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.

Life in locked-down city and home confinement - Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
30 Mar 2020 MP3

This week's program presented an overview of the life of Bangladeshi expatriates during the current COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in Australia. It interviewed HE High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia Mr. Mohammad Sufiur Rahman highlighting the initiatives of the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra to support people affected by the countrywide self-isolation and restrictions. It also spoke to Bangladeshis in six major Australian cities inquiring about their communities and thier activities to support people during the crisis period. They are Mr. Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (Canberra), Mr. Khairul Alam Shameem (Brisbane), Mr. Akash Anwar (Sydney), Mr. Iskander Alam Chowdhury (Melbourne), Mr. Mahbub Siraz Tuhin (Adelaide) and Dr. MSN Shahid Raju (Perth). The Tagore song played in the program was sung by Moushumi Karmakar. 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. [Note: The URL for Bangladesh High Commission in Australia is www.bhcanberra.com and their emergency hotline numbers as mentioned in the program are 0416285069, 0410616803 and 0476025032. For latest information about Coronavirus in Australia visit www.health.gov.au or download the Australian Government 'coronavirus australia' mobile app.]

Life in locked-down city and home confinement - Darwin and Hobart [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
06 Apr 2020 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the overview of life of Bangladeshi expatriates during the current COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in Australia. Continuing on from last week's program, it spoke to Bangladeshis in two major Australian cities: Darwin and Hobart inquiring about their communities and their activities to support people during the crisis period. It spoke to Mr. Chowdhury Sadaruddin and Mr. Abdul Quader in Darwin, Northern Territory, and Dr. Ashfaqur Rahman in Hobart, Tasmania. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledge the use of audio clip from one YouTube video posted by Mr. Shafin Ahmed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The song 'Lean on Me' played in the program was sung by Bill Withers, an American singer-songwriter and musician who died a week ago. The second song 'Andrà Tutto Bene' was composed and performed by Cristóvam with a video concept created and directed by Pedro Varela. It is a message of hope and courage for everyone around the globe. The song has been dedicated to the doctors, nurses, those who are out there fighting for us and to those that stay home protecting their loved ones. 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. [Note: (1) As mentioned in the program, the 'Community SOS' website to register as volunteer or to receive support in the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW is https://sites.google.com/view/community-sos/home?fbclid=IwAR2zzCH_Q-X0z-yTcmzMhkmA96KZWFK85CDnu1QMltGZ6u1fcIx4xyJz6bM (2) The website for Bangladesh High Commission in Australia is www.bhcanberra.com and their emergency hotline numbers are 0416285069, 0410616803 and 0476025032. (3) For latest information about Coronavirus in Australia visit www.health.gov.au or download the Australian Government 'coronavirus australia' mobile app.]

New Generation's Voice: Our experiences with the Coronavirus [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
13 Apr 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a discussion on life during the Coronavirus crisis in Canberra, Australia experienced by the new generation. It touched upon what the virus is and what is happening, Australian government's measures to control the spread of the virus, and the disrupted life adaptations. The background music used in the program was composed and played by Bensound. This week's program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Coronavirus - it's molecular structure, mode of action, nature of virulence, and vaccine development programs in Australia and overseas [Image: abc.net.au]
20 Apr 2020 MP3

This week's program discussed about SARS-CoV-2, the notorious Novel Corona Virus responsible for the current global pandemic COVID-19. Science communicator Dr Tanvir Hossain interviewed renowned molecular geneticist Dr Abed Chaudhury to discuss various aspects of SARS-CoV-2 to reveal it's molecular structure, mode of action, nature of virulence with a particular emphasis on human immunological response. They also discussed about the progress of different vaccine development programs in Australia and overseas. The efficacy of experimental antiviral drugs currently being used as a therapeutic remedy against COVID-19 was further discussed. The background theme music used in the program 'Peace Mantra' was played by Chris Kimber. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Noshtonir - Poroborti Oddhaya' (The Broken Nest - Next Chapter) performed by 'Kabbo-Kothon - Australia' - 14 February 2020  [Image: facebook.com/priyovision.tv]
27 Apr 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful literary recital of - 'Noshtonir - Poroborti Oddhaya' (The Broken Nest - Next Chapter) - authored by Moushumi Dasgupta. It is an imaginary extension of poet Rabindranath Tagore's novel 'Noshtonir', describing what would have happened if the two long separated characters of the novel Amol and Charulata later contacted each other. The recital was performed by Canberra based recital group 'Kabbo-Kothon' for a Valentine’s Day production of Canberra based online media PriyoVision.tv broadcasted on 14 Feb 2020. The performers of 'Kabbo-Kothon' were Bushra Khanum (Introducer), Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (Amol), Shrabani Paul Purkayastha (Charulata) and Rajib Paul (Singer). The episode was technically produced by PriyoVision. The Mozart's piano piece 'Piano Concerto in A Major' used in the program was played by Arie Vardi at Israel Chamber Orchestra. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

