Bangla Radio Archive - 2018

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Megacity Dhaka and I [Photo: Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017/YouTube.com]
01 Jan 2018 MP3

This week's program, the first of 2018, welcomed the New Year by a program compiled in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It captured the feelings of an expatriate trying to find the city and its residents as he remembered decades ago. The songs played in the program were sung by Jalali Set and Gaanchil featuring Minar Rahman. The flute piece used in the program was from a recording at the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 played by Pandit Ranu Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 2) [Image: YouTube.com]
08 Jan 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some super-hit Bengali songs during the 1960s and 1970s as told by Pulak Bandopadhay - the lyricist, songwriter and music composer from West Bengal, India. Pulak Bandopadhay (1931?-1999) recollected the stories in his book - 'Kothae Kothae Raat Hoey Jae' - about these songs sung by popular Indian Bengali singers. This week's episode focussed on and paid tribute to singer Kishore Kumar. The songs played in the program were sung by Kishore Kumar. The narrators were Tushar Roy, Punnya Joyoti and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Human evolution in Indian subcontinent (Science: The evolution of mankind - Part 3) [Image: Monash University Malaysia documentary/YouTube]
15 Jan 2018 MP3

This week’s program presented a discussion with Prof Qasim Ayub, a human evolutionary geneticist who was part of the international 1000 genomes project consortium. He described the migration of humans from Africa about 50,000 years ago into the rest of the world and discussed the evidence of interactions with Neanderthals and Denisovians, who were similar but not identical to modern humans. He also described aspects of more recent population history of South Asia, particularly of Bangladesh and Pakistan. This week’s program, which is in English, continues the ‘Manush Elo Kotha Theke’ theme of programs broadcast on 8th Aug 2016 and 16 Oct 2017. The singer of the song played in the program was Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Esho Debi Esho E Aloke' [Image: shortday.in]
22 Jan 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Saraswati Puja' - that is being celebrated this week in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and other countries in Asia. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning worshiped by the followers of Hindu religion. This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs, recitals and significance of the celebration. The songs played in the program were sung by Shagota Laksmi Dasgupta, Hoimonti Shukla, Manobendro Mukhopadhay and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya. The narrators were Tapati Dey, Avijit Sarker, Tapati Aditya and Tushar Roy. Thechnical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

A discussion of Rabindranath Tagore's novel 'Chokher Bali' from the younger generation of Canberran-Bengalis [Image: in.bookmyshow.com]
29 Jan 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a discussion of Rabindranath Tagore's novel - 'Chokher Bali' - from the younger generation of Canberran-Bengalis. Their analysis looked at the plot, characters and themes of the text such as friendship, social norms and gender roles. The participants were: Adiba Ahmed, Anika Nawar, Punna Joyotee, Adnin Zahid, Fara Ehsan, Tasfia Rashid and Azmina Hossain. The singer of the Tagore song played in the program was Shahana. The instrumentals used in the program were played by Ramkrishna Paul and the other from an album by Saregama. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

Interview: Rashedul Hasan - 24th position at the MasterChef Australia 2017 contest [Image: dhakatribune.com]
05 Feb 2018 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Bangladeshi expatriate in Sydney Mr. Rashedul Hasan, a contestant at the ninth series of MasterChef Australia premiered on 1 May 2017 on Network Ten. Mr. Hasan secured the 24th place in the contest. In his interview Mr. Hasan described his experience at the contest, his passion for cooking, his professional and family life, and his desire to promote traditional 'Bangladeshi' cuisine at the international arena. The song played in the program was sung by Topu and Anila. The flute pieces used in the program were played by Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Shahiduzzaman Selim in Canberra [Image: thedailystar.net]
12 Feb 2018 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Shahiduzzaman Selim - popular Bangladeshi theatre, television and film actor, and winner of Bangladesh National Film Award in 2012. The interview covering his career as an actor and his vision for the future was recorded during his recent performance in Canberra. The snippets of two of his television dramas played in the program were 'Mission Shoshur Bari' and 'Gayer Manush'. The singer of the beautiful song was Fazlur Rahman Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushe February Ami Ki Bhulite Pari?' [Image: flikr/Sadat Mainuddin]
19 Feb 2018 MP3

