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Stories of expatriate life

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07 May 2007 MP3

This week’s program presented (1) a brief report on last week's badminton and table tennis tournaments organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, (2) 'probashir Rabindranath' - paying tribute to Poet Rabindranath Thakur on his 146th birth anniversary, and (3) a beautiful letter from Vietnam - 'banglar gaan gai' - by Provash Mondol. The Scottish folk song and 'Rabindra Sangeet' played in the program were sung by distinguished Indian singers Shagota Lakhmi Das Gupta and Indrani Sen. The piano piece used in the program was taken from a CD - 'purano shei diner kotha' - by famous Indian artist V. Balsara. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 May 2007 MP3

This week’s program presented 'probashir Nazrul' - paying tribute to Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 108th birth anniversary, and two beautiful letters from England and South Korea by Apel Mahmood and S. M. Harun Pasha describing the other side of expatriate life - the experience, the reality and the sacrifice. The songs played in this week's program are: 'uskudara gideriken bir mendil beldum' by Turkish singer Safiye Ayla, 'shukno patar nupur paye' by Indian singer Indrani Sen, 'porodeshi megh' by ex-Canberra resident Bangladeshi singer Layeka Bashir and 'agun jole' by new generation Bangladeshi singer Nazmul Kabir. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

23 Jul 2007 MP3

This week's program presented emotions and feelings of Bangladeshis in three parts - 'desh', 'bhalobasha' and 'bishonnota' - from Bangla literature and songs. Part one depicted 'desh' from an article by popular Bangladeshi writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and song 'ki dekhar kotha ki dekhchhi' by Bangladeshi singer Haider Hossain. Part two portrayed 'bhalobasha' from novel 'kobi' by famous Indian writer Tarashonkor Bondopadhay and song 'bhalobashar ahobane' by Bangladeshi singer Habib Waheed. Part three illustrated 'biroho' from a recent novel 'talash' by new Bangladeshi writer Shaheen Akhter and song 'shopno dekhbo boley' by Indian singer Moushumi Bhowmik. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

27 Oct 2008 MP3

This week's program presented stories of two expatriate Bangladeshis - portraying their life, experience and sacrifice: (1) 'morubashi' by Raju from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and (2) 'aat bochhor porey' by Tuku from Houston, USA, published in a collection of stories in Bangladeshi magazine Jai Jai Din in 2005. The two beautiful songs played in the program: 'phooley phooley dholey dholey' and 'ogo-ma tui dekheja, nijer duti chokhe' were sung by Bangladeshi singer Shahana and Indian singer Soumyen Adhikari respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bengali poet and playwright Shukanto Bhattacharya (15 August 1926 - 13 May 1947) [Photo: Internet]
19 Aug 2013 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Kobi Shukanto' - paying tribute to the revolutionary Bengali poet Shukanto Bhattacharya on his 87th birth anniversary. In this program presenter describes the other side of expatriate life - the experience, the reality and the sacrifice. The songs and recitation played in this week's program are: 'Thikana', 'Obak Prithibi', 'Ranar' by Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay, 'Atharo bochor boyes' by Bangladeshi reciter Shimul Mostafa. The partial interview of Shukanto's younger brother was collected from Internet which was played on Akashbani. This week's program was produced and presented by Arupa Sarkar.

Drama: 'Shorno-mrigo' (golden deer) [Image: freechristmaswallpapers.net]
30 Dec 2013 MP3

This week's program presented a drama - 'Shorno-mrigo' (golden deer) - depicting the dilemma faced by a Bangladeshi expatriate - his struggle between home and abroad, close family and prosperity. The drama was written and directed by Toukir Ahmed. Background music composed by Shujeo Shyam. The roles were played by Afzal Hossain, Toukir Ahmed, Shormili Ahmed and Natasha Hayat. The drama was broadcast by the Bangladeshi channel Ekushey TV. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Probashir Cinema' - Mr. Golam Mostafa, Mr. Abhijit Deonath and Mr. Zia Ahmed [Image: wallcoo.net]
09 Jun 2014 MP3

