Bangla Radio Archive - 2019

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Welcome 2019 - Recollecting memories at Merimbula seashores (Part 2) and Farewell singer Dwijen Mukhopadhay [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
07 Jan 2019 MP3

This week's program, the first in 2019, presented (1) part two of the stories of Bangladeshi expatriates in Canberra, the capital of Australia broadcast last week, and (2) paid tribute to singer Dwijen Mukhopadhay from West Bengal, India who died last month at the age of 91. The interview recorded in a southeast Australia coastal resort in Merimbula during Christmas holidays covered past life, expectations and achievements of the first generation Bangladeshi migrants in Canberra. The instrumental used in the program was played by Pandit Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. The singer of the song was Dwijen Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Inauguration of Canberra recitation group 'Kabbo-Kothon' (Part 3) [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
14 Jan 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 of recording from the inauguration event of - 'Kabbo-Kothon' - held at the Taylor Primary School, Kambah in Canberra on 17th November 2018. His Excellency Mohammad Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia and New Zealand was the Chief Guest of the event. 'Kabbo-Kothon' is a new-age recitation group that focuses on presentation techniques of words, poems and music. Participants were: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob, Bushra Khanum, Shrabani Paul Purkayastha, Rajib Paul, Sadia Afrin, Anthony William Amit and Ashraful Alam. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Nancy in Canberra [Photo: AmazingMedia]
21 Jan 2019 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with popular Bangladeshi singer Nancy (Nazmun Munira Nancy) during her recent concert in Canberra, Australia. Nancy has won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her playback in the film Projapoti. She has received Meril Prothom Alo Awards - Best Female Singer Award for six times. The concert was organised by ATN Canberra on 2 Nov 2018 at the Gungahlin College Theatre. The song played in the program was sung by Nancy. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Australia Day fireworks [Image: sbs.com.au]
28 Jan 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Australia Day' - a national day of Australia celebrated annually on 26 January to mark the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. The program is structured in three parts: the history of Australia Day, memories and experiences of Australia Day, and the current debate whether the date of Australia Day should change. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Farewell Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul - we will not forget you [Image: bdnews24.com]
04 Feb 2019 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul (1956 – 2019), a leading Bangladeshi lyricist, composer and music director, who died on 22 Jan 2019. He was a freedom fighter who joined the Bangladesh Liberation War at the age of fifteen. Bulbul began creating music for cinema in 1978 that continued for four decades. His passion was for patriotic songs. A hugely-popular lyricist, a number of his songs became timeless hits. Bulbul won a number of awards, including Ekushey Padak, National Film Awards and the President's Award. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Canberra 'Saraswati Puja' celebration at Duffy Primary School, Duffy by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association [Photo: Ashish Dey]
11 Feb 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Saraswati Puja' - celebrated this week in Canberra, Australia. '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 compilation of cultural function of the Saraswati Puja in Canberra. It was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association on 9th February 2019 at the Duffy Primary School auditorium. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Our tribute on the Language Martyrs Day [Image: Statue of the language martyrs at Bangla Academy grounds in Dhaka, Bangladesh | theindependentbd.com]
18 Feb 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Language Martyrs Day' - to be celebrated this week on 21st February in Canberra, Australia and around the globe. The day is also celebrated as the 'International Mother Language Day' in recognition of the sacrifice of the Bangla Language Movement martyrs in 1952 - the event that culminated the rise of Bangla nationhood and ultimately the independence of Bangladesh. The program is beautifully composed with the history, motivating songs and a poem to mark the occasion. The poem 'matribhumir jonno' was authored by Srijon Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Observance of the 'Language Martyrs Day' in Canberra [Image: Bangla Radio Canberra]
25 Feb 2019 MP3

This week's program presented audio recordings from the evening function and dinner organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra to commemorate the 'Language Martyrs Day' on 21st February 2019. The recordings include a discussion on the significance of the day, song and poem. The speakers were Dr. Shampa Barua, Dr. Shahriar Wahab - President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and HE Mr. Md. Sufiur Rahman - High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia. The artists of the song and poem were Robin Guda, Punna Joyoti and Tushar Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Farewell Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul - we will not forget you [Image: thedailystar.net]
04 Mar 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part two of our tribute to Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul (1956 – 2019), a leading Bangladeshi lyricist, composer and music director, who died on 22 Jan 2019. He was a freedom fighter who joined the Bangladesh Liberation War at the age of fifteen. Bulbul began creating music for cinema in 1978 that continued for four decades. His passion was for patriotic songs. A hugely-popular lyricist, a number of his songs became timeless hits. Bulbul won a number of awards, including Ekushey Padak, National Film Awards and the President's Award. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

