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Tributes

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03 Jan 2005 Listen MP3

First program of 2005 featured an article written and presented by Dr. Dalia Nilufar: our sympathy to South Asian tsunami victims, recollections of life as an expatriate, memories of Selina Bahar Chowdhury and some good suggestions to make our lives more enjoyable and rewarding. It played one recent song by Bangladeshi singer Mahmuduzzaman Babu and two old songs by Indian artists Hemanta Mukherjee and Asha Bhoseley. The program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 Feb 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio Canberra's this week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria who died in a grenade attack at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj on 27th January 2005. A distinguished diplomat and internationally renowned Economist and columnist Kibria was also Bangladesh's High Commissioner to Australia. A very close colleague and well wisher of Kibria, Canberra senior resident Mr. Badiuz Zaman Khan recollected the memories of this great personality. The program played songs by Protul Bondopadhay, Kalim Sharafi and Lopa Mudra Mitra paying respect to his soul on behalf of our Canberra community. The program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman

07 Mar 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured two articles. First by Dahlia Nilufar - paying tribute to Bangladesh's renowned lyricist and singer Abdul Latif and recollecting her memories of this great artist as a family friend, a student and a well wisher. Second by Badiuz Zaman Khan - describing the history and role of SAARC from his experience as a diplomat. It played songs by Nilufar Yasmin and Abdul Alim. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

09 May 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program (broadcast on Bangla 26 Baishak) paid a tribute to Poet Rabindranath Thakur, the Bangla nobel laureate in literature, on his birth anniversary that fell on the previous day. It included beautiful poetry recitations and songs composed by him and recollection of his life and work. The program played poetry recitation by Shoumitra Chattapadhay and Rabindra Shangeet by Srikanta Acharja and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. It was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmed.

23 May 2005 Listen MP3

Bangla Radio is dedicated to promoting and preserving our Bangla language and cultural heritage in Canberra. This week's program paid a tribute to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, on his birth anniversary. It focused poet Nazrul as a distinguished song writer and lyricist - playing some of his beautiful songs that portrayed life, love, religion and devotion. This well compiled program with commentary and songs sung by Bangladeshi artist Khairul Anam Shakil was produced and presented by Avijeet Sharker.

14 Nov 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a tribute to Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das - a great nationalist, renowned lawyer and visionary. He was a leading figure in Bengal during the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1919-1922, an advocate of communal harmony and Hindu-Muslim unity, an opponent of caste-discrimination and untouchability, and a believer in women's emancipation and widow re-marriage. He became a national hero after successfully defending Aurobindo Ghosh in the Alipore Bomb conspiracy case that hanged 'Khudiram'. Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, who originated from Bikrampur, Bangladesh, will be remembered by the people for generations to come. Contributors to this special Bangla Radio presentation are: Barrister Harunur Rashid, Mr. Badiuzzaman Khan, Ms. Dalia Nilufar and an eyewitness of Deshbandhu's final days in Darjeeling Mr. Bashirul Alam. It played beautiful songs dedicated to him by two renowned singers of the subcontinent: Lata Mangeshkar from India and Kalim Sharafi from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

19 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program is a remembrance of the Bangladesh's liberation war, a tribute to Bangladesh and her unsung martyrs, and a reawakening of our souls - through 'poems'. Commemorating the 'Bijoy Dibash' (Victory Day) of Bangladesh it presented a collection of selected poems that opened the window to the past, present and future of Bangladesh, our feelings and our dreams. The poems recited in the program are by renowned poets of Bangladesh and India. They are: Nirmolendu Gun, Shukanto Bhattacharya, Helal Hafiz, Abu Zafar Obaidullah, Rabiul Hussain, Shunil Gangopadhay, Ashim Shaha, Jibananondo Das, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah and Jashim Uddin. The voices that brought life to the peoms are of renowned Bangladeshi actors and actress: Humayun Faridi, Golam Mustafa and Shubarna Mustafa. Recitations were compiled from a beautiful CD 'Ridoye Bangladesh' published by G-Series of Bangladesh. Th e theme song played in the program is sung by prominent Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

