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Songs for a lonely day

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12 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program producer Avijeet Sarker had to attend an urgent work related appointment. Replacement producer Sadequr Rahman availed this opportunity to open Bangla Radio's archive of 'Old is Gold' songs. Amid the backdrop of Canberra's late winter cloud and occasional rain, he has chosen songs of renowned Indian artist Hemanta Mukhapadhay and famous Bangladeshi singer Abdul Alim. Hemanta's songs represented 'palki', 'nouka baoa', 'dhan katar gaan' and 'joarer gaan'. Abdul Alim's songs are: 'meghnar kule', 'eije dunia' and 'porer jaega'. A very good selection of songs that will be liked by our listeners.

31 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of popular songs by Bangladesh's celebrity singer Kumar Bishwajit who is coming to Canberra for a concert - 'Shudhui Gaan' - on 27 November 2005. The concert is organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. The program covered details of this concert, news about Association's upcoming Eid functions and announcements from Association's Bangla School and Bangla Radio. The songs played in the program are: 'ek poshla brishtite', 'amar chokher dekha bhool holo', 'jonmile morite hobe', 'ami nirbashone jabona','chandonago' and 'tomra ektara bajaiona'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 May 2006 Listen MP3

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

28 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

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

09 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program welcomed the month of February, which has such deep association with the language movement in erstwhile East Pakistan. Mona, a little girl growing up in Canberra, selected most of the songs played in this week's program. She thinks her love of Bangla music is due to listening to Bangla songs with her parents. The songs selected were sung by Bangladeshi singers Habib Waheed, Krishnakoli and Dina. The poetry recital was by Kazi Arif. This week's program was presented by Urmi Rahman and produced by Shahadat Manik.

14 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a selection of beautiful songs to complement the good times of the Queen's birthday long-weekend celebrated today in Canberra. The popular Bangla modern songs played in the program were picked to represent the variety of their streams and composition. The songs played the program were sung by the singers from Bangladesh, India and America. They are: 'coffee houser shei adda' by Manna Dey, 'nilanjona' by Nachiketa, 'manush manusher jon-ney' by Bhupen Hazarika, 'Blowing in the wind' by Bruce Springsteen, 'koto-ta poth' by Sumon Chattapadhay, 'ga-ri cholena' by Bappa Majumdar, 'o-daktar' by Nachiketa, and 'shadhinota' by Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

02 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented some beautiful traditional and contemporary songs from the Torres Strait Islands. It depicted how despite being adjacent to the Australian mainland the culture of the Torres Strait Islands was influenced more by that of the Papuan situated in the North. Also, for being at the juncture of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans how the Torres Strait songs have acquired visible influence from far flung lands as Africa and the Americas. It told the story of the saltwater people while playing their music both from the past and the present in their native languages and in English. The songs played in the programme were sung by Dujon Niue, Manuel Namoa, Brenda Hall, Wayne See Kee, Saima Cultural Group and the all famous Seaman Dan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

03 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program welcomed Canberra spring, which officially started this week, by offering a collection of beautiful songs from recent award winning Bangla movies from Bangladesh and India. The movies featured in the program are: Ontohin, Monpura, Abohoman, Lal Tip, Chaplin and Guerrilla. The songs were sung by Shreya Goshal, Babul Supriyo, Kazi Krishnokoli, Chondona Mazumder, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Shan, Tipu, Nancy and Anindita Brishti. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

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

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

Bangladeshi 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.

'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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.