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17 Jan 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured interview of some young Bangladeshis living in Canberra about their knowledge of Bangladesh's liberation war and the significance of independence by Dustagir Sheikh Shaki and the issues of teaching the true history to our new generation. It was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

21 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

Commemorating the 'Ekushe February Bhasha Shaheed Dibash' this week's program presented a brief history of this significant day, poetry recitation by Golam Mustafa and some beautiful songs. This well documented and creatively presented program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

21 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a very informal discussion recorded behind the rehearsal for 26 March Independence Day function 'Projonmo'. Parents of children born and raised in Canberra discussed issues and options for teaching the new generation the history, liberation war and the significance of Bangladesh's independence. Interestingly, food for thought, it came up with some very simple but effective ideas. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: (1) advances of Bangladeshi women in professional career - growing interest in agricultural education - from daily Ittefaq, and (2) century old ancient trees of Bangladesh from daily Prothom Alo. The program played folk songs by Ferdousi Rahman and Tapan Roy and one poetry recitation by Shoumitra Chattopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

29 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented news highlights and one very interesting feature - 'Pathor Nagory' - on ancient ruins in Jagdal, near Naogaon, in Northern Bangladesh. It described the current state of this historic site dating back to 11th Century during Gupta Era that is also home of Bangladesh's 'Shaotal' tribal community. The songs played in the program were by Bangladeshi artists Kanak Chapa, Shammi Akhter, Sadi Mohammad and Syed Abdul Hadi. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

03 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Canberra resident Barry Ison who spent his childhood in Mymensing, Bangladesh in early 1940s and since then spent most of his life travelling between Bangladesh, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Speaking fluently in Bangla, Barry described his childhood in Bangladesh and his active role in refugee camps during Bangladesh liberation war. He pioneered the promotion and development of handicraft and handloom industry of Bangladesh by setting up the first handicraft shop 'Shetuli' in Green Road, Dhaka. A Bangladeshi in heart, Barry remembers the Australia-Bangladesh link is over 150 years old when missionaries in Mymensing established the country's first - Mymensing Cricket Club! The three beautiful songs played in the program are: Rabindra Shangeet 'esho he baishakh' by Bangladeshi singer Mita Haque, 'jessore road' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhoumik, and 'amae ekjon shada manush dao' by renowned Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman. [ps. Another example of Australian contribution in Bangladesh: Late Bir Protik W A S Ouderland fought in the liberation war of Bangladesh. He is the only non-Bangladeshi honoured with the prestigious National Award 'Bir Protik' by the Bangladesh Government, see: http://www.banglaweb.com/ouderland/.]

21 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented reading of a short story written by Indian writer Bonoful and a feature on one lovely tourist spot in Jakiganj, about two hours drive from Sylhet, in north-eastern Bangladesh at the intersection of three mighty rivers - Borak, Shurma and Kushiara. A place you can visit during your next trip to Bangladesh. It played a classical tabla recital by Ustad Zakir Hossain and three Nazrul songs: 'gul bagichar bulbuli ami' by Anjali Mukhapadhay, 'adho adho bol' by Manabendra Mukhapadhay and 'bikal belar jui chapa go' by Banasri Sen Gupta, all renowned artists of India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

18 Sep 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: first on ‘Bandarban’ – a lovely tourist destination in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, surrounded by hills and Budha statues provided as gifts by the rulers of surrounding countries, and the second, on Dhaka metropolis in the eye of foreigners – a team of six girl guides from England visiting Bangladesh and the fun of riding rickshaws. It played two beautiful folk songs ‘pi-riti ei jogote jati-kuler dhar dharena’ and ‘jibon chharia na jao more’ by Bangladeshi singer Kanak Chapa, and Chakma songs sung by Shamvunath Chakma and Anusriti Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

30 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Haque – one of the great political leaders of Bangladesh - on his one hundred and thirty third birth anniversary that fell on 26 October. It presented a short overview of his life, his political achievements in the then Bengal under the British rule and his contributions in the upliftment of the lives of peasants of the country. The beautiful theme song played in the program was sung by Indian singer Protul Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

06 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Nur Hossain – a Bangladeshi youth who was killed by the Police while protesting against anarchy and corruption during the civil unrest in Bangladesh in 1987. Commemorating his sacrifice this week's program started with a ‘poothi’ recitation narrating Nur Hossain’s story followed by a song ‘amar shonar bangla’ by Bangladeshi singer James, a beautiful poetry recitation - ‘Shadhinota’ – with a play-back song ‘ki dekhar kotha ki dekchhi’ by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain, reading of a short story ‘khela’ by popular Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed and finally a song ‘chhoto chhoto obhiman’ by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