15 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program paid a tribute to Kobi Guru Rabindranath Thakur on the occasion of his 145th birth anniversary that fell last week. Sakiba Rahman presented - 'Oi Mohamanobo Ashe' - a short biographical sketch of this great poet of Bangla literature. It played selected Rabindra Shangeet: 'oi mohamanobo ashe', 'gohono kushumo kunjo majhe', 'madhobi hotath kotha hote elo', 'o amar desher mati', 'shokatore oi' and 'aguner poroshmoni' sung by Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, Hemanta Mukhopadhay, Sadi Mohammad, Indra Nil Sen and others. This week's program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

29 May 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the occasion of his 107th birth anniversary that fell last week. Dr. Dalia Nilufar presented a special feature containing a short biography of Kazi Nazrul Islam and some selected 'Nazrul-geeti'. The songs are 'ami jodi arab hotam' and 'amar shayma mayer kole chore' by Indian singer Anup Ghoshal, 'amar gohin joler nodi' by Indian singer Indrani Sen, 'amar jabar shomoy holo dao bidae' by Bangladeshi singer Firoza Begum. The theme song 'ekadoshir chand re oi' was sung by ex-Canberra resident Layeka Bashir. This week's program was produced by Ehsan Ullah and presented by Fahmida Ehsan. [Announcement: Bangla Radio website is moving to a new site from 1 June 2006. The URL is http://www.banglaradio.org.au. It is same as current with an '.au' at the end.]

23 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program is dedicated to Dr. Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh – joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize announced on 13th October 2006. It was presented in three parts: (1) a short biography of Dr. Muhammad Yunus, (2) the Nobel Peace Prize win and its meaning to Bangladesh described by Dr. Yunus, and (3) the immediate reaction and feelings of Bangladeshis living in Canberra. The first two parts were presented by Lipan Rahman of Brisbane Bangla Radio. The theme song used in the program was taken from Bangladesh satellite channel NTV’s popular program ‘CloseUp1 – Tomakeyee Khujchhe Bangladesh’. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

30 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

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

06 Nov 2006 Listen MP3

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

07 May 2007 Listen MP3

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

28 May 2007 Listen MP3

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

30 Jul 2007 Listen MP3

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

10 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

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

24 Sep 2007 Listen MP3

life - 'mother' - by presenting a collection of articles on the life, affection and sacrifice of our mothers in three parts: (1) 'amader ma' - by Bangladeshi columnist Shumonto Aslam, (2) 'ekjon ma er kahini' - by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, and (3) 'ma ke mone po re' - by a lonely passenger from the Pacific island nation of Samoa at the Sydney International Airport. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are 'o tota pakhi' by Nirmola Misra, 'raga sangeet' by Shanti Sharma, and 'ma, ma go ma' by Manna Dey - all distinguished singers from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

10 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Shanjib Chowdhury - a very talented composer, lyricist, singer and journalist of Bangladesh - who died on 19 November 2007 of brain hemorrhage at a very young age. He was the co-founder of band 'dol chhut' with Bappa Mojumdar that quickly became very popular in the country by presenting some extraordinary songs in album 'ah' and 'hridoypur'. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'nouka bhromon', 'gari cholena', 'chol bubaijan' and 'ami tomakei bole debo' were sung by Shanjib Chowdhury and Bappa Mojumdar from their album 'hridoypur'. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider.

11 Feb 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim - physician, teacher, organiser and visionary - of Bangladesh, who dedicated his life in generating awareness of the diabetes in the country and established the country's first Institute and rehabilitation centre for them known as BIRDEM in Dhaka in 1980. His pioneering work for free diabetic and nutritional health service, education and motivation is saving thousands of lives in Bangladesh every year. The beautiful songs presented in the program: 'aami bhalobashi manush-ke', 'chitro-lekha', 'aar phool noy' and 'o, aamar jonogon' was sung by distinguished singer of the Indian sub-continent Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