This week's program presented - 'Probashir Cinema' - highlighting the works of three expatriate cinema producers in Australia. It presented interviews with: (1) Mr. Golam Mostafa, a distinguished stage and TV personality in Sydney now working on producing his new cinema trilogy, (2) Mr. Abhijit Deonath, a Canberra resident working on his first full length Bangla cinema 'Salt Bridge' based on expatriate life in Australia, and (3) Mr. Zia Ahmed, a resident of Sydney and long time short film enthusiast who has recently released his first short film 'the Inner Eye'. The interview with Mr. Zia Ahmed and actress Ms. Moushumi Martin was recorded by Mr. John Martin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Bari Fera' - Home-coming for a break in Bangladesh [Photo: wikipedia.com]
01 Sep 2014 MP3

This week's program presented a conversation with a Bangladeshi returning home after a gap of two years. The interviewee described his life and work in Malaysia and his feelings as he was returning home for a break in Bangladesh. He also described his initial struggles in getting used to living in a foreign country. The song played in this week's program was a duet by Shyam Shundor Boishnav and Shefali Ghose. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Korobi - lovely daughter of late Lamia Rukhsana Khan Kakon (1976-2015) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
07 Sep 2015 MP3

This week's program remembered and bid a very personal heart-felt farewell to Lamia Rukhsana Khan Kakon who has recently lost her life to cancer in Melbourne. She was the eldest daughter of Dr. Lutfar Khan and Ms. Lulu Khan. Kakon grew-up in Melbourne studying at the Oakleigh High School; Mentone Girl's Secondary College and graduated from the Monash University and Swineburne University of Technology. Kakon will be missed by her family and friends in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and overseas. The songs played in the program were sung by Sraboni Sen and the instrumental pieces were played by Dilip Roy. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 Sep 2015 MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read two stories published in Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo written by Sarwar Jahan from Adelaide and Mahfuzul Alam Khan from Dubai. The beautiful songs on expatriate life 'kotodin dekhina mayer mukh' and 'tomar doai bhalo achhi' were collected from YouTube. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
08 Feb 2016 MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read four stories published in Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo written by Vikarunnesa and Tahmina Amin, in Indian newspaper Anandabazar written by Shunondo Ghosh and Shantonu Ghosh, and a personal observation representing stories from Saskatchewan (Canada), Lebabon, Kolkata (India) and Canberra (Australia). The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers: Shahana, Anila and Polash Khan. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Sydney Boishakhi Mela 2016 [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
18 Apr 2016 MP3

This week's program covered the popular Sydney 'Boishakhi Mela' organised by the Bangabandhu Council Australia in Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 16 April 2016. Considered the largest of such gathering in the world outside Bangladesh, Sydney Boishakhi Mela is being organised for over two decades - that has grown from a schoolyard gathering to a mass congregation to fit in an Olympic stadium. Canberra resident Dr. Abed Chaudhury, a well-known Bangladeshi geneticist and science writer, captured the spirit of this year's Mela by recording interviews of the organisers, stall owners and visitors for Bangla Radio Canberra. This week's program is a beautiful compilation of Dr. Chaudhury's recordings. This week's program was produced and presented by Fahmida Ehsan.

The True American - Murder and Mercy in Texas [Image: Book cover detail]
05 Sep 2016 MP3

This week's program presented an interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Rais Bhuiyan - subject of Kathryn Bigelow's new film and 'The True American' book [Image: scpr.org]
12 Sep 2016 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the interview of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American victim of hate crime that followed 9/11. A former student of Sylhet Cadet College and an officer of Bangladesh Air Force, Rais migrated to USA to pursue the American dream. After his near death experience Rais forgave his attacker Mark Stroman and started a movement named 'World Without Hate' with Amenesty International to over-turn Mark's death sentence. A book written on the story by Anand Giridharadas titled 'The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas' captured the rebuilding of shattered lives of both the attacker and the victim and their transformation. A movie by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow based on this story is due to be released soon. The interview played in the program was from a documentary directed by Shahed Jalal and produced by Nilgiri Productions. The song played in the program was sung by Bhupen Hazarika. This week’s program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Probaho' - the Bangla music group from Auckland, New Zealand [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Jan 2017 MP3

