Bangla Radio - Selected Categoy

Australia - history, country and people

[Click to see summary]

19 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a report on - 'Canberra Day' - celebrated today in the Australian Capital Territory to mark the official naming of Canberra as the Australia's capital in 1913. Canberra architect and town planner Rumana Jamaly compiled this interesting report for Bangla Radio with a brief history behind the establishment of this beautiful city. This week's program also presented a heart warming story of one fifteen year old girl Tazmira from Hasnabad, India who became the icon of revolt against dowry in her country - an example for all girls in every village in the subcontinent. The wonderful songs played in the program were composed and sung by Bangladesh's new generation singer Habib Waheed: 'ek-tu dara be-ki, ekhuni nambe brishti', 'shopne taar shathe hoy dekha' and 'din gelo tomari potho cha-hia'. The background music played the program was taken from CD 'Sitar Meditations', the artists were - Australian aboriginal people's musical instrument Didgeridoo: Jimmy Mounier, Cello: Mandy and Sitar: Sangeet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

17 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Bangla 'kawali' commemorating the start of the muslim holy month of Ramadan in Canberra, and the story of a five-generation muslim family, as told by Hanifa Deen, describing the history of her Punjabi forefathers during their early settlements in Australia, compiled from the stories of the early muslim settlers - 'Uncommon Lives' - from the National Archives of Australia website: http://uncommonlives.naa.gov.au. The 'kawali' artists are Nilufar Yasmin, A. Dewan and U. Dewan. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

04 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the story of Australian aboriginal people: their history, culture and heritage attached to the Australian continent and surrounding islands, and their 'stolen generation', and (2) education and research opportunities in Australia. It presented aboriginal traditional songs and music compiled from audio CDs: Sorry - Goanna, CAAMA Music - Sound of Aboriginal Australia, Rimijmara - Music of the Wandjina People, audio cassettes: Sharing Bush Secrets, and Aborigine Dreamtime, and a recording of the City of Queanbeyan Pipe Band. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [The websites mentioned in the program are: www.australianscholarships.gov.au/education, www.endeavour.dest.gov.au, www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm, and www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm.]

03 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program featured - 'the National Apology' - to the Australia's aboriginal people and their Stolen Generations at the Parliament House in Canberra on 13 February 2008 - "to remove a great stain from the nation's soul and in the true spirit of reconciliation to open a new chapter in the history of this great land Australia.'' This week's program was presented in two parts: (1) The story of the stolen generation narrated by Bob Randall from the documentary film 'Kanyini' directed by Melanie Hoggan, and (2) parts of the audio recording of the sorry speeches of Prime Minster Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented stories of Australian life and country in three parts. First, two recent stories about the flying foxes in southern Queensland and a five year old boy's lesson of life from his father in Northern Territory, second, four popular Australian jokes, and finally, description of a memorable bus trip by a mother with her seven children from Canberra to Narooma. The beautiful Australian country songs played in the program were sung by popular Australian country singers John Williamson, The Sunny Cowgirls, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand and Steve Forde. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

05 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Australian aboriginal music: (1) Jurtbirrk songs of the Iwaidja clan of the Northwestern Arnhem Land of Northern Territory, (2) Kun-borrk songs of the Kurulk speaking Kuninjku clan, sung by Kevin Djimar, (3) a secular dance song from the Torres Straits Island, (4) a song from the Pitjatantjara clan from Alice Springs, sung by Frank Yamma, (5) song 'Marrayilyil' sung by George Djilyanga, the lead singer of the band ‘Warumpi’, (6) song 'Luarnulujana' by 'The Lajamanu Teenage Band' from the Northern Territory, and announcement of the annual picnic organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque. [Other Bangla Radio presentations on Australian aboriginal people's history: 4 Feb 08 and 3 Mar 08, drama: 25 May 09 - listen in Bangla Radio archive 2008 and 2009]

01 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - ‘Australia Day’ - celebrated throughout Australia on 26th January to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove. It presented the significance of the day, how it is celebrated, and the annual Australia Day awards awarded to distinguished Australians. A set of beautiful Australian patriotic songs "Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching", "Under Southern Stars", "I am Australian", "True Blue" and "South Australia" played the program were sung by popular Australian singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

