 'Ridoye Bangladesh' published by G-Series of Bangladesh. Th e theme song played in the program is sung by prominent Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. 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.]

22 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of heartwarming stories of humanity from Medinipur, Birbhum, Canberra and Delhi - stories of ordinary people that move us, inspire us - with the backdrop of songs from the memory lane sung by Indian artists: Amol Mukhapadhay, Geeta Dutta, Shubir Sen, Shyamal Mitra and Tarun Bandhopadhay. The songs are: 'ei prithibite sharati jibon', 'tumi je amar ogo tumi je amar', 'eto shur ar eto gaan', 'aha oi aka baka je poth jae shudure', 'prithibi amare chae rekhona bedhe amae'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

05 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short story 'Olot Palot' written by Touhidul Islam Shaju and a feature remembering Rowshon Jamil - renowned actress and dance artist of Bangladesh - on her fifth death anniversay observed recently. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'bhromor koio gia', 'tumi je amar kobita', 'mora ar jonome hongsho mithun chhilam' and 'jare jabi jodi ja'. The singers are all from Bangladesh: Ferdousi Rahman, Sabina Yasmin, Bashir Ahmed and Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

03 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading from an interesting novel 'Holud Himu Kalo Rab' by popular Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed published in Bangladesh recently. It is read by Bangladeshi TV actor Jayanta Chattopadhay. The experimental song played as backdrop to this reading - 'direct, direct' - was sung by Bangladeshi new generation artist Pothik Nabi and his group - from the CD 'Ochena Pothik'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

31 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

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

21 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a short story written by Indian writer Bonoful and a feature on one lovely tourist spot in Jakiganj, about two hours drive from Sylhet, in north-eastern Bangladesh at the intersection of three mighty rivers - Borak, Shurma and Kushiara. A place you can visit during your next trip to Bangladesh. It played a classical tabla recital by Ustad Zakir Hossain and three Nazrul songs: 'gul bagichar bulbuli ami' by Anjali Mukhapadhay, 'adho adho bol' by Manabendra Mukhapadhay and 'bikal belar jui chapa go' by Banasri Sen Gupta, all renowned artists of India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

13 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading from an interesting novel 'Lilua Batash' written by popular Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed and published in Bangladesh recently. The novel intimately portrays some characters of present Bangladeshi society - their daily life, relationships and expectations. It is read by Bangladeshi TV actor Jayanta Chattopadhay. The artists of the instrumental music played in the program are: Shiv Kumar Sharma in Santoor, Hari Prasad Chaurasia in Flute and Kashi Nath Misra in Tabla - all from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented reading of a short story ‘olot palot’ written by Touhidul Hasan Shaju and 'ekot-trish bochhor por Runa Sabina' - an interesting interview with Bangladesh’s two celebrity singers Runa Laila and Sabina Yasmin by Shirin Bokul published in Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘momo mayamoi shopone’ by Nilufar Yasmin, ‘bidhatar tumi ek apurbo shristi’ by Milon Mahmood and Hyder Husyn, and ‘mayabono biharini ami noi’ by Keya Ghoshal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

19 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) some words on 'ekush' - the 21st February 1952 language movement - 'bhasha shaheed dibosh' - that is now celebrated worldwide as the International Mother Language Day, and (2) a short story by popular Bangladeshi science fiction writer Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal - 'prothom shikhok' - based on his childhood experiences. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'ma-go tomar bhabna keno' by last year's CloseUp1 winner Nolok Babu, 'shopne taar shathe hoi dekha' by Habib Waheed, and 'o mor bania bondhure' by this year's CloseUp1 winner Salma Akhter - all new generation singers from Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

05 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a short story - 'Gonok' - written by popular Indian writer Promoth Nath Bishi and three relaxing songs from the memory lane: 'neshar latim jhim dhorechhe', 'ami obujher moto eki korechhi' and 'shanto noditi, pote aaka chhobiti' sung by Bangladeshi singers: Shubir Nandi, Kanak Chapa and Saadi Mohammad. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

30 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two readings: a short story - 'shap' - and one enlightening column - 'anondo jol' - by distinguished Bangladeshi columnist Shumonto Aslam, and a collection of wonderful songs from new generation Bangladeshi singers. The songs played in the program are: 'tumi chao roddur, ami chai akash meghla' by band Yaatri, 'ami tomakei bole debo' by Shonjeeb Chowdhury, and 'keu jokhon aar nei pashe, tondra mogon kono akashe' by Punom in album 'Bujhchho' by band Prayer-Hall. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

