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04 Apr 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Dr. Shamsul Haque, a scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Haque outlined the brilliant work of Bangladeshi scientists in rice research in CSIRO that is not only advancing the science of genetic engineering and biotechnology, it is also making a significant contribution in meeting Bangladesh's demand for food. It played songs by Abbas Uddin Ahmed and Paban Das Baul. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

27 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

This week's programme (mostly in English) presented an interview with Dr. Howard Rawson, an agronomist, who visited Bangladesh several times in the last two years on a FAO project aimed at increasing wheat production in Bangladesh. One way in which production could be increased is by growing a crop of wheat in the period between two crops of rice but this needs some changes to the way wheat is cultivated in Bangladesh. Dr. Rawson talked about his interactions with the local farmers who were testing new methods of cultivation and the possible reasons for the success of the project. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

08 Aug 2005 Listen MP3

Ever been to an ocean voyage? Wondered about the life of seafarers? Their experiences in the ocean? This week's program featured an interview with Aminur Rashid, a marine engineer and naval architect living in Canberra. Aminur Rashid shared his own experience and memorable moments in the ocean that matched the description in famous novel 'Shomudra Jatra' by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhay. The program played two songs on ocean theme - one by Bangladeshi singer Onima and the other by Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

05 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview that discussed Bangladesh development issues - achievements, problems and prospects - in the eye of a foreigner who worked in Bangladesh for five years. Mr. Jorgen Lissner, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, in an interview with Shafiq Rehman, talks about his own experience in developing Bangladesh, about the people, the country and the administration. Can we see Bangladesh's progress through his eyes? The audio recording of the interview is courtesy of popular BTV magazine 'Lal Golap' aired on 12 August 2005. This week's program played a beautiful song by Bangladesh's new generation singer Pothik Nobi. It was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

03 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Barrister Harun ur Rashid, former Ambassador of Bangladesh to Australia and the United Nations in Geneva. A senior expatriate himself now settled in Canberra, Australia, he talked about the importance of projecting Bangladesh in the mainstream Australian community and gave some important advice to the Canberra Bangladeshi community on how to achieve this. His advice can be equally applied in all Bangladeshi expatriate communities around the globe. This week's song 'amae eto rate kene daak dili' was sung by Bangladeshi expatriate singer Alamgir. This week's program was presented by Fahmida Ehsan and produced by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the story of - Australian 'Daal' (lentils) - covered by an interview with senior Bangladeshi agricultural scientist Dr. Syed Mosharraf Ali. Now based in Adelaide, Dr Ali has significant contribution in the Australian peas research that resulted in eleven peas and three lentil varieties to his credit, that are exported across the globe, especially to the subcontinent. His patented lentils 'Shakti' and 'Mukta' has been very popular in Asia, including Bangladesh, and has been a major foreign currency earner for the desperate Australian farmers. Now retired from the Department of Agriculture, South Australia, Dr Ali also told the inside story of the 'Bangladesh vetch scandal' that unscrupulous traders were involved in in imp orting toxic stock-feed as Australian lentils. The two beautiful songs played in the program were sung by prominent Bangladeshi singers Kalim Sharafi and Shabnam Mustari. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

02 Jan 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a farewell interview with Layeka Bashir, an extraordinary 'Nazrul Geeti' singer Canberra was proud to have during the last few years. Layeka accompanied her postgraduate student husband, Abu Ahmed, to Canberra and is returning to Bangladesh this month. Bangla Radio took the opportunity to interview such a devoted 'Nazrul Geeti' singer who started her singing career at the age of four and have practised classical music more than ten years before embracing 'Nazrul Geeti'. The beautiful songs she sang for the program are: 'ekadoshir chad re oi', 'ajhor dharae borsha jhore', 'shiuli phooler mala dole' and 'mone pore aaj shekon jonomer bidaeo shondhabela'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadeq Rahman.

26 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi celebrity artist Kumar Bishwajit recorded in Canberra when he accompanied a cultural team from Bangladesh that came to participate in Canberra's national multicultural festival held this month. It played a song from his recent album 'antor jolere jole amar, antor jolere' and live from the stage performance in Canberra - 'tomra ektara bajaio na, dotara bajaio na' and 'jonmile morite hobe, bhober rongo hobe je shango'. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijit Sarkar.

13 Mar 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with a senior pilot of Bangladesh who is now visiting Canberra. Retired pilot Saifuddin started his aviation career with PIA in 1958 and served the airline until Bangladesh's liberation in 1971. After liberation he joined Bangladesh Biman and been with it until his retirement. In this informal interview with Sadequr Rahman he described the formation of commercial airlines in the Indian subcontinent - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - and shared some unforgettable memories from his flying career. It played three beautiful songs - all on the theme of 'pakhi' (bird): 'jhorero pakhi hoey ure' by Sabina Yasmin, 'pakhi ure ure jaey kothaey' by Moushumi Bhoumik, and 'dui pakhi' by Rezwana Chowdhury Banya. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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/.]

24 Apr 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Canberra resident Ms. Paramita Roy, a school teacher and film enthusiast who has written, directed and co-produced a Bangla film 'Hori Alone in Kolkata' premiered in Canberra recently. Five Australians travelled to India in January 2005 to make this film. The film is about an eleven-year-old Muslim boy Mohammad who, like many other children, travels to the city of Kolkata to support his family back home in his village. Mohammad, in disguise of Hori (a Hindu identity), has to make many amusing and sad adjustments to fit in his new life. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'asru diye lekha ei gaan' by Bangladeshi singer Kanak Chapa, 'shankhayaloghu' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhoumik and a playback song from the film 'Hori Alone in Kolkata' by Indian singer Shomita Shengupta. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

12 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the first part of an interview with Professor Anisur Rahman - renowned Economist, writer and Rabindra Shangeet singer of Bangladesh - recorded recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Professor Rahman recollected his memories of Bangladesh's liberation war - his Economics research justifying the cause, his accounts of floating life during the war, support from famous Economist Amorto Sen to deep inside the politics of the country encompassing Tajuddin Ahmed. The songs played in the program are 'nibiro meghero chhaya diyechhi mele' by Professor Anisur Rahman and 'nongor tolo tolo' by Bangladeshi singers. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

19 Jun 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second part of the interview with Professor Anisur Rahman - renowned Economist, writer and Rabindra Shangeet singer of Bangladesh - recorded recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the second part, Professor Rahman recollected memories of his involvement in Rangpur 'Shanirvar' (self-reliance) movement - the ideology that helped local people survive the 1974 famine without any foreign aid and his interpretation of Rabindra Shangeet - its message, style and originality. The songs played in the program are Bhaoaiya 'oki garial bhai' by Bangladeshi prominent singer Ferdousi Rahman and Rabindra Shangeet 'tomar dare keno ashi' by Professor Anisur Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

10 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a rare interview with Raja Tridib Roy, the King of Chakma people living in the district of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Speaking to Bangla Radio while visiting Australia recently, Raja Tridib Roy gave a detailed description of the Chakma people - their origin, issues and solutions to their discontent. This informative discussion also covered history, politics and people from British rule to Bangladesh's Independence and how these shaped the life and culture of Chakma people today. The interview - a treasure for Bangla Radio - will be continued in next week's program. The two beautiful Chakma songs played in the program was sung by Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

