Bangla Radio Archive - 2021

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'Jibon o Sangskriti' - Exploring the influence of human gene on human culture - Part 2: Some unknown facts on the origin and evolution of 'Bangla' language [Image: thedailystar.net/Sarah Anjum Bari/How the Persian language seeped into Bengali/The tale of Laili and Majnu]
04 Jan 2021 MP3

The first program of 2021 presented part two of - 'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - a series exploring the influence of human gene on human culture. Two well-known Canberra scientists Dr. Abed Chaudhury 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 a continuation of part one that highlighted some unknown facts on the origin and evolution of 'Bangla' language. The multi-lingual songs played in the program were sung by Tajik singer Noziya Karomatullo and Bangladeshi singer Shongi - both collected from YouTube. The background music piece was by Nikhil Banerjee. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The rebirth of Dhaka Muslin - Possibilities [Image: A woman in fine Bengali muslin; Dhaka, 18th-century/Wikipedia.org]
11 Jan 2021 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Dhakai Mosliner Punorjonmo' (Rebirth of Dhaka Muslin) - describing the possibilities of re-establishing the ancient 'Muslin' industry - a handwoven legendary fabric made with the finest hand spun yarns from locally grown cotton alongside the river banks of Brahmaputra near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Canberra scientists Dr. Abed Chaudhury, a molecular geneticist and Dr. Tanvir Hossain, a plant scientist discussed in depth the recent attempts to revive the Muslin industry in Bangladesh. They touched on factors such as plant biology, gene editing technologies, weaver training and commercial entrepreneurial support that could not only revive the rich heritage of the country but also become a major foreign currency earner beyond the present garment industry. The singer of the song played in the program was Sandhya Mukhopadhyay. The background Dilruba music piece collected from YouTube was by G. Saroja. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - Part 3: The role of music in human development [Image: Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia playing morning Raga "Prabhati” / bengalclassicalmusicfest.com]
18 Jan 2021 MP3

This week's program presented part three of - 'Jibon o Sangskriti' (Life and Culture) - a series exploring the influence of human gene on human culture. Two well-known Canberra scientists Dr. Abed Chaudhury and Dr. Tanvir Hossain teamed together to discuss issues surrounding the topic. This episode focused on the role of music in human development - how music help regenerate brain cells of adults to overcome the memory loss due to ageing. It also discussed about the oldest musical instrument made by human - 'flute' - and how it migrated through different cultures across the globe. The background instrumental piece used in the program was by Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shiv Kumar Sharma. The international flute recital clips used in the program were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

New Generation's Voice: Australia Day 2021 [Image: abc.net.au]
25 Jan 2021 MP3

This week's program presented by the new generation members of the Bangladeshi community 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, some controversies of the Day, and three influential Australians from history: Eddie Mabo, Steve Irwin and Ned Kelly. The background music used in the program were from albums: Sound of Aboriginal Australia, Sharing Bush Secrets, Aboriginal Dreamtime and Sitar Meditations. The updated 2021 Australian National Anthem collected from YouTube was posted by Creative Trio. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Science - (1) Emptiness and the Universe, and (2) Quantum Gravity - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, plant scientist and science writer [Image: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
01 Feb 2021 MP3

This week's program presented another episode of series titled - 'Shotabdir Biggan' - that beautifully describe science topics in easy to understand language. The series is coordinated and presented by Dr. Tanvir Hossain. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a renowned plant scientist recently retired from an Australian government agency. He is also a popular science writer mostly on his Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. In this episode Dr. Hossain covered two mind boggling topics: (1) Emptiness and the Universe, and (2) Quantum Gravity. The background theme music used in the program was by Chris Kimber in album ‘Mind Body Spirit’. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

Overview of health services in Canberra [Image: facebook.com/alowomen/]
08 Feb 2021 MP3

This week’s program provided a brief overview of health services that are available in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to help people - particularly women - understand the ACT health system and get the most health care they need. The lecture was presented by Ms. Yelin Hung from the Health Care Consumers’ Association Inc. of the ACT in a webinar organised by Alo Enlightened Women Inc. (www.facebook.com/alowomen/) on 21 January 2021. The background music used in the program was played by Frances Barnes. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Desperate for spring - The melody of spring arrival in Bengali soul [Image: Two girls attend a performance celebrating Pohela Falgun /Xinhua/Mohammad Manowar Kamal]
15 Feb 2021 MP3