04 May 2020 MP3

This week's program - 'Shokol Kolusho Tamosho Horo' - commemorated the birth, enlightenment and death anniversary of Lord Buddha - the founder of Buddhism. This year the day known as 'Buddha Purnima' will be celebrated on 7th May by the Buddhists worldwide. It is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs and poem on Lord Buddha's realisation, message and preaching. The singers of the songs were Hemanta Mukhopadhay, Srikanta Acharya, Shuchitra Mitra, Kishore Kumar, Ramesh Bandopadhay, Maloti Ghoshal and others. The poetry recitation was by Moushumi Dutta. The program was technically produced by Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Climate change and devastating Australian bush-fires [Photo: (main) abc.net.au / (inset) Tulip Chaudhury]
11 May 2020 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussing the impact of climate change on the Australian environment, particularly the devastating annual bushfires, and his research on new technologies for reversing climate change using microbial biology. A renowned genetisist and molecular biologist, Dr. Chaudhury is currently leading this research on natural solutions to climate change for an Australian company. The interview was recorded by popular science communicator Dr. Tanvir Hossain. The beautiful song 'Ami ghorey boshey thaki sharadin' was sung by Riddhindra Narayan Ray. The background music 'Trail of Tears' used in the program was taken from album 'The Music of the Great Smoky Mountains' by Gary Remal Malkin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Farewell, Professor Anisuzzaman [Photo: prothomalo.com]
18 May 2020 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Professor Anisuzzaman, a Bangladeshi academic of Bengali literature who passed away last week at the age of eighty-three. He was an activist who took part in the Language Movement (1952), participated in Mass Uprising (1969), and took part in the Bangladesh's War of Liberation (1971). Recipient of several awards including Ekushey Padak, Padma Bhushan and Shadhinota Padak Professor Anisuzzaman was inducted as a National Professor by the Government of Bangladesh in 2018. This week's program remembered him by replaying one of his interviews with Bangla Radio Canberra broadcast on 18 July 2011 reflecting on his research on the works of Poet Rabindranath Thakur. The singer of the songs played in the program were Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta and Hemanta Mukhopadhay. The theme music used in the program was played by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

'Eid Mubarak' - A very different Canberra Eid celebration during the Corona crisis [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
25 May 2020 MP3

This week's program commemorated - 'Eid ul Fitr' - the Muslim end of Ramadan festival, observed in Canberra on 24th of May 2020. It described how the Muslims in Canberra observed the day during the Covid-19 restrictions. It interviewed some Bangladeshis sharing their emotion and feelings of a very different type of Eid celebrated with the mosques shut and visitors barred from social visits. The singer of the songs collected from YouTube and played in the program were Razeeb Chowdhury and others. The background piece used in the program was played by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. The program was technically produced by Ayesha Samah Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

New Generation's Voice: Our experiences as Australia heads to the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
01 Jun 2020 MP3

This week's program, presented by the new generation members of the Bangladeshi community, gave an update of life in Canberra as Australia heads to the recovery phase of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. It beautifully captured their experiences of transiting to the new reality - a new norm. The background pieces 'A time ago' and 'The innocent land' used in the program was played by Gary Remal Malkin in album 'The music of the great smoky mountains'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

'Shotabdir Biggan' - Interview with Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Photo: Canberra’s Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla / governmentnews.com.au]
08 Jun 2020 MP3

This week's program introduced Dr. Tanvir Hossain and his popular science writing in Bangla. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. This week's program read articles from his first publication - 'Shotabdir Biggan' - published during the Ekushey Boi Mela 2020 by Anarjo Publications Ltd and interviewed him about his attraction to science and promotion of science in Bangla for the new generation. The background theme music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

The 'Kamini' of Corona age and our (changed) life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
15 Jun 2020 MP3

This week's program captured the frame of mind of a Canberra resident in the age of COVID-19 - its impact on life and living. The singers of the songs played in the program were Hyder Husyn, Children chorus from Bengal Foundation album 'Megher Koley Roud Heshechhe' and Kiran Chandra Roy from Bengal Foundation album 'Premangoney Ke Jaabi'. The poem recitation was by Raja collected from social media. The background piece used in the program was played by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The Baul saints of Bengal and their song - Part 2 [Photo: Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim / daily-bangladesh.com]
22 Jun 2020 MP3