17 Jul 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the second and final part of the interview with Raja Tridib Roy, the King of Chakma people living in the district of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Speaking to Bangla Radio while visiting Australia recently, Raja Tridib Roy gave a detailed description of the Chakma people - their origin, issues and solutions to their discontent. This informative discussion also covered history, politics and people from British rule to Bangladesh's Independence and how these shaped the life and culture of Chakma people today. The two beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Chakma singer Alpana Chakma and Indian singer Roma Mondol. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

14 Aug 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented comments and feedback from two Bangla Radio Canberra listeners Dr. Abed Chaudhury and Dr. Bina D'Costa on the interview with Raja Tridib Roy broadcast on 10th and 17th July 2006. Raja Tridib Roy, the ex-King of Chakma people living in the district of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, gave the interview to Bangla Radio while visiting Australia recently. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program was sung by Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

09 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented four short interviews with Shamsul Huda, Manzur Khan, Moinul Haque and Aminur Rashid highlighting the role and contribution of Bangladeshi community in Canberra’s Islamic activities. Their interviews were recorded in last weekend’s ‘Iftar’ party at the Canberra Islamic Centre hosted by the Bangladeshi community. The beautiful songs and recitation from Quran played in the program were sung by famous British singer Yusuf Islam (former Cat Stevens) after converting to Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

08 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented reading of a short story ‘olot palot’ written by Touhidul Hasan Shaju and 'ekot-trish bochhor por Runa Sabina' - an interesting interview with Bangladesh’s two celebrity singers Runa Laila and Sabina Yasmin by Shirin Bokul published in Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘momo mayamoi shopone’ by Nilufar Yasmin, ‘bidhatar tumi ek apurbo shristi’ by Milon Mahmood and Hyder Husyn, and ‘mayabono biharini ami noi’ by Keya Ghoshal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

15 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with four Bangladeshi doctors working in Canberra Hospital in Canberra. Dr. Shombhu Dutta, Dr. Jaodad Hasan, Dr. Md. Toufiqur Rahman and Dr. Saida Tazina Toufique arrived recently in Australia to fill in the shortage of doctors in the country. Bangla Radio presenter Dr. Dalia Nilufar who works in the same hospital interviewed them to know about their life in Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ei padma, ei meghna', 'ami chailam jare' and 'deho ekhon hashpatal' sung by two extra-ordinary new generation singers of Bangladesh - this year's 'CloseUp1' winner Salma Akhter from Kushtia and last year's finalist Beauty. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 Jan 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with: (1) new generation Bangladeshis growing up in Canberra about their feelings for Bangladesh, (2) Roysul Khan, Sports Secretary of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra at the Association's football tournament, and (3) Nic Manikis, Executive Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs Group of the Australian Capital Territory Government, praising the activities of the Bangladeshi community in Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in the program are: 'tomar barir ronger melai dekhechhilam bioscope', 'olok tumi polok phelona', and 'tomar ghore bash kore kara' sung by new generation singers of Bangladesh 'CloseUp1' finalists Nishita Borua and Muhin. This week’s program was produced and presented by Iskander Chowdhury.

12 Feb 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented radio reports on: (1) the first 'Shoroshoti Puja' organised by the Bangladeshi Hindu community in Canberra on 7th January 2007 at the local Florey Temple, (2) the 'International Food and Dance Spectacular' held on 10th February 2007 in Canberra as part of the National Multicultural Festival, and (3) an interview with the Producer of Voice of Bangladesh Radio broadcast from Sydney Dr. Nargis Akhter Banu. The two songs played in this week's program are: 'tumi kemon kore gaan koro he guni' sung by Canberra artists Avijit Sarker and Priyonka Biswas, and a West Papuan song sung by an artist of their community at the festival. The beautiful bag pipe ensemble used in the program was played by the City of Queanbeyan Pipe Band at the festival. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

16 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented - 'impressions of Bangladesh' - by two foreigners and opening speeches at the Bangladesh Night 2007 fund raising dinner for Kids with Cancer Australia held last Saturday 14 July 2007 in Canberra. Association President Mr. Abdul Quader welcomed the guests at the function and Ms. Lorraine Barker ex High Commissioner of Australia to Bangladesh narrated her wonderful experiences in key note speech. Speaking fluently in Bangla Australian agricultural expert Mr. Noel Magor described his observations of the country, the people and rural development achievements. This week's program played three songs: 'shudhu gaan geye porichoy', 'ei mon tomake dilam' and 'jhorer pakhi hoye u-ray' sung by Bangladeshi celebrity singer Sabina Yasmin who is now undergoing Cancer treatment in Singapore - we wish her full recovery. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

06 Aug 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with a budding Canberra music composer Shoeb Ahmad Shourav and samples of his music. Sourav is a new generation Bangladeshi brought up in Canberra with a passion for experimental music. He studied music composition at the University of Wollongong and currently studying computer music at the Australian National University in Canberra. Shourav was invited to perform in different cities of Australia and New Zealand. The musical pieces played in this week's program are: setting the mood for the interview, a classical song 'josna korechhe ari' by Begum Akhter, and electronic - 'drone music' - based on harmonies and tones using a few notes, composed by Shourav. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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.

18 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

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

25 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

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

12 May 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the role of Bangladesh Army in the United Nation peace keeping missions around the globe. First, it presented a brief history of the development of modern army in the subcontinent - from the early 1700 to the East Bengal Regiment in 1948 - their role in Bangladesh's liberation war, and after that an interview with Ahmed Imran, an officer of the Bangladesh Army now completing his Ph.D. in Canberra, talked about the reasons behind the success of Bangladesh Army in the UN peace keeping missions from his own experience. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'aar noy judho' a chorus of the Bangladesh Army peace keeping mission, 'nongor tolo tolo' a chorus, and 'amay jodi prosno korey' by Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

23 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informative discussion on the issues surrounding the proposed Phulbari Coal Mine in northern Bangladesh. The project would divert a river, suck an aquifer dry for 30 years and evict thousands of people from their homes. Environmental and social concerns are now creating overwhelming opposition to the project within Bangladesh. This week's program reviewed these concerns by two experts: (1) Prof Anu Muhammad, Professor of Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a civil society campaigner against the Phulbari mine, and (2) Canberra resident Bangladeshi expatriate Dr. Ruhul Amin Sarker, distinguished operations researcher and teacher specialising in coal mining, production and marketing at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. The beautiful song 'ami banglae gaan gai' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman. [Note: Views expressed in the program are those of the invited speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bangla Radio Canberra. The websites mentioned in the program are: http://phulbariresistance.blogspot.com and http://www.aidwatch.org.au]

18 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report of the community events held in Canberra in the last fortnight and an interview from Bangla Radio archive. The events covered are: (1) Conference on Bangladesh environment issues held in Bangladesh High Commission to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Bangladesh Environment Network, and (2) launch of the audio CD ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’ with a collection of Tagore songs sung by Bangla Radio presenter Sakiba Rahman. The interview from archive is with Bangladeshi student artist Shahabuddin while he was studying at the Canberra School of Art, interviewed by Fowzul Azim. The beautiful songs: ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’, ‘ananda dhara’, ‘moha bish-shey’ and ‘o-amar desher mati’ were sung by Canberra artist Sakiba Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

08 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the role of Bangladeshi expatriate women in helping and empowering themselves, sharing knowledge and organising community outreach activities. It presented a telephone interview with Shahnaz Yousuf from New York, describing the activities of their organisation - 'adhunika' - in promoting equality, health and right of women in their expatriate life. Shahnaz is custodian of the website/blog: www.adhunika.org. The beautiful songs played in the program 'amar kichhu kotha chhilo tomae bolar, kebol tomae' and 'tor-i jonno shorirer bhare ami noto' were sung by popular Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D’Costa.