24 Mar 2008 Listen MP3

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

16 Jun 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) personal tribute to Dr. Selim Al Deen, a pioneer of theatre movement in Bangladesh, a scholar, an organiser and a professor of Drama and Dramatics at the Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh - undisputedly regarded as the leader of the neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh who developed a 'new drama form' based on the narratives of traditional indigenous theatre, and (2) remembering - 'father' - on this year's Father's Day. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bangla bhashae kotha boli' and 'shokatore oi' were sung by Bangladeshi folk singer Kangalini Sufia and Indian singer Moushumi Karmakar respectively. The Jibonanondo Das poem used in the program was recited by Bangladeshi actress Shuborna Mustafa. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Sep 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program (1) welcomed Canberra spring, and (2) paid personal tribute to Abdullah Al Mamun - distinguished playwright, actor, director and filmmaker of Bangladesh, who died on 21 August 2008. It presented part of audio recording of the famous play - 'payer awaj paoa jae' - based on Bangladesh's liberation war written by Syed Shamsul Haque and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'phooley phooley dholey dholey', 'o-re nil doria', and 'aha aji e-boshonte' sung by Bangladeshi singers Shahana and Abdul Jabbar, and Indian singer Indrani Sen respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

20 Oct 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) two 'rosh+alo koutuk', and (2) personal tribute to promising young photographer of Bangladesh Shubroto Ripon, who died recently at a very young age, by Mostafa Sarwar Farooki. Shubroto will be remembered for his creative work and contribution in very popular TV serials like 'ekannoborti', 69, and 'kerom'. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'ami aaj bikiye debo', 'diye chhile chad' and 'prithibir ei khelaghorey, keu ashe keu jay' by new generation Bangladeshi singers Pritom, Shumon, Anila and T.W. Shoinik. This week's program was produced and presented by Murshed Haider Anjohn from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

17 Nov 2008 Listen MP3

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

15 Dec 2008 Listen MP3

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

18 May 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) the life and contribution of Mr. Khandkar Kadrul Haque to the Canberra's expatriate communities from the Indian subcontinent who died on 12th May 2009. He will be remembered for his twenty-four years of social service to the Canberra ethnic communities, his role in multiculturism and assistance in the establishment of Canberra Islamic Centre, and (2) 'rakhal theke orthonitibid' - story of Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank, describing how a poor farmer's son struggled in life to become one of the country's most successful economists, from an article written by Rajib Ahmed. The beautiful song played in the program 'shoghono gohon ratree' was sung by famous Indian singer Kishore Kumar and the violin recital used in the program was played by Indian artist Dilip Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

01 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bulbul Chowdhury, pioneer of modern dance in Bangladesh and founder of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts in Dhaka, on his death anniversary on 17 May. A prominent dancer of the Indian subcontinent, Bulbul wrote and choreographed over eighty dance dramas based on myths, legends, folk tales and history. He was also equally interested in music, painting, poetry and writing. Bulbul Chowdhury was announced the National Dancer of Pakistan in 1949. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'momo chit-te, nriti nrit-te', 'badar badar', and 'shukno patar nupur pa-ey' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Sadi Mohammad, Amina Ahmed and Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

08 Jun 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 110th birth anniversary that was observed on 25th May 2009. He is also equally acclaimed in India. Away from their motherland Bengali expatriates have limited opportunity to know and teach their children about the life and achievement of famous Bengali poets like Kazi Nazrul Islam. This week's program presented a complete life story of Nazrul - describing his childhood, struggle in youth, rebellion against orthodoxy and oppression, nationalist activities and contribution in Bangla literature. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'mora ar jonomey hongsho mithun chhilam' was sung by Bangladesh's celebrity Nazrulgeeti singer Firoza Begum. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

17 Aug 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tributes to: (1) Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, on the occasion of National Mourning Day to commemorate his death anniversary on 15 August, and (2) renowned folk singer and Bangladesh's freedom fighter Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan, distinguished radio broadcaster Ashrafuzzaman khan who took bold action against the Pakistan government to air Sheikh Mujib's historic 7th March Speech and extraordinary singer of the Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra Moloy Kumar Ganguli. The beautiful songs: 'shono ekti mujiborer theke', 'oki garial bhai', 'nodir kul nai' and 'barir kachhe arshi nagar' were sung by Bangladeshi singers Renaissance, Ferdousi Rahman, Abbas Uddin and Farida Parvin. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