This week’s program presented part two of a series on 'Banglar Baul O Baul Gaan' (Baul saints of Bengal and their song). 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 second episode paid tribute to Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim (1916-2009) by highlighting his contribution as philosopher, Baul saint, songwriter and social reformer. The Baul songs played in the program were sung by Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim, Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya, Sanjib Chowdhury, Momtaz, Rinku, Babul Sarkar, Kala Mia and Ashiq. The narration was by Shampa Barua and technical production was by Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Relationship between bats, pangolins and humans [Photos: A bat flying at night (main photo) and a pangolin foraging for food (inset) / Source: med.stanford.edu and bioweb.ulax.edu]
29 Jun 2020 MP3

This week's program investigated the evolutionary relationship between bats and pangolins and humans. All of these animals are closely related mammals. Bats have a powerful health defence system that leads to the development of rapidly-multiplying viruses. It is thought that the COVID-19 virus initially moved into humans from bats, possibly via an unknown intermediary. It is clear that human activities are responsible for the transfer of the COVID-19 virus into people. The singers of the songs played in the program were Prottoy Khan with Ayesha Moushumi and Abbasuddin Ahmed. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Expatriate Bangladeshi representation in the mainstream Australian politics [Photo: Mainul Haque]
06 Jul 2020 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Mainul Haque, a representative of the Australian Greens in the seat of Yerrabi for the coming Australian Capital Territory (ACT) election in October 2020. A long-time resident of Canberra and first generation migrant of Bangladeshi origin, Mr. Haque in his interview talked about how as a candidate for the Australian Greens he will bring to the community his myriad of life experiences, a relentless optimism and a dream for a better and sustainable future for all. The musical piece used in the program was played by Llewellyn in album 'Mysts of Avalon'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Introducing ACT Greens candidate Mr. Mainul Haque to the new generation [Photo: Mainul Haque]
13 Jul 2020 MP3

This week's program introduced Mr. Mainul Haque to the new generation members of Canberra Bangladeshi community. Mr. Mainul Haque is a representative of the Australian Greens in the seat of Yerrabi for the coming Australian Capital Territory (ACT) election in October 2020. This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Haque where he discussed how his party's manifesto will address the specific needs of the multicultural community in Canberra, benefit the younger generation and resolve the critical issues of Canberra residents. The background music piece: 'The innocent land' used in the program was played by Gary Remal Malkin in album 'The music of the great smoky mountains'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

A beautiful collection of songs from Bangladeshi cinema of the 70s and 80s [Photo: en.newsg24.com]
20 Jul 2020 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Chhaya Chhondo' - a beautiful collection of songs from Bangladeshi cinema of the 70s and 80s. These popular songs of the bygone days will bring back memories of many of us of our childhood, youth or adulthood life to reflect on and cherish during the difficult time we are passing now - a small slice of the sky to wonder and fly your mind for a while. This week’s program was produced and presented by Seena Zaman.

Eid Mubarak - The importance of 'Eid al-Adha' and sacrifice [Photo: aljazeera.com]
27 Jul 2020 MP3

[Archive: 2019] 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.

Study opportunity for international students in Canberra during the COVID-19 pandemic (Part 1) [Photo: canberra.edu.au]
03 Aug 2020 MP3

This week's program focused on the Australian Capital Territory Goverment's initiative to fly hundreds of international students back to Canberra university campuses - the first among the Australian territories and states since the campuses across the country closed down due to COVID-19 pandemic. Canberra's two universities: the Australian National University and University of Canberra are preparing to bring back international students to Canberra in time for the start of semester two in August 2020. In this regard this week's program interviewed: (1) Professor Monir Mir, Professor of Accounting in the School of Information Systems & Accounting of the Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra, and (2) Mr. Wasif Ilahi, a Ph.D. student of Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in University of NSW campus in Canberra to update our listeners about the status of that initiative and the well-being of Bangladeshi international students stranded in Canberra during the pandemic. The background music used in the program was played by Tony O'Connor in album 'Bushland Dreaming'. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Shomukhe Shanti Parabar' (Peace be upon you) - Tribute to Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 79th death anniversary [Photo: wikimedia.org]
10 Aug 2020 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Shomukhe Shanti Parabar' (Peace be upon you) - to pay tribute to Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 79th death anniversary observed on 7 August 2020. A popular poet, novelist, musician and playwright, Tagore reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. This week's program presented some of his beautiful songs and extracts from his popular literary work. The singer of the Tagore songs were Debobrata Biswas, Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya, Monomoy Chakraborty, Hemanta Mukhopadhay, Jayati Chakraborty and Srikanta Acharya. The poetry recitation was by Tushar Roy and the narrators were Tapati Aditya, Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua. The program was technically produced by Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Radio Drama: 'Shaper Chhobol' (The snake bite) - Story:  Ashapurna Debi, Radio adaptaion: Naren Dutta, Production: Shukla Bandopadhay [Image: Wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka]
17 Aug 2020 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful radio drama - 'Shaper Chhobol' (The snake bite) - story by Ashapurna Debi (1909–1995), a prominent Indian Bengali novelist and poet and recipient of many national awards including the Padma Shri by the Government of India. The story was adapted for radio by Naren Dutta. It was produced by Shukla Bandopadhay for Akashbani Kolkata. The recording was collected from YouTube. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledges the use of the original recording in its program. 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 Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