18 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program (1) commemorated the 'Father's Day' - celebrated yesterday in most countries of the world including Bangladesh - by paying tribute to our fathers, (2) presented opinion of some people about their relationship with father, and (3) read another enlightening column by distinguished Bangladeshi columnist Shumonto Aslam - 'taka' - from his column collection 'boundele'. The three beautiful songs played in the program complimenting this week's theme are: 'chhele amar boro hobe' by Bangladeshi band singer James, 'aye khuku aye' by popular Indian singers Hemanata Mukhopadhay and Srabonti Mojumdar', and 'ami chai na tomar shathe lorte' by Indian singer Anjan Dutta. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

09 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of poem, song and short story to warm your heart in the cold Canberra winter evening. The poem and song to impress sweetheart - 'tomake obhi-badon priotoma' - was written by Bangladeshi poet Shaheed Kadri. It was recited by Bangladeshi artist Shimul Mostafa and sung by Indian singer Shumon Chattopadhay. The extraordinary short story - 'onko shlok' - read in the program was written by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed. The program concluded with a beautiful song 'kokhono mithe hoy sharati bela' sung by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Mojumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

20 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program reminded us of the devastating flood situation in Bangladesh - the suffering of the people and their immediate need for food, shelter and medicine - and the two types of typical responses: the 'humanists' and the 'opportunists' as depicted in an interesting short story - 'fazlul karim shaheber tran karjo' - by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed. The two beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'manush manusher jonno' by distinguished Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika and 'gao gao jiboner gaan' by popular Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

03 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented (1) reading of a short story - 'tuition' - by Indian writer Promoth Nath Bishi, (2) a poem - 'jotok-khon tumi krishoker pashe' - by Bangladeshi poet Nirmolendu Gun and recited by Shimul Mostafa, and (3) a collection of songs: 'hemonter kono boshonter bani', 'ojana khoner nuton moner', 'shedin probhate' and 'abar bhalobashar shad ja-ge' by Indian singers Dijen Mukhopadhay and Promita Mollik and Bangladeshi singer Yasmin Mushtari. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

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.

12 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a radio magazine - 'desh, manush, mati' - comprising: (1) a poem by Bangladeshi poet Shamsur Rahman 'duh-shopner ek din' and recited by Bangladeshi artist Shimul Mostafa, (2) reading from 'e-le be-le' by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed, and (3) songs by Bangladeshi artists - 'emon manob shomaj ko-be go sri-jon ho-be' by Annu Sheh from a CD by band 'bangla', 'hae re manush rongin fanush' by new generation singer Muhin, and 'amar shara de-ho kheo go ma-ti' by Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

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.

17 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Victory Day of Bangladesh celebrated on the 16th of December. It presented a heart-warming story based on the liberation war written by popular Bangladeshi writer and journalist Anisul Haque. The story - 'baba' - described the feelings of a father after hearing the news of death of his young freedom fighter son at the war. The two beautiful remix songs played in the program are: 'hazar bochhor po-re' and 'bhebonago ma' were sung by Nakib Khan and Pilu in album 'ekattorer renaissance' by popular Bangladeshi band Renaissance. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

02 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) Canberra news - conclusion of the month-long screening of films based on Bangladesh's liberation war organised by the Ouderland Memorial Committee, (2) story of - 'mango' - popularly known as the ‘king of fruits’ - its origin, spread, health benefits and the reasons it is called the 'storage of vitamins', (3) poetry recitation by celebrity Indian actor Shoumitra Chottopadhay, and (4) remembering Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, Bangladesh's distinguished journalist and founder editor of Bangladesh daily 'Ittefaq', on his 39th death anniversary. The beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘shiuli fota phurolo’ by Indian singer Roma Mondol, ‘shishir bheja ratri ekhon’ by Bangladeshi singer Azam Khan, and a classical composition from CD 'Project Tananana' by legendary Indian music composer Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

22 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented (1) introduction to Canberra Bangla Bhasha o Shonskriti School - its objective and interview with some students, and (2) short story 'asha na mitilo' by a young Bangladeshi writer Noor-e-Janna Jhorna. The Bangla School, run by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra for over 25 years, sits every Sunday morning in Canberra College campus in Phillip. Admission is open anytime of the year - details at www.canberrabashi.org.au/BanglaSchool. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bengoma ar bengomir', 'ei akash, ei batash', 'reshmi churir shin-jhi-ni-te' and 'je deshta porechhilo' were sung by Shudeb Dey, Jyoti Mukherjee and Shakib A. Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

08 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) short story - 'chunoputi' - written by renowned Indian writer Bonoful, (2) the 'Haj' pilgrimage - history, purpose and significance of this very important yearly religious event to Muslims and how it is being performed this year in Saudi Arabia, and (3) celebration of 'Eid ul Adha' in Canberra on 8 December. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'brishti ona-shrishti, shir shir korey mon', 'tomar mukher tulona je hridoy khujechhe' and 'gun gun mon bhromora koichhe ki-je shon na tora' were sung by popular Indian singers Lata Mungeshkar, Kumar Shanu and Asha Bhoshley. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