This week's program highlighted the significance of the Language Martyrs' Day or Martyrs' Day which is a national day of Bangladesh observed on 21st February to commemorate protests and sacrifices to protect Bengali as a national language during Bengali Language Movement of 1952. It is also observed as the International Mother Language Day worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism after proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999. This week's program mentioned the different activities and functions planned to commemorate the day in Canberra, Australia. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

'Canberra Multicultural Festivaley Adda' [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
26 Feb 2018 MP3

This week's program has been hosted by some of the group who call themselves 'Next Generation', many of whom were born and brought up in Canberra. This week's program has been a casual discussion between friends covering a range of topics from the Canberra Multicultural Festival, Bengali culture to Bengali food. It was recorded live at the festival held on 17 February 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

Happy Women's Day - 8th March [Source: Thinkstock Images]
05 Mar 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the International Women's Day observed around the globe on March 8th annually to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. This week's program presented a very informative article on women's cancer written by Nishat Sultana and published in Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo and remembered some women who fought the disease in Canberra. The singer of the song played in the program was Fahmida Khatun. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana and Ehsan Ullah.

Remembering Rudra - In memory of poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah [Photo: poemhunter.com]
12 Mar 2018 MP3

This week's program remembered and paid tribute to Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah (1956 – 1991), a popular Bangladeshi poet noted for his revolutionary and romantic poetry and considered one of the leading Bengali poets of the 1970s. This week’s program shared part of Rudra's life, love and poems. The singers of the song played in the program were Kabir Shumon and Sabina Yeasmin. The instrumentals used in the program were played by Sultan Khan and Zakir Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Ekjon Juary Putrer Golpo' written by Ashis Bablu [Image: bangla-sydney.com]
19 Mar 2018 MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful story - 'Ekjon Juary Putrer Golpo' - (Story of a Gambler Son) written by Ashis Bablu and published in popular Sydney based Bangladeshi expatriates' website bangla-sydney.com. A resident of Sydney for over thirty years, Ashis Bablu is a well-known author contributing regularly to the Sydney and Dhaka media. The music pieces used in the program were taken from ABC Classic FM albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

47th Independence Day of Bangladesh - War babies of 1971 are the first citizens of Bangladesh [Image: Google.com]
26 Mar 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the 47th Independence Day of Bangladesh by remembering the War-babies born to Bengali women consequent of their being raped by Pakistani soldiers and other criminals who took advantage of the situation of the liberation war of Bangladesh (March 1971 to December 1971). It described the heart-felt plight of these babies now adult and conscious of their identity and the history attached to their birth as also the price they paid for the birth of their country Bangladesh - and their endless search for their roots. The narration, recitation and songs were by Punna Joyotee, Tapati Aditya, Tushar Roy, Tapan Kundu, Robin Guda and Shampa Barua. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Friends (L-R) Harry Thompson and Sami Chaudhury during their recent visit to Bangladesh [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
02 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a friendly discussion highlighting a young Australian’s first visit to Bangladesh. Harry Thompson, a close friend of the second generation Bangladeshis in Canberra, recently visited Bangladesh with a Bangladeshi family and two of his friends. In this program Harry shared his observation, feelings and experiences about the country, culture and people with Sami Chaudhury and Adiba Ahmed. The song from Sylhet played in the program was collected from YouTuble. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

A brief history of the celebration of Easter [Art work: Jharna Purification]
09 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a brief history of the celebration of Easter. It was Easter Sunday on 1st April 2018. Easter is a time for reflection - to take stock of our life on earth and reflect on being good and doing good unto others. Easter has the sole purpose to remind us of the fragility of life and the importance of being humble and live in brotherly love for one another. This week’s program focused on the actual events and how these are commemorated in this day and age. This week's program was produced and presented by Jharna Purification.

