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31 Jan 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program covered Association's Eid-ul-Azha reunion function 'Paan Shupari' held on 29th January in Griffin Centre, Canberra City. Dr. Dalia Nilufar talked to 'Paan Shupari' guests including many new Bangladeshi migrants to Canberra. It also introduced new songs by Bangladesh's popular folk singer Momtaj. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

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

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.

26 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured selected news from Bangladesh, international news, technology highlights and description of some places in Canberra where people can take their children during current school holidays. The songs played in the program are: 'ei bashante' and 'amar shonar moina pakhi' by Samina Chowdhury, 'duti mon ar nei dujonar' by Chitra Singh, and 'ei mon tomake dilam' by Sabina Yasmin - the three distinguished singers from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

10 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented latest news on last weekend's devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir and two features, first on an extraordinary 'Iftar' party in Gazi Bhaban Shopping Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the second on 'Durga Puja' - the main festival of Hindu faith - being celebrated this week. Bangla Radio presented a beautiful musical composition depicting Devi Durga's arrival - 'Mahalaya' - from a recording of All India Radio, Kolkata. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

16 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program looked back at the year 2005 from two different perspectives: as a 'Bangladeshi' and as a 'Canberra resident'. Retired diplomat Badiuzzaman Khan reviewed the events and issues that shaped Bangladesh in 2005 - his observations and comments, and Dalia Nilufar Khan presented a chronicle of Bangladesh Australia Association's activities during the year and her perception of life in Canberra. Two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'nodir kul nai kinar nai' by renowned Bangladeshi singer Abbas Uddin Ahmed and 'nishithe jaiyo phoolobone' by famous Indian singer Shachin Dev Barman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadeq Rahman.

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.

13 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Canberra community news, live recording from a performance by the visiting Bangladeshi cultural troupe in Canberra who came to participate in Canberra's national multicultural festival and a feature on 'Pahela Falgun' - marking the begining of Spring season in Bangladesh. It played a beautiful musical composition by the visiting group: Jalal Ahmed in 'bashi', Abhijit Roy in 'tabla' and Sohel Aziz in 'key-board', a song by Alam Ara Minu and one playback song from the dance sequence 'kanai paar kore de amare'. It played another song on Spring - 'monjori-o-monjori, aamer monjori' - by Bangladeshi celebrity singer Rezwana Chowdhury Banya. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

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.

27 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

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

09 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented four short interviews with Shamsul Huda, Manzur Khan, Moinul Haque and Aminur Rashid highlighting the role and contribution of Bangladeshi community in Canberra’s Islamic activities. Their interviews were recorded in last weekend’s ‘Iftar’ party at the Canberra Islamic Centre hosted by the Bangladeshi community. The beautiful songs and recitation from Quran played in the program were sung by famous British singer Yusuf Islam (former Cat Stevens) after converting to Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with four Bangladeshi doctors working in Canberra Hospital in Canberra. Dr. Shombhu Dutta, Dr. Jaodad Hasan, Dr. Md. Toufiqur Rahman and Dr. Saida Tazina Toufique arrived recently in Australia to fill in the shortage of doctors in the country. Bangla Radio presenter Dr. Dalia Nilufar who works in the same hospital interviewed them to know about their life in Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ei padma, ei meghna', 'ami chailam jare' and 'deho ekhon hashpatal' sung by two extra-ordinary new generation singers of Bangladesh - this year's 'CloseUp1' winner Salma Akhter from Kushtia and last year's finalist Beauty. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with: (1) new generation Bangladeshis growing up in Canberra about their feelings for Bangladesh, (2) Roysul Khan, Sports Secretary of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Association's football tournament, and (3) Nic Manikis, Executive Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs Group of the Australian Capital Territory Government, praising the activities of the Bangladeshi community in Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'tomar barir ronger melai dekhechhilam bioscope', 'olok tumi polok phelona', and 'tomar ghore bash kore kara' sung by new generation singers of Bangladesh 'CloseUp1' finalists Nishita Borua and Muhin. This week’s program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

