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Tarok Gosai: the singer and writer of Hori lilamrito

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Avatar Hori : A Bengali legend
This episode is about Mothua dorshon (philosophy) that the avatar Hori Chan Thakur brought to the downtrodden people known as chondal cast in Bangladesh. Harichondro Thakur is variously said ‘Harichand’ to have been born in 1811 or 1812.
01:16:17
April 29, 2022
Tarok Gosai: the singer and writer of Hori lilamrito
Tarok is the writer of the avatar Hori’s life story. Ashim Sarkar quoted in his poem Kobi Gaan, “Tarok Gosai said that he saw the Avatar of the Black God Krisna after meeting the Avatar. Krishna is the avatar of Ram as mentioned in the Kobi Gaan song of folk poet Ashim Sarkar. Hori is an incarnation of avatar Krishna and there was no Avatar among Bengali nation before Hori like Hori and would not be like Hori Chun” Ashim Sarkar affirms in his song that No other avatar of God is like Hori Chun. Tarok is remembered for his devotion to the Avatar Hori Chan Thakur. He is renowned for his devotional writing.
45:55
April 29, 2022
Nazrul literature
The poet Nazrul islam has been remembered through his poems, songs and philosophy on diversity and humanity. He lost his vocal chord while performing tantrik yoga, but his writing never stops. He is the national poet of Bangladesh.
44:03
April 29, 2022
AnTigoni’s FAce book
AnTigoni was written 2500 years ago in the year around 430 BC (before Jesus Christ was born). The lesson is still relevant in todays state and family. It is a Greek drama written by SoPhocles. The dram has been adapted in many languages around the world. Todays adaptation is developed by Mohammad Nasirullah a NYC public school teacher. Enjoy the lesson.
01:26:31
April 29, 2022
Farakka: A curse that results deforestation
Farakka : Your mouth is speechless and silent as mine, you have that desires as like as mine; You have to see scars that might have shine, under my shirt on the left shoulder line. Your mouth is speechless and still as mine. From Brooklyn to the Bronx, I see the reflection of rainbow, The tower of hell, and the United Nation,  The Rikers’ Island- a home for people with the mental retardation! We ask a solution of deforestation and pollution.
06:08
April 29, 2022
Shadhinota : a song with a history lesson
The song is written by Mohammad Nasirullah. He is a Bengali writer living in Nee York. He is writing from 1986 since when he was in grade six. He has immigrated to USA in 2006 with family. His current profession is teaching in NYC public school. He is composing his poetry into songs. He plays guitar too.
12:43
April 29, 2022
কবি নজরুল ইসলাম Kazi Nazrul Islam : The national poet of Bangladesh
কবি কথা বলেন প্রতীকের মাধ্যমে? ব্যক্তি ভেদে প্রতীকের ব্যাখ্যা ভিন্ন ভিন্ন। কবি নজরুল ইসলাম অভিমানের সুরে বলেছেন, আমাকে তো জাগতেই হবে। মায়েরা যদি তাদের সন্তানদের ঘুম পাড়িয়ে রাখে তবে কিভাবে মুক্তি হবে? এখানে মা হচ্ছে দেশের প্রতীক। একটি নতুন সভ্যতার জন্ম দিতে যখন কিছু মানুষ রাজপথে নেমে আসে; ধমক দিয়ে বলে, “হয় নি সকাল ঘুমোও এখন”। এখানে দেশের প্রতীক না ধরে যদি জরাজীর্ণ সমাজের প্রতীক ধরা হয় তবে নতুন প্রতীক ব্যাখ্যা হবে; একটি নতুন সভ্যতার জন্ম দিতে যখন মানুষ বিপ্লবের স্বপ্ন দেখে, তখন প্রাচীনপন্থীরা তাদের সংস্কারকেই আঁকড়ে ধরে রাখতে চায়। তারা ধমক দিয়ে বলে, “হয় নি সকাল ঘুমোও এখন”।
02:02:48
April 29, 2022
“US Vs HATE” : Tolerance, Prejudices, Stereotype
How do we learn prejudice? Social scientists believe children begin to acquire prejudices and stereotypes as toddlers. Studies have found that school teachers clearly telegraph prejudices, so much so that some researchers believe children of color and white children in the same classroom effectively receive different educations. In the case of police, bias may affect split-second, life-or-death decisions. Shootings of black men incorrectly thought to be holding guns— George Floyed's murder and many more racial hate crimes displays stereotypes of immigrant in New York, police misconduct —brought this issue into the public debate. We refuse explicit bigotry. Cruelty, bullying, and slurs are just not OK in school.
