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.

7th International Mother Language Walk in Canberra [Photo: Raquibul Sheikh]
24 Feb 2020 MP3

This week's program covered the 7th Annual Mother Language Walk in Canberra which took place on Sunday the 23 Feb 2020 at the National Multicultural Festival in Glebe Park. In celebration of International Mother Language Day (21 Feb), this event is held each year by the International Mother Language Movement Inc. in Canberra. The MC for the walk was Ayesha Sheikh. The walk was initiated to grow awareness in the Canberra community about preserving all the mother languages of the world. The program includes speeches by distinguished guests and key participants of the movement, they were: ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Christopher Steel; His Excellency Mohammad Sufiur Rahman High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji; ACT Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe and BAAC President Dr Shaikh Wahab. The song played at the end of the program was 'Ami Banglay Gaan Gai' by Pratul Mukhopadhyay. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh, and technical production was by Ayesha Sheikh.

Rahima Banu, the last person to suffer from smallpox in Bangladesh [Photo: who.int and whsc.emory.edu]
02 Mar 2020 MP3

This week’s program discussed the biology and history of smallpox, possibly the most deadly and most long-standing viral disease that mankind has experienced. Smallpox scars have been found in mummies and are mentioned in ancient texts in India and China. The Europeans took the virus that causes smallpox with them to the Americas and Australia and may have used it for biological warfare against the original inhabitants. Bengal and Bangladesh has a long association with smallpox. It was finally eradicated from Bangladesh in 1975. The last case was that of Rahima Banu (pictured). A lesson learnt to eradicate the recent Novel Corona virus? The songs in this week’s program were sung by Jayati Acharya from West Bengal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Happy Canberra Day 2020 - Happy Womens Day 2020 [Image: enlightencanberra.com]
09 Mar 2020 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'International Women's Day' and 'Canberra Day' - celebrated in Canberra on 8th and 9th March respectively. The International Women's Day is observed every year on March 8 to celebrate the women's movement and struggle for equality. While the Canberra Day is celebrated to mark Canberra’s 107th birthday through festivities. The background musics used in the program were pieces: Strength, Harmony, Spirals and Reawaken from album 'Mind Body Spirit' by Chris Kimber. The song 'I will survive' played in the program was sung by Gloria Gaynor. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Radio drama: 'Kaak' (The Crow) [Sketch: Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin]
16 Mar 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'Kaak' (The Crow) - written by Loknath Bhattacharya. It was produced by Ajit Mukhopadhay for Akashbani Kolkata. The voices were by Satya Bandopadhay, Joysree Sen and Sombhu Mitra. The recording was collected from YouTube. The background music used in this week's program was by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Radio drama: 'Shoshtho Writu' (Sixth Season) [Image: Ehsan Ullah]
23 Mar 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'Shoshtho Writu' (Sixth Season) - story by Shomoresh Boshu and radio adaptation by Khiti Mukhopadhay. It was produced by Jagannath Boshu for Akashbani Kolkata. The recording was collected from YouTube. The background music used in this week's program was by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.