12 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

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

02 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interesting interviews with three Bangladeshi doctors: Dr. Porag Das, Dr. Momtaz Begum and Dr. Abdur Rahman about their medical profession and life in Canberra. They provided information for prospective Bangladeshi doctors willing to work in Australia - how to apply and what are the steps involved to start a medical career in Australia. This week's program also presented details of two exciting Canberra events in April - 'Boishakhi Mela 2007' and badminton and table tennis tournaments - organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. More information of these events can be found in Association's website: www.canberrabashi.org.au. The beautiful song 'o-re nil doria' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Pantho Kanai. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah

16 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

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

23 Apr 2007 Listen MP3

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

16 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'impressions of Bangladesh' - by two foreigners and opening speeches at the Bangladesh Night 2007 fund raising dinner for Kids with Cancer Australia held last Saturday 14 July 2007 in Canberra. Association President Mr. Abdul Quader welcomed the guests at the function and Ms. Lorraine Barker ex High Commissioner of Australia to Bangladesh narrated her wonderful experiences in key note speech. Speaking fluently in Bangla Australian agricultural expert Mr. Noel Magor described his observations of the country, the people and rural development achievements. This week's program played three songs: 'shudhu gaan geye porichoy', 'ei mon tomake dilam' and 'jhorer pakhi hoye u-ray' sung by Bangladeshi celebrity singer Sabina Yasmin who is now undergoing Cancer treatment in Singapore - we wish her full recovery. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

13 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'probashir desh bhromon: anondo, bedona aar kanamachhi khela' - highlighting the issues faced by the Canberra Bangladeshis while traveling to Bangladesh and how to address those collectively through the Association. It also provided some useful information for planning the trip, particularly for the newcomers to Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'ujjal ek jhak paira' by Shondha Mukhapadhay, 'shurero ei jhorna' by Shobita Chowdhury, 'ami cholte cholte' by Pintu Bhattacharya, and 'jodi jante chao' by Hemanta Mukhapadhay - all distinguished singers from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

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

22 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

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

29 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

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

05 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) immigration and student visa opportunities for Bangladeshi nationals in Australia under the new government regulations changed in September 2007 by Mr. Amin Rahman (ozmaint@gmail.com), immigration advisor from Melbourne - outlining the skilled migration categories, basic criteria and the point system, and (2) Sydney Beauchamp - a remarkable eighty years old Canberra mouth organ player, and third generation migrant from France, playing 'home, sweet home' since age four. The beautiful mouth organ pieces used in the program were played by Sydney Beauchamp. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

24 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

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

28 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

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

26 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) details of Association’s upcoming functions: Bangladesh Night – Annual Fund Raising Dinner, ‘Bondhon – shompritir bondhon ar shiter pitha poolir mela’, and Association's Annual General Meeting, (2) letter from Bangladesh – sent by Bangla Radio presenter Murshed Haider Anjohn, and (3) ‘Canberra probashir May mash’ - Canberra life in the month of May covering this year’s Mother’s Day. The beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘bakshe bakshe bondi baksho’, ‘akash bhora shurjo tara’ and ‘ma’ by popular Bangladeshi singers: Ornob, Sadi Mohammad and James respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

21 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented audio recording of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's - 'bondhon' - function held in Canberra on 19 July 2008. It was organised to meet and greet the newcomers to Canberra. The highlights of the evening were: a traditional dinner, 'bhorta' and 'pitha' competition, presentations from Bangla School and Canberra musical group 'Spondon', and a full length Bangla movie. This week’s program presented recording of the speeches by the Association's current President Dr. Iqbal Zahid and Bangla School's principal Mr. Zillur Rahman, and part of the cultural presentaion by the students of Bangla School. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

28 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) report of the AGM of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra held on 27 July, (2) upcoming Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) Australia seminar in Canberra on 2nd August to commemorate its tenth anniversary - interview with BEN Australia Convenor Mr. Kamrul Ahsan, (3) upcoming CD launch function in Canberra on 9th August - 'ei lovino shongo tobo' - by Canberra Rabindra Shangeet singer and Bangla Radio presenter Ms. Sakiba Rahman, and (4) upcoming seminar and exhibition - 'Architectural Excellence in Bangladesh' - in Sydney on 12th August by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (www.baa-arch.org) - interview with one of the Convenor, Canberra Architect Farhadur Reza, highlighting the need for promotion of Bangladeshi Architects and their recognition in the immigration process. The beautiful songs presented in the program 'ei shundor phool, shundor phol' and 'esho, esho amar ghorey esho' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Rashida Khan Banu and Mita Haque. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