This week’s program - 'Boshonto Byakul' (Desperate for spring) - celebrated the advent of spring in Bangladesh. It was prepared and presented by two friends from Dhaka, Bangladesh: Mr. Masuduzzaman Masud and Mr. Johirul Hasan Badhon. The program welcomed spring with a beautiful composition of songs and interviews in an ‘adda’ backdrop. The interviews were with the famed Bangladeshi actor Mr. Abul Hayat and with Ms. Shawon Mahmud, the daughter of Shaheed Altaf Mahmud - freedom fighter, Bangla language movement activist and music composer of the famous song 'Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano Ekushey February'. Mr. Abul Hayat talked about his acting career and how he felt in spring while Ms. Shawon Mahmud talked about the impact the song 'Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano Ekushey February' has had all over the world. The songs in the program were sung by Anupam Roy, Elvis Presley, Nandita, Aditi Mohsin and Mahtim Sakib. This week’s program was introduced and produced by Sakiba Rahman.

Influence of language movement on Bengali literature [Image: educationbd.org]
22 Feb 2021 MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'Language Martyrs Day' - 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. This week's program focused on the influence of the 21st February language movement on Bengali literature and music. The songs, music and poetry recitations used in the program were collected from YouTube. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Canberra pays tribute on Mother Language Day [Photo: Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra, Australia]
01 Mar 2021 MP3

This week's program beautifully documented how Canberra paid tribute to and observed the Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2021. It presented live audio recordings from (1) the 8th Mother Language Walk in the morning organised by the International Mother Language Movement (IMLM), and (2) Cultural function in the evening organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Science - (1) The properties of matter (2) String theory, and (3) Dark energy - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, plant scientist and science writer [Image: space.com]
08 Mar 2021 MP3

This week's program presented another episode of the series titled - 'Shotabdir Biggan' - that beautifully describe science topics in easy to understand language. The series is coordinated and presented by Dr. Tanvir Hossain. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a renowned plant scientist recently retired from an Australian government agency. He is also a popular science writer mostly on his Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. In this episode Dr. Hossain covered three engrossing topics: (1) The properties of matter (2) String theory, and (3) Dark energy. The background theme music used in the program was by Chris Kimber in album ‘Mind Body Spirit’. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

Two COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Australian Government - (1) Pfizer-Biontech and (2) Oxford-Astrazeneca - their differences, efficacy and resistance capability - An interview with Dr. Shamaruh Mirza, Medical Scientist [Photos: abc.net.au, and Dr. Shamaruh Mirza]
15 Mar 2021 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Shamaruh Mirza, a medical scientist based in Canberra, on the two COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Australian Government: (1) Pfizer-Biontech, and (2) Oxford-Astrazeneca. Dr. Mirza discussed about these vaccines and their differences, efficacy and resistance capability. The program also touched on the roll out of these vaccines in Australia and recent issues raised on these vaccines. The song played in the program was recently aired by the Barguna District Administration and Department of Women's Affairs of Bangladesh. Collected from YouTube the song was aired on Lokbetar FM 99.2. The background Sarod recital used in the program was by Partho Sarothy in his album ‘Tribute to Australia’. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

A virtual musical program 'Tolo Chhinno Bina' (Raise your broken harp) from Canberra music group 'Spondon' [Image: YouTube/Spondon Canberra]
22 Mar 2021 MP3

This week's program featured 'Tolo Chhinno Bina' (Raise your broken harp) - a collection of songs performed by musical group 'Spondon Canberra' founded by the expatriate Bangladeshis living in Canberra, Australia. The beautiful presentation was released by Spondon as a virtual program on YouTube in December 2020 in a pandemic-stricken world of 2020 when many cultural groups took to the virtual stage due to COVID-19 restrictions and lock-down measures. The Spondon performers in this program are (in alphabetical order): Ashraful Alam, Anthony William Amit, Fahmida Shoma, Khondoker Yusuf, Luna Purification, Moyuresh Biswas, Nazma Sultana, Rajib Paul, Shahnaz Begum, Tarek Safa, Trina Mohit and Zahidul Huq. Guest artist Dipankar Sen accompanied on Tabla. Spondon virtual program 'Tolo Chhinno Bina' was produced by: Golam Bhuyian Himel and Rajib Paul. This week's Bangla Radio program was produced and presented by Luna Purification. [Spondon Canberra's FaceBook page: facebook.com/SpondonCanberra. The full virtual video program is available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/QU5loQySd0U) as ‘Spondon Virtual Program 2020 - Tolo Chhinno Bina’]

Women: The challenges that they face [Image: Wikipedia/J. Howard Miller's 1943 poster "We Can Do It!"]
29 Mar 2021 MP3