12 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented issues of continuing our Bangla heritage in expatriate life: (1) reflection and comparison of life and values of first and second generation Bangladeshis living in Australia - 'borodiner jama' - written by popular Sydney playwright, actor and director John Martin, and (2) interview of some newly arrived students and migrants to Canberra describing their feelings and obligations in a new country and life. The beautiful song played in the program 'banglar mati banglar jol' was sung by Indian singers Concord Trio: Madhusree, Madhurita and Amrita. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

19 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson who teaches Bangla at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In it, she recounts her introduction to Bangla, her fascination with Bangla grammar and language and her experience of living in Bangladesh and the relationships she formed there. The program also reflected on the contributions to the Canberra community by Mr. K. K. Haque who is currently not well. The two beautiful songs played on the program ‘amar chockher joler majhe’ and ‘akash meghe dhaka’ were sung by popular Indian singer Chitra Singh and selected by Dr. Thompson. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Jan 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with two prominent singers of Bangladesh - mother and daughter - Suraiya Zaman and Sakiba Rahman Mitul. Suraiya Zaman, senior radio artist of Bangladesh, now visiting Canberra, recollected her childhood memories of music lessons in India and Bangladesh. Sakiba Rahman, popular singer of Sydney and Canberra, described her devotion for Rabindra sangeet and how she is practicing it in expatriate life. The two beautiful songs played in the program, 'ochenake bhoy ki amar o-re' and 'gram chhara oi ranga matir poth' were sung by Suraiya Zaman and Sakiba Rahman respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

16 Feb 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews with two distinguished Australians: (1) Mr. Fred Hyde, recipient of the 'Order of Australia' award, who helped build thirty-seven schools in Char Fashion, Bhola in Bangladesh, and (2) Mr. Chowdhury Sadaruddin, Bangladeshi expatriate and resident of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, recipient of the 'Local Hero of the Year 2009' award. The beautiful song played in the program 'aaj tomar mon kharap' titled 'pori' was sung by new generation Bangladeshi composer and singer Bappa Mojumdar. The website mentioned in the program is www.fredhyde.org. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy.

13 Apr 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Canberra resident Jyoti Rahman highlighting the role and contribution of expatriate Bangladeshis towards making the recent Bangladesh elections more transparent and fair. He first introduced the 'Drishtipat Writers Collective' - a forum of expatriate writers belonging to ‘Drishtipat’ - a non-profit, expatriate Bangladeshi organisation that works on human rights in Bangladesh, and then narrated his and the forum's contribution in Bangladesh election 2008. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'jao pakhi bolo ta-rey' and 'hot-hath ekta roud hoey jao' were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singer Kazi Krishnokoli Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

11 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mark Bidwell, an Australian who established one orphanage in Khulna, Bangladesh in 2001 and since then tirelessly raising funds to keep it running. Mr. Bidwell on a trip to the subcontinent fell in love with the country, the language and its people. He has only one advice for the Bangladeshi expatriates worldwide: if you care for your motherland and want to help, 'just do it' - even one dollar can make the difference, and (2) 'amar ma ke monay poray' - remembering mother on this year's 'Mother's Day'. The beautiful song 'teen pagoley holo pala, no-dey eshey' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Farida Parveen. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy with the assistance of Sadequr Rahman.

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.

13 Jul 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative interview with Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Mohammed Alauddin, Professor of Chemistry, Wagner College, New York, USA, on indoor air pollution in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, exposure to indoor air pollutants from the burning of solid fuels in household cook stoves has been recognised as the major cause of death among children of age five year and less. Prof. Alauddin talked about an improved cook stove that is making the difference both in health and fuel efficiency. The beautiful song played in the program 'o footpather meye' was sung by popular Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

10 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) interviews with Mr. Brian Martin, Chairman, Operation Cleft (www.operationcleft.org.au) and Ms. Dalia Das, Project Manager, Operation Cleft Bangladesh - highlighting the humanitarian works of the Australia based aid organisation that is sponsoring children's cleft lip and palate surgery with local health professionals in Bangladesh, and (2) interview with Mr. Nitya Bernard Parker - a Bangla music devotee and singer. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'bondhu amar, bondhu amar' by Australian singer Nitya Bernard Parker, 'ek pa-ye nupur tomar' by Bangladeshi singers Topu and Anila, and 'bahir boley durey thako' by Bangladeshi singers Habib and Nancy. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

24 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Studying on an Australian Leadership Award in Economics, her research focus on the food safety regulation and its impact on Bangladesh export industry's productivity and efficiency. Living in Canberra with her two young children Nazneen described how she is managing her busy life as a student and mother. She also described her diverse career as a Bangladeshi women in government and her passion for pan flute. The beautiful piece of pan flute selected by Nazneen and played in the program was played by Nepalese artist Prem Rana Autary. This week's program was produced by Shireen Ahmed and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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.

16 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with visitors and newly arrived expatriates to Canberra at the picnic organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra on 1st November 2009 at the East Uriara Nature Reserve in Canberra, and (2) a prayer for two orphan conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna from Bangladesh undergoing a marathon surgery to separate them at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne - they were brought to Australia for medical treatment by the Children First Foundation. The beautiful song 'amar naam kishore kumar ganguly' was sung by distinguished Indian singer and actor Kishore Kumar. The electronic ambient music used in the program was composed and played by Kishore Sen from Kolkata, India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program discussed recent progress in producing rice lines that could help to increase rice production in Bangladesh in the next few years. The program started with an interview with Dr. M. A. Salam (Director General of Research in BRRI) that provided a broad perspective on the environmental constraints on rice cultivation in Bangladesh and the work done by BRRI to overcome these problems. This was followed by comments by Drs. Abdelbagi Ismail and David McKill of IRRI, who are leading scientists in the discovery and deployment of the submergence tolerance gene, sub-1. The program concluded with interviews with three Bangladeshi rice scientists who attended a recent rice genetics conference in Manila: Dr. Helaluddin Ahmed, Mr. Partha Sarathi Biswas and Dr. Masuduzzaman. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

07 Dec 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program is concerned with war-babies born out of the struggle for independence in 1971. The program captured some of the comments of Sajid Hossain, marine engineer and author of the book 'Ekatorer judho-shishu' , made when he was visiting Canberra earlier in the year. He recounted his motivation to write the book and the reactions to it as well his own reflections on this difficult issue. The song played in this program was 'Shob kota janala khule dao na' by Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

15 Feb 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews with (1) Mr. S.M. Zakaria Hoq, senior Bangladesh Government officer, studying Public Policy at the Australian National University on AUSAID scholarship, about his role and responsibilities as Upozila Nirbahi Officer and how his studies will benefit Bangladesh, (2) Dr. Zamir Hossain at the National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra last week about the activities of their organisations CO-Operation in Development Australia (CO-ID) and Lets Work for Bangladesh in establishing schools in rural Bangladesh, and (3) Dr. Moyazur Rahman, President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra about their food stall and cultural presentation at the festival. The beautiful song played in the program 'ekti bangladesh, tumi jagroto jonotar' was sung by leading Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi.