This week's program, the first of 2017, introduced - 'Probaho' - a Bangla music group formed by the Bangladeshi expatriates living in Auckland, New Zealand. The group came to Canberra just before Christmas to visit family and friends. The visitors treated the locals with a fabulous concert and shared their life stories in Auckland, New Zealand. This week's program featured their story and their music performed at a private party in Canberra. The members of the Probaho group visited Canberra were: Fakhrul Alam Dipu - rythm guitar and lead vocalist, Mohammed Bashar Ehsan - keyboard, Mohammed Rezaul Haque Chowdhury Rubel - base guitar, Snehashish Das - drum and tabla, Shamsun Nahar Flora - vocalist and Shaheen Haque overall management and coordination. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Flags of all Bangladeshi cadet colleges at the Ex-cadets' Forum Australia (ECFA) event "Cadets' Day Out 2016" in Sydney on 25 Sep 2016 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
16 Jan 2017 MP3

This week's program, part two of a three part series, is on the memories of Cadet colleges in Bangladesh. This week's episode presented the remaining part of the recollection of memories of Cadet college by the ex-Cadets of Bangladeshi Cadet colleges living in Canberra, Australia recorded during their first get-together on 14 November 2015. The beautiful song played in the program was sung by Alamgir, an ex-Cadet of Mirzapur Cadet College, from his popular album 'Alamgir in Hollywood'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

(L-R) Mr. Zillur Rahman, Mr. Mir Hashmat Ali and Mr. Jainal Abedin - leading pioneers in building the Canberra Bangladeshi community [Photo: Ehsan Ullah, 1989]
12 Jun 2017 MP3

This week's program presented Part 1 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra function commemorating the 21st February Bhasha Shaheed Dibosh [Photo: Ehsan Ullah, 2001]
19 Jun 2017 MP3

This week's program presented Part 2 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangla Language and Cultural SChool Canberra stall at the ACT Community Language Schools Association festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
26 Jun 2017 MP3

This week's program presented Part 3 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Young (now adult) Bangladeshi dancers after their performance at the Canberra annual Multicultural Festival [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
03 Jul 2017 MP3

This week's program presented Part 4 of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A view of the Canberra southern suburb of Gordon [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
10 Jul 2017 MP3

This week's program presented Part 5 (Final) of a series on the evolution of - 'bangalee settlement' - in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The population of the Bangalee community grew from a few families to about four thousand in the past five decades. It is now a well-established and highly regarded community in Canberra. This series captured the life and story of the early settlers to present day - their commitment, dedication and experience in building the community. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Image: Wedding Invitation (cover of a traditional Bangladeshi wedding invitation card)
31 Jul 2017 MP3

This week's program presented interviews of Ms. Kate Saraswati and Mr. Peter Roeper married to two Bangladeshi Australians living in Canberra - Mr. Shoeb Ishtiaq Ahmad (Shaurov) and Ms. Khurshid Jahan respectively. The interviews asked them about their adopted Bangladeshi lifestyle and their integration into the Bangladeshi community in Canberra. The radio clip of Ms. Saraswati played before the interviews was taken from Bangla Radio archive dated 20 April 2009 recorded by Dr. Dalia Nilufar. The solo song played in the program was sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila. This week's program was produced and presented by Tulip Chaudhury.