International Mother Language Day 2019 - Language Walk in Canberra [Photo: Ziaul Hoque Bablu]
11 Mar 2019 MP3

This week's program presented a special coverage of the - 'Mother Language Walk 2019' - held in Canberra, Australia on 24 February 2019 to celebrate the International Mother Language Day and the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The walk organised by the International Mother Language Movement (IMLM) in Canberra has been held annually since 2014 on the weekend closest to the UNESCO designated International Mother Language Day on 21st February. The interviews were taken by Ms. Ayesha Sheikh Sama and recording of the event was by Mr. Raquibul Sheikh. The songs played in the program were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

'Gane aar Golpe' - a concert by Canberra singers Sheikh Lana and Refat Bita [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
18 Mar 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part one of recordings from a concert titled - 'Gane aar Golpe' - by two of Canberra's popular Bangladeshi singers Ms. Sheikh Lana and Ms. Refat Bita held at the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest on 2 March 2019. Both of them are trained singers with a number of awards to their credit and have fans in Australia and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Concert for Bangladesh: First-ever benefit rock show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City [Image: Time.com]
25 Mar 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the 48th Independence Day of Bangladesh to be formally observed on 26th March in Canberra by the Bangladesh High Commission. It will be attended by Bangladeshi expatriates, dignitaries and guests. This week's program highlighted the contribution of Bengali expatriates living overseas, mainly UK and USA, towards the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. The singer of the songs were Shanta Dastidar, Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. The recitations were by Shefali Banerjee, Tushar Roy and Mir Hashmat Ali. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Second generation Bangladesh Australians - their views of life, cultures and events surrounding them [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
01 Apr 2019 MP3

This week's program presented an intimate discussion of a group of second generation Bangladeshi Australians in Canberra about their views of life, cultures and events surrounding them in growing up in Australia. The participants were Adiba Ahmed, Adnin Zahid, Fara Ehsan, Azmina Hossain, Shourid Huda and Sami Chaudhury. The song played in the program from an old media in archive was sung by eminent Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah who has passed away last week. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

Enlightened Women - ALO You Enlighten Me - poster and event [Images: Dr. Lubna Alam]
08 Apr 2019 MP3

This week’s program presented recordings from the inaugural International Women’s Day program held in Canberra on 10 March 2019 to celebrate womanhood in its entirety. The event named - 'Enlightened Women - ALO You Enlighten Me' - aimed to enlighten and highlight the importance of women empowerment acknowledging their contributions and colourful lives. In this week's program the part one of the recordings presented the keynote speeches by Ms. Elizabeth Lee MLA and Dr. Yvonne Luxford CEO of PANDSI. The ALO event was hosted by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra (BAAC) and organised by a team of Canberra women: Dr. Lubna Alam, Ms. Zaheen Rahman, Dr. Shamaruh Mirza, Ms. Bushra Khanum, Ms. Aliva Evana, Ms. Nasreen Haque and Ms. Siulin Alam. The song from the event played in the program was sung by Refat Bita and Onaiza Salwa. This week’s program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