08 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) brief discussion about the impact of global financial crisis in Bangladesh: some positive notes on its economy and economic development, how the country managed to increase the GDP and reduced poverty, increased foreign currency reserve and its potentials of becoming a member of the Next Eleven group, and (2) intimate interview with Mr. Abdul Hamid MP, current Speaker of Bangladesh's Parliament, during his recent visit to Canberra on his views on Bangladesh's economy, government initiatives, transit corridors for neighbouring countries and appeal to non-resident Bangladeshis to invest in Bangladesh. The beautiful patriotic song 'shurjodoye tumi, shurjasteo tumi o amar bangladesh' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Romel. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

15 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Mr. Mahmud Hossain Murad, leading Tea-Taster and Tea-Broker of Bangladesh on the history of tea plantation in Bangladesh, the issues of tea brokerage and the prosperity of the country's tea industry expected in future, and (2) 'ma-er kachhey mey-er chithi' - a heart-warming letter to mother from her daughter written by Sutapa Barua, an expatriate Bangladeshi living in Sydney, published in the Sydney website www.bangla-sydney.com. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ek kup cha' and 'money porey ma-ke amar' was sung by Indian singer Kishore Kumar and expatriate Bangladeshi singer Rifat Nigar Shapla (Loy Records, Toronto) respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Apr 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Ms. Zarina Hossain, Director of Service Learning and Internships at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh on the role of the university in providing a world-class education to promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds from across South and South East Asia and the Middle East - a much needed avenue for women to empower themselves to become enlightened leaders, and (2) how to live a beautiful life - some important health tips from Dr. Dalia Nilufar. The Rabindra sangeet played in the program 'tumi dhonno, dhonno hey' was sung by Bangladeshi singer Laisa Ahmed Lisa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

17 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Olav Muurlink, Chairman of Co-operation in Development, Australia (CO-ID). CO-ID is a registered Australian charity, building and operating schools in the third world. The charity is run by volunteers and its administrative overhead is under five cents to the donated dollar. CO-ID has established 45 primary schools in Char Fashion in Bhola, Bangladesh that is providing education to eleven thousand underprivileged children in that area. In his interview Mr. Muurlink described the history of COID, his experience of Dhaka and Bhola, why Australians are held in very high regard by the people of Char Fashion and the impact of climate change on these children and their education. The beautiful song 'bangladesh, amar desh' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi Bijoy.

28 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with Mr. Lelung Khumi, the first graduate in the 300 years of history of the Khumi indigenous tribe living in Bangladesh. Mr. Khumi, recently graduated in Sociology from the Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia, shared with the listeners his fairy tale like journey from the remotest hills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to Dartmouth College in the USA and later to Australia and talked about the challenges he faced in his life and how he won them. The beautiful Khumi song played in the program 'khuteng beaung chu' was sung by the Burmese Khumi singer Ludia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

05 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Raja Devasish Roy, the King of the Chakma people of Bangladesh, recorded during his last month’s visit to Australia. The Raja has recently been appointed Expert Indigenous Member from Asia to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2011-2013. He talked about the impact his appointment could have in safeguarding the rights of indigenous people. The Raja also spoke of the role of the international community and expatriate Bangladeshis in bringing lasting peace to the region. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

19 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) short discussion on the impact of population and economic growth on Australian lifestyle, resources and environment, and (2) interview with Prof. Bijon B Sarma, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning and Head of the Department of Architecture, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh, on Sarma's Unified Script (SUS) - a multi-lingual scripting system - that he recently developed with Dr. Mira R Sarma-Parai, Pathologist in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The beautiful songs played in the program 'ami ek jajabor' and 'tui phele eshechhish ka-rey' were sung by popular Indian singers Bhupen Hazarika and Jayeeta Ghosh respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

09 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative discussion on the practice of 'fasting' during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning this week. It interviewed Mr. Mohammad Ahsanullah, Bangladeshi expatriate living in Canberra and a popular speaker on Islamic topics, about the history, importance and practice of fasting during Ramadan. Mr. Ahsanullah also described the Do's and Don’ts in Ramadan, teachings of the Koran, 'Hadith' or narration of the words and deeds of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) on Ramadan and the correct ways of praying the 'tarawee' prayer during the month. This week’s program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

30 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a very informative discussion on political and economic future of Bangladesh, which is challenged by a combination of factors including the country's political violence, weak governance, poverty, corruption and Islamist militancy. It interviewed Advocate Tarana Halim, Member of Bangladesh Parliament, who is currently in Canberra on a personal visit, about her government’s policy to overcome these obstacles and maintain country’s economic growth and political stability. The beautiful Nazrul song ‘khelichho e bishwa loye’ played in the program was sung by popular Indian singer Anup Jalota. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

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.

25 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview of the Hon'ble State Minister of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh Mr. Dipankar Talukder during his recent visit to Canberra by Bina D'Costa, Obaidul Haque and Jyoti Rahman. The interview touched upon the events of Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati in February this year where Jumma/indigenous people were subjected to violent intimidation, resulting in a number of deaths. It started with the government's responses to the events, and continued with various questions on the 1997 Peace Accord, the Constitutional Reform, and the insecurity of various communities living in the region. The beautiful Chakma songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpona Chakma. This week’s program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

08 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the significance of - 'Hajj' - the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to Muslims. It interviewed two Canberra couples Habib and Dulu Rahman, and Mainul and Parveen Haque, who recently performed Hajj, about their experience and advice to people planning to perform 'Hajj' in the near future. The recording of the 'Hajj Talbiyah' - a prayer as well as an assertion of the pilgrim's intention to perform 'Hajj' only for the glory of Allah - used in the program was collected from the Internet. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

15 Nov 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program focused on the distribution of the book ‘jekhane meyeder daktar nei’ by Gonoshasthaya Kendro in Bangladesh, and how listeners’ can make donations to help this effort. The program included discussions with Dr. Sarah Shannon, the director of Hesperian (the original creators of the book) and Prof. Altafunnessa, the CEO of Gonoshasthaya Kendro on the enormous impact that the book could make to the health care of disadvantaged women. The song played in the program ‘bansh baganer mathar upor chand utheche oi’ was sung by popular Indian singer Protima Bandopadhaya. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

06 Dec 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an exclusive interview with Jyotirindra Bodhipriya (Santu) Larma, Chief of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. It was recorded at a function held in Dhaka on 2 December 2010 on the occasion of the thirteenth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty by JSS and Bangladesh Government. The treaty was hailed by leaders around the world as a break through in the quarter of a century conflict in the region. The two beautiful Chakma songs played in the program 'ama decchan muro muri' and 'naksa ful' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Alpana Chakma. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

24 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme featured an interview with Mr. Enam Ul Haque, the prominent South Asian birder and explorer, the only Bangladeshi to make it to both the South and the North poles. The interview highlighted the state of birds and birding as an up-and-coming hobby in Bangladesh. It stressed the importance of conserving birds for the ultimate conservation of nature and highlighted the birders’ central role to that end. The informative interview also drew an interesting connection between Australia and Bangladesh in terms of migratory bird flyway. The beautiful song played in the program 'jao pakhi bolo ta-rey' was sung by Bangladeshi singers Chondona Majumdar and Krishnokoli. This week’s programme was produced and presented from Dhaka by Obaidul Haque.