18 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the national Victory Day of Bangladesh on 16 December by reading two memoirs of the liberation war: (1) ‘shahjahan masterer sritite ekattor’ by Mostafa Hossain and (2) ‘ekattore amar ma-ke jibonto kobor deya hoy’ by Saidur Rahman. Both articles were published in Bangladeshi newspaper. The chorus ‘ek nodi rokto periye’ was played from a Bangladeshi CD titled ‘ek shagor rokter binimoye’. The first background music was taken from an album titled ‘The Poet – Romances for Cello’ and the artists are: Martin Tillman in Cello and Michael Hoppe in Keyboard. The Bangladeshi artists of the second background music are: Capt. Azizul Islam in flute and Pandit Samar Shaha in Tabla. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) some words on 'ekush' - the 21st February 1952 language movement - 'bhasha shaheed dibosh' - that is now celebrated worldwide as the International Mother Language Day, and (2) a short story by popular Bangladeshi science fiction writer Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal - 'prothom shikhok' - based on his childhood experiences. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'ma-go tomar bhabna keno' by last year's CloseUp1 winner Nolok Babu, 'shopne taar shathe hoi dekha' by Habib Waheed, and 'o mor bania bondhure' by this year's CloseUp1 winner Salma Akhter - all new generation singers from Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn.

26 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a distinguished leader of the Indian freedom movement during the British rule, through two Canberra connections - Shibu Dutta and Mohammad Daud - who recollected their memories of meeting him in India and described Netaji's role in Indian National Army in Malaysia. This week's program also read a letter from one of our listener in Bangladesh Mr. Masuduzzaman describing his observation of changing life and society in present political climate and his hope for a different Bangladesh. Two beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ma-er deya mota kapor' by Bangladeshi singer Sadi Mohammad and 'kadam kadam baraye ja' by the Calcutta Youth Choir in India. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Mar 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented some serious stuff surrounding the Independence Day of Bangladesh celebrated today: (1) a poem 'toma-ke pabar jonne he shadhinota' by Bangladesh's national poet Shamsur Rahman and recited by Nazmun Nahar Ratna, (2) description of an effort of reconciliation by the Pakistani people about their role in 1971 by Dr. Bina D'Costa, (3) two beautiful letters of observation of life in present Bangladesh - purification of state and mind in the current political, social and physical landscape - by Barry Ison from Bangladesh, and (4) the future scenarios by Prof. Robin Jeffrey, Director, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University in Canberra. The lovely song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Anamika Tripura. The background music used in the program was performed by celebrity Indian composer and sitar player Ravi Shanker. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

30 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani - Bangladesh's most popular 'leader of the peasants' - by presenting a biography that outlined his political career from the British rule to the independence of Bangladesh. It highlighted his support for the oppressed, fight against colonialism, his role in the formation of political parties including Awami League, non-coopeartion movements and establishment of many educational institutions. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'shobujer bu-ke lal' by Bangladeshi Singer Sabina Yasmin, 'nongor chharia nayer dere majhi bhai' by Bangladeshi singer Abdul Alim and a chorus 'dhono dhanne pushpe bhora' by Bangladeshi artists. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

10 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah - a distinguished educationist, writer and linguist of Bangladesh, who devoted his life exploring the history of Bangla language and literature, authored books on the subject and played an important role in the language movement by establishing the reasons why Bangla, instead of Urdu, should be the state language of Pakistan. The four beautiful songs played in the program are: 'eki oporup rupe ma', 'moder gorob moder asha', 'jonmo amar dhonno holo', and 'shona shona shona' by Bangladeshi artists. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

26 Nov 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented some views of Bangladesh's liberation war by Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Bir Protik, eminent security and strategic analyst and columnist in Bangladesh, at a reception in Canberra on 12 November 2007. He came to Australia as a key note speaker of the 'Civil Military Relationships' international conference organised by the Monash Asia Institute of Monash University in Victoria on 9 November 2007. Major General Ibrahim highlighted the contribution of freedom fighters including Australian late W A S Ouderland, Bir Protik, who fought in the liberation war of Bangladesh. The beautiful songs from the liberation war played in the program: 'purbo digonte shurjo uthechhe', 'hazar bochhor po-re' and 'nongor tolo tolo' were sung by the singers of one of the most popular band of Bangladesh - 'Renaissance'. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

24 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 37th Independence Day of Bangladesh to be observed on 26th March by: (1) paying tribute to late Australian - Bir Protik William A. S. Ouderland - the only foreigner who took an active part in Bangladesh's liberation war and was honored with the gallantry award 'Bir Protik' by the Bangladesh Government, (2) interview with convener Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan on the history and purpose of the Bir Protik Ouderland Memorial Committee, and Mr. Muhith Masih webmaster of the committee's website (http://banglaweb.com/ouderland/), and (3) memories of the liberation war by Canberra residents: Dr. Rezaul Haque, Dr. Abed Chaudhury, Mr. Anamul Haque Bhuiya, Mr. Zillur Rahman, Mr. Habibur Rahman and Mr. Aminur Rashid. The beautiful songs played in the program 'purbo digonte shurjo uthechhe' and 'joy bangla, banglar joy' were played from album 'ekattorer renaissance'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a collection of informative stories and songs. The stories are: (1) the role of the government in preserving the history and heritage of Bangladesh - excavation of a Pal dynasty temple in Bogra, Bangladesh, (2) an orphanage in Pan Chhori, in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh run privately by the local people, (3) unemployed tea plantation workers in Madhavpur Upazila tea garden in Sylhet, Bangladesh, changing traditional profession, and (4) some amazing facts. The songs are: 'duti pakhi duti ni re' and 'jete jete ekla pothe' by distinguished Indian singers Anup Ghoshal and Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