19 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to legendary Indian singer Manna Dey for his nomination for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2007 announced by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting earlier this week. He is receiving this award at the age of ninety. Manna Dey, a very popular singer for over six decades, has captured the heart of millions of people of the subcontinent by his songs, mainly in Bangla, Hindi and other languages. Dalia Nilufar compiled a beautiful biography of this legendary singer to recognise his devotion and contribution to music. The songs played in the program: 'hoyto tomar jonno', 'shaono ra-te jodi', 'ke prothom kachhe eshechee', 'ko fota chokher jol' and 'kofi houser addata' were sung by Manna Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

26 Oct 2009 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Pink Ribbon Day' observed on 26 October in Australia to help raise money and awareness for all Australian women affected by breast cancer - organised by the Cancer Council Australia (www.cancer.org.au). It remembered and paid personal tribute to a close colleague who lost her life to cancer. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by new generation Bangladeshi singers: 'matir khanchae bondi koira' by Arif (Album: Shagor Bukey), 'bina doshey pathaila doyal' by Polash Khan (Album: Mohajon), 'shonai hai hai re' by Fazlur Rahman Babu (Album: Monpura) and 'ei dehe boshot korlam re' by Polash Khan (Album: Mohajon). The Chinese flute pieces used in the program were played by: Zhang Bin, Ma Di and Zhan Yong Ming. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

25 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

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

22 Mar 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's famous cultural icon Waheedul Haque on his third death anniversary. He was a cultural activist, a campaigner for social-political-cultural causes, and founder of several cultural institutions in Bangladesh. A renowned Tagore exponent, Waheedul Haque was the founder of Chhayanat, which played a vital role in the cultural-political movements during late 1960s, prior to the country's liberation war. This week's program took listeners to his home village in Keraniganj Upazila, Dhaka where people at the Ati Bhawal High School organised a function to pay tribute to him on his death anniversary. It spoke to his daughter Apala Farhat Naved, Professor of Dhaka University, people close to him and students participating at the function, and captured live recordings of their cultural presentation. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Jul 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to legendary Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 69th death anniversary that falls on this Bangla month. A popular poet, novelist, musician and playwright, Tagore reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. This week's program presented some of his beautiful songs and extracts from two of his popular literary works. The Tagore songs were sung by Indian singers Shantanu Roy Chowdhury, Kishore Kumar, Indranil Sen and Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. The Indian artists of the two plays were Abhik Sarkar, Urmimala Bashu and Soumitra Chatterjee. This week's program was produced by Rajib Paul and presented by Shrabani Paul.

11 Oct 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented - 'Gane-Golpe Shah Abdul Karim' - paying tribute to legendary Bangladeshi Baul composer and singer Shah Abdul Karim (1916 - 2009) from Sunamganj, Sylhet. Baul Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed over 1600 songs and was awarded the 'Ekushey Padok' by the Bangladesh Government in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. This week's program narrated some significant events of Karim’s life and presented a beautiful composition of his popular songs. The Shah Abdul Karim songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Dulal Bhoumik, Kaya, Pradip Kumar and Band Dalchhut. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

04 Apr 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented - ‘bijoy sarkar er bijoygatha’ - a beautiful composition of the life and music of 'loko-kobial' Bijoy Sarkar (1902-1985), an unparallel bard singer cum tragic folksong composer in the South-west part of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Bijoy Sarkar was a prominent artist of Bangladesh Betar, Khulna. He also sang as a folk singer in Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka and Bangladesh Television, Dhaka. Songs of Bijoy Sarkar played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Chandana Majumdar, Kiran Chandra Roy, Nishikanto Boiragee and Bari Siddiqi. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

27 Jun 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to legendary Bangladeshi singer and pioneer of pop music in Bangladesh Azam Khan who died on 5 June 2011 at the age of sixty-one. Azam Khan was at the top of his popularity during the 1970s after founding his band called 'Uchcharon'. He was an active member of cultural groups ‘Gonoshilpi-goshthee’ and ‘Kranti-Shilpigoshthee’. Azam Khan was a freedom fighter in Sector 2 and fought against the Pakistani army in the Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. Azam Khan will be remembered in Bangladesh for many of his revolutionary songs that inspired freedom fighters during the liberation war. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul from Sylhet Bangladesh.