07 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with David Bergman, Special Reports Editor of Bangladeshi newspaper the New Age. The interview focussed on the impact of the publicly released WikiLeaks cables on South Asia, how these profoundly changed communication methods between states, and the responsibility of media in general. The interview was conducted on the backdrop of Bergman's article on RAB and WikiLeaks published on 4 January, 2011, where he points out to the misinformation provided by the Guardian claiming that the RAB was a 'government death squad' and it received British training. The songs played in the program were sung by music group from Kolkata, Moheener Ghoraguli. This week's programme was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

14 Feb 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews with: (1) Bangladeshi Architect Abul Abdullah, an architectural designer at Perkins+Will in Chicago, USA about his professional career and new developments in building technology, sustainable design and exterior building envelopes, that are being applied in their projects in the US, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, and (2) some new comers to Canberra about their feeling and experience of living in the national capital. The beautiful songs played in the program 'aha aji e boshonte' and 'megh balika' were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singers Rezwana Chowdhury Bonna and Mahmuduzzaman Babu. This week's programme was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

07 Mar 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) 'adda' with the members of - 'Cricket Tomorrow.com' - a content rich Cricket website developed by Bangladeshi Cricket devotees in Canberra, about the current ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Bangladesh as one host country, favourites and the Bangladesh team; and (2) interview with Mr. Anwar Akash, co-founder of - 'Bangla Academy Australia' - in Sydney, about their activities and achievements in promoting and fostering Bangla language, culture and heritage in Australia. The World Cup 2011 Bangladeshi theme song 'jitbe ebar jitbe cricket' and the beautiful song 'ami banglai gaan gai' palyed in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers and Indian singer Protul Mukhopadhay respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

09 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program, on the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore's birth, featured an extended telephone conversation with Mr. Iqbal Bahar Choudhury, ex-Editor-in-Chief, Bangla Service, Voice of America and noted broadcaster and vocal artiste, who recently visited Sydney. The conversation covered recollections of Iqbal Bahar Choudhury's parents and aunt and of incidents and personalities from his career as broadcaster. The recitation and songs of Tagore's work were performed by Iqbal Bahar Choudhury and Bangladesh's Rezwana Choudhury Banya. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

23 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured a conversation with Architect Mubasshar Hussain, current president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and president of the Commonwealth Association of Architects. He recently visited Canberra to participate in the architectural exhibition and seminar titled ‘Sharing Our Achievements’. It was held on 5th May in the University of Canberra and was organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA). In the program Architect Mubasshar Hussain shared his views and thoughts on various aspects on architecture, town planning and democracy. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

20 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented short interviews with two of the most popular singers of Bangladesh - Bappa Mazumder and Partha Barua. The interviews were recorded when they came to Australia to perform in concerts in Sydney and Melbourne early this month. Bappa Mazumder is one of the premier members of the famous Bangladeshi band 'Dalchhut' and Partha Barua is a member of the equally famous Bangladeshi band 'Souls'. They talked about their life and their love for music. The beautiful songs played in the program 'pori' and 'aaj tomakey proyojon' were sung by Bappa Mazumder and Partha Barua respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

18 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. In this week’s program, the noted Rabindra scholar, Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman of Dhaka University, discusses the sometimes-raised criticism that Rabindranath’s work was biased and focused largely on the Hindu/Brahma middle class of Kolkata. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by the Laisa Ahmed Lisa and Jayati Acharya. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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.

01 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented: (1) a report on the status of US image as a global super power, and (2) recordings of the Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, including intervews with the departing President Dr. Mohammad A Quadir and Member Dr. Nahida Bhuiyan. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by singers Nazib Mahmud 'shey amar desh', Nachiketa Chakraborty 'tumi ashbey boley', and Mahmuduzzaman Babu 'ami banglay gaan gai'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

26 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme featured - 'Sustainable Living’ - a lifestyle that attempts to reduce our use of the Earth's natural resources. It presented an interview with architect Iftekher Abdullah, an accredited professional of the Green Building Council of Australia, discussing various aspects of sustainable design of buildings and developments. The programme also presented some simple ways of retrofitting our houses for energy saving and changing our behaviour to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel based energy. This week's programme was jointly produced and presented by Asif Ali and Sheikh Lana.

05 Dec 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented a critical analysis of the important events in Bangladesh's history, the potentials lie for it in the future and ways to reap those by taking lessons from the past based on a recent lecture by Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The lecture was delivered in a special seminar organised by the Institute of Governance Studies at BRAC University in Dhaka on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hussain. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

09 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Vernon Bailey discussing meditation and healing garden. Dr Bailey a distinguished Canberra nutritionist, who worked over fifty years in Asia mainly Indonesia, spoke about spiritual healing and multicultural reconciliation and the establishment of the Environment Meditation and Healing Garden in Canberra by the Canberra Interfaith Forum represented by the people from different faiths in Canberra. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'muchhey jaoa dinguli', 'pother klanti bhuley', 'dinguli mor shonar khanchae' and 'tui phele eshechhish karey' were sung by Indian singers Hemanta Mukhapadhay and Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

28 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Dr. Enamul Haque, founder director general of Bangladesh National Museum and a pioneering figure in the study of archaeology and cultural heritage of Bengal. In this interview Dr. Haque, Bangladesh's veteran cultural personality who is also a renowned poet, lyricist and musician, recollected his work on archiving Bengal art, his contribution in Bangla literature and creation of a number of successful 'geeti-nritya-natya'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

18 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with distinguished Bangladeshi singer Ferdausi Rahman. Groomed by her father Abbasuddin Ahmed, a legendary folk singer, as a vocalist her music career spanned over five decades. She has not only uplifted the great trend of folk music that her father established, she also gave her fans a rich collection of music that includes Modern Song, Classical, Ghazal and Nazrul Shangeet. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Ferdausi Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

08 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr Iftikher Mahmood, founder of Hope Foundation (www.hopeforbangladesh.org). Dr. Mahmood described how this organisation supports the Cox's Bazar Hospital for Women and Children and Hope Medical Centres which aim to serve millions of people by providing education, acute medical care, treatment, and the rehabilitation of sick, injured, disabled and destitute women and children of Bangladesh. The song played in the program 'amar shonar bangla' was sung by Bangladeshi singer James. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

26 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented interviews of two prominent architects from Bangladesh, Architect Mubasshar Hussain and Architect Ahsanul Hauque Khan, respectively the President of the Institute of Architects, Bangladesh and Chief Architect of the Government of Bangladesh. The two architects were in Australia on the occasion of the week-long festival in Melbourne titled ‘Bringing Architects Together’ that was organized by Bangladeshi architects in Australia (BaA) and hosted with the assistance of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Institute of Architects Bangladesh and the Bangladesh High Commission. The program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Canberra's Naming Ceremony by Lady Denman at Capitol Hill on 12 March 1913 [Photo: National Library of Australia]
07 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s program, the first in a series of several, to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation’s capital, features an interview with veteran Canberran Bengali architect and urban planner, Shibu Dutta. The interview revealed, among other facts, a very interesting but hitherto little known connection of Bengal with the choice of Canberra as the federal capital in 1908. The popular country songs played in the program are sung by famous Australian country song writers and singers John Williamson and Peter Allen. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