26:52
April 29, 2022
The Bengali writer Humayun Azad wrote Valo theko ful, misti bokul, valo theko, valo theko dhan…
Vatiali gaan, valo theko. Valo theko megh, miti miti tara, valo theko pakhi, sobuj patara, valo theko. Writer of the well known novel 56,000 borgo mile. Reading Facebook status of a friend about Humayun Azad.
10:42
April 29, 2022
হাডসন রিভার ব্যান্ড এর বসন্ত পর্ব
ভালোবাসার গান দিয়ে সাজানো হয়েছে বসন্ত পর্ব। গত ৩১সে মার্চ, স্বাধীনতা মাসের শেষ দিনে নিউ ইয়র্ক এর ব্রঙ্কস এ স্বাধীনতা দিবস ও বসন্ত উৎসব অনুষ্ঠানের মাধ্যমে আত্মপ্রকাশ করলো হাডসন রিভার ব্যান্ড। অনুষ্ঠানের শুরুতেই আমন্ত্রিত অতিথিদের স্বাধীনতা দিবসের শুভেচ্ছা জানানো হয়। হাডসন রিভার ব্যান্ড এর নামকরণ সম্পর্কে ব্যান্ডের বেজ গিটারিস্ট নাসিরুল্লাহ বলেন,  "ম্যানহাটান থেকে প্রায় ৩৫০ মাইল উত্তরে ‘লেক জর্জ’ এর অদূরেই হাডসন নদীর জন্মস্থান; গবেষকদের মতে এই নদী ৩০ হাজার বছর পূর্বে জন্ম লাভ করে প্রাচীন বরফ যুগে। (তথ্য সূত্র: উইকিপিডিয়া) হাডসন নদীর একটি বিশেষ বৈশিষ্ট এই যে একই নদীতে দুইটি ভিন্ন জলের ধারা বিদ্যমান। আটলান্টিক মহাসাগরের লবনাক্ত স্রোত ধারা, ম্যানহাটান এর নিম্নভূমি থেকে প্রবাহিত হয়ে উত্তরে নিউ ইয়র্কের রাজধানী আলবানী র ট্রয় উপনগর পর্যন্ত যায়, আর পাহাড়ি হ্রদ ‘টিয়ার্স অফ ক্লাউড’ (বঙ্গানুবাদ মেঘের কান্না) যেখান থেকে উৎপত্তি হাডসন নদীর, সেখান থেকে নেমে আসে হ্রদের স্বচ্ছ সতেজ পানির ধারা, মিলিত হয় আটলান্টিক মহাসাগরের সাথে। নিউ ইয়র্ক ও নিউ জার্সি রাজ্যের সীমান্ত ধরে বহমান এই নদী হাজার বছরের প্রাচীন ইতিহাস বহন করে। এখনও বহমান এই নদীর মতই আমাদের জীবন; দেশের বাইরে অবস্থান করে দেশের প্রতি টান অনুভব- এই দুইটি ভিন্ন ধারার সহাবস্থান কেই ইঙ্গিত করে। আমেরিকান সমাজ দেখার, এবং বাংলা সংস্কৃতির সাথে যুক্ত থাকার আকাংখার ফসল হাডসন রিভার ব্যান্ড।" 
30:10
April 01, 2022
Mythical special education
Reading from my writing on special education in USA.