New Generation's Voice: Working from home: Our thoughts and experiences [Photo: Adnin Zahid]
24 Aug 2020 MP3

This week's program - 'Working from home: Our thoughts and experiences' - highlighted the positives and negatives of working from home as observed by the new generation in Canberra. Current Corona pandemic has redefined how we live, learn, work, play and socialise - from 'home'. The program also touched upon how this is shaping our life now and will in future and what are the consequences: physically, socially and mentally. The beautiful song 'Work From Home' played in the program was sung by popular American girl group Fifth Harmony. The song collected from YouTube was posted courtesy of iHeartRadio Australia. The background music piece 'Spirals' used in the program was played by Chris Kimber in album 'Mind Body Spirit'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed and Adnin Zahid.

'Smriti Ki Tar Jay Bhola' (His unforgettable memories) - [Photo: wikipedia.org/Nazrul Academy/Nazrul teaching music to his disciples]
31 Aug 2020 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 44th death anniversary observed on 29 August 2020. This week's program - 'Smriti Ki Tar Jay Bhola' (His unforgettable memories) - presented recollected memories of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam by some people close to him. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by Kazi Nazrul Islam, Firoza Begum, Payel Kar and Jagoroner Gaan. The recitations were by Kazi Sabyasachi and Foysal Aziz. The narration was by Shampa Barua and technical production was by Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Sleep science and disorder [Photo: A tomato vendor asleep in Dhaka/chinadaily.com.cn]
07 Sep 2020 MP3

This week’s program focused on something we all do - 'sleep'. In the program we hear from Dr. Humayun Kabir, a well-known sleep researcher and physician, who is the director of a sleep clinic in the USA, about the various stages of sleep and the solutions to common problems with getting to sleep. In addition Mr. Masuduzzaman Masud, who oversees a sleep clinic in Dhaka, Bangladesh described the problem of 'sleep apnea' - a common disorder that can have devastating consequences. Mr. Masud described the test for sleep apnea that is now available in Bangladesh. The song played in this week’s program was sung by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Shotabdir Biggan' - Coronavirus (COVID-19) related articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Image: www.business.vic.gov.au]
14 Sep 2020 MP3

This week's program presented some coronavirus (COVID-19) related articles by popular science writer Dr. Tanvir Hossain. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. In these articles written in easy to understand language he beautifully described how vaccine works, the current state of Oxford vaccine and how coronavirus infection discriminates human by age and sex. The articles read in the program were collected from his Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. The background theme music 'Prayer for Enlightenment' used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

Life of Bangladeshi international students in Australia during the corona pandemic - Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney [Image: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au]
21 Sep 2020 MP3

This week's program interviewed Bangladeshi international students in three Australian cities about their life during the corona pandemic - how they are surviving, their classes and labs online, and student support services provided by the Australian government and their university. The students were: (1) Wasif E Elahi, PhD candidate, Physical Oceanography, University of New South Wales ADFA campus in Canberra (2) Md Fatin Nihal Sarkar, Masters student, Geospatial Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, and (3) Enamul Hasan, Masters student, Enterprise Resource Planning, Victoria University, Sydney. The background music used in the program was played by Bilayet Khan and Munir Khan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

The dark side of social media [Image: socialmediaaddictionwebblog.wordpress.com]
28 Sep 2020 MP3

This week’s program discussed the affect of 'Social Media' in our life. Dr Lubna Alam, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, Melbourne joined this week's program to shed some light on the dark side of social media - how it manipulates human behaviour for profit, keeps user constantly engaged to influence his or her actions and turning them into easy prey for advertisers and propagandists. Referring to two recent documentaries on the topic (The Social Dilemma, The Great Hack) she advised listeners to be cautious about their addiction and privacy breaches. The singers of the song played in the program were Shukonna Ghosh and Pintu Ghosh. The background music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