Social networks helping you connect and share with the people in your life
28 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the social media, especially Facebook that has gained popularity not just in our personal lives but also in businesses and government. It presented: (1) an interview with Ms. Lubna Alam, Lecturer and social media expert at the University of Canberra, sharing her view on some of the interesting impacts of Facebook in our lives, and (2) a CNN report by Elizabeth Cohen that discussed a study of Facebook users, which found some are envious of their friends. The beautiful flute composition 'See you again' used in the program was composed and played by Bangladeshi artist Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Jatio Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh [Photo: Internet]
04 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is based on an interview of Ms. Sarah Burns regarding her Bangla learning experience and some beautiful music. The songs played in the program were sung by band Khiyo, Fahmida Nabi, Mita Haque, Arnab & Sahana Bajpayee. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Canberra celebrates its 100th birthday on 11 March 2013 [Collage: www.canberra100.com.au]
11 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program is the third in a series to celebrate the centenary of Canberra as the nation's capital in 2013. Broadcast on the day when Canberra is celebrating its 100th birthday, it presented the views of four Canberra town planners about how it grew over the century and how the land, climate and people shaped the national capital to its current vibrant state. The planners interviewed are: Johanna Duck, David Radice, Ravi Singh and Rumana Jamaly. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

17 Jun 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Indrani Dutta from West Bengal, India who is an actor, a dancer and a singer. Indrani Dutta has visited Canberra recently with her dance troop 'Sristi' in early this year. She was invited to perform in different cities of Australia. The musical pieces played in this week's program 'chhata dhoro-he deora' by Kali Dasgupta, and background song 'hotath bhishon bhalo lagchhe' by Lata Mungeshkar were collected from the Internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Ms. Farzana Brownia from Channel i at a recent Canberra function [Photo: Priyanka Biswas]
16 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Ms. Farzana Brownia, presenter, producer and DGM of Channel i - the first digital TV channel of Bangladesh. Ms. Brownia travelled to Canberra, Australia as part of her world tour to meet with Bangladeshi expatriates on the occasion of Channel i's fifteenth anniversary celebration. The Rabindra Shangeet played in the program was sung by Sakiba Rahman Mitul. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Blooming tulips in Canberra annual flower show Floriade [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with renowned Bangladeshi singer Salma Akbar recorded during her recent visit to Canberra. A leading singer of Tagore songs Salma Akbar talked about her singing career and the practice, promotion and popularity of Tagore songs in Bangladesh. The Tagore songs 'tumi kon kanoner phool' and 'amaro porano jaha chaye' played in the program were sung by Salma Akbar. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Interview with ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch MLA, by Aurora Kar
09 Dec 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program captured an interview with ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch MLA, and discussed on issues concerning foreign remittance in Bangladesh. Minister’s interview on Centenary Multicultural Award was recorded by Arara Kar. 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 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.

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.

A Bangladeshi girl in her classroom [Photo: ec.europa.eu]
07 Apr 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Nazrul Islam on the activities of the - 'Grameen Support Group Australia' - a non-profit community organisation registered in Sydney. The group believe that Bangladesh's Grameen approach is the best available method today to eradicate poverty from the world by individual and group initiatives along with governmental policies. To achieve this the group assists and supports Bangladesh's Grameen projects for its microcredit, educational and health programs. Mr. Islam also explained how the group's Scholarship program for very poor meritorious Bangladeshi students those secured GPA-5 in SSC exams has been successful in realising the benefits. The song 'gonotontro' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Borhanuddin Shafi.

Bangladeshi band singer Shafin Ahmed [Photo: Wikipedia.com]
19 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with popular Bangladeshi band singer Shafin Ahmed recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. Shafin grew up in a musical family - his father, Kamal Das Gupta, was a noted music director, while his mother, Firoza Begum, is a legendary Nazrul Geeti singer. Shafin took lessons about Nazrul Geeti in his childhood and exposed to western music in England. Along with his elder brother he founded Band Miles which went on to become a leading musical group in Bangladesh. Shafin left Miles in 2010 to form a new band group - Rhythm of Life. The songs played in the program were sung by Shafin Ahmed. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

21 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Syeda Rizwana Hasan, a Bangladeshi attorney and environmentalist, and recipient of Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012, for her leadership in judicial activism in Bangladesh for people’s right to good environment. Syeda Hasan in her interview recollected her memories of childhood Dhaka and expressed her concerns for the current state of environment of the city. The songs played in the program were sung by Nazma Zaman and Band Chirkut. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

'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.

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

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

Conservation of Bangladesh's nature and environment [Image: pojf.org]
20 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Muqeed Majumder Babu, Chairman of Prokriti O Jibon Foundation (Nature and Life Foundation), an organization devoted to conservation of biological diversity and sustainable development in Bangladesh. In his interview Mr. Majumder highlighted the issues of biodiversity in Bangladesh and described how a television series in TV Channel-I created and directed by him is successfully building mass awareness on richness of biodiversity in the country. The beutiful song 'beche thak shobuj' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Prof. Muhammad Yunus delivering keynote speech in Sydney conference focussing people's architecture [Photo: Syed Ali]
27 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the keynote speech delivered by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the international conference focusing people’s architecture organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BAA) in association with Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in Sydney recently. The theme of the event was ‘Architects as social activists’ where Professor Muhammad Yunus was the keynote speaker and chief guest. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangladeshi painter and print maker Rokeya Sultana [Image: www.rokeya-sultana.com]
10 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with the eminent Bangladeshi painter and print maker Rokeya Sultana, sharing with the listeners how her work has been so profoundly inspired by nature, and why women and nature feature very prominently in her work. 'Madonna' and 'Earth, Water and Air' are two of her most famous art series. The flute recital used in the program was taken from album 'beautiful nature' played by Bangladeshi flautist Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus during recent Australia visit [Photo: Syed Ali]
17 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus recorded for Bangla Radio Canberra during his recent visit to Australia. In the interview he explained the concept of 'social business' and suggested various ways expatriates can contribute to development activities in Bangladesh. The program also presented part of Prof. Yunus' speech at the Bangladeshi architects’ conference in Sydney last month describing a Grameen project on 'beggars as entrepreneurs'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangladeshi celebrity chef Keka Ferdousi during her recent Australia visit [Image: facebook.com]
24 Nov 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi celebrity chef Keka Ferdousi during her recent visit to Australia. Author of many recipe books and recipient of numerous national and international awards, Ms. Ferdousi is a popular host on Bangladeshi TV and satellite channels, particularly 'desh bidesher ranna' in Channel I. She has travelled widely promoting Bangladeshi traditional recipes and researched extensively on Bangladeshi heritage sweets and dishes. The folk song played in the program was sung by Utpalendu Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Depression' - Advice and Help - Dr Mohammed Khan Mintoo
01 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program focussed on - 'depression' - a disorder of mood leading to serious mental illness. It presented an interview with Dr Mohammed Khan Mintoo, senior mental health specialist in Canberra, discussing the nature and levels of the illness, and the need for its appropriate clinical and social management. The interview was produced by Shahadat Manik for Canberra web channel 'Priyovision' and was hosted by Dr Shampa Barua. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Sraboni Sen and Sudeshna Chattopaddhaya. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
08 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program briefly discussed on Mission Australia's findings on Youth Survey 2014 and presented an interview with Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells about Translating and Interpreting services in Multicultural Australia. The interview was hosted by Arara Kar. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian Singers Manna Dey and Bhupen Hazarika. This weeks program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

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.