14 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the celebration of Bangla New Year by the expatriate Bangladeshi Chakma community in Australia. It highlighted the Chakma - 'biju' - festival celebrated during the mainstream Bangla 'shonkranti' and 'nobo borsho' merriment - a rich tradition also shared across the subcontinent and beyond in the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia. This week's program was jointly compiled by the Bangladeshi Chakma expatriates living in Adelaide and Melbourne. The participants were: Trimita Chakma, Kabita Chakma and P.K. Taposh. The beautiful Chakma songs were sung by Magnolia Khisa - 'biju tui', Sourav Chakma - 'aiccha rangamaittya', Dripta Dewan Bappi - 'juni' written and composed by Raja Devasish Roy, and finally 'dogina boyer' a song composed and sung by distinguished Chakma cultural personality Kumar Shomit Roy - uncle of Raja Devasish Roy and brother of Tridib Roy - who died a week ago on 6th April 2008. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

05 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented readings of articles from Bangladesh newspapers: (1) Bangladesh's proposal to construct a joint petroleum reservoir in the region at the coming SAARC Regional Energy Trade Conference in the Maldives, (2) archaeological remains of Kanak Raja's palace in Sharsha Upazila of Jessore, Bangladesh, and (3) historical remains of Sheikh Farid's 'Dorgah' in Meherpur, Bangladesh. This week's program presented a collection of Nazrul songs: 'bhuli kemone, ajo je mone' by famous Indian singer Angur Bala recorded in 1928, 'hrid padme choron rakho' by popular Indian singer Anup Jhalota, and 'keno ashile, bhalo bashile, dilena dhora jibone jodi' by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Nilufar Yeasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

09 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Mohammad Kaykobad, who has recently visited Canberra as a Research Fellow to the Australian National University. He is currently a professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and a visiting professor at the North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Kaykobad is one of many leading specialists in Information Technology in the country. He authored a number of books on recreational mathematics and along with Muhammed Zafar Iqbal started the national - 'Mathematics Olympiad' - a much acclaimed endeavour that is gaining popularity in the country. In his interview with Sadequr Rahman, Dr. Kaykobad discussed the current issues surrounding the IT profession and industry in Bangladesh - its history and future. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

30 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the life and achievement of two great scientists of the Indian subcontinent: (1) Dr. Mohammad Qudrat-i-Khuda - a scientist and educationist specialising in organic chemistry, inventor of jute by products, popular science writer who took an active part in Bangladesh's liberation war, and (2) Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose - a physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, and science fiction writer who is considered the father of radio science, made extremely significant contributions to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science in the region. The beautiful song 'tomae notun kore pabo boley', 'rup shagore doob diyechhi' and 'ebar amae dakley durey' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

14 Jul 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the story of Abu Zar Gifary (ra) - favourite 'sahaba' of Prophet Mohammad (ra) who transformed from a daring bandit into a devout muslim - the startling story behind his transformation, and (2) 'Dorshona' - a beautiful tourist spot in Chuadanga, Bangladesh and once a busy railway junction between Dhaka and Assam - its history, heritage and natural beauties. The songs played in the program 'hoy jodi bodnam hok aro', 'monero ronge rangabo', 'ogo mor modhumita', and 'oi shur bhora dur nilimae' were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Zafar Iqbal, Sabina Yasmin, Mahmudun Nabi, Sadi Mohammad and Fatematuj Zohra. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

17 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) - 'bongo bondhu' and father of the nation of Bangladesh - his biography and political career from the then East Pakistan to Bangladesh: different aspects of his life, leadership and building a nation. A very informative presentation from a historical perspective compiled by the presenter who observed the great leader during his career as a senior diplomat. This week's program presented part one of a two part presentation. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'salam salam hazar salam' and 'tumi ki dekhechho kobhu' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singer Abdul Jabbar. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

15 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented final part of the tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) - 'bongo bondhu' and father of the nation of Bangladesh: his biography and political career from the then East Pakistan to Bangladesh: different aspects of his life, leadership and building a nation. A very informative presentation from a historical perspective compiled by the presenter who observed the great leader during his career as a senior diplomat. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'shono ekti mujiborer theke lokhkho mujiborer kontho shorer dhoni' and 'amra shobai bangali' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