22 Aug 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented the life and songs of distinguished folklore composer of North-eastern Bangladesh - Radha Romon (1833-1915) - a prominent Baul (mystic minstrel) of the country. Romon's Vaishnavism (worship of Krishna) shaped his musical work and led him to a life of Asceticism. Considered "the Father of Dhamail Songs" he wrote and composed over 2,000 songs in the Baul tradition and was well known in particular for his "Geets" and "Dhamail" songs - compositions to traditional dance forms. He was also heavily influenced by the Sufism that infuses Baul culture. Songs of Radha Romon played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Selim Chowdhury, Dilruba Khan, Biswajit Roy, Debdas Chowdhury and Swapan Basu from Kolkata, India. This week’s program was produced by Rajib Paul and presented by Shrabani Paul from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

31 Oct 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the life and story of Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. A Bangladeshi economist and known as the "The Banker of the Poor", he founded the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides micro-credit (small loans to poor people possessing no collateral) to help its clients establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. This week's program provided a beautiful summary of his life - achievements, criticisms, praises and honors. The song 'chitralekha' played in the program was sung by Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

07 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to prominent Indian Ghazal singer, composer and music director Jagjit Singh, known as "The Ghazal King". Jagjit Singh, who died on 10 October 2011, gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh in 1970's and 80's as the first successful husband-wife duo act in the history of recorded Indian music. The beautiful Ghazals played in the program were sung by Indian singer Jagjit Singh and his wife Chitra Singh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

14 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to popular Indian singer and music composer Bhupen Hazarika who died last week at the age of eighty-five. His songs are infused with humanity and universalism, and have been sung in many languages, most notable in Bengali and Hindi besides his native Assamese. The beautiful songs played in the program, 'ami ek jajabor', 'manush manusher jonney', 'bistirno duparey', 'amra korbo joy', 'aaj jibon khujey', and 'mohabahu brahmaputra' were sung by late Indian singer Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

28 Nov 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented - 'shurokar bhupen hazarika' - describing the song composing history and talent of legendary Indian singer Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Known popularly as the singer, Bhupen was also a very successful music composer from as early as 1950s. This week's program, dedicated to Bhupen Hazarika, played a collection of hit songs composed by him. These are: 'shopto dinga modhukor', 'mo-ne rekho', 'rongila bashite ke daakey', 'ek khana megh', 'bhalo korey cheye dekho' and 'shagor shongomey' sung by Indian singers Shaymal Mitra, Lata Mungeshkar and Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

20 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952 through a collection of songs - 'chetonar gaan, preronar gaan' - that motivated the Bangalee’s to fight for their rights and win freedom. The story covered by the program starts from the resistance against British raj, language movement in 1952, liberation war in 1971 and the present Bangladesh. The beautiful songs played in the program will be in the Bangladeshi's heart forever. The artists of the songs are Abdul Latif, Rathindranath Ray, Apel Mahmud, Sabina Yasmin, Abdul Jabbar and Mahmuduzzaman Babu, and the poem was recited by Quazi Arif. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

27 Feb 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Humayun Faridi, a renowned actor of Bangladesh who passed away on 13 February 2012 at the age of 60. An active member of the Bangladesh's theatre movement, Humayun Faridi was well known for his outstanding performances on stage, television and cinema for over four decades. This week's program played some of Humanyun Faridi's beautiful recitations, parts of his performances and his memories recollected by one of his co-actress, Sydney resident, Ms. Rehana Sultana. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