Bappa Mazumdar at his Canberra concert on 24 April 2015 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented an interview with Bappa Mazumdar, one of the popular contemporary singer, music director and composer of Bangladesh, recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. ATN Canberra organised the concert for Bappa Mazumdar and Partha Borua “Dekha Hobe Bandhu” in Canberra on 24 April 2015. In his interview Bappa Mazumdar commented on the opportunities and achievements of contemporary songs and music in Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Canberra singer Sheikh Lana on her solo album cover 'shonge amar chol' [Image: Aajob Records]
15 Jun 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of Canberra singer Sheikh Lana following her first solo album - 'shonge amar chol' - launch in Canberra on 1st May 2015. Sheikh Lana, an architect and town planner by profession, is also a reputed painter and registered singer of radio and TV channels in Bangladesh. She is also an active member of Bangla Radio Canberra. In her interview Lana recollected her family's inspiration to music, her devotion and her desire to explore and research the various Bangla music forms. The songs played in the program were taken from album 'shonge amar chol' released by Aajob Records in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah

Curzon Hall of Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh [Photo: Facebook DUAA]
17 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Raquibuddin Ahmed, President, Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA), recorded during his recent visit to Canberra. In his interview Mr. Ahmed elaborated the objective and activities of the Association, and invited all alumni to the special alumni reunion to be held on 2nd January 2016 at the Dhaka University campus. The interview was recorded by life member of DUAA Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan. The musical piece used in the program was played by Abinash Chandra Shil. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Building Code implementation in Bangladesh : Interview with Architect Mubasshar Hussein [Image: dhakatribune.com]
24 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program focused on the issues of implementing the Building Code in Bangladesh. It presented an interview with Architect Mubasshar Hussein, past president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), discussing the lessons learnt from the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 and the collaborative effort of all parties required to implement the Building Code in Bangladesh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

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.

Interview: Bangladeshi singer Ferdousi Rahman [Photo: megainsane.com]
21 Sep 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Bangladeshi singer Ferdousi Rahman recorded in Dhaka by Dalia Nilufar. Ferdousi Rahman, a leading and senior most singer of the country, started her singing career in 1955 in radio and then sang as playback singer in cinema and television for nearly sixty years. She is the daughter of legendary folk singer of Bangladesh Abbas Uddin. The songs played in the program were sung by Ferdousi Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Bangladeshi rock singer Ayub Bachchu in recent Canberra concert [Photo: Syed Ali]
26 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Ayub Bachchu, a leading rock singer of Bangladesh, recorded during his recent concert in Canberra. Ayub Bachchu is best known as the founding member and the leader of the rock band LRB. LRB's music has been extremely popular for decades to the Bangladeshi young generations. The songs used in the program were played from Ayub Bachchu's popular albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Capability Systems Centre at the UNSW @ ADFA campus in Canberra [Image: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au]
30 Nov 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informal discussion about life as foreign student at the University of New South Wales in Canberra located at the Australian Defence Force Academy. A group of Bangladeshi students studying at the campus shared their experience, facilities and opportunities for higher studies in Canberra. It acknowledged the assistance of Dr. Ahmed Imran and Ms. Tasneem Rahman in organising and recording the discussion. This week's program was produced by Sakiba Rahman and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

Moutushi's Mongolia [Image: journeymart.com]
07 Dec 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program involves a conversation with Moutushi (Sanzeeda Ali), who is Canberra-born and bred, and a name familiar to many Canberrans. Moutushi spent a year as an Australian youth ambassador to Mongolia, helping with educational outreach efforts in that country. In this program she describes her experience of that year, from visiting nomads in their tents to life in Ulan Bator, the coldest capital city in the world. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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.

Making of 'Salt Bridge' movie in Canberra: Abhijit Deonath, Alakananda Deonath and Paromita Dey [Image: saltbridgemovie.com]
11 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an informal discussion about making of the movie 'Salt Bridge'. Shortlisted for this year's Oscar in three categories: original song, original score and best film, 'Salt Bridge' is an expatriate's movie about them and made by them in and around Canberra. Director Abhijit Deonath, producer Alakanada Deonath and playback singer Paromita Dey, all residents of Canberra, shared their excitement and experience of making the movie in Canberra. The Salt Bridge movie songs played in the program were taken from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Sculpture 'Amar Ekushey' in Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka [Photo: dailystar.com]
01 Feb 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program, commemorating the beginning of the month of language movement and martyrs, presented an interview with Professor Anisuzzaman on the history of Bangla language and the declaration of International Mother Language Day by the United Nations. Both presentations were played from Bangla Radio archive broadcast on 19 Feb 2001. The songs played in the program were sung by Protul Bondopadhay and Sumon Chattapadhay with Sabina Yeasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

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.

Sabrina Porshi in Canberra [Image: bdentertainers.com]
14 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Sabrina Porshi, a popular new generation singer of Bangladesh, recorded during her recent performance in Canberra. It was held in Canberra College theatre as a special program to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Porshi's singing career began when she became 2nd runner's up in a Music talent hunt show "Khude gaan raj" run by Channel i in 2008. The songs used in the program were recorded during her recent Canberra performance. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Azizul Hakim in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
21 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi actor Azizul Hakim and his wife script-writer Zinat Hakim during their recent performance in Canberra. It was held in Canberra College theatre as a special program to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Azizul Hakim started his acting career in stage theatre in late seventies and later became popular in television. The snippet of his television drama 'Patri Shongbad' used in the program was sourced from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Canberra Sarod Shondhya [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented interviews of Ekushey Award winning Sarod maestro Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan from Bangladesh and his brother a percussion maestro Ustad Yusuf Ali Khan from the United Kingdom. It was recorded before their performance at the special Sarod recital function organised in Canberra recently by Bangladesh High Commission and the Bangladeshi community as part of the celebration of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

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 diversity and practice of Nazrul Sangeet - Yasmin Mushtari [Image: thedailystar.net]
25 Apr 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer Yasmin Mushtari, recorded during her recent Canberra concert. Well known for her rendition of Poet Nazrul Islam's raga-based melody and ghazals, Yasmin Mushtari started training in music at the age of six in the Nazrul Academy and later became a disciple of legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan. The beautiful songs played in the program were taken from Yasmin Mushtari's solo album 'Praner Melaye'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Our natural and intellectual pollution [Image: NYTimes]
16 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with two aspects of life that are currently facing severe challenges in many countries: the physical environment and intellectual freedom. Much of the environmental pollution is due to man-made polymers. However, the recent discovery of a bacterium that can degrade Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bottles has provided some hope that PTFE polymers may be degraded in the future. The attacks to stop independent thinking that have been occurring in Bangladesh recently is matter of grave concern and the energetic steps must be taken to find the perpetrators. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Anima Roy in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
30 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a brief interview of Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet singer Anima Roy, recorded during her recent Canberra concert, and a collection of Rabindra Sangeet. Promising and talented singer Anima Roy is a Lecturer in the Music and Drama Department of Jagannath University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is also a principal of a music school. The beautiful songs played in the program were played from Anima Roy's solo album 'Tomaro Birohey'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Latest shape of north Canberra's Gungahlin mosque - June 2016 [Image: abacm.net.au]
04 Jul 2016 Listen MP3

This week’s program marked the beginning of eighteenth year of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra. Commemorating the end of Ramadan festival 'Eid ul Fitr' to be celebrated this week, the program presented an update on the Gungahlin Mosque project in north Canberra. It interviewed Mr. Mainul Haque, president of the Gungahlin Mosque executive committee, and other members about the planning, implementation and current status of the project. This week’s program has been produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

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.