23 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 'Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh' that was also observed as the International Mother Language Day throughout the world on 21st February. It presented: (1) brief history of the establishment of Shaheed Minar (the martyr's monument) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2) recitation of a poem 'amader maa' by Bangladeshi poet Humayun Azad, and (3) collection of songs dedicated to the language martyrs of 1952. The choruses played in the program are: 'salam salam hazar salam', 'o-amar desher mati', 'shona shona shona' from Bangladeshi album 'salam salam hazar salam' and songs 'hoyna' by Bangladeshi band group Shironamheen and 'ami banglar gaan gai' by Indian singer Protul Bondopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

02 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: 'ekjon probashir chokhey 2009 shaler february mash' - 'the Month of February in 2009 in the Eye of an Expatriate' covering: (1) this year's observance of Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day in Dhaka and around the world, and (2) tribute to the officers of Bangladesh Army and civilians died last week in the mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The chorus and songs played in the program: 'amar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey february', 'salam, barkat, rafique, jabbar', and 'ghumer deshe' were sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Mar 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the Army officers and civilians killed during the mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the progress of official investigations, (2) 'war crime' - its definition and trials in history, and (3) 'war crime' during the liberation war of Bangladesh - chronological events highlighting the judicial, political and administrative attempts for the trial of war criminals. The songs played in the program: 'ektara tui desher kotha', 'ekbar jete de-na' and 'amae jodi prosno korey' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

29 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Prof. Willem van Schendel, professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam and author of a newly published book - 'A History of Bangladesh' - published by the Cambridge University Press. A renowned scholar of Asian history, particularly of the subcontinent and Bangladesh, Prof. Schendel talked about his recent book and its content: cultural, economic and social history of Bangladesh through the eye of a foreigner for western readership. The beautiful song played in the program 'bondhu tomar chokher majhey chinta khela korey' was sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Krishnokoli Islam, from her album 'shurjey bandhi basha'. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

02 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented live recording (Part 1) of an interesting seminar on 'bangalit-to: otit, bortoman o bhobish-shot' presented by Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University, Bangladesh and Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History, Chicago University, USA. It was organised by Drishtipat Australia and Bangla Academy Australia at the Australian National University in Canberra on 30 August 2009. This week's program covered Professor Anisuzzaman's presentation on the ‘Bangalees’ of the sub-continent: their history, how politics shaped their language and culture, their future that lies in their plurality, and the responsibility that, according to him, has slipped to the lower-middle class from the upper middle class. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

09 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented live recording (Part 2) of an interesting seminar on 'bangalit-to: otit, bortoman o bhobish-shot' presented by Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University, Bangladesh and Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History, Chicago University, USA. It was organised by Drishtipat Australia and Bangla Academy Australia at the Australian National University in Canberra on 30 August 2009. This week's program covered Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty's presentation on the ‘bangalees’ of the sub-continent: the diversity, difference and complexity of their language 'bangla' - how it reflected their life, history, landscape, and how it evolved over time and formed into a mature language - the essence of 'bangalit-to'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program is focused on the songs and music that provided inspiration during the War of Liberation in 1971. The songs played include Joy Bangla Banglar Joy, Purbo Digonte Shurjo Uthechhe, Nongor Tolo Tolo, Amar Protibader Bhasha, Mora Ekti Phulke Banchabo Bole, Hei Shamlao Dhan Ho, Phul Khelbar Din Noy Oddo and Shuno Ekti Mujiborer. These were sung by a number of different artistes. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

25 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945), a leader in the Indian independence movement. It presented an in-depth biography of this great personality from Bengal - his dedication for India's freedom from the British, his role in Indian politics, his travel to Soviet Union, Germany and Japan to seek alliance, his leadership in the Indian National Army, and the events surrounding his personal life and his presumed death that still remains a mystery. The beautiful patriotic songs played the program, composed in that period by Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam: 'karar oi louhakopat', 'shikol pora chhol' and 'durgama giri kantar' were taken from album 'jagoroner gaan' produced by the Jagoron Shanskriti Charcha o Gobeshona Kendra, Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

22 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Language Martyr's Day ('bhasha shaheed dibosh') and the International Mother Language Day observed on 21st February in Bangladesh and around the world. It presented: (1) recordings from the function held at the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra on the occasion, (2) intimate interview with Mr. Raquib ud Dowla, a leader of the historic procession of 21st February 1952 in Dhaka and an eyewitness of the killing of the innocent students, and (3) the significance of International Mother Language Day in protecting and preserving the world's languages. The theme song played in the program 'amar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey february' was sung by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

20 Sep 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative interview with Professor Nurul H. Choudhury, Professor of History at Rajshahi University, Bangladesh, tracing the history of socio-economic change in rural Bengal in the nineteenth century that saw the rise of the Faraizi movement and the Pabna movement among the peasantry to combat the excesses of the Zamindars and the indigo planters. He also described how the cultivation and export of jute in the second half of the century led to increased prosperity for the farmers and the emergence of a "Muslim middle-class". The beautiful Nazrul song played in this week’s program ‘bhuli kemone ajo je mone’ was sung in 1928 by the legendary Indian singer Angurbala Devi. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