The origin and possible fate of the universe - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain / The centre of the Milky Way galaxy]
05 Oct 2020 MP3

This week's program presented two articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. He is also a passionate astronomy photographer capturing the Milky Way Galaxy clearly visible in Canberra night sky. These articles written in easy to understand language beautifully described (1) the origin of our universe, and (2) the story of Bangladeshi scientist Prof. Jamal Nazrul Islam and his pioneering research on the ultimate fate of the universe. The articles were collected from Dr. Hossain's Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. The background theme music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Science - Blackhole and Time travel - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Image: education.abc.net.au]
12 Oct 2020 MP3

This week's program, on popular demand of the listeners, presented another two articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain on space-time and time travel. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. The articles written in easy to understand language beautifully described (1) the concepts of blackhole, whitehole and quantum space-time, and (2) what is 'time travel' - is it really possible? The articles were collected from Dr. Hossain's Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. The background theme music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

The fatigue of home digital office and its remedy - Interview: Dr. Lubna Alam [Image: abc.net.au]
19 Oct 2020 MP3

This week’s program discussed the issues of increased technology use, particularly working online from home during the COVID-19 pandemic - how it affects our physical and mental well-being. Dr Lubna Alam, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, Melbourne highlighted these issues and provided some useful tips to reduce screen-time to maintain our digital-health and wellness. The singer of the song 'tomar jonno' played in the program was Balam. The background music used in the program was played by Kashinath Misra and Anuradha Chaurashia. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Dak Diyachen Doyal Amare' (The Lord called me) - A Tribute to Andrew Kishore [Image: theindependentbd.com]
26 Oct 2020 MP3

This week's program 'Dak Diachen Doyal Amarey' (The Lord called me) paid tribute to Bangladesh's popular singer Andrew Kishore on his recent untimely death. Andrew Kishore Kumar Baroi (4 November 1955 – 6 July 2020) was a Bangladeshi playback singer. Considered the 'Playback King' of Bangladesh music industry who sang more than 15 thousand heart touching songs. Winner of several national music and film awards his versatile and melodious voice gave life to Bengali movie songs for several decades. The singer of the songs played in the program were late Andrew Kishore with Sabina Yasmin and Samina Chowdhury. Technical production was by Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - exploring the influence of human gene on human culture - Part 1:  Evolution of human communities and culture based on - 'language' [Image: theindependentbd.com]
02 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program introduced a new series - 'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - exploring the influence of human gene on human culture. Two well-known Canberra scientists Dr. Abed Chowdhury and Dr. Tanvir Hossain teamed together to discuss issues surrounding the topic to answer questions like: Is human culture controlled by their DNA? Or does gene have any role on the evolution of human civilisations? This week's program is part one of that series that focused on how human communities and their culture evolved based on - 'language'. The multi-lingual songs played in the program were sung by Asmi. The background music was by Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The story of Kamala Harris [Photo: sbs.com.au/AP]
09 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program presented the story of Kamala Harris who made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American US vice-president-elect in 2020 presidential election along with US president-elect Joe Biden. It also mentioned the 'White Ribbon Day' to be observed in Australia on Friday 20 November 2020 to bring people together to raise awareness and commit to action to prevent men’s violence against women. The Tagore songs played in the program were sung by Jayati Chakaraborty. The background music was by Llewellyn from album Mysts of Avalon. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

New Generation's Voice: Experience of owning pet and the White Ribbon Day [Photo: Adiba Ahmed]
16 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program presented the experience of owning pet and the White Ribbon Day to be observed in Australia on 20 November 2020. A new owner shared her feelings of owning a kitten and described how it could enrich one's life. She also noted the differences in pet love and animal empathy in different culture. Finally it reminded the importance of White Ribbon Day to be observed this week in Canberra. The background music piece used in the program was taken from album 'Panflute Memories'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed and Adnin Zahid.

Singer Geeta Dutt - 'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 8) [Image: Geeta Dutt/upperstall.com]
23 Nov 2020 MP3

This week's program presented Part 8 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of 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 Geeta Dutt (23 November 1930 – 20 July 1972) - a prominent Indian playback singer and a famous Hindi and Bengali classical artist. Born in Faridpur, Bangladesh before the Partition of India she moved with her parents to Kolkata, Assam and Mumbai in India where she found particular prominence as a playback singer in Hindi cinema. The songs played in the program were sung by Geeta Dutt. The narrators were Tapati Aditya, Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda and Punna Joyotee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.