'Banglar Chaitra Shongkranti o Boishakhi Mela' [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
15 Apr 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the Bangla New Year 1426. It presented the origin of two festivals surrounding the Bangla New Year: (1) 'Chaitra Shongkranti' observed on the last day of the twelfth month and the last day of the Bengali calendar officially introduced by Mughal Emperor Akbar in place of lunar calendar to solve the problem with taxation of the subjects, and (2) the Bangla New Year celebration 'Boishakhi Mela' on the first day of the Bengali calendar in the month of 'Boishakh' began then. The songs used in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Faheem with Kanta, Sadi Mohammad and Milon Mahmud. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Gane aar Golpe' - a concert by Canberra singers Sheikh Lana and Refat Bita [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
22 Apr 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part two of recording from a concert titled - 'Gane aar Golpe' - by two of Canberra's popular Bangladeshi singers Ms. Sheikh Lana and Ms. Refat Bita held at the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest on 2 March 2019. Both of them are trained singers with a number of awards to their credit and have fans in Australia and Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra pays tribute to late Mrs. Fazilatunnessa Dowla [Photo: Rokeya Rahman Shaon]
29 Apr 2019 MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to Mrs. Fazilatunnessa Dowla, a long term resident of Canberra who expired last week in Sydney at the age of around eighty years. Mrs. Dowla lived in Canberra with her late husband Mr. Raquib ud Dowla - distinguished Bangladeshi scientist and a leader of the historic procession of 21st February 1952 in Dhaka (Listen Bangla Radio archive 22 Feb 2010). Mrs. Dowla is survived by one son and a daughter in Canberra, one son in Sydney and another son in the US. A very lively and social person she saw three Bangladeshi expatriate generations grow in Canberra under her motherly love and affection. She has regularly participated in Canberra Bangladeshi community social programs including Bangla Radio. This week's program presented a snippet of her interview and a Bangla Radio micro-drama - 'kortobbo' - she took part in with Liza and Rajib. The drama broadcast on 28 Jan 2008 was written and directed by Sadequr Rahman. The two beautiful songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Iffat Ara Khan and Indian singer Purba Dam. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Enlightened Women - ALO You Enlighten Me - poster and panel members (R-L): Dr. Yvonne Luxford, Ms. Elizabeth Kiikkert MLA, Dr. Naheed Siddiqui, Ms. Diana Abdel Rahman and Dr. Joyce Das [Images: Dr. Lubna Alam]
06 May 2019 MP3

This week’s program presented part two of recordings from the inaugural International Women’s Day program held in Canberra on 10 March 2019 to celebrate womanhood in its entirety. The event named - 'Enlightened Women - ALO You Enlighten Me' - aimed to enlighten and highlight the importance of women empowerment acknowledging their contributions and colourful lives. The ALO event was hosted by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra (BAAC) and organised by a team of Canberra women: Dr. Lubna Alam, Ms. Zaheen Rahman, Dr. Shamaruh Mirza, Ms. Bushra Khanum, Ms. Aliva Evana, Ms. Nasreen Haque and Ms. Siulin Alam. This week's program covered the question and answers to the panel members: Dr. Yvonne Luxford, Ms. Elizabeth Kiikkert MLA, Dr. Naheed Siddiqui, Ms. Diana Abdel Rahman and Dr. Joyce Das. The musical piece used in the program was composed by Satie in Album 'Life is beautiful' by ABC FM. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ayesha Sheikh.

'Shanti Koro Borishon' [Image: english.jagran.com]
13 May 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Buddha Purnima' - birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, to be celebrated on 18th May this year by the Buddhists worldwide. It is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program entitled - 'Shanti Koro Borishon' - presented a beautiful composition of songs, recitation and narration on Lord Buddha's philosophy, message and preaching. The recitation and narrations were by Shulekha Barua, Tapati Aditya, Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua. The songs played in the program were sung by Rizwana Chowdhury Bonnya, Joyoti Chakrabarti, Shuchitra Mitra, Hemanta Mukhopadhay, Sagar Sen and Shagota Laxmi Dasgupta. The technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Folk theme songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam [Image: wikipedia.org]
20 May 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the 120th birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, writer, musician, anti-colonial revolutionary and the national poet of Bangladesh. Nazrul wrote and composed nearly 4,000 songs on revolutionary notions as well as more spiritual, philosophical and romantic themes. This week's program presented a selection of his songs composed on Bengali folk theme. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by: Feroza Begum, Dr. Anup Ghoshal, Manabendra Mukhopadhay and Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

A reflection of Christchurch mosque shootings [Image: Bangla Radio]
27 May 2019 MP3

