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Stories of expatriate life

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07 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) a brief report on last week's badminton and table tennis tournaments organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, (2) 'probashir Rabindranath' - paying tribute to Poet Rabindranath Thakur on his 146th birth anniversary, and (3) a beautiful letter from Vietnam - 'banglar gaan gai' - by Provash Mondol. The Scottish folk song and 'Rabindra Sangeet' played in the program were sung by distinguished Indian singers Shagota Lakhmi Das Gupta and Indrani Sen. The piano piece used in the program was taken from a CD - 'purano shei diner kotha' - by famous Indian artist V. Balsara. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented 'probashir Nazrul' - paying tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 108th birth anniversary, and two beautiful letters from England and South Korea by Apel Mahmood and S. M. Harun Pasha describing the other side of expatriate life - the experience, the reality and the sacrifice. The songs played in this week's program are: 'uskudara gideriken bir mendil beldum' by Turkish singer Safiye Ayla, 'shukno patar nupur paye' by Indian singer Indrani Sen, 'porodeshi megh' by ex-Canberra resident Bangladeshi singer Layeka Bashir and 'agun jole' by new generation Bangladeshi singer Nazmul Kabir. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

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

27 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of two expatriate Bangladeshis - portraying their life, experience and sacrifice: (1) 'morubashi' by Raju from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and (2) 'aat bochhor porey' by Tuku from Houston, USA, published in a collection of stories in Bangladeshi magazine Jai Jai Din in 2005. The two beautiful songs played in the program: 'phooley phooley dholey dholey' and 'ogo-ma tui dekheja, nijer duti chokhe' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Shahana and Indian singer Soumyen Adhikari respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Bari Fera' - Home-coming for a break in Bangladesh [Photo: wikipedia.com]
01 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a conversation with a Bangladeshi returning home after a gap of two years. The interviewee described his life and work in Malaysia and his feelings as he was returning home for a break in Bangladesh. He also described his initial struggles in getting used to living in a foreign country. The song played in this week's program was a duet by Shyam Shundor Boishnav and Shefali Ghose. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Korobi - lovely daughter of late Lamia Rukhsana Khan Kakon (1976-2015) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and bid a very personal heart-felt farewell to Lamia Rukhsana Khan Kakon who has recently lost her life to cancer in Melbourne. She was the eldest daughter of Dr. Lutfar Khan and Ms. Lulu Khan. Kakon grew-up in Melbourne studying at the Oakleigh High School; Mentone Girl's Secondary College and graduated from the Monash University and Swineburne University of Technology. Kakon will be missed by her family and friends in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and overseas. The songs played in the program were sung by Sraboni Sen and the instrumental pieces were played by Dilip Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read two stories published in Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo written by Sarwar Jahan from Adelaide and Mahfuzul Alam Khan from Dubai. The beautiful songs on expatriate life 'kotodin dekhina mayer mukh' and 'tomar doai bhalo achhi' were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
08 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read four stories published in Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo written by Vikarunnesa and Tahmina Amin, in Indian newspaper Anandabazar written by Shunondo Ghosh and Shantonu Ghosh, and a personal observation representing stories from Saskatchewan (Canada), Lebabon, Kolkata (India) and Canberra (Australia). The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Shahana, Anila and Polash Khan. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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

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

The True American - Murder and Mercy in Texas [Image: Book cover detail]
05 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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

This week's program presented part two of the interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. The song played in the program was sung by Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'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.

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.

(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.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Canberra flower festival Floriade 2016 | Ehsan Ullah]
28 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read four stories published in online Bangladeshi newspapers Prothom Alo and Bdnews24.Com written by Rimmi Rumman (New York, USA), Tasmina Khandakar (Seoul, South Korea), Shafinawaz Shipu (London, UK) and Tamanna Islam (California, USA). The background music used in the program were played by Sultan Khan, Zakir Hossain, Ram Krishna Paul, Dilip Roy and V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

Canberra Durga Protima at Duffy Primary School [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
02 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recording from - 'Canberra Durga Puja 2017' - organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association (Canberra) Inc on 30th September and 1st October in Duffy Primary School, and (2) part three of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part four of the 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.