13 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program commemorated the Victory Day of Bangladesh to be observed on 16th December 2010. It presented the history of independence of Bangladesh and the significance of the Victory Day for the new generation Bangladeshis growing up outside Bangladesh. The two poems used in the program 'toma-ke paowar jonno he shadinota' and 'purbo poshchim' were written by poet Shamsur Rahman and Prithwiraj Choudhury. The poems were recited by Munira Parveen and Bratati Bandopadhayay respectively. The patriotic songs played in the program 'shobkota janala khule dao na', 'o amar desher mati tomar pore thekai matha' and 'ek shagor rokter binimoye' were sung by Sabina Yasmin, Sakiba Rahman Mitul and and a chorus song collected from YouTube. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

20 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an introduction to - 'Shadheen Bangla Betar Kendra' - the war-time broadcasting station which was crucial to inspire the spirit of liberation among the whole Bangalee nation by informing them how well they were advancing towards the victory. In those days when radio was the only media reaching to the far ends of Bangladesh, Shadheen Bangla Betar Kendra eventually became the orator of the Bangladesh government in exile. It ran the nationalist campaign throughout the war in gearing up our freedom fighters’ morale and also mobilising world opinion in favour of Bangladesh. The poem recitation and songs played in the program were taken from album Jagoroner Gaan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

31 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presented - 'ekusher chetona o bhasha andoloner itihash' - a beautiful composition of narration and songs on the history of Bangla Language Movement in 1952 that catalysed the assertion of Bengali national identity in Pakistan, became a forerunner to Bengali nationalist movements, and subsequently the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. It commemorated the Language Martyr's Day and International Mother Language Day to be observed around the globe on 21st February. The songs played in the program were taken from the album Jagoroner Gaan. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

21 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with the famous contemporary Bangladeshi Science-Fiction writer, columnist cum educationist Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He puts forward his point of view on a range of issues including climate change, the education policy and romantic thoughts in spring. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Indian artist Anjan Dutt and Feroza Begum from Bangladesh. This week’s program, dedicated to the Language-Martyrs of “Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh and International Mother Language Day on 21st February”, was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

25 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with Bangladeshi Architect Mizanur Rashid on the architectural heritage of the ruins of Sompur Mahavihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh. The ruins are the earliest evidence of conscious architecture in Bangladesh. It is one of the oldest architectural evidences built to harbour the practice of Buddhism that also portrays various aspects of ancient Bengal’s civilisation. Architect Mizanur Rashid, a well known researcher and historian of the architectural remains of Bangladesh, described the ruins of Paharpur from different perspectives. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

16 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program featured architectural heritage of Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Built around 1678, it is a unique example of Moghul Architecture in Bengal. Recently Lalbagh Fort has been proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage items register. This week's program also featured a conversation with Bangladeshi architect and historian Mizanur Rashid in Malaysia. Architect Rashid elaborated different historical aspects of the fort and told many unknown facts. The songs played in this week's program 'nurjahan' and 'ganga shindhu normoda' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Feroza Begum and Indian singer Angshuman Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

13 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a discussion on the Liberation War of Bangladesh and Australian Mr. W.A.S. Ouderland, the only foreigner who was awarded the Gallantry Award 'Bir Protik' for his contribution towards Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. The beautiful songs played in this week’s program: ‘mora ekti ful ke bachabo bole’, ‘salam salam hazar salam’, ‘ek shagor rokter binimoye’, ‘tireer ei dheuer shagore’ were sung by Bangladeshi singers Apel Mahmud, Rasedul Hasan Kayes and a group of singers of Sadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

On this day in 1971, the Pakistani Army surrendered to the Indo-Bangladeshi High Command in Dhaka, ending the 9 month-long Bangladesh Liberation War.
17 Dec 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program is dedicated to the people who brought victory for Bangladesh in 1971. It presented the historical background of the independence of Bangladesh based on online articles by popular journalists. The voice of George Harrison and the late Ravi Shankar played in the program were collected from the Internet. The songs played in the program: 'amar sonar bangla', 'tir hara ei dhewer shagor', 'protidin tomai dekhi' and 'amra korbo joy' were broadcast by the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro, and sung by Konok Chapa and Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