23 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 'Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh' that was also observed as the International Mother Language Day throughout the world on 21st February. It presented: (1) brief history of the establishment of Shaheed Minar (the martyr's monument) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2) recitation of a poem 'amader maa' by Bangladeshi poet Humayun Azad, and (3) collection of songs dedicated to the language martyrs of 1952. The choruses played in the program are: 'salam salam hazar salam', 'o-amar desher mati', 'shona shona shona' from Bangladeshi album 'salam salam hazar salam' and songs 'hoyna' by Bangladeshi band group Shironamheen and 'ami banglar gaan gai' by Indian singer Protul Bondopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

22 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

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

11 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

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

05 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

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

22 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a selection of short stories on - 'Love' - collected from the Internet: (1) The Story of Two Teardrops - 'dui-ti osru-bindur kahini', (2) A Gift of Love - 'bhalobashar upohar', (3) Death and the Women - 'mrittu ebong mohilati', and (4) Love and Time - 'bhalobasha ebong shomoy'. The two beautiful love songs played in the program 'Trick of the light' and 'Ï will always love you' were sung by popular Australian singer The Triffids and popular American country singer Dolly Parton respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

03 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

The first program of 2011 presented a collection of Bangla poems by Prithwiraj Choudhury, and remembered motherland on the eve of the new year. The poems included 'purbo paschim' - a beautiful depiction of the history of Bangladesh, retracing the events of human struggle during the liberation war. The poems were recited by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Prithwiraj Choudhury. The two beautiful songs played in the program: 'hobigonjer jalali koitor' and 'koto din dekhina mayer mukh' were sung by Indian singer Shagoto and Bangladeshi singer Khalid Hassan Milu respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

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

12 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

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

26 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

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

06 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a selection of short stories written by the contemporary Afghan writers, now settled outside their country, capturing memories of their homeland. It read three stories from 'afganistaner shreshto golpo' translated by long time Canberra resident Dr. Afzal Hossain and released in Bangla Academy Boi Mela this year. The stories are: (1) 'Afghanistan' by Zaheda Gani, (2) 'Hate' by Parveen Fayez Jadah Malal, and (3) 'Photo' by Azam Rahnawar Zariab. The traditional Afghan music pieces used in the program were played by Gulmohammad Abdulqadir, Aziz Herawi & Lloyd Miller, and Laila Djân. 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.

Australian wild flower Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima)
13 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of beautiful poem recitation by Bratati Bandopadhay, a popular Bengali language elocutionist from Kolkata, India and a member of Bengali performing group Sarathi. The poems are: 'amiye shei meye', 'ek guch-chha chabi', 'megh boltey apotti ki', 'prem' and 'nirjhorer shopno bhongo'. The Tagore song 'gohono kusumo kunja majhey' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Roquaiya Hasina Neely. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

Stalls in Dhaka Ekushey Boi Mela 2014 organised by the Bangla Academy [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Jun 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a short story 'Selim Chishty' written by Indian writer Nimai Bhattacharya, description of a beautiful tourist destination in Bangladesh 'Nijhum Dip' and a short poem 'ranna banna' by young Bangladeshi writer Nafiul Islam Mim. The Nazrul-geeti 'rumu jhumu' and Rabindra-shangeets 'chiro bondhu' and 'kon khelajey' played in the program were sung by Indian singers Anup Jalota and Nilanjona Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

Poems from album 'ma amar ma' recited by Murshed Haider Anjohn - Part 2
19 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of 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 poems used in this presentation are: 'shudhu shei protisrutir jonney' - Asaf-ud-daula, 'shototo ma jononi tumi' - Kazi Rosy, 'mar kachhey fera' - Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, 'amader ma' - Humayun Azad, 'boishakhey nijosh-sho shongbad' - Mahadev Saha and 'amar ma' - Khaleda Edib Chowdhury. The album is distributed by Saf Foundation in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'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.

'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

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.

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.

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

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

The liberation war through poems [Image: Ittefaq.com.bd]
27 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 47th Independence Day of Bangladesh, celebrated on 26th March. The day is observed to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan in the late hours of 25 March 1971 after the Pakistani Army brutally committed genocide on unarmed civilian Bengalis in the name of "Operation Searchlight" that triggered the liberation war. This week's program remembered the war through poems. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

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.

Radio story reading - 'Ke-Hashe' written by Manjil Sen [Image: theghostdiaries.com]
11 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a Bangla thriller story 'Ke-Hashe' written by Manjil Sen in 1993. It was originally broadcast by Radio Mirchi, Kolkata, India as part of their series Sunday Suspense. The voices were Dip and Mir, 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.