Stories of expatriate life [Photo: Canberra flower festival Floriade 2016 | Ehsan Ullah]
28 Aug 2017 MP3

This week's program presented stories of expatriate life, as told by Bangladeshi expatriates living around the globe, describing their experience and life without their loved ones far away from home. It read four stories published in online Bangladeshi newspapers Prothom Alo and Bdnews24.Com written by Rimmi Rumman (New York, USA), Tasmina Khandakar (Seoul, South Korea), Shafinawaz Shipu (London, UK) and Tamanna Islam (California, USA). The background music used in the program were played by Sultan Khan, Zakir Hossain, Ram Krishna Paul, Dilip Roy and V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

Canberra Durga Protima at Duffy Primary School [Photo: Tulip Chaudhury]
02 Oct 2017 MP3

This week's program presented: (1) recording from - 'Canberra Durga Puja 2017' - organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association (Canberra) Inc on 30th September and 1st October in Duffy Primary School, and (2) part three of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Oct 2017 MP3

This week's program presented part four of the recording from - 'Bistirno Duparey' - a fund raising cultural event for the recent flood affected people of Bangladesh held in Canberra on 16th September 2017. All the proceedings from the event will be donated to "Let’s Work for Bangladesh - Flood Appeal 2017" which will be utilised amongst the flood victims of North Bengal via Rotary International. The performers were: Sheikh Lana, Luna Purification, Refat Bita, Avijit Sarkar, Anthony William Amit (guitar), Bushra Khanum & Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob (recitation), Abhijit Dan (tabla), Atik Helal (keyboard). Master of the Ceremony was Raquibul Sheikh. Key organisers were: Newton Muhuri, Tarek Safa, Syed Asif Ali, Sheikh Lana and Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Ekjon Juary Putrer Golpo' written by Ashis Bablu [Image: bangla-sydney.com]
19 Mar 2018 MP3

This week’s program presented a beautiful story - 'Ekjon Juary Putrer Golpo' - (Story of a Gambler Son) written by Ashis Bablu and published in popular Sydney based Bangladeshi expatriates' website bangla-sydney.com. A resident of Sydney for over thirty years, Ashis Bablu is a well-known author contributing regularly to the Sydney and Dhaka media. The music pieces used in the program were taken from ABC Classic FM albums. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A concert from Canberra music group 'Dhrupad' - Jalsha #12 (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
14 May 2018 MP3

This week's program presented recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #12 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 5th May 2018. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Dhrupad promises to create a music that soothe soul and help discover not only our roots and traditions but also the common human bonding that links us all as citizens of this world. The theme of Jalsha #12 was 'Old & New' to make a bridge between two different generations. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

A concert from Canberra music group 'Dhrupad' - Jalsha #12 (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
04 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #12 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 5th May 2018. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Dhrupad promises to create a music that soothe soul and help discover not only our roots and traditions but also the common human bonding that links us all as citizens of this world. The theme of Jalsha #12 was 'Old & New' to make a bridge between two different generations. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
11 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part one of the recording from Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration - 'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - songs of prominent poets of Bengal, honouring: Rabindranath Thakur, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dwijendralal Ray, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen. It was held in Gungahlin College Theatre, Gungahlin, Canberra on 12th May 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
25 Jun 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the recording from Canberra music group Spondon's Bangla New Year celebration - 'Poncho Kobir Gaan' - songs of prominent poets of Bengal, honouring: Rabindranath Thakur, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dwijendralal Ray, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen. It was held in Gungahlin College Theatre, Gungahlin, Canberra on 12th May 2018. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

An interview: My father's life and history of migration to Australia [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
17 Dec 2018 MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview of a first generation migrant about his life and history of migration to Australia from Bangladesh. A long term resident of Canberra, the capital of Australia, Engineer Ziauddin Ahmed tells his daughter his story of growing up in Khulna and studying in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Bangkok, Thailand then migration to Australia. Engineer Zia has served the Australian Public Service for many decades. Now retired from the public service he beautifully encapsulated his experience and the satisfaction of living and raising his two daughters in Australia. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

'Merimbula shomudra-shoikotey smriticharon' (Recollecting memories at Merimbula seashores) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
31 Dec 2018 MP3

This week's program presented stories of a group of Bangladeshi expatriates in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Now in their 50s and 60s and residing in Canberra for 25 to 30 years they took their time off to relax in a Southeast Australian coastal resort in Merimbula last week during Christmas holidays. There they shared their past life, expectations and achievements as 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 Hemanta Mukhopadhay. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

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.