This week's program, produced by the new generation members of the Bangladeshi community, presented their personal views on - "Women: The challenges that they face" - in light of the recent media coverage on the treatment of women in their workplace in Australia. Commemorating the Women's Day (celebrated on 8th March) and Women's History Month they discussed Women in Leadership, the current climate for women in the workplace, and the challenges that they face - including the portrayal of women in pop culture and the media. The background music used in the program was from album 'Late into the Night' by Stuart Jones. This week's program was jointly produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence celebration in Canberra, Australia (Part 1) [Image: Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra /Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
05 Apr 2021 MP3

This week's program presented part one of the coverage of four day long program of events organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia during 25-28 March 2021 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh Independence. Part one presented live recordings of (1) the presentation from Canberra based recitation group 'Kabbo Kothon' at the cultural function held in Canberra on 27 March 2021, and (2) the official inauguration ceremony of the miniature replica of Bangladesh's Jatio Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament House) at the Cockington Green Gardens in Canberra on 28 March 2021. The background music used in the program was from an archived Bangladesh Television recording. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Commemoration: 50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence celebration in Canberra, Australia (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
12 Apr 2021 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the coverage of four day long program of events organised by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia during 25-28 March 2021 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh Independence. Part two presented live recording of the presentation from Canberra based music group 'Dhrupad' at the cultural function held in Canberra on 27 March 2021. The background music used in the program was from an archived Bangladesh Television program. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

Ex-cadets reunion in Canberra [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
19 Apr 2021 MP3

This week's program featured the - 'Canberra Ex-Cadets Reunion' - held in Canberra, Australia on 24 January 2021 that was participated by over twenty former cadets of Bangladesh cadet colleges and their families. The first half of the program presented live recordings from the day long fun filled activities replicating a typical day in Cadet College - starting with Principal Parade in the morning followed by games and sports, prayer, lunch and the evening cultural program. The second half presented memories of cadet college life by some Canberra ex-cadets. The background Sarod recital used in the program was by Partho Sarothy in his album ‘Tribute to Australia’. This week's program was produced and presented by Hasina Pervin Lipi.

The purpose of fasting during Ramadan and its benefit [Image: abc.net.au]
26 Apr 2021 MP3

This week’s program provided a brief overview of the Muslim holy month of - 'Ramadan' - now being observed by the Muslims worldwide. It interviewed Mr. Sheikh Moaaz Alhawari, Imam of Gungahlin mosque located in northern Canberra, who beautifully explained in English: (1) the purpose of fasting during Ramadan and its benefit (2) the three segments of the month - mercy, blessing and forgiveness (3) what is expected during the month according to Quran and Hadith (4) the night of decree - 'Qadr', and (5) how to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr. The background music used in the program were: Best of Islamic music by Mawlid and Islamic music for spiritual healing and meditation by Asmr. The song 'Ramadan is here' was by Raef from the Ramadan Album. The music and song were collected from YouTube. Technical production of this week's program was by Ayesha Sheikh. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Rabindra Jayanti' - Tribute to poet Rabindranath Thakur on his 160th birth anniversary [Image: sbs.com.au / Wikimedia]
03 May 2021 MP3

This week’s program celebrates Rabindranath Tagore’s 160th Birth Anniversary or 'Rabindra Jayanti' [born: 7th May, 1861/ 25th Boishakh 1268]. Rabindra Jayanti is a quintessential part of Bengali culture which is marked across the globe each year by celebrating the extraordinary work of this luminary poet, novelist, and songwriter of our time, which brought Bengali literature and the culture to the wider world. This week’s program only mildly touches on Tagore’s mammoth contribution to the literary and music world, and features a handful of Tagore songs and poems performed by a few local artists from the Bangladeshi community in Canberra, including ‘Spondon’ and ‘Kabbo Kothon’ groups. The background Santoor music was by Shiv Kumar Sharma. This week’s program was produced and presented by Luna Purification, with technical assistance from Rajib Paul in music production.

Science - Life sketch of four prominent scientists of the Indian Subcontinent: (1) Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, (2) Dr. Meghnath Saha, (3) Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and (4) Professor Abdus Salam [Image: wikipedia.com]
10 May 2021 MP3

This week's program presented another episode of the series titled - 'Shotabdir Biggan' (Science of the Century) - that beautifully describe science topics in easy to understand language. The series is coordinated and presented by Dr. Tanvir Hossain. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a renowned plant scientist recently retired from an Australian government agency. He is also a popular science writer mostly on his Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. In this episode Dr. Hossain described the life of four prominent scientists of the Indian sub-continent: (1) Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, (2) Dr. Meghnath Saha, (3) Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and (4) Professor Abdus Salam. The background theme music piece 'Reawaken' used in the program was by Chris Kimber in album ‘Mind Body Spirit’. This week’s program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.