18 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report of the community events held in Canberra in the last fortnight and an interview from Bangla Radio archive. The events covered are: (1) Conference on Bangladesh environment issues held in Bangladesh High Commission to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Bangladesh Environment Network, and (2) launch of the audio CD ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’ with a collection of Tagore songs sung by Bangla Radio presenter Sakiba Rahman. The interview from archive is with Bangladeshi student artist Shahabuddin while he was studying at the Canberra School of Art, interviewed by Fowzul Azim. The beautiful songs: ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’, ‘ananda dhara’, ‘moha bish-shey’ and ‘o-amar desher mati’ were sung by Canberra artist Sakiba Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recollection of memories of distinguished Indian writer Sunil Gangopadhyay's visit to Canberra a few years ago (2) a piece of classical music, and (3) two beautiful songs. It played part of an audio recording of the reception of Sunil Gangopadhyay, regarded as one of the most prolific and effervescent writers of modern Bengali literature, where he recollected his roots in Bangladesh, shared his feelings and recited his poems. The instrumental classical music played in the program was composed and presented by renowned Indian composer Ravi Shanker. The beautiful songs, 'bhalobeshe shokhi nivrite jotone' and 'shokhi badholo badho jhulonia' were sung by popular Bangladeshi singers Kaderi Kibria and Yasmin Mustari respectively. 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.

29 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

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

06 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

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

13 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

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

24 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program took the listeners to the - 'mezbaan' - function held in Canberra on 22nd November 2008. It was organised by the Canberra residents originating from the Chittagong region of Bangladesh. The open-to-all function included the traditional 'mezbaan', meaning community feast, and a beautiful cultural program consisting of popular 'chatgaiya' songs, skits and a slide show of the region and heritage. This week's program presented live recordings of the cultural function performed by the local artists and feedback from some of the guests at the function delighted by the 'mezbaan' hospitality. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

29 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

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

02 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

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

06 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

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

20 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

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

28 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Durga Puja in Canberra. It presented: (1) preparation for Durga Puja, (2) traditional Puja menu during the five days of Durga Puja, and (3) live recordings from Puja celebration at the Florey Temple in Canberra. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'agomony gaan shona jay', 'timir bidary, alokho bihary, krishno murary' and 'durga puja shoktir puja' by popular Indian singers Manna Dey, Anup Jalota and Bhakta Das Baul respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarker.

15 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews with (1) Mr. S.M. Zakaria Hoq, senior Bangladesh Government officer, studying Public Policy at the Australian National University on AUSAID scholarship, about his role and responsibilities as Upozila Nirbahi Officer and how his studies will benefit Bangladesh, (2) Dr. Zamir Hossain at the National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra last week about the activities of their organisations CO-Operation in Development Australia (CO-ID) and Lets Work for Bangladesh in establishing schools in rural Bangladesh, and (3) Dr. Moyazur Rahman, President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra about their food stall and cultural presentation at the festival. The beautiful song played in the program 'ekti bangladesh, tumi jagroto jonotar' was sung by leading Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

18 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

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

25 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

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

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

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

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

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

The Australian Parliament House in Canberra [Photo: www.aph.gov.au]
11 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is the second in a series to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation's capital in 2013. It highlighted the significance of this celebration to Australians reflecting on the purpose, setting, character and symbolism of Australia's national capital. It also presented a description of the programs scheduled for this year long celebration. The songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers released in 2012. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

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.

Canberra celebrates its 100th birthday on 11 March 2013 [Collage: www.canberra100.com.au]
11 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is the third in a series to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation's capital in 2013. Broadcast on the day when Canberra is celebrating its 100th birthday, it presented the views of four Canberra town planners about how it grew over the century and how the land, climate and people shaped the national capital to its current vibrant state. The planners interviewed are: Johanna Duck, David Radice, Ravi Singh and Rumana Jamaly. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Capability Systems Centre at the UNSW @ ADFA campus in Canberra [Image: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au]
30 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informal discussion about life as foreign student at the University of New South Wales in Canberra located at the Australian Defence Force Academy. A group of Bangladeshi students studying at the campus shared their experience, facilities and opportunities for higher studies in Canberra. It acknowledged the assistance of Dr. Ahmed Imran and Ms. Tasneem Rahman in organising and recording the discussion. This week's program was produced by Sakiba Rahman and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