'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.

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.

Farewell Abdul Quader bhai - Canberra will remember you [Photo: Facebook/Abdul Quader]
08 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program paid tribute to Mr. Abdul Quader, a long-time resident of Canberra who passed away on 30 June 2019. A senior Bangladeshi expatriate and an Economist by profession, Mr. Quader studied at B. M. College in Barisal, Bangladesh, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, University of New England in Armidale, NSW Australia and finally at University of Canberra in Canberra Australia. Mr. Quader started his career with the Bangladesh Civil Service and later served the Australian Public Service for about two decades before his retirement. He will be remembered by Canberra residents for his tireless contribution in building the Bangladeshi expatriate community and for his soft and ever-smiling personality. This week's program presented feelings of some of his close friends and family on his departure. The song played in the program was sung by late Mr. Abdul Quader and the instrumental piece used in the program was by Bangladeshi artist Jalal Ahmed. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bangladesh Night 2019 in Canberra and reception of Mr. Kamrul Hossain Chowdhury, recipient of Order of Australia Medal 2019 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
15 Jul 2019 MP3

This week’s program covered the 'Bangladesh Night and Charity Dinner 2019' organised by the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra (BAAC) on 6 July 2019 in Canberra. This annual event by BAAC was held at the Canberra Islamic Centre auditorium in Monash ACT. Funds raised from this year’s dinner will be donated to Cancer Council ACT and Bidya Anannda (www.bidyanondo.org) in Bangladesh. The event has also honoured Mr. Kamrul Hossain Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi expatriate and long-time resident of Melbourne, for receiving this year's 'Order of Australia Medal' (OAM). HE Mr. Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia was the Chief Guest and Mr. Kamrul Hossain Chowdhury was the Guest of Honour. Australian government dignitaries attended the event as special guests were Mr. Chris Steel, Minister for Transport of the Australian Capital Territory and Ms. Nicole Lawder, Member ACT Legislative Assembly. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Kobi-Kotha' - Poems of expatriate Bangladeshis in Canberra [Image: Restaurant wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' in Gulshan, Dhaka]
02 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the coverage of - 'Kobi-Kotha' - event recently organised by 'Kabbo-Kothon' - a recitation group based in Canberra whose mission is to uphold Bangla literature and culture in this land down under. 'Kobi-Kotha' was an evening to acknowledge and value the literary work of Canberra poets. The entire program was designed with music and poems of Tushar Roy, Madhumita Iyengar Lodh, Zahidul Huq, Fahmida Shoma, Abed Chaudhury and Shahadat Manik, who are now based in Canberra and enriching Bengali literature and culture through their writings. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Kobi-Kotha' - Poems of expatriate Bangladeshis in Canberra [Image: Wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka]
30 Sep 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the coverage of - 'Kobi-Kotha' - event recently organised by 'Kabbo-Kothon' - a recitation group based in Canberra whose mission is to uphold Bangla literature and culture in this land down under. 'Kobi-Kotha' was an evening to acknowledge and value the literary work of Canberra poets. The entire program was designed with music and poems of Tushar Roy, Madhumita Iyengar Lodh, Zahidul Huq, Fahmida Shoma, Abed Chaudhury and Shahadat Manik, who are now based in Canberra and enriching Bengali literature and culture through their writings. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Kobi-Kotha' - Poems of expatriate Bangladeshis in Canberra [Image: Wall mural at 'JatraBiroti' restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka]
14 Oct 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 (final) of the coverage of - 'Kobi-Kotha' - event recently organised by 'Kabbo-Kothon' - a recitation group based in Canberra whose mission is to uphold Bangla literature and culture in this land down under. 'Kobi-Kotha' was an evening to acknowledge and value the literary work of Canberra poets. The entire program was designed with music and poems of Tushar Roy, Madhumita Iyengar Lodh, Zahidul Huq, Fahmida Shoma, Abed Chaudhury and Shahadat Manik, who are now based in Canberra and enriching Bengali literature and culture through their writings. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.