'Muktir Gaan' - Song of Freedom  [Image: Cover from documentary film 'Muktir Gaan']
18 Feb 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program, in commemorating the month of language martyrs, presented a brief history of Bangla nationalist songs over the last two centuries. It provided a beautiful composition of Bangla nationalist songs evolved during this period and described how history, country and the people influenced the development. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singer Lata Mungeshkar, Bangladeshi singers Sakiba Rahman, Chonchol Mondol and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862) - the last Mughal Emperor of India [Image: Wikipedia.org]
25 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 42nd Independence Day of Bangladesh. The program consisted of a personal reflection of the importance of economic independence in relation to political independence interspersed with a selection of anonymous patriotic songs and a recitation of 'tomake pabar jonne he swadhinota' by Nazmun Nahar Ratna. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'bhasha boichitrer bangladesh' - The diverse dialects of Bangladesh
13 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: 'bhasha boichitrer bangladesh' - a beautiful composition of songs and conversations of people representing the diverse regional spoken dialects of Bangladesh. The regions covered by this week's program are: Rangpur, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Bogra, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Noakhali. The songs played in the program were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples' Forum [Photo: bdnews24.com]
11 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, who had recently visited Canberra. Mr. Drong, in his interview with Bangla Radio, discussed among other things the state of the indigenous people living in Bangladesh today. He highlighted the debates concerning the definition of indigenous people in Bangladesh and the role of the state in safeguarding the rights of these people. He also talked about the positive attitude of the Australian government towards its indigenous population and how Bangladesh could learn from the Australian experience. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

The National Martyrs' Memorial near Dhaka dedicated to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 [Image: crimesofwar.org]
16 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program, celebrating the 43rd Victory Day of Bangladesh, paid tribute to the martyrs of the Liberation War. It featured an interview with the eminent Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman of Dhaka University, in which he historically analysed the much talked about spirits of the liberation war and its achievements in the post liberation period, where he emphasized how the fundamental principles of the state policy in 1972 had historical roots and were not merely the product of the 1971 war alone. The program played a set of beautiful Bangladeshi patriotic songs. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

17 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to the language martyrs of Bangladesh who sacrificed their lives on the 21st of February 1952 at Dhaka in contemporary East Pakistan which is now recognized and observed as International Mother’s Language Day throughout the whole world. The program mainly featured the background of such an unparalleled event and the way of getting ‘Bangla’ as the state language of East Pakistan (Now the independent Bangladesh). Credit goes to ‘Bangla Television Canada’ for the audio-extraction from the documentary ‘A Mori Bangla Vasha’. The songs and recitations used in this program were performed by Bangladeshi Artists Mahmuduzzaman Babu, Kazi Arif, Tapan Mahmud, Md.Ahkam Ullah and ‘Kolkata Youth Choir’ from West Bengal. This week's program was produced by Rajib Paul.

Poster of the 'Mother Language Day Walk'
24 Feb 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the 'Mother Language Day Walk' which took place on Friday 21 February 2014 in Canberra initiated by the Canberra based International Mother Language Movement Committee. The walk was initiated to grow awareness in the Canberra community about preserving all the mother/heritage languages of the world and to establish the idea to celebrate the day all over Australia. The program includes interviews and speeches of distinguished guests and key participants of the movement. The poem used in the program was recited by Kazi Arif. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Shahid Minar on 21st February
03 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week’s program was based on practicing 'Bangla' language, culture and its rich heritage among the young children in Canberra, Australia. The songs played in the program were sung by Nehan, Surin, Avro, Inari, Ayan, Nijhum, Arith, Chhoya, Paromita, Arnab Chowdhury and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. The poems used in the program were written and recited by Fahmida Shoma. The program also includes interviews of some local Canberrans. This week’s program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

10 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program covered the function organised in Canberra on 28 February 2014 to remember and pay homage to the fallen Bangladesh Army officers killed in Bangladesh Border Guard headquarters five years ago. It was organised by the family members of the martyred officers, and family members of the Bangladesh Army officers living in Canberra and Sydney. The speakers were Major (Ret) Dr. Ahmed Imran, Mr. Borhanuddin Shafi, Dr. Rumman, Ms. Shamima Parveen - widow of martyred Major Humayun Haider, and HE Bangladesh High Commissioner Lieutenant General (Ret) Masud Uddin Chowdhury. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain and Indian singer Shan. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [Related programs in archive: 2 Mar 09, 9 Mar 09 and 19 Mar 12]

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressing a rally in Dhaka immediately upon his return to the newly independent Bangladesh after nine months of detention in Pakistan [Photo: dhakatribune.com]
31 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 43rd Independence Day of Bangladesh celebrated on the 26th of March 2014. It presented a brief history of the Bangladesh liberation movement covering the 1947 to 1971 period. The song and recitation used in the program were collected from the YouTube. The violin piece used in the program was played by Nora Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

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.