06:07
February 09, 2022
Bangla cultural song
Collection of Bangla folk songs. Sung by Sohan Jajabor. Interviewed by Mohikontok.
21:44
February 07, 2022
mOHiKonTOK WHO?
This is about a myth on the Hudson River in New York. It was named Mohikontok from ancient time. The name mOhiKonTok was given by the Native American who lived by the river in New York. Hudson came to USA around 15th century. The Hudson River was know as Mohikontok river before it was named by Hudson River.
06:29
January 11, 2022
Turtle magic: A Bengali folktale
Once upon a time a fisherman went to fishing all day until he caught a turtle. The fisherman took a close look. It looks like a face. And feels like stone. He was about to throw it. The turtle says to the fisherman, “I am a magical creature. I can give you anything you wish for. Don’t hurt me. “ The fisherman asked, “What you can give?“ I can give you anything you want. But remember that your neighbor will get double of what you wish for yourself. “My neighbor will get double of anything I want?” The turtle replied, yes they will get double of what you wished. “How is that fair? I will not ask anything then.“ He is jealous of his neighbors thinking of their brighter future. He talk to himself, “I would rather not ask nothing...” He took the turtle home. He locked the turtle in the closet and told his wife not to open the closet. He doesn’t want this turtle go to other people’s hands or anybody to get the turtle power either.
24:25
November 06, 2021
LoFi Sound as a genre in music
LoFi is a musical genre. LoFi means Low Fidelity. Low fidelity stands for the quality of the LoFi musical genres. One of the outstanding characteristics of LoFi's sound is that it tells listeners when the sound note will be reproduced or copied. It is about the recording quality of a particular album. In the late ’80s and ’90s, LoFi term was used to indicate the recording quality of a particular album. Since listeners can easily predict the repetitive pattern, the producers labeled it as bad! Plus, the recording includes natural room noise in the background. Later it became the genre LoFi itself. The LoFi sounds help to relax. It helps learners focusing on their daily tasks. The repetitive pattern of LoFi genre is the source of relax, focus and energize. I have experienced that 'LoFi' wraps (e.g. flocabulary.com) are used in classroom for motivating learners. So, the LoFi’s bad quality means a good type of bad to me. Therefore, LoFi music becomes a music genre. LoFi is low quality on purpose. It protects listeners thinking from the unpredictable harsh outside world with its predictability nature and repetitive pattern. Subscribe mOhiKonTok channel on YouTube.
17:08
November 06, 2021
MOhiKon Story
Gift of Coyote: A Native American folktale- Long ago, winter came just as it always came. The animals' coats grew thick, and they prepared their nests and warrens and caves for the chilly northern winter. But the humans were not prepared. Humans are not so adaptable. Their hair did not grow thick. Their homes were not warm. They feared they would not survive. "We must help the humans," the animals said, but they were afraid. In the mountains there lived three giant creatures known as the fire keepers. They had a stolen piece of the sun and guarded it fiercely. Even at night, one of the fire keepers kept watching the fire. "Hoo hoo can help the humans?" Owl lamented. "I will," said Coyote.