This week's program presented a reflection of two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayer on 15 March 2019 that killed 51 people and injured 15 others. It captured the initial reaction and subsequent views of two of the second generation Bangladeshi expatriates in Canberra. The musical piece used in the program 'Mountains of Mourne' was taken from album Pan Flute Memories. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Eid Mubarak [Image: banglanews24.com]
03 Jun 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan festival - Eid ul Fitr – to be observed on 5 June 2019 in Canberra. It presented a program from Bangla Radio archive focusing on the memories of past Eid celebrations in Bangladesh by two Canberra visitors Mr. Zahiruddin Mahmud Mamun and Ms. Nargis Hedayet. The feature song played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

10 Jun 2019 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to prominent Bangladeshi singer Subir Nandi who died last month at the age of sixty-five. He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer five times and was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2019 by the Government of Bangladesh. The songs played in the program were sung by Subir Nandi. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Farewell respected theatre personality Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed [Image: banglanews24.com]
17 Jun 2019 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed (1935-2019), Bangladeshi playwright-actor and educationist who was one of the pioneers of modern theatre movement in the country after independence during the 1970s. In recognition of his contribution in the fields of culture, performance, literature and other socio-political activities Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed was awarded a number of awards including Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1976 and Ekushey Padak in 1997. In memory of this great theatre personality this week's program played shortened version of a TV drama 'Shohochor' written and acted by him and Afzal Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Some melodious songs of Kazi Nazriul Islam [Image: observerbd.com]
24 Jun 2019 MP3

The national poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) wrote and composed nearly 4,000 songs on revolutionary notions as well as more spiritual, philosophical and romantic themes. This week's program presented a selection of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's melodious songs composed on wonderful ragas portraying - 'love'. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by: Manabendra Mukhopadhay, Firoza Begum, Satinath Mukhopadhay and Anwesha Dutta Gupta. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Bangla Radio Canberra enters 21st year [Image: Restaurant wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' in Gulshan, Dhaka]
01 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 20th anniversary of Bangla Radio broadcast in Canberra, Australia. The milestone 1041st program this week presented a beautiful compilation of clips from our radio programs held in the Bangla Radio archive to commemorate the 10th and 15th anniversary of Bangla Radio Canberra that begun broadcasting in 1999. It highlighted the story, people and objective behind this weekly radio program. The songs played in the program were sung by one Bangladeshi baul singer Shahjahan Mia and his group. The songs were played in acknowledgement and showing respect to the group whose one instrumental piece is proudly being used as the Bangla Radio Canberra title music. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Farewell Abdul Quader bhai - Canberra will remember you [Photo: Facebook/Abdul Quader]
08 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to Mr. Abdul Quader, a long-time resident of Canberra who passed away on 30 June 2019. A senior Bangladeshi expatriate and an Economist by profession, Mr. Quader studied at B. M. College in Barisal, Bangladesh, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, University of New England in Armidale, NSW Australia and finally at University of Canberra in Canberra Australia. Mr. Quader started his career with the Bangladesh Civil Service and later served the Australian Public Service for about two decades before his retirement. He will be remembered by Canberra residents for his tireless contribution in building the Bangladeshi expatriate community and for his soft and ever-smiling personality. This week's program presented feelings of some of his close friends and family on his departure. The song played in the program was sung by late Mr. Abdul Quader and the instrumental piece used in the program was by Bangladeshi artist Jalal Ahmed. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladesh Night 2019 in Canberra and reception of Mr. Kamrul Hossain Chowdhury, recipient of Order of Australia Medal 2019 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
15 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program covered the 'Bangladesh Night and Charity Dinner 2019' organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra (BAAC) on 6 July 2019 in Canberra. This annual event by BAAC was held at the Canberra Islamic Centre auditorium in Monash ACT. Funds raised from this year’s dinner will be donated to Cancer Council ACT and Bidya Anannda (www.bidyanondo.org) in Bangladesh. The event has also honoured Mr. Kamrul Hossain Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi expatriate and long-time resident of Melbourne, for receiving this year's 'Order of Australia Medal' (OAM). HE Mr. Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia was the Chief Guest and Mr. Kamrul Hossain Chowdhury was the Guest of Honour. Australian government dignitaries attended the event as special guests were Mr. Chris Steel, Minister for Transport of the Australian Capital Territory and Ms. Nicole Lawder, Member ACT Legislative Assembly. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Audio drama 'Shesh Ontora' - Voices: Jagannath Basu, Ranjana Bhonjo and Debshankar Halder [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
22 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful audio drama titled 'Shesh Ontora' (The Last Interval) written and directed by Ranjana Bhonjo. The voices were by Jagannath Basu, Ranjana Bhonjo and Debshankar Halder. Background sounds were by Shantanu Bondopadhay and Utsav Bhonjo. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Audio story 'Amar Dhaam' - Author Harinarayan Chattopadhyay [Image: Flickr/Dyrk Wyst]
29 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program presented audio story titled - 'Amar Dhaam' - a classic tale of a haunted house and its inhabitants written by Harinarayan Chattopadhyay. The voices were by Mir and Dip. This audio story directed by Indrani was produced by Kolkata FM 98.3 Radio Mirchi Bangla for its series 'Sunday Suspense'. The song played in the program was sung by popular Kolkata band 'Bhumi'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra music group Dhrupad - A concert by Rozana Azad and Shafinaz Amin - Jalsha #14 (Part 1)  [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
05 Aug 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #14 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 30th March 2019. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Jalsha #14 presented two of Bangladesh's prominent female singers Rozana Azad and Shafinaz Amin Mukti - daughter and niece of legendary musical maestro Mr Azad Rahman respectively. The musical piece used in the program was played by Ustad Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Eid Mubarak - The importance of 'Eid al-Adha' and sacrifice [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
12 Aug 2019 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. The festival was celebrated in Canberra on 11 August 2019. It presented a recorded lecture by distinguished Islamic scholar Mufti Ismail Menk highlighting the history and importance of the celebration. The beautiful song 'Insha Allah' played in the program was sung by Maher Zain. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 6) [Image: YouTube.com]
19 Aug 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 6 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 focused on and paid tribute to 'singer' Uttam Kumar, an Indian film actor, director, producer, who is widely regarded as one of the most popular and beloved actors ever in India. The songs played in the program were sung by Manna Dey, Shondha Mukhopadhay, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhoshley. The narrator was Shampa Barua while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Mindfulness / Mindful = healthy mind, healthy life [Image: mindful.org]
26 Aug 2019 MP3

