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24 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: first, 'fasting in the eye of medical science' - exploring the common question: is fasting good for our health? and the second on 'Zakat' - some simple points muslims should know to accomplish it. In addition to these two features selected in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, it played a recitation of a famous Jibanananda Das poem - 'Shahaj' - by Shoumitra Chattapdhaya and some songs by Soni Nigam, Indrani Sen and Srikanta Acharya - all celebrity artists from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

02 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an insight into the sensory worlds of ‘taste’ and ‘smell’, the science behind these senses – the molecules, receptor cells in our nose and tongue and the link to our brain – that develop our mentality, and even have links to our memories! The current muslim holy month of Ramadan teaches to control these senses. The beautiful songs played in the program are ‘borne, gondhe, choonde, gitite’ by Indian legendary singer Sachin Dev Burman, ‘ami rojoni gondha phooler moto gondho biliye jai’ by Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin, ‘bheshe ashe shuduro sriti-ro shurovi’ by Indian singer Anup Ghoshal and ‘shuno, shuno ya ilahi amaro monajat’ by Bangladeshi singer Nilufar Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

08 Oct 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) some words on the significance of the Muslim holy month of 'Ramadan', (2) the extraordinary story behind famous British singer Cat Steven's conversion to Islam and becoming Yusuf Islam, and (3) some instructions in the holy 'Quran' on 'halal' and 'haram' food. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'if you ask me who is my God', 'oh, the wise moon rose over us', 'Ramadan' and 'A is for Allah' by Yusuf Islam. The last song 'give thanks to Allah' was sung by celebrity pop singer Michael Jackson. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

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.

18 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of - 'bangaleer dhormio shamprodayeekotar itihash o bistar' - viewpoint commemorating this year's international mother language day that will be observed on 21st February. Distinguished scholar of Bangladesh Professor Anisuzzaman, ex-Professor of Bangla Department in Dhaka University, Bangladesh, outlined his view of the evolution, politics and culture of religious communalism in the 'bangla' speaking Indian subcontinent and his vision of a future where people of all faith will have equal importance in the eye of the law, society and nation. The beautiful song complementing the theme 'shonkhaloghu' was sung by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of - 'bangaleer dhormio shamprodayeekotar itihash o bistar' - viewpoint commemorating this year's international mother language day observed on the 21st February. Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, distinguished Professor of Indian History at the University of Chicago in Illinois, USA, described the Hindu-Muslim relationship in Bengal from the British rule to the sub-division of the continent into India and Pakistan from a historical perspective. The beautiful Nazrul song 'ontorey tumi achho chirodeen o-go ontorojamee' was sung by celebrity Indian singer Anup Ghoshal. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Sep 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Eid ul Fitr in Canberra by reading some articles published in Bangladesh dailies on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr and Durga puja: (1) 'shiuly jhora eider akash' by Zobayer Ahsan Zaber, (2) 'ma, eidey ashchhee' by Robin Saifuddin, (3) 'nih-shongo mayer eider opek-kha' by Abul Kalam Muhammad Azad, and (4) 'ek pujar opek-khaye' by Monoj Kumar Mojumdar. The beautiful songs played in the program are 'romjaner oi rojar sheshey elo khushir eid' by Indian singer Shotinath Mukhopadhay and 'prithibir joto shukh, joto bhalobasha' by Bangladeshi singers Habib Wahid and Nancy. 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.

06 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

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

18 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program celebrated the Durga Puja held in Canberra during 13-17 October. It presented a very informative interview with Dr. Kshanada Mohan Das of Canberra, and Mr. Nirmal Paul and Mr. Prabir Maitra of Sydney on various aspects of Durga Puja, the history of Durga Puja celebration in Australia and how does Puja, as part of Bengali culture, add value to Australian multicultural society. The beautiful songs played in this week’s program: Mahalaya - 'jago tumi jago’ and Rabindra Sangeet – 'ananda dhara bohichhe bhuboney' were sung by Indian singer Dijen Mukherjee and Bangladeshi singer Aditi Mohsin respectively. The Dhol was played by Sanjoy. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

Merry Chistmas
24 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program is on the significance of Christmas in our modern world and the interrelation between the festivities and true spirit of Christmas. It focused on children who experience the real joy of Christmas and how through our children the adults also spread the Christmas cheer in so many different ways. However, this year's Christmas spirit has been dampened all around the world by the recent massacre in the US, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A special prayer is sought from our listeners to spare a thought for the 26 families who lost their little children and loved ones. The five Christmas songs played in the program are: three Bangla songs recorded by Banideptee - 'hobey taar agomon', 'hey baani shorgio' and 'pothohara pothikera', and one special children's Christmas carol by Jackson 'Up on the Housetop', and finally 'Ave Maria' by Michael Buble which is dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and their families. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

Ramadan Mubarak [Image: www.islamcan.com]
15 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Canberra. It presented information on the significance of the month, fasting and food selection to keep fit and healthy, and preparation for Eid celebration in Canberra. The songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Yasmin Mustary and Nilufar Yasmeen. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

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.

