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.