05 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the first death anniversary of Dr. Apala Farhat Naved. Dr. Apala Naved was a professor of Biochemistry at Dhaka University, a teacher at Chhayanaut and a driving force behind Kalyan Porampora, which seeks to further the ideals and vision of her father Waheedul Haque of a secular and progressive Bangladesh. Dr. Apala Naved also contributed regularly to Bangla Radio Canberra. In this program, her life and remarkable personality is recollected by her friends Hasneen Muktadir, Sara Gulshan, Sima Gulshan and Prof. Mustafizur Rahman. The program concludes with a letter by her daughter, Auni. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Dr. Apala Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

19 Mar 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered and paid homage to the army officers killed by the disgruntled Bangladesh border guards at their Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka three years ago. It presented an intimate interview of Shemonti, only child of fallen Major Khalid Hossain, and the observance of the third anniversary of the massacre in Dhaka last month. The songs played in the program: 'shadhinota ki boishakhi mela', 'koto-tuku osru gora-le', and 'mukti-jodhara kothae achho lukiye' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

07 May 2012 Listen MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his birth anniversary to be observed on 25th May. It presented a collection of his songs from the infinite treasure of multidimensional theme songs he created that not only enriched Bangla music with a new stream but also reflected the variety of experiences, depths and emotions of his dynamic life. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by distinguished singers from India and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

23 Jul 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a biography of Ziaur Rahman (1936 – 1981), an army officer, a Bangladeshi politician and the seventh President of the country. It discussed his life as an accomplished military officer, his contribution to the liberation of Bangladesh and his political career that founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), one of the two largest political parties in the country. The songs played in this week's program were sung by distinguished Bangladeshi singers Sabina Yasmin and Shahnaz Rahmatullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

13 Aug 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Humayun Ahmed, Bangladesh's most popular fiction writer, who died last month after fighting with cancer. It discussed his life, his work, and the feelings of some renowned personalities and his readership. The first two songs played in the program 'mori-le kandis na' and 'o-karigor' were written by Humayun Ahmed and sung by Meher Afroz Shawon and S. I. Tutul respectively. The last song 'karigor' was composed and performed as a tribute to Humayun by Bangladeshi band Aushruto. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin and Zaheen Rahman.

10 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Architect Muzharul Islam, pioneer of modern architecture in Bangladesh, who passed away on the 15th of July 2012. It presented a brief description of his life and works, his architectural style that dominated the 1960s and 70s, and his initiatives that brought world renowned architects like Louis Kahn, Stanley Tigerman, Paul Rudolph and Doxiadis to work in Bangladesh. The songs played in the program were sung by Rezwana Chowdhury Bonna, Indrani Sen and Konika Bondopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Shiekh Lana.

24 Sep 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Baul Shah Abdul Karim, legendary folk singer and composer of Bangladesh. Born in Sunamganj District in Sylhet Division he started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from very early age. Ektara, a traditional single string instrument has been his constant companion. Though much belated, his contributions to Bengali Music has now been officially recognized by the State and its people. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers and composers Habib Wahid and Bappa Mazumder. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

15 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladeshi poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah (1956-1992). A revolutionary and romantic poet, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah was equally popular in Bangladesh and West Bengal in India for his poems and songs. His most well known contribution is the song 'bhalo achhi bhalo theko, akasher thikanae chithi deeo' - I am fine and hope so thy, write me at the address in the sky. This week's program presented a collection of his poem recitations and songs compiled and narrated by Fatema Tuj Johura Sumi. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

29 Oct 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to the legendary Bengali and Hindi singer of the Indian Sub-continent Kishore Kumar (1929-1987) on his twenty-fifth death anniversary observed this month. He is also known as an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter. This week's program featured some of his success stories and memorable events of his life. The popular songs played in the program were sung by Kishore Kumar and a duet with Manna Dey, another legendary singer of the Indian sub-continent. This week's program was produced by Rajib Paul and presented by Shrabani Paul.

