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12 Sep 2005 MP3

This week's program producer Avijeet Sarker had to attend an urgent work related appointment. Replacement producer Sadequr Rahman availed this opportunity to open Bangla Radio's archive of 'Old is Gold' songs. Amid the backdrop of Canberra's late winter cloud and occasional rain, he has chosen songs of renowned Indian artist Hemanta Mukhapadhay and famous Bangladeshi singer Abdul Alim. Hemanta's songs represented 'palki', 'nouka baoa', 'dhan katar gaan' and 'joarer gaan'. Abdul Alim's songs are: 'meghnar kule', 'eije dunia' and 'porer jaega'. A very good selection of songs that will be liked by our listeners.

31 Oct 2005 MP3

This week's program presented a collection of popular songs by Bangladesh's celebrity singer Kumar Bishwajit who is coming to Canberra for a concert - 'Shudhui Gaan' - on 27 November 2005. The concert is organised by Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra. The program covered details of this concert, news about Association's upcoming Eid functions and announcements from Association's Bangla School and Bangla Radio. The songs played in the program are: 'ek poshla brishtite', 'amar chokher dekha bhool holo', 'jonmile morite hobe', 'ami nirbashone jabona','chandonago' and 'tomra ektara bajaiona'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

20 Mar 2006 MP3

This week's program sketched the feeling of a Canberra expatriate in an afternoon with the backdrop of beautiful songs sung by promising new age singers of Bangladesh - Kaya, Tipu and Tutul. It featured a non-traditional Sitar devotee 'Sangeet', highlighted some Australian links to beat 'depression' and remembered the most intimate person of our life - 'mother'. The CDs chosen for this week's program are: 'Ananda', 'Ridoy Nagorey' and 'Sitar Meditations'. The songs are: 'amar anander shima nai', 'shamer bashi', 'ridoy nagorey' and 'ektu porey nambe brishti'. The Sitar piece 'Good Morning' played in the program was from the album 'Between Bombay and Byron Bay' compiled in CD 'Sitar Meditations'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

22 May 2006 MP3

This week's program presented a collection of heartwarming stories of humanity from Medinipur, Birbhum, Canberra and Delhi - stories of ordinary people that move us, inspire us - with the backdrop of songs from the memory lane sung by Indian artists: Amol Mukhapadhay, Geeta Dutta, Shubir Sen, Shyamal Mitra and Tarun Bandhopadhay. The songs are: 'ei prithibite sharati jibon', 'tumi je amar ogo tumi je amar', 'eto shur ar eto gaan', 'aha oi aka baka je poth jae shudure', 'prithibi amare chae rekhona bedhe amae'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

28 Aug 2006 MP3

This week's program presented an update on the activities of Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra and two reflections of changing lifestyles in Bangladesh and Canada. It read an article published in Bangladesh Daily Jugantor 'shotobar noto hoi shei nareer chorone' written by Nahid Kabir from Toronto, Canada. The beautiful songs played in the program are: 'gan gai ami mon re boojhai', 'where is my baby gone' and 'maya lagaise' sung by new generation Bangladeshi artists Kaya, Helal and Kunle. The songs were selected from CDs 'Krishna' and 'Maya'. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

13 Aug 2007 MP3

This week's program presented - 'probashir desh bhromon: anondo, bedona aar kanamachhi khela' - highlighting the issues faced by the Canberra Bangladeshis while traveling to Bangladesh and how to address those collectively through the Association. It also provided some useful information for planning the trip, particularly for the newcomers to Canberra. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'ujjal ek jhak paira' by Shondha Mukhapadhay, 'shurero ei jhorna' by Shobita Chowdhury, 'ami cholte cholte' by Pintu Bhattacharya, and 'jodi jante chao' by Hemanta Mukhapadhay - all distinguished singers from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

09 Feb 2009 MP3

This week's program welcomed the month of February, which has such deep association with the language movement in erstwhile East Pakistan. Mona, a little girl growing up in Canberra, selected most of the songs played in this week's program. She thinks her love of Bangla music is due to listening to Bangla songs with her parents. The songs selected were sung by Bangladeshi singers Habib Waheed, Krishnakoli and Dina. The poetry recital was by Kazi Arif. This week's program was presented by Urmi Rahman and produced by Shahadat Manik.