01:34:22
June 21, 2021
মহিকণ্টকের কবিতা
Mohikontok Er Kobita : আমেরিকান সমাজ দেখার, এবং বাংলা সংস্কৃতির সেতুর সাথে যুক্ত থাকার আকাংখা আর ভালবাসার ফসল 'মহিকন্টক’। নিউইয়র্ক শহরের  হাডসন নদীর আদি নাম টিও মহিকণ্টক। 'মহিকন্টক’ আমেরিকার এলগোনকুইআন নামক আদিবাসীদের ভাষা-অন্তর্গত শব্দ। অনেকে মনে করেন এটা মোহক অথবা মহিকান নামক গোত্রের মানুষের ভাষা-অন্তর্গত শব্দ যারা উত্তর আমেরিকার আদিবাসী। এলগোনকুইআন (মোহক) ভাষায় মহিকণ্টক অর্থ দুই দিকে প্রবাহিত নদী। একই নদী তে লবনাক্ত ও মিষ্টি পানির প্রবাহ। জোয়ারের সময় লবনাত্মক আটলান্টিকের পানি ম্যানহাটনের দক্ষিণ থেকে প্রবাহিত হয়ে উত্তরে অবস্থিত আলবানী’র ট্রয় উপনগর পর্যন্ত যায়। আর উত্তরে অবস্থিত হাডসন নদীর উৎসস্থল আডিরন্ডক পাহাড় থেকে প্রবাহিত হয় সতেজ পানি আটলান্টিক অভিমুখী সব সময়। মহিকণ্টক একটি নদী।
01:37:22
April 23, 2021
ফুল ফুটে টবে ঝুলে থাকে FUL FUTE TOBE JHULE THAKE
২০০০ থেকে ২০২০ পর্যন্ত লেখা কবিতা জানব কিভাবে কেমন করে করতে হয় কবির ঘর আগে কখনও কবির সাথে করি নাই তো বাসর। ফুল ফুটে টবে ঝুলে থাকে
06:22
April 20, 2021
Hiawatha: A Native American Legend
The myth of Hiawatha Hiawatha united tribes in United States through the federal system in upper New York. He is a Native American from upstate New York. He is remembered for founding the federation of Iroquois nation with 7 tribes in New York. His stories has been retold throughout North America. The episode is about the formation of Iroquois confederacy in 15th century by Native American.
12:54
April 15, 2021
Mohi tree poems
The audio version contains poems read by the anonymous author of mOHiKonTok, the podcast of poetry. Copyright 2021.
06:03
April 05, 2021
Shooshoo the talking cat : A French Canadian folktale
Long ago in a village in Quebec, an old woman named Tante Odette lived with her cat, Shooshoo. Tante Odette was a careful, quiet woman. She never wasted anything. A pot of soup always boiled on her stove, and every day Tante Odette added more water and a few cabbage leaves. In this way she never had to throw the soup away.  On Sundays she baked a loaf of bread, and if by Thursday the bread was stale, she softened it by dipping it into the soup. Shooshoo was okay to live on cabbage soup and crumbs. Every evening after supper, Tante Odette sat down at her loom to weave. Shooshoo lay upon the striped rug at her feet and purred contentedly. Tante Odette smiled wistfully at Shooshoo. "What a perfect companion you are, Shooshoo, though sometimes I wish you could talk." One evening Tante Odette sat at her loom and Shooshoo lay on his rug. Suddenly they heard a thumping at the door. When Tante Odette opened it, she saw a strange old man wearing a bright red sash around his waist, a red-checkered shirt, and a cap with a black feather tucked in the brim. "Madame," said the man, bowing slightly, "I am Pierre LeBlanc, and I have come to offer my services to you as a workman. I am too old to trap furs or to work in lumber camps, and I am looking for a job in a nice cozy house like your own." Tante Odette pulled her shawl close. "I don't need any help," she said. "I'm quite able to do all my work by myself. And besides, I have my cat." She began to close the door in Pierre's face, but he reached out and held it open and looked at Shooshoo. "Ahh, yes," he said, "he looks like a very wise cat. Why don't you ask him if you should take me in? All I ask for my services is shelter." "Ha!" Tante Odette laughed. "Cats can't talk." But just then, to her surprise, Shooshoo began to speak. "I can indeed," Shooshoo said. "I simply haven't come upon a serious enough matter until now. This Pierre LaBlanc looks to me like a good, hard worker and an honest man. I think you should take him in."
11:21
March 24, 2021
Gift of Coyote: An American folktale
Gift of Coyote: A Native American folktale Long ago, winter came just as it always came. The animals' coats grew thick, and they prepared their nests and warrens and caves for the chilly northern winter. But the humans were not prepared. Humans are not so adaptable. Their hair did not grow thick. Their homes were not warm. They feared they would not survive. "We must help the humans," the animals said, but they were afraid.
10:07
March 24, 2021