Bangla Radio Archive - 2020

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Welcome 2020 [Image: Photo by Matthew Abbott for the New York Times]
06 Jan 2020 MP3

This week's program, the first for 2020, provided a summary of the unprecedented bushfires burning across Australia on the eve of the Christmas Day and New Year. It described the massive bushfires sweeping across the country that shocked Australians in their size and ferociousness while authorities declare state of emergency in New South Wales and Victoria, and state of alertness in the Australian Capital Territory. The singers of songs played in the program were Abbasuddin Ahmed, Shandha Mukhopadhay and Paban Das Baul. The background music were by Tonny O'Connor (Bushland Dreaming) and Gary Reman Malkin (The Innocent Land). This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Radio Drama 'Bashanta Bilap' - Story: Bimal Kar, Radio adaptation: Sharaj Bashu, Production: Shukla Bandopadhay [Image: Adapted from Internet]
13 Jan 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a radio drama - 'Boshonto Bilap' - written by Bimal Kar. It was adapted for radio broadcast by Sharaj Bashu and was produced by Shukla Bandopadhay for Akashbani Kolkata. The recording was collected from YouTube. The background music used in this week's program was by Ram Krishna Paul. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Radio Drama 'Jaiga Bodol' - Story: Ashapurna Devi, Radio adaptation: Ratna Mitra, Production: Shomoresh Ghosh [Image: Wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka]
20 Jan 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a radio drama - 'Jaiga Bodol' - story by Ashapurna Devi. It was adapted for radio broadcast by Ratna Mitra and was produced by Shomoresh Ghosh for Akashbani Kolkata. The recording was collected from YouTube. The background music used in this week's program was by Ram Krishna Paul. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Australia Day - A brief history [Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images]
27 Jan 2020 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. This week's program presented a brief history of the day and celebration. This week's program was produced by Adiba Ahmed.

Canberra Bushfire - January 2020 (Special presentation) [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
03 Feb 2020 MP3

This week's program covered the bushfire emergency situation in Canberra caused by a number of uncontrolled bushfires burning around the Australian Capital Territory. It provided first hand description of the residents in Canberra during 27 January - 2 February 2020 about one bushfire that came within kilometres of the Canberra's southernmost suburbs. Two guests: Dr. Tanvir Hossain, a senior agricultural scientist and HE Md. Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, also spoke about their views of this year's bushfires and possible solutions to tackle the ever-growing Australian bushfire issue. The background theme music used in the program 'Prayer for Enlightenment' was played by Chris Kimber. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra Bushfire - January 2020 : Passing Over and Experience [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
10 Feb 2020 MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of last week's program on the bushfire emergency situation in Canberra caused by a number of uncontrolled bushfires burning around the Australian Capital Territory. It presented interviews of Bangladeshi expatriates living in Gordon, one of the three suburbs in South Canberra that were first on the path of the advancing bushfires, describing their experience of the passing over of the event. They are: Dr. Bilquis Ferdous, Biomedical Faculty member of the University of Canberra, Mr. Masud Jamaly and Ms. Rowshan Ara Masud, parents from Bangladesh visiting family in Canberra, and Ms. Rumana Jamaly and Mr. Shamsul Huda, both professional architects and planners and long-time residents of Canberra. The songs played in the program were sung by famous Indian singers Lata Mungeshkar and Manna Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Science: How the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infects and affects human beings? [Photo credit: fda.gov / An aerosol produced by sneezing that contains corona virus particles]
17 Feb 2020 MP3

This week’s program focused on - 'COVID-19' - the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is also given the same name by the World Health Organisation. It discussed how the virus infects and affects human beings. The program also presented an interview with Professor Sunil Lal of Monash University Malaysia on the nature and spread of the virus. This week's presenter and producer Dr. Sadequr Rahman is Professor of Plant Genetics, and Director of Tropical Medicine and Biology Research Platform at the same university. The song played in the program was sung by Anupam Roy, which was kindly provided by a listener Mr. Masuduzzaman Masud. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.