The 1971 Bangladesh Mission in Washington DC (Ambassador Syed Muazzem Ali is the third from the right standing) [Photo: daily-sun.com]
15 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 44th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence in 1971. The program, dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of Bangladesh liberation war, featured an interview with Ambassador Syed Muazzem Ali, who in 1971 was the youngest Pakistani diplomat to defect to Bangladesh along with some of his colleagues at the Pakistan Mission in Washington DC. In the interview Ambassador Ali reminisces the defectors' actions in the Washington political arena to form support in favour of the liberation war. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

The natural beauty of Bangladesh [Photo: www.positive-light.org]
12 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with photographer Mikey Leung recorded at the Bangladesh Independence Day function in Canberra on 26 March 2014. Mr. Leung, a Canadian, now residing in Sydney Australia, described how he and his Australian wife Belinda Meggitt travelled to Bangladesh on development program assignments and gradually fell in love with the country and its people. His photography project 'Positive Light' (www.positive-light.org) is their dream to empower Bangladeshi people through sustainable tourism. The national anthems used in the program were sung by the students of the Canberra Bangla Language and Cultural School. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

About Bangladesh's independence and liberation - Prof. Serajul Islam Choudhury [Image: positive-light.org]
23 Mar 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh, featured an interview with the eminent Bangladeshi educationist Professor Emeritus Dr. Serajul Islam Choudhury of Dhaka University. Drawing a clear distinction between the concepts of independence and liberation Professor Choudhury opined that despite sincere intentions Bangladeshis as a nation failed to achieve the liberation that they have been aspiring for so long. Highlighting the causes of this failure he also suggested ways forward in achieving national liberation. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

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.

Welcome (to Bangladesh) Chhitmahalbashi [Image: rediff.com]
10 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program reported on the historic land swap between Bangladesh and India that eliminates hundreds of enclaves, known as 'Chhitmahals', held by each other along the border. At a minute past midnight on Friday 31 July 2015 the Chhitmahals instantly begun disappearing in phases over the next 11 months. Bangladesh will absorb 111 Indian enclaves and India will take 51 from Bangladesh. This week's program played a selection of Bangladeshi patriotic songs to welcome the enclave residents to Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Nasir Ali Mamun - 'The Poet of the Camera' [Photo: Nasir Ali Mamun]
31 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with the Bangladeshi pioneer portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun. 'The Poet of the Camera', as he was dubbed by poet Shamsur Rahman, shared with Bangla Radio listeners stories of his childhood and his becoming a photographer. In the interview he spoke about his experience of photographing 6000 odd celebrities that include as many as 27 noble laureates, many statesmen, artists, litterateurs and such. He also talked about his dream of establishing a museum of photos - 'Photoseum'. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman among the artists of Bangladesh Betar [Photo: Lutfar Rahman]
14 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh by playing a beautiful audio-sketch especially prepared for Bangla Radio Canberra by Mr. Mazharul Islam, a freedom fighter working for Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971, and now a distinguished media personality in Bangladesh. It highlighted the role of Bangladesh Betar during the liberation war, played a snippet of Swadhin Bangla Betar broadcast during the liberation war, and gave an overview of his life as radio broadcaster. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

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.

Meeting to defy 'Section 144' on 21 February 1952 that unfolded the historic events [Photo: Prof. Rafiqul Islam - Wikimedia.org]
22 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Language Martyr's Day & International Mother Language Day observed on 21 Feb 2016 by reading an article written by Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman on Late Chief Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, an activist of the Bengali language movement in 1952. The article was published in the December 2015 issue of the Bengali literary journal 'Kali O Kalam'. Justice Rahman, a prolific writer himself and author of more than seventy books and numerous other publications on as diversified subjects as language, religion, poetry and law, was the first person to break 'Section 144' on 21 February 1952 that unfolded the historic events. In this article Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman celebrated the versatility of late Muhammad Habibur Rahman and documented his multifaceted contributions to the people and language of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Role of Bangladesh Betar in the liberation war [Photo: positive-light.org]
28 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Independence Day of Bangladesh observed on 26 March by presenting a special presentation on the history and role of Swadhin Bangla Betar broadcast in the liberation war. It played a vital role by broadcasting the Declaration of Independence and programs to increase mental state of Bangladeshis during the war. In 1971 this radio was the only media reaching to the far ends of Bangladesh and ran a successful propaganda campaign throughout the war. Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra was renamed Bangladesh Betar on 6 December 1971. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

History and significance of the celebrations of Bangla New Year - poet Asad Chowdhury [Image: news.xinhuanet.com]
11 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1423 by presenting an interview with Bangladeshi poet Asad Chowdhury who spoke exclusively for Bangla Radio listeners on the history and significance of the celebrations of Bangla New Year. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sadi Mohammad, Milon Mahmud, Sabina Yeasmin, Samina Chowdhury, Bappa Mazumder and others. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque. [Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the program are those of the person interviewed on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Bangla Radio Canberra.]