05 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to one of the most eminent poet and novelist of Bengali literature Sunil Gangopadhyay who died on 23 October 2012. Two Canberra expatriate scientists, and Bangla literature enthusiasts, Dr. Abed Chaudhudry and Dr. Tanvir Hossain recollected their memories of Sunil Gangopadhyay and discussed some aspects of his work. It also presented part of the voice of Sunil Gangopadhyay recorded during his reception in Canberra in 2001. The instrumental piece used in the program was taken from album Sudhu Alo Adhare. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

12 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered the life and work of distinguished Bangladeshi singer, composer and lyricist Abdul Latif. It presented the first part of a two part program based on the biography of this respected and accomplished singer covering his childhood, education, singing career and his patriotic songs during the Bangla language movement. He was the first arranger of the influential song of the language movement 'amar bhaier rokte rangano ekushey february' written by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury. The song played in the program 'ora amar mukher kotha kaira ni-te chae' was composed and sung by Bangladeshi singer Abdul Latif. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

Bangladeshi singer, composer and lyricist Abdul Latif (1927-2005)
19 Nov 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program remembered the life and work of distinguished Bangladeshi singer, composer and lyricist Abdul Latif. It presented the second part of a two part program based on the biography of this respected and accomplished singer covering his childhood, education, singing career and his patriotic songs during the Bangla language movement. He was the first arranger of the influential song of the language movement 'amar bhaier rokte rangano ekushey february' written by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury. The songs played in the program were composed and sung by Bangladeshi singer Abdul Latif. This week's program was produced and presented by Badiuzzaman Khan.

Legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) performing in Delhi in 2009 [Photo: Internet]
14 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Ravi Shankar – legendary sitar player and music composer of the Indian subcontinent - who died on 11 December 2012 in San Diego, California. He was a talented musician, an organizer, and a professor of California University. During his lifetime he performed many concerts in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He worked together with George Harrison in the 70’s, most notably for the Concert for Bangladesh to raise international awareness. The beautiful sitar compositions used in the program were played by Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar collected from the internet. This week's program was produced and presented by Newton Muhury.

27 May 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presents some memorable, popular and famous , classical Bangla Ghazals from poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s variety of song collection. Ghazal’s originated in Persia and later entered Indian Subcontinent as a musical inspiration. The language, play of words with mild, sweet, soothing tunes gave a distinct character to ghazals. Kazi Nazrul Islam started writing bangla ghazal’s at 1920’s based on variety of ragas. Nazrul’s ghazals are still as popular as they were on those days. Today’s programme produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

A founding member of Bangla Radio Canberra - Najmul Huq Napo (1960-2013) [Facebook: Najmul Huq]
01 Jul 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program marked the beginning of 15th year of Bangla Radio broadcasting in Canberra and paid tribute to Najmul Huq Napo, a founding member of Bangla Radio, who passed away recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The songs played in the program were sung by Sami, Punnya, Shejoti and Mona, the young artists of Canberra some of whom Napo interviewed in his last radio program thirteen years ago. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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

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

A tribute to legendary Indian singer Manna Dey [Photo: bbc.co.uk]
04 Nov 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Manna Dey, a legendary singer of the Indian subcontinent who died recently in Bangalore, India at the age of ninety-four. Born in Kolkata as Prabodh Chandra Dey and later nicknamed Manna Dey, he sang and recorded more than 4000 songs in Bengali and a number of other Indian languages. Winner of many national and international awards Manna Dey will be remembered for his soul stirring and ever-lasting songs. Bangla Radio also paid tribute to him on 19 Oct 2009 for his nomination for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award 2007. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

10 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

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

 Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976) [Image: maamatimanush.tv]
26 May 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 115th birth anniversary that was observed on 24th May 2014. It presented a brief biography of poet and played selected songs written by him highlighting the variety in composition, subject, philosophy, and his unique creation of Bangla ghazals, spiritual songs on different religion that has enriched the bangla song collection. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Pandit Ram Kanai Das (1935-2014) [Photo: facebook.com]
15 Sep 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Pandit Ram Kanai Das, the legendary folk song scholar and maestro, who passed away on 5 September 2014 at the age of 79. Recipient of many national awards including the Ekushey Padak 2014, Pandit Ram Kanai Das was born in Sunamganj, Bangladesh to a family that has been preserving and practicing folk music for generations. His parents, grandfather Prakash Chandra Talukdar and great grandfather Ramcharan Talukdar were all renowned bards of the greater Sylhet region. The songs played in the program were sung by Pandit Ram Kanai Das and Paromita Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