Eid Mubarak! - sweets at a Eid reception in north Canberra [Photo: Bangla Radio Canberra]
12 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program lived the spirit of Eid ul Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, celebrated in Canberra last week. It presented some interesting medical research findings on fasting during the month of Ramadan, the effects of this fasting on our health and some observations of Eid celebration in the past and present. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Nakul Kumar, Mustafa Jamal Abbasi and various choirs of the theme song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid'. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Muslims performing Hajj rituals around Ka'ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Image: www.journeymart.com]
14 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Eid-ul-Adha' in Canberra to be celebrated on 15th October 2013 in conjunction with the Hajj - the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It presented an interview with Mr. Kabir Chowdhury, a senior resident of Canberra, on the significance and aspects of Hajj, and some important information for people planning for Hajj in the future. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Memories of Eid and thoughts for a hunger free world
21 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program recollected some personal memories of Eid ul Adha, the Islamic holy festival of the sacrifice, in Bangladesh. In an appraisal of the true teachings of the festival it discussed some statistics highlighting a shocking state of world food and poverty inequality, and hoped for a world free of hunger. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Indian band Bhumi, Bangladeshi singer Roquaiya Hasina Neely and Indian film actor Amitabh Bachchan. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

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.

Interview: Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq, Dhaka University, on state, politics and religion
21 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Supernumerary Professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq of Dhaka University who has written extensively on state, society politics, religion, philosophy, culture and history among other things over the past four decades. He is a staunch proponent of abolishing the principles of both secularism and state religion from the state constitution, which Professor Huq believes is the root cause of many issues in the modern Bangladesh state. In this interview he talks about the future form of state and the world order, and proposes a world government to deal effectively with the challenges posed by the forces of globalization and the west. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Happy Buddha Purnima 2014  [Image: discoverindia.net]
12 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - to be celebrated on 14 May 2014 to mark the 2576th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the spiritual leader on whose teaching Buddhism was founded. It presented a beautiful Buddha Kirtan sung by Bangladeshi artists to mark the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

Sri Krishna Janmastami celebration 2014
18 Aug 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Jonmastami' - celebrated on 17 August 2014 by the Hindu community for birth anniversary of Bhagaban Sri Krishna who saved humanity from the devils and provided a beautiful guideline about life in the "Bhagabat Gita". This program presents some general information about Krishna’s birth history and remarkable activities. The songs and flute played in this program were sung by Anup Jalota and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, are collected from internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Muslims performing Hajj rituals around Ka'ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Image: Internet]
13 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a very informative interview on - 'Hajj' - an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims which must be carried out at least once in lifetime by all adult Muslims. Hajj is performed during a five-day period from the ninth through the thirteenth of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Canberra expatriate Mr. Tarek Safa and Ms. Iffat Tabassum described their experience of performing Hajj last year and shared some important information for expatriates planning to undertake the pilgrimage in future. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

An outdoor prayer session at the Canberra Islamic Centre [Image: www.cic-anil.org.au]
22 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Canberra - a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability. It is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. This week's program presented: (1) the importance of Ramadan in Islam compiled by Ayesha Sheikh Sama, and (2) the religious, spiritual and physical benefits of fasting described by popular public speaker Dr. Zakir Naik compiled from YouTube. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Eid memories of the past by Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet [Image: Ehsan Ullah]
20 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan festival - Eid ul Fitr - observed on the 17th July 2015 in Canberra. It presented a brief description of the festival by Ayesha Samah Sheikh for our young listeners, and recollection of Eid festivals in the past by two Canberra visitors Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet. The feature song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

A depiction of Mary and baby Jesus [Artist: Jharna Bernadette Purification]
21 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated Christmas to be celebrated this week by presenting a special composition of Christmas memories from Bangladesh and beautiful Bengali Christmas songs, including a very familiar Christmas tune, "Silent Night, Holy Night" sung in Arabic. The composition, prepared by special guest presenter Luna's sister Jharna Bernadette Purification from Melbourne, highlighted an important aspect of Christmas, which is family. This week's program was presented by Luna and Jharna Bernadette Purification and produced by Luna Purification.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A blessed Buddha Purnima [Image: udayavani.com]
08 May 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, celebrated on 3rd May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs and poem by Poet Rabindranath Thakur on Lord Buddha's realisation, message and preaching. The recitation was by Tushar Roy, and the singers were Shampa Barua and Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Eid al-Adha' - the history and importance [Image: middleeastpress.com]
04 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated - 'Eid al-Adha' - the Muslim festival marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham. It presented a recorded lecture by distinguished Islamic scholar Noman Ali Khan highlighting the history and importance of the celebration. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.