[Archive: 2009] Interview: Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the ANU in Canberra
15 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2009: An interview with Ms. Nazneen Kawsar Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi Ph.D. student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Studying on an Australian Leadership Award in Economics, her research focus on the food safety regulation and its impact on Bangladesh export industry's productivity and efficiency. Living in Canberra with her two young children Nazneen described how she is managing her busy life as a student and mother. She also described her diverse career as a Bangladeshi women in government and her passion for pan flute. The beautiful piece of pan flute selected by Nazneen and played in the program was played by Nepalese artist Prem Rana Autary. This week's program was produced by Shireen Ahmed and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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.

Special presentation: Catastrophic earthquake in Bangladesh! A matter of time? [Photo from Nepal earthquake: channel3000.com]
24 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the possibility of a major earthquake in Bangladesh. It looked into an article published in the scientific journal Nature on 11 July 2016 that warned that a giant quake may be lurking under Bangladesh. A team of scientists led by Dr. Michael Steckler from Columbia University in USA analysed a decade's GPS data of the region and concluded that a locked and loaded megathrust fault buried under the sediments of Ganges and Bhahmaputra rivers could unleash an earthquake of up to 9.0 magnitude. This week's program interviewed two experts in Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government's national geoscience agency, for their opinion on the study and its findings. Seismologist Dr. Phil Cummins and structural engineer and community safety expert Dr. Mark Edwards discussed how the megathrust fault threats Bangladesh, the expected catastrophic destruction of an earthquake and issues of addressing and managing such risk. The background sound used in the program was taken from a documentary 'Earthquake in Nepal' produced by World You Tube Entertainment. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladeshi magician Jewel Aich in Canberra - An Interview [Photo: thedailystar.net]
07 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Jewel Aich, a celebrated Bangladeshi magician and musician, during his recent performance for the Canberra based music group Spondon. A freedom fighter during the Bangladesh's liberation war and recipient of the Ekushey Padak, one of the highest civilian award of Bangladesh, Jewel Aich is regarded as one of the distinguished magicians of the world and often been described as the "world's most artistic illusionist". In his interview Jewel Aich shared his passion for magic, his life long devotion in perfecting the art and establishing a magic academy in Bangladesh to take the art to a new height. The sitar recital used in the program has been played by Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview - Rice research in Bangladesh - Dr Abed Chaudhury, developer of new varieties that lower blood sugar level [Image: oryza.com]
14 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Canberra resident Dr Abed Chaudhury. Dr Chaudhury is an eminent plant scientist. For many years he has been involved in rice breeding in Bangladesh in his personal initiative. In recent years, he has been successful in developing some short duration rice varieties for different agro-climatic conditions of Bangladesh. Some of his rice varieties have low Glycemic Index (GI), which can help to lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. The song played in the program was taken from album 'jagoroner gaan' and the music recital was by Shiv Kumar Sharma. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

Interview with the Bangla rock-music group 'Miles' (Part 1) [Images: Miles]
28 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part one of an interview with Bangladeshi rock band group 'Miles' recorded during their recent Canberra performance in October 2016. Formed in 1979 the group is widely considered as the most popular rock band in South Asia. In the interview members of the group Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Manam Ahmed described their passion for Bangla rock song and how they have succeeded in establishing a new non-traditional music in the country and popularise it in the Bangla music space. The songs used in the program were played from popular Miles albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview with the Bangla rock-music group 'Miles' (Part 2) [Original image: eventbee.com]
05 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program presented part two of an interview with Bangladeshi rock band group 'Miles' recorded during their recent Canberra performance in October 2016. Formed in 1979 the group is widely considered as the most popular rock band in South Asia. In the interview members of the group Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Manam Ahmed described their passion for Bangla rock song and how they have succeeded in establishing a new non-traditional music in the country and popularise it in the Bangla music space. The songs used in the program were played from popular Miles albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Interview - Dr. Abed Chaudhury: Characteristics of blood sugar level lowering rice 'Shonali Chaal' and how to procure it
12 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of an interview broadcast in Bangla Radio Canberra on 14 Nov 2016 with Dr Abed Chaudhury, eminent geneticist and plant scientist. In that program Dr. Chaudhury described the new rice varieties that he has successfully developed that have low Glycemic Index (GI) and can help lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. In response to numerous queries from Bangla Radio Canberra listeners, in this week's program Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussed the special characteristics of one of his new variety rice 'Shonali Dhan' and how it can be procured in Bangladesh now and outside Bangladesh in the near future. 'Shonali Chaal' is produced and marketed by HKG Agro in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Gita Dutta. 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.

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.

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.

One member of Identity Inclusion support group interviewing a person in need of their services [Photo: @identityinclusion]
30 Jan 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Ms. Shamsin Ahmed, founder of Identity Inclusion Bangladesh, a project that aims to break mental health stigma, promote community based health services and social inclusion of people with mental health conditions, learning and developmental disabilities. In her interview Shamsin shared how she is changing the perspective of mental disabilities in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Ornob. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Drama 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' produced by Theatre and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun, 1976 [Photo: departmag.com]
06 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2001: This week's program presented an interview of Mr. Ramendu Majumdar, an eminent cultural personality of Bangladesh, on group theatre movement in the country recorded during his visit to Sydney in 2001. The interview has been followed by part of the stage drama 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' produced by Theatre and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun in 1976. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

History of Bangla language - Professor Anisuzzaman [Image: thedailystar.net]
13 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive 2001: This week's program presented part two of a series of interview of Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus, Dhaka University in Bangladesh on the history of Bangla language. The song played in the program was sung by Promita Mollik. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Early morning walk at the flower festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
20 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program featured the 'Early Morning Walk' at the Canberra annual flower festival 'Floriade' on 1st October 2016. It was hosted by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra as part of the 'Walk of the Nations' event organised by the Heart Foundation, ACT. Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan covered the event for Bangla Radio Canberra. The chorus played in the program was sung by the young generation students of Canberra music school and group 'Dhrupad'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Australian citizenship - Attraction and feelings of a recent recipient [Image: Bangla Radio]
27 Feb 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented informal interviews highlighting the feelings of a recent recipient of Australian citizenship and why Australia remains the choicest country to migrate to. The people interviewed are: Mr. Rashidul Haque Khan, Ms. Qamrun Sultana and Mr. Rezaul Karim Hitlu. The interviews were recorded by Canberra resident Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan for Bangla Radio. The beautiful song played in the program was sung by Indian singer Anjon Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

About poetry: Recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa - an interview [Photo: wordpress.com]
10 Apr 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview of renowned Bangladeshi recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa recorded after his recent performance in Canberra - 'ga-ne o kobitar majhey je-ge uthuk canberra' - organised by ATN Canberra. In his interview Mr. Mustafa described how 'poetry' influences our life, family and society, his love for poetry, and his views on the traditional and modern poetry. Two of his recitations were played in the program. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

(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.

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.

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

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