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

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

Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976) [Image: Internet]
25 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 116th birth anniversary that was observed on 24th May 2015. It presented a beautiful biographical composition of the poet taken from a documentary directed by Anjan Das and produced and published by Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. The documentary traced the life of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the sources of his inspiration and how his poetry came to reflect his fiery and rebellious spirit. Bangla Radio Canberra acknowledges the producers of this documentary. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya (10 January 1950 - 12 May 2015) [Image: thehindu.com]
03 Aug 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program remembered and paid tribute to popular Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya who died on 12 May 2015 in Kolkata. Her writing focused on social issues examining the contemporary Bengali middle class, relationship crisis and degeneration of the moral fibre of the society on the backdrop of globalisation and consumerism - particularly the exploitation and suffering of women. The beautiful Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Debobroto Biswas, Promita Mollik and Chinmoy Chattopadhay. The musical pieces were played by Bangladeshi flautist Shukkur Ali and Indian violinist Dilip Roy. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

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

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

Christmas holidays: Canberra expatriate's movie Salt Bridge and Oscar, and tribute to legedary singer Subir Sen [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Jan 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program, the first of 2016, welcomed the New Year by capturing the spirit of Canberra Christmas holidays. It highlighted the Oscar prospects of the new movie - 'Salt Bridge' - directed by Canberra expatriate Abhijit Deonath (saltbridgemovie.com) and paid tribute to legendary bengali singer Subir Sen who passed away recently. The hindi songs from movie Salt Bridge played in the program were taken from YouTube and the singer of the bengali songs was Subir Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

155th birth anniversary of poet Rabindranath Thakur [Photo: voiceseducation.org]
09 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the 155th birth anniversary of Bengali poet Rabindranath Thakur (1861-1941) - a well respected poet of Bangladesh and India and the composer of the national anthem of both countries. He was the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first Asian to win this prize. This week's program paid tribute to the poet by presenting a brief about his life and his diverse literary creations. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Jayati Chakraborty, Sagar Sen, Kanika Bandopadhay, Hemanta Mukhapadhay, Rabindranath Thakur, Arnob and Anima Roy. The instrumental pieces used the program was composed by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

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

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

[Archive: 2010] Tribute to Bangladesh's legendary Baul singer and composer Shah Abdul Karim [Image: Bangla Radio]
22 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: 'Gane-Golpe Shah Abdul Karim' - paying tribute to legendary Bangladeshi Baul composer and singer Shah Abdul Karim (1916 - 2009) from Sunamganj, Sylhet. Baul Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed over 1600 songs and was awarded the 'Ekushey Padok' by the Bangladesh Government in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements. This week's program narrated some significant events of Karim’s life and presented a beautiful composition of his popular songs. The Shah Abdul Karim songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Dulal Bhoumik, Kaya, Pradip Kumar and Band Dalchhut. This week’s program was presented by Shrabani Paul and produced by Rajib Paul.

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

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

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

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

Farewell Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya (1961-2017) - We will remember you [Photo: wionews.com]
20 Mar 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program paid tribute to popular Indian folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya who died in a road accident on 7th March 2017 at the age of 56. Born and raised in Assam he moved to West Bengal and devoted his life in resurrecting traditional music of the land and his roots. Kalika Prasad co-founded the band 'Dohar' with the intent to revive the folk music tradition of Northern and Eastern Bengal. The songs played in the program were sung by Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya and his group 'Dohar'. The week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Remembering Satyajit Ray [Image: bollywoodlife.com]
01 May 2017 Listen MP3

On the occasion of his 96th birth anniversary on 2nd May, this week's program remembered the work and life of one of the greatest film makers of our time, Satyajit Ray. The program featured parts of a television interview of Ray recorded by Durdarshan in the 70s and played songs from two of his many movies 'aha ki anondo' from Hirok Rajar Deshe and 'ami chini go chini tomare' from Charulota. This week's program was produced and presented by Luna Purification.

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

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

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

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