'Boshonter Opek-khae' (Looking forward to spring) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
21 Oct 2019 MP3

This week's program presented a collection of beautiful songs from the 70s by popular Indian singer Pintu Bhattacharya embedded with a summary of recent and upcoming events organised by the Canberra Bangladeshi community. The program titled 'Boshonter Opek-khae' (Looking forward to spring) touched upon the feelings of the community as it awaits a late spring this year. The flute piece 'Cholo bodle jai' used in the program was by Raquibul Islam Ronee. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Ek-i Ma-er Taney' - The story of Anglo-Indians in Australia [Image: Asansol railway station/Wikipedia]
28 Oct 2019 MP3

This week's program presented the story of Anglo-Indians in Australia. The beautifully compiled program touched upon their origin and life in India and their search for a new home in Australia. The songs used in the program sung by Terry Morris, an Australian country singer and composer of Anglo-Indian descent, captured the soul of his community and memories of their motherland across the sea in the Indian subcontinent. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Kangaroos at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
11 Nov 2019 MP3

This week's program was presented by a guest of Canberra, Ms. Tahmina Rahman, mother of Canberra resident Ms. Zaheen Rahman. Ms. Tahmina Rahman is a Bangladeshi writer, poet, environmentalist and dedicated social worker. She has traveled all over Bangladesh for the welfare of the neglected people of the society, especially for the children and adolescents. Ms. Tahmina Rahman published two books and runs an online nature magazine 'Teenage Nature'. In this week's program she described her experience and observations during her visit to Canberra, the beautiful national capital of Australia. This week's program was produced by Zaheen Rahman.

'Canberra Chatgaiya Mezban 2019' (Part 1) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Dec 2019 MP3

This week's program presented recording from - Canberra Mezban 2019 - a traditional dinner and cultural function organised by the Canberra Bangladeshi expatriates of Chittagong origin. The fourth time of such event organised in Canberra was held at the Canberra Islamic Centre auditorium, Monash on 2nd November 2019. This week's program presented Part 1 of the compilation from live recording of the function. The cultural program was designed and coordinated by Ms. Shampa Barua and Mr. Atiq Ullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Canberra Chatgaiya Mezban 2019' (Part 2) [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
09 Dec 2019 MP3

This week's program presented recording from - Canberra Mezban 2019 - a traditional dinner and cultural function organised by the Canberra Bangladeshi expatriates of Chittagong origin. The fourth time of such event organised in Canberra was held at the Canberra Islamic Centre auditorium, Monash on 2nd November 2019. This week's program presented Part 2 (final) of the compilation from live recording of the function. The cultural program was designed and coordinated by Ms. Shampa Barua and Mr. Atiq Ullah. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Celebration of Christmas Day in Bangladesh and abroad [Photo: Ehsan Ullah / A display in St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Kambah, ACT]
23 Dec 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the 'Christmas Day' to be celebrated on 25th December 2019 around the globe. The theme of this week's program was the difference of Christmas Day celebration in Bangladesh and Australia. It interviewed three Bangladeshi expatriate guests: Father Rupok Dominic Rosario, Sister Suchitra Rosario, and Ms. Naomi Costa, all living in Melbourne, Australia describing their memories of the celebration in Bangladesh. The Bangla Christmas songs played in the program were collected from various sources. This week's program was produced and presented by Jharna Purification.

Bangladesh National Parliament Building at a permanent display in Canberra [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
30 Dec 2019 MP3

This week's program highlighted the launch of a miniature model of the Bangladesh National Parliament Building at a permanent display in Canberra. It has been added to the collection of world's famous buildings on display at the Cockington Green Gardens - a multiple award winning landmark attraction of Canberra. The program spoke to Mr. Mark Sarah, General Manager of Cockington Green Gardens, and Mr. Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob, President of Let's Work for Bangladesh in Canberra about the successful completion of the project. The song played in the program was from album 'Jagoroner Gaan'. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

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.

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.

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.

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.