[Archive: 2009] Interview: Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the ANU in Canberra
15 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2009: An interview with Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Studying on an Australian Leadership Award in Economics, her research focus on the food safety regulation and its impact on Bangladesh export industry's productivity and efficiency. Living in Canberra with her two young children Nazneen described how she is managing her busy life as a student and mother. She also described her diverse career as a Bangladeshi women in government and her passion for pan flute. The beautiful piece of pan flute selected by Nazneen and played in the program was played by Nepalese artist Prem Rana Autary. This week's program was produced by Shireen Ahmed and presented by Sadequr 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.

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.

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.

'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.

Cadets prepare for parade at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Rajshahi Cadet College (12 March 2016) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
09 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, part one of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's first episode presented recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The sitar piece used in the program was by Sangeet from Brisbane, Australia from his album 'Between Bombay & Byron Bay'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Flags of all Bangladeshi cadet colleges at the Ex-cadets' Forum Australia (ECFA) event "Cadets' Day Out 2016" in Sydney on 25 Sep 2016 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
16 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program, part two of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's episode presented the remaining part of the recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The beautiful song played in the program was sung by Alamgir, an ex-Cadet of Mirzapur Cadet College, from his popular album 'Alamgir in Hollywood'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

International students at the Australian National University in Canberra [Photo: www.anu.edu.au]
23 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2002: This week's program covered the function organised by the Students Liason Committee of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra that formally welcomed the new Bangladeshi students to Canberra. The interviews of new students were recorded by Sherke Chaman Khan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Early morning walk at the flower festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
20 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the 'Early Morning Walk' at the Canberra annual flower festival 'Floriade' on 1st October 2016. It was hosted by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra as part of the 'Walk of the Nations' event organised by the Heart Foundation, ACT. Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan covered the event for Bangla Radio Canberra. The chorus played in the program was sung by the young generation students of Canberra music school and group 'Dhrupad'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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

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

From Bangla Radio Archive - Information for prospective Bangladeshi students (Pt 1) [Photo: Obaidul Haque]
17 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2009: This week’s program presented information for prospective Bangladeshi students planning to undertake higher studies at the Australian universities. It interviewed some Bangladeshi students currently studying at the Australian National University in Canberra, and two former students Dr. Bina D'Costa and Ahmed Imran who are now involved in teaching/research at the university, on their experience and advice for future Bangladeshi students. They talked about how to prepare for higher studies in Australia, the scholarships available, settling in Australia and the friendly people and country they could expect in Australia. The students interviewed are: Fouzia Nasreen Sultana, Debashish Chakraborty, Nitol Dewan and Faham Abdus Salam. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

'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.

(L-R) Mr. Zillur Rahman, Mr. Mir Hashmat Ali and Mr. Jainal Abedin - leading pioneers in building the Canberra Bangladeshi community [Photo: Ehsan Ullah, 1989]
12 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 1 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra function commemorating the 21st February Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh [Photo: Ehsan Ullah, 2001]
19 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 2 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangla Language and Cultural SChool Canberra stall at the ACT Community Language Schools Association festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
26 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 3 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Young (now adult) Bangladeshi dancers after their performance at the Canberra annual Multicultural Festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
03 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 4 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A view of the Canberra southern suburb of Gordon [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
10 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Part 5 (Final) of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Image: Wedding Invitation (cover of a traditional Bangladeshi wedding invitation card)
31 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews of Ms. Kate Saraswati and Mr. Peter Roeper married to two Bangladeshi Australians living in Canberra - Mr. Shoeb Ishtiaq Ahmad (Shaurov) and Ms. Khurshid Jahan respectively. The interviews asked them about their adopted Bangladeshi lifestyle and their integration into the Bangladeshi community in Canberra. The radio clip of Ms. Saraswati played before the interviews was taken from Bangla Radio archive dated 20 April 2009 recorded by Dr. Dalia Nilufar. The solo song played in the program was sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

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.

'Bistirno Duparey' - Canberra fund raising concert for the flood affected people of Bangladesh (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.