14 Jun 2010 MP3

This week's program presented a selection of beautiful songs to complement the good times of the Queen's birthday long-weekend celebrated today in Canberra. The popular Bangla modern songs played in the program were picked to represent the variety of their streams and composition. The songs played the program were sung by the singers from Bangladesh, India and America. They are: 'coffee houser shei adda' by Manna Dey, 'nilanjona' by Nachiketa, 'manush manusher jon-ney' by Bhupen Hazarika, 'Blowing in the wind' by Bruce Springsteen, 'koto-ta poth' by Sumon Chattapadhay, 'ga-ri cholena' by Bappa Majumdar, 'o-daktar' by Nachiketa, and 'shadhinota' by Haider Hussain. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

02 Aug 2010 MP3

This week’s program presented some beautiful traditional and contemporary songs from the Torres Strait Islands. It depicted how despite being adjacent to the Australian mainland the culture of the Torres Strait Islands was influenced more by that of the Papuan situated in the North. Also, for being at the juncture of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans how the Torres Strait songs have acquired visible influence from far flung lands as Africa and the Americas. It told the story of the saltwater people while playing their music both from the past and the present in their native languages and in English. The songs played in the programme were sung by Dujon Niue, Manuel Namoa, Brenda Hall, Wayne See Kee, Saima Cultural Group and the all famous Seaman Dan. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

03 Sep 2012 MP3

This week's program welcomed Canberra spring, which officially started this week, by offering a collection of beautiful songs from recent award winning Bangla movies from Bangladesh and India. The movies featured in the program are: Ontohin, Monpura, Abohoman, Lal Tip, Chaplin and Guerrilla. The songs were sung by Shreya Goshal, Babul Supriyo, Kazi Krishnokoli, Chondona Mazumder, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Shan, Tipu, Nancy and Anindita Brishti. This week's program was produced and presented by Paromita Dey.

Indian film actress Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) [Image: wikimedia.org]
03 Nov 2014 MP3

This week's program remembered Indian film actress Suchitra Sen through a collection of songs from her roles in Bengali cinema. Born in Pabna, Bangladesh she spent most of her life in West Bengal and died on 17 January this year at the age of eighty-three. She was awarded the 'Padma Shri', one of the highest civilian awards in India, and the West Bengal Government's highest honour 'Banga Bibhushan' among other national and international awards. This week's program was produced and presented by Zaheen Rahman.

Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya at her concert in Canberra - 28 Feb 15 [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
02 Mar 2015 MP3

This week's program featured Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya's concert in Canberra organised by the Max Event Australia on 28 Feb 2015. Regarded as one of the leading Ranbindra Sangeet (Tagore's song) singers in both Bangladesh and India, Rezwana studied at the Visva-Bharati University, a major centre for learning Rabindra Sangeet in West Bengal, India. Mentored by distinguished singer late Konika Bandyopadhyay, Rezwana Choudhury has mastered Tagore’s songs in their full flavour. Recipient of awards including Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar and Sangeet Samman Puroshkar, Bannya is currently an associate professor of music at Dhaka University. This week's program presented part 1 of the recordings from her Canberra concert. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'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.

Moushumi Bhowmik's songs of Bengalees' past and an uplifting future [Photo: Huzzatul Mursalin Apu, from book 'Positive Light']
13 Mar 2017 MP3

This week's program presented a collection of songs of Indian Bengali singer and songwriter Moushumi Bhowmik. Her songs characterised by modern poetic lyrics stands out of the traditional Bengali songs. Her popular albums include: "Ekhono golpo lekho" and "Ami ghor bahir kori". The songs of Moushumi Bhowmik compiled in this week's program beautifully narrated the past and an uplifting future for the Bengalees. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Dance artistes welcome monsoon at the day-long monsoon festival at Bangla Academy, Dhaka on 12 June 2015 [Photo: dhakatribune.com/Syed Zakir Hossain]
29 May 2017 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of songs by Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on 'monsoon' - a season in the subcontinent that inspired many poets. The program narrated the traditional 'ragas', and how these ragas embodied the Nazrul songs creating each of them a fulfilled unique entity. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by renowned singers of Bangladesh and India. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Poet Rabindranath Thakur during his late age [Image: caravandaily.com]
17 Jul 2017 MP3

This week's program presented a collection of Rabindranath Thakur's songs paying tribute to the great poet on his 76th death anniversary to be observed on 7th August 2017. The songs were selected on the theme of monsoon in the Indian subcontinent that is greatly missed by the expatriates overseas. The songs played in the program were sung by Arundhoti Hom Chowdhury, Sreeradha Bannerjee, Srikanta Acharya, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosele and Emon Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Shrabani Paul.

Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB) - Thank You Evening [Photo: Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob]
07 Aug 2017 MP3

This week's program covered the musical evening by the legendary singers of Bangladesh Salma Akbar, Sajed Akbar and their daughters Aliva Salmeen Evana and Subah Akbar organised by "Let's Work for Bangladesh (LWFB)", a charity organisation based in Canberra, to say - 'Thank You' - to the donors for their support. It was held in Gungahlin College Auditorium in Canberra on 5th of May 2017. LWFB's charity work among other activities runs the 'Bangladesh Canberra Friendship School' for 300 students in Char Fasson, Bhola since 2009 and provide scholarships to poor but talented students of different colleges and universities in Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay [Image: YouTube.com]
27 Nov 2017 MP3

This week's program presented heart-warming stories behind the creation of some 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 equally popular Indian Bengali singers Hemanta Mukhopadhay and Manna Dey. The narrators in the program were Tushar Roy and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. The background music used in the program was played by V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 2) [Image: YouTube.com]
08 Jan 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 2 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some 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 focussed on and paid tribute to singer Kishore Kumar. The songs played in the program were sung by Kishore Kumar. The narrators were Tushar Roy, Punnya Joyoti and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 3) [Image: YouTube.com]
30 Apr 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 3 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some 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 focussed on and paid tribute to singer Shondha Mukhopadhay. The songs played in the program were sung by Shondha Mukhopadhay. The narrators were Shahadat Manik and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Folk music - Arko Pravo Mukherjee [Image: YouTube.com]
07 May 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a selection of beautiful folk songs sung by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, a trained classical singer and an urban folk artist from Kolkata, India. Arko's high tenor and natural husk is unique to the traditional subcontinental music - a gifted voice behind his popularity in India and Bangladesh. He has been researching on the roots of Indian folk music and its vast history, trying to build a bridge between European, African and American folk music with the essential root music forms of India. After completing his medical degree and internship Arko moved to Mumbai in 2008 to pursue a career in Bollywood film industry as a music director, singer and songwriter. The songs played in the program were sung by Arko Mukherjee. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Bioplob.

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.

Islamic songs of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam [Image: seekershub.com]
21 May 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by a compilation of beautiful Islamic songs created by the poet. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by renowned Bangladeshi singers Yeasmin Mushtary, Khalid Hossain, Sohrab Hossain, Fatema Tuz Zohra and Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

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.

Australian singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Hilda Mauboy [Image: jessicamauboy.com.au]
09 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a selection of younger generation's favourite songs by the Australian artists. The singers represented are: Delta Goodrem - Innocent eyes, Shannon Noll - What about me, Guy Sebastian - Battle scars, Keith Urban - The fighter, John Famham - You're the voice, and Jessica Mauboy - Galaxy. This week's program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

World renowned Indigenous Australian singer Dr. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu [Image: YouTube.com]
16 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program commemorated the NAIDOC week observed in Australia during 7-14 July 2018 to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It paid tribute to Dr. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (1971-2017), an internationally renowned Indigenous Australian musician, who brought the aboriginal songs to the mainstream music and won numerous music awards. Born blind, Gurrumul sang stories of his land both in his dialect and in English. The songs played in the program were sung by Gurrumul Yunupingu, Delta Goodrem, Missy Higgins and Paul Kelly. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 4) [Image: YouTube.com]
30 Jul 2018 MP3

This week's program presented part 4 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some 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 music composer Nachiketa Ghosh. The songs played in the program were sung by Manabendra Mukhopadhay, Nirmala Misra, Aroti Mukhopadhay, Manna Dey and Hemanta Mukhopadhay. The narrators were Punna Joyotee and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 5) [Image: YouTube.com]
20 Aug 2018 MP3

This week’s program presented part 5 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some super- hit Bengali songs during the 1960s and 1970s as told by Pulak Bandopadhyay - the lyricist, songwriter and music composer from West Bengal, India. Pulak Bandopadhyay (1931 - 1999) recollected the stories in his book – ‘Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae’ – about these songs sung by popular Indian Bengali singers. This week’s episode focussed on and paid tribute to the lyricist, songwriter and music composer - Pulak Bandopadhyay The songs played in the program were sung by Akhilbandhu Ghosh, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Protima Bandopadhyay and Hemanta Mukhopadhyay. The narrators were Punnya Joyotee and Shampa Barua, while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam - Tribute on his 42nd death anniversary [Image: dhakatribune.com]
27 Aug 2018 MP3

This week’s program commemorated the 42nd death anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It focused on the stories behind the creation of some popular Nazrul songs. The songs played in the program were sung by Manobendra Mukhopadhyay, Dhiren Basu, Firoza Begum, Satinath Mukhopadhyay and Madhuri Chottopadhyay. The technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Poet Nazrul Islam's songs and poems to welcome the Canberra spring [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
24 Sep 2018 MP3

This week's program presented a beautiful composition of Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's songs and poems to mark the start of spring in Canberra - officially starting from 1st of September. After a long and cold winter the spring in Canberra is welcomed by the theme of the program - 'spring, nature and love'. The singers of the songs were Aroti Mukhopadhay, Indrani Sen, Manobendra Mukhopadhay, Feroza Begum and Nilufar Yeasmin, and recitations were by Chitralekha Guha and Biplob Mondol. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

'Anandamoyeer Agomoney' - Celebration of Durga Puja 2018 in Canberra [Photo: Ashis Dey]
15 Oct 2018 MP3