This week's program discussed the topic of - 'Mindfulness' - and the forms it can take such as gratitude, prayer, meditation etc. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment. The topic of this week's program was inspired by the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c365r-UHjvM. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

'Kobi-Kotha' - Poems of expatriate Bangladeshis in Canberra [Image: Restaurant wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' in Gulshan, Dhaka]
02 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the coverage of - 'Kobi-Kotha' - event recently organised by 'Kabbo-Kothon' - a recitation group based in Canberra whose mission is to uphold Bangla literature and culture in this land down under. 'Kobi-Kotha' was an evening to acknowledge and value the literary work of Canberra poets. The entire program was designed with music and poems of Tushar Roy, Madhumita Iyengar Lodh, Zahidul Huq, Fahmida Shoma, Abed Chaudhury and Shahadat Manik, who are now based in Canberra and enriching Bengali literature and culture through their writings. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

The poet of communism and humanity Kazi Nazrul Islam [Image: dailyasianage.com]
09 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 43rd death anniversary observed on 29 August 2019. The theme of this week's program was 'Samyobad O Manobotar Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam' (the poet of communism and humanity Kazi Nazrul Islam) that highlighted poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's writings on communism, equality and humanity. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by Shagota Laksmi Dasgupta, Kolkata Youth Choir and Nazrulgeety singers of Bangladesh. The recitations were by Kazi Sabyasachi and Golam Mustafa. The narration was by Shampa Barua and technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Artificial Intelligence [Image: cambridgesciencefestival.org]
16 Sep 2019 MP3

This week’s program discussed the emerging topic of - ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI)’ - in the 21st century. AI has become increasingly embedded in our day-to-day lives. Dr Lubna Alam, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, Melbourne joined this week's program to share her knowledge about the fundamentals of AI, including its impact and challenges to our society. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Social Media' - How it is influencing our lives [Image: localbusinessau.org]
23 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program presented a discussion on - 'Social Media' - and how it is influencing our lives, society and the new generation. The discussion in the form of informal conversation between two Canberra new generation members touched upon the issues of good and evil sides of social media such as mental illness, social media platforms' responsibility and social media detoxification. The participants were Adiba Ahmed and Adnin Zahid. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