19 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) invitation to this year's Canberra Boishakhi Mela to celebrate the Bangla New Year 1417 by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra's President Dr. Moyazur Rahman, and (2) an introduction to Australian folk music and a compilation of beautiful Australian folk songs covering convict folk songs (1788 - 1890), railway, war and union songs (1890s - 1950s) and new Australian folk styles since the 1970s. The songs played in the program were sung by popular Australian singers: Adam Harvey, Gina Jeffreys, Terry Misra, The Dubliners, The Pogues and Franklyn B. Paverty Bush Band. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

16 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program was presented in two parts. (1) The first part celebrated Friendship Day observed on 1st August by interviewing three friends what they understand by 'friendship'. The friends interviewed were Ms. Alice Harvey, Ms. Monica Li, and Mr. Velo Petrov representing three different ethnic groups. (2) The second part presented a discussion on the forthcoming Federal Election to be held on 21 August 2010. It highlighted the policies and promises of the two major parties and the views of two Bangladeshi expatriates - Dr. Kamal Uddin and Dr. Mohammed Mainuddin. The beautiful song 'hotath rastaye' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Kabir Sumon. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

30 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the - Australia Day - by presenting a selection of Australian country songs and jokes. Australia Day is celebrated annually across Australia on 26 January to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty in the eastern coast of the Australian continent. The beautiful country songs: ‘We are Australian’, ‘Billy Tea’ and ‘My Island Home’ played in the program were sung by renowned Australian singers. The music compositions used in the program were taken from album Souvenir of Australia published by the Lifestyle Music Group. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

27 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program briefly discussed about the Australian Council of Social Service's research findings on Australia's unemployed population and the effectiveness of its current income support system. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Nachiketa Chakraborty. 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.

Poster: Canberra Country Music Festival (15-17 Nov 2013) [Info: visitcanberra.com.au/Events/Festivals-and-celebrations]
22 Apr 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program produced a flavour of Australian folk music highlighting the deep feeling of the Australians about their cultural heritage. It presented a selection of most popular Australian country songs with a description of their origin. The songs played in the program are: 'Waltzing Matilda', 'True blue', 'I am Australian', 'Under southern stars', 'Can you hear Australian heroes marching', and 'I still call Australia home'. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Aboriginal rock art  [Image: www.travelnt.com]
03 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program featured Jurtbirrk or love songs of the Iwaidja speaking Australian aborigines from the Northwestern Arnhem Land. Iwaidja is an endangered language spoken by less than 200 people in the Croker Island and the Coburg peninsula in Northern Territory today. The Jurtbirrk love songs that are spontaneously written and performed by Iwaidja speaking males tell stories of everyday love affair among the people. The songs played in this week’s program were taken from the only CD ever published on the Jurtbirrk songs by the Batchelor Press. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Australia Day 2014
27 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Australia Day, a national day celebrated annually on 26 January, to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. First part of the program presented a brief history and celebration of the day by Ayesha Samah Sheikh. The second part played an interview of the popular Bangladeshi band singer Nakib Khan recorded by Avijit Sarker during his recent visit to Canberra. The songs 'Advance Australia Fair' and 'I am Australian' by Mirusia Louwerse played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

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.

Two Mohurs - coins of the East India Company [Image: Wikipedia.com]
25 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the story of East India Company and the British rule of India. Based on the history of the Indian subcontinent during 1600 to 1800, it described the curiosity of a school student about the East India Company and the British. The instrumental music used in the program were played by Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sultan Khan, Ashesh Bandopadhay and Zakir Hossain. The voice of the play Nural Diner Shara Jibon was of Bangladeshi actor Nazmul Ahsan. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of their work. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Lest We Forget - ANZAC DAY - April 25th [Image: Australian War Memorial]
24 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'ANZAC Day' - observed on 25 April each year as a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served". The program compiled a story, songs and a poem on the ANZAC theme. The story 'National ANZAC Centre at Albany, WA' was taken from ABC documentary and the poem 'The ANZAC on the wall' written and performed by Jim Brown is an award winning poem about a young ANZAC in the Australian Light Horse Regiment who died at the charge of Beersheba in 1917. The songs, story and poem were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

A painting showing Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) taking possession of New South Wales, Australia [Souce: bbc.com/Getty Images]
05 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program narrated stories of two discovery: (1) the discovery of Australia by Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) on behalf of the British crown in 1770, following more than 160 years of mapping and exploration, mainly by the Dutch, and (2) the discovery by Canberra astrophysicist Prof Brian Paul Schmidt that the expansion of the universe is accelerating that won him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess. The songs played in the program were sung by Australian country singer Terry Morris and Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.