This week's program celebrated the - 'Durga Puja' - an annual Hindu festival of the Indian subcontinent that reveres the mother Goddess Durga. The Canberra celebration was organised by the Bangladesh Australia Puja Association BAPA (Canberra) Inc at the Duffy Primary School, Duffy in Canberra on 13-14 October 2018. This week's program titled - 'Anandamoyeer Agomoney' - presented a beautiful composition of songs and narration highlighting the history and origin of the festival. The singers were: Mukta Dasgupta, Reshmi Lahiri, Shakambari Biswas, Tapati Dey, Mouresh Biswas, Shougata Lahiri, Tapan Kundu, Tushar Roy and Punna Joyotee. Supporting artists were: Ehtesham Khan Rana (Guitar), Mohammad Khan Mintu (Base Guitar) and Robin Guda (Percussions). Narrators were: Shulekha Barua, Tapati Dey, Tushar Roy, Tapati Aditya and Shampa Barua. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Farewell Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul - we will not forget you [Image: thedailystar.net]
04 Mar 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part two of our tribute to Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul (1956 – 2019), a leading Bangladeshi lyricist, composer and music director, who died on 22 Jan 2019. He was a freedom fighter who joined the Bangladesh Liberation War at the age of fifteen. Bulbul began creating music for cinema in 1978 that continued for four decades. His passion was for patriotic songs. A hugely-popular lyricist, a number of his songs became timeless hits. Bulbul won a number of awards, including Ekushey Padak, National Film Awards and the President's Award. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'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.

'Gane aar Golpe' - a concert by Canberra singers Sheikh Lana and Refat Bita [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
22 Apr 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part two of recording 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.

Folk theme songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam [Image: wikipedia.org]
20 May 2019 MP3

This week's program commemorated the 120th birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, writer, musician, anti-colonial revolutionary and the national poet of Bangladesh. Nazrul wrote and composed nearly 4,000 songs on revolutionary notions as well as more spiritual, philosophical and romantic themes. This week's program presented a selection of his songs composed on Bengali folk theme. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by: Feroza Begum, Dr. Anup Ghoshal, Manabendra Mukhopadhay and Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

10 Jun 2019 MP3

This week's program paid tribute to prominent Bangladeshi singer Subir Nandi who died last month at the age of sixty-five. He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer five times and was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2019 by the Government of Bangladesh. The songs played in the program were sung by Subir Nandi. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

Some melodious songs of Kazi Nazriul Islam [Image: observerbd.com]
24 Jun 2019 MP3

The national poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) wrote and composed nearly 4,000 songs on revolutionary notions as well as more spiritual, philosophical and romantic themes. This week's program presented a selection of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's melodious songs composed on wonderful ragas portraying - 'love'. The Nazrul songs played in the program were sung by: Manabendra Mukhopadhay, Firoza Begum, Satinath Mukhopadhay and Anwesha Dutta Gupta. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

Canberra music group Dhrupad - A concert by Rozana Azad and Shafinaz Amin - Jalsha #14 (Part 1)  [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
05 Aug 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 1 of the recording from Canberra music group Dhrupad's concert - Jalsha #14 - held in Taylor Primary School in Kambah, Canberra on 30th March 2019. Dhrupad is a Canberra based musical group that is committed to the continuation and promotion of Bengali music in Canberra. Jalsha #14 presented two of Bangladesh's prominent female singers Rozana Azad and Shafinaz Amin Mukti - daughter and niece of legendary musical maestro Mr Azad Rahman respectively. The musical piece used in the program was played by Ustad Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

The Baul saints of Bengal and their songs (Part 1) [Image: daily-sun.com]
07 Oct 2019 MP3

This week’s program presented part one of a series on 'Banglar Baul O Baul Gaan' (Baul saints of Bengal and their songs). 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 first episode paid tribute to Lalon Shah by highlighting his contribution as philosopher, Baul saint, songwriter and social reformer. The Baul songs played in the program were sung by Farida Parvin, Runa Laila, Amar Pal, Tuntun Fakir and Renu. The narration was by Shampa Barua and technical production was by Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.

'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.

'Kothae Kothae Je Raat Hoey Jae' - Pulak Bandopadhay (Part 7) [Image: YouTube.com]
25 Nov 2019 MP3

This week's program presented part 7 of the heart-warming stories behind the creation of some 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 Sachin Dev Burman (1 October 1906 – 31 October 1975) a legendary Indian music director and singer. A member of the Tripura royal family, he started his career with Bengali films in 1937 and became one of the most successful and influential singer, lyricist and music composer in the Indian sub-continent. The songs played in the program were sung by Sachin Dev Burman. The narrator was Shampa Barua while the technical production was by Dominic Robin Guda. This week's program was produced and presented by Shampa Barua.