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Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) – The Radio Center of Independent Bangla

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) Website (in Bangla)
Facts on Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (in English)

The role of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) was crucial to inspire the spirit of liberation among the Bangalees from the spells of Islamic colonisation imposed by the dictatorial Pakistani government for economic exploitation and bolster the morale of Bangalee freedom fighters against Pakistani occupation army.

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Highlights of program of SBBK:

Chorompotro:

A satiric radio program produced by M. R. Akhter Mukul. Over 200 episodes of this popular radio program Chorom Potro have been broadcasted from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro during the 1971 Liberation war of Bangladesh. M. R. Akhter Mukul has himself composed and moderated almost all those masterpieces of Chorom Potro. He took the news bulletin of every days happening, spoke with freedom fighters and ornamented his satiric text with a special vocabulary of very famous accent of native Dhaka, that gave to the people not only a satiric entertainment but also to the freedom fighters an impulsive inspiration to win the liberation war.

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* Intro Music of the SBBK
* Chorompotro – M.R. Akhter Mukul

Patriotic Songs:

Singing Free – songs from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971

Audio archives:

1) Oral History project by Swadhinata Trust, UK

Dialogue between first and third generation on the history of Bangladesh and the 1971 war of independence.

Below are links to the interviewee pages for this strand of the Oral History Project. The full transcript of the interviews are reproduced on these pages along with a profiles of the interviewees.

Interviewee Name Interview Date Interviewer
Mr. Abdur Rashid 14 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Abdus Sami 12 _ Jun _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Ajmat Ullah 23 _ Jun _ 06 Jamil Iqbal, Ansar Ahmed Ullah and Maliha Haque