'Kobi-Kotha' - Poems of expatriate Bangladeshis in Canberra [Image: Wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka]
30 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the coverage of - 'Kobi-Kotha' - event recently organised by 'Kabbo-Kothon' - a recitation group based in Canberra whose mission is to uphold Bangla literature and culture in this land down under. 'Kobi-Kotha' was an evening to acknowledge and value the literary work of Canberra poets. The entire program was designed with music and poems of Tushar Roy, Madhumita Iyengar Lodh, Zahidul Huq, Fahmida Shoma, Abed Chaudhury and Shahadat Manik, who are now based in Canberra and enriching Bengali literature and culture through their writings. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

The Baul saints of Bengal and their songs (Part 1) [Image: daily-sun.com]
07 Oct 2019 MP3

This week’s program presented part one of a series on 'Banglar Baul O Baul Gaan' (Baul saints of Bengal and their songs). The Bauls are a group of mystic minstrels primarily from Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent covering Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam. Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition. The first episode paid tribute to Lalon Shah by highlighting his contribution as philosopher, Baul saint, songwriter and social reformer. The Baul songs played in the program were sung by Farida Parvin, Runa Laila, Amar Pal, Tuntun Fakir and Renu. The narration was by Shampa Barua and technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Kobi-Kotha' - Poems of expatriate Bangladeshis in Canberra [Image: Wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka]
14 Oct 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 (final) of the coverage of - 'Kobi-Kotha' - event recently organised by 'Kabbo-Kothon' - a recitation group based in Canberra whose mission is to uphold Bangla literature and culture in this land down under. 'Kobi-Kotha' was an evening to acknowledge and value the literary work of Canberra poets. The entire program was designed with music and poems of Tushar Roy, Madhumita Iyengar Lodh, Zahidul Huq, Fahmida Shoma, Abed Chaudhury and Shahadat Manik, who are now based in Canberra and enriching Bengali literature and culture through their writings. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Boshonter Opek-khae' (Looking forward to spring) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
21 Oct 2019 MP3

This week's program presented a collection of beautiful songs from the 70s by popular Indian singer Pintu Bhattacharya embedded with a summary of recent and upcoming events organised by the Canberra Bangladeshi community. The program titled 'Boshonter Opek-khae' (Looking forward to spring) touched upon the feelings of the community as it awaits a late spring this year. The flute piece 'Cholo bodle jai' used in the program was by Raquibul Islam Ronee. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Ek-i Ma-er Taney' - The story of Anglo-Indians in Australia [Image: Asansol railway station/Wikipedia]
28 Oct 2019 MP3

This week's program presented the story of Anglo-Indians in Australia. The beautifully compiled program touched upon their origin and life in India and their search for a new home in Australia. The songs used in the program sung by Terry Morris, an Australian country singer and composer of Anglo-Indian descent, captured the soul of his community and memories of their motherland across the sea in the Indian subcontinent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The good and bad sides of the use of antibiotic [Image: Wikipedia]
04 Nov 2019 MP3

This week's program discussed the good and bad sides of the use of antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial infections. Antibiotics have been widely used since their development in the 1930s and 40s and overuse has led to the rise of 'superbug' bacteria that cannot be killed by many of the commonly used antibiotics. It is a developing problem that scientists are now very much concerned about. This week's presenter Dr. Sadequr Rahman, Professor and Director of Tropical Medicine and Biology Research Platform at Monash University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, also discussed possible routes to overcoming this problem. The songs played in the program were sung by Sharmin Sathi Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Kangaroos at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
11 Nov 2019 MP3

This week's program was presented by a guest of Canberra, Ms. Tahmina Rahman, mother of Canberra resident Ms. Zaheen Rahman. Ms. Tahmina Rahman is a Bangladeshi writer, poet, environmentalist and dedicated social worker. She has traveled all over Bangladesh for the welfare of the neglected people of the society, especially for the children and adolescents. Ms. Tahmina Rahman published two books and runs an online nature magazine 'Teenage Nature'. In this week's program she described her experience and observations during her visit to Canberra, the beautiful national capital of Australia. This week's program was produced by Zaheen Rahman.