A drama by Bourupee Kolkata - 'Tahar Namti Ranjana' - main cast: Sombhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra [Photo: Abanur Ferdous/Flikr]
16 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1425 by playing a beautiful drama - 'Tahar Namti Ranjana' - written by Bidhayak Bhattacharya and performed by Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra and Nimai Ghosh. It was produced by Bohurupee theatre group in Kolkata in late 50s. This week's program also paid tribute to Sombhu Mitra and his wife Tripti Mitra - both legendary Bangla theatre personalities, and congratulated the Bohurupee theatre group - the oldest surviving theatre group among the theatre groups in India formed by Sombhu Mitra in 1948 - on its 70th anniversary next month. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Vocal plays 'Durbhashini' and 'Bichitro Prem' voiced by Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu [Image: Shinoy Prahladan/bengaluru.citizenmatters.in]
23 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program continued the celebration of Bangla New Year in Canberra by playing two beautiful audio plays 'Durbhashini' and 'Bichitro Prem' voiced by Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu, two very popular recitation and vocal artists from West Bengal, India. The song played in the program was from an album by Anupam Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 3) [Image: YouTube.com]
30 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some super-hit Bengali songs during the 1960s and 1970s as told by Pulak Bandopadhay - the lyricist, songwriter and music composer from West Bengal, India. Pulak Bandopadhay (1931?-1999) recollected the stories in his book - 'Kothae Kothae Raat Hoey Jae' - about these songs sung by popular Indian Bengali singers. This week's episode focussed on and paid tribute to singer Shondha Mukhopadhay. The songs played in the program were sung by Shondha Mukhopadhay. The narrators were Shahadat Manik and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Folk music - Arko Pravo Mukherjee [Image: YouTube.com]
07 May 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a selection of beautiful folk songs sung by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, a trained classical singer and an urban folk artist from Kolkata, India. Arko's high tenor and natural husk is unique to the traditional subcontinental music - a gifted voice behind his popularity in India and Bangladesh. He has been researching on the roots of Indian folk music and its vast history, trying to build a bridge between European, African and American folk music with the essential root music forms of India. After completing his medical degree and internship Arko moved to Mumbai in 2008 to pursue a career in Bollywood film industry as a music director, singer and songwriter. The songs played in the program were sung by Arko Mukherjee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Bioplob.

A concert from Canberra music group 'Dhrupad' - Jalsha #12 (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 May 2018 MP3

This week's program presented recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #12 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 5th May 2018. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Dhrupad promises to create a music that soothe soul and help discover not only our roots and traditions but also the common human bonding that links us all as citizens of this world. The theme of Jalsha #12 was 'Old & New' to make a bridge between two different generations. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

Islamic songs of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam [Image: seekershub.com]
21 May 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by a compilation of beautiful Islamic songs created by the poet. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by renowned Bangladeshi singers Yeasmin Mushtary, Khalid Hossain, Sohrab Hossain, Fatema Tuz Zohra and Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

A blessed Buddha Purnima [Image: lionsroar.com]
28 May 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, celebrated on 22nd May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. 'Buddha Purnima' is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program presented aspects and significance of the day by Topoti Aditya, Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua. The singer of the songs were Monoj Murali, Shagota Laksmi Dasgupta, Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya and Shupratik Das. Technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

A concert from Canberra music group 'Dhrupad' - Jalsha #12 (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #12 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 5th May 2018. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Dhrupad promises to create a music that soothe soul and help discover not only our roots and traditions but also the common human bonding that links us all as citizens of this world. The theme of Jalsha #12 was 'Old & New' to make a bridge between two different generations. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part one of the recording from Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration - 'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - songs of prominent poets of Bengal, honouring: Rabindranath Thakur, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dwijendralal Ray, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen. It was held in Gungahlin College Theatre, Gungahlin, Canberra on 12th May 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.