Humayun Ahmed - Ekti chhoto golper nam (13 Nov 1948 - 19 Jul 2012) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
25 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Humayun Ahmed (1948-2012), Bangladeshi novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker on his fourth death anniversary. It presented a beautifully composed overview of this very popular storyteller's life, attributes and creations: 'Humayun Ahmed - Ekti chhoto golper nam'. The songs played in the program were composed by Humayun Ahmed and sung by various artists of Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Multinational Bangladesh - Interview of anthropologist Professor Prashanta Tripura [Image: bdnews24.com]
01 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with anthropologist Professor Prashanta Tripura, former faculty of anthropology at Jahangirnagar University and recently a full-time development professional. In his interview Professor Tripura discussed the importance of 'multinational Bangladesh' and beautifully explained how this multinationalism is recognised by the country and its Constitution. The songs used in the program were played from album 'Indigenous Folk Fusion Music of Bangladesh' by Sourav Chakma Tintin. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Farewel poet Shahid Qadri (1942-2016) [Image: risingbd.com]
19 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Shahid Qadri, Bangladeshi writer and poet who died in New York recently at the age of 74. Considered one of the leading contemporary Bengali poets, Shahid Qadri introduced urbanism and modernity in Bengali poetry - infusing patriotism, cosmopolitanism and universalism in its treatment of nature and city life that delved deep into self alienation in modern living. Shahid Qadri poems recited in the program were: 'Ke jeno bolchhe' by Quazi M Arif, 'Probasher pongktimala' by Gopon Saha, 'Ekti utthan potoner golpo' by Shahid Qadri, 'Tomake ovibadon' by Kabir Sumon and 'Songoti' by Runi Sarker. The instrumental piece was played by Pandit Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

‘Jaago Bahe Konthe Shobai’ - Tribute to writer Syed Shamsul Haque (27 Dec 1935 - 27 Sep 2016) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
03 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and writer Syed Shamsul Haque who died last week at the age of eighty-one. Recipient of Bangla Academy Award in 1966, ‘Ekushey Padak’ in 1984 and Bangladesh's Independence Day Award in 2000, this prolific wordsmith of the country put different Bangla dialects in the context of modern expression which took his creations to an extraordinary height. The poems and song written by Syed Shamsul Haque and used in the program were recited by: Ishrat Nishat ('Poraner Gohin Vitor' #4), Nazmul Ahsan ('Nuruldiner Shara Jibon'), Shimul Mustafa ('Amar Porichoy'), Shimul Mustafa and Ishrat Nishat ('Poraner Gohin Vitor' #1, #2 and #3) and sung by Andrew Kishore ('Hayre Manush Rongin Fanush'). The background instrumental pieces were played by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

The National Martyrs' Memorial of Bangladesh and its architect Syed Mainul Hossain [Photo: prothom-alo.com]
19 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 45th Victory Day of Bangladesh celebrated on 16 Dec 2016. It read two features published in Bangladesh daily 'Prothom Alo' on the occasion: (1) 'bijoyer prothom shurjodoy' by Sajjad Sharif describing the events on the Victory Day, and (2) 'jatio sriti shoudher sthopotikey ki amra mo-ne rekhechhi?' by Mashiur Alam remembering the unsung architect of the country's National Martyrs' Memorial. The songs played in the program were taken from album 'jagoroner gaan'. 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.

The liberation war through poems [Image: Ittefaq.com.bd]
27 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 47th Independence Day of Bangladesh, celebrated on 26th March. The day is observed to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan in the late hours of 25 March 1971 after the Pakistani Army brutally committed genocide on unarmed civilian Bengalis in the name of "Operation Searchlight" that triggered the liberation war. This week's program remembered the war through poems. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

If you remember me on a rainy night - In memory of Kamal Dasgupta and Feroza Begum [Images: Internet]
24 Jul 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to two legendary music personalities of Bangladesh: Dr. Kamal Dasgupta - a Bengali music director, composer and folk artist, and Ms. Feroza Begum - a leading Nazrul Shangeet singer and recipient of Bangladesh Independence Day Award. The duo, who later married, was musical geniuses - Dr. Dasgupta developed a close association with poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and composed the music for almost four hundred of his songs, while Ms. Feroza Begum was a distinguished Nazrul Shangeet singer. The Nazrul Shangeets played in the program were sung by the singers of 'Dhrupad' music group in Canberra. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Caption: 'Boshonto Boron' - Welcoming Spring [Image: Colors of life | Syful Rony | Flickr]
21 Aug 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful commentary on the history and evolution of the celebration of Spring arrival in Bengal. It described the significance of the traditional Spring festivals and how the celebration has changed over time shaped by the rulers, people and their culture to date since Mughal emperor Akbar introduced the Bangla calendar in 1585. A selection of songs on Spring played in the program were sung by singers from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Bistirno Duparey' - Canberra fund raising concert for the flood affected people of Bangladesh (Part 2) [Image: thedailystar.net]
25 Sep 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two 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 Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Poems of liberation [Image: Rayerbazar Boddho Bhumi/Rashid Talukder in 1971]
20 Nov 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful collection of poems - 'Muktir Kobita' - written on the theme of Bangladesh's liberation war and Independence in 1971. The poems, written by renowned Bangladeshi poets, captured the spirit, endurance and expectation of the liberation war. The recitations used in the program were by Asaduzzaman Noor, Shimul Mustafa, Mahidul Islam and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. The theme instrumentals used in the program were played by Ustad Sultan Khan in Sarangi and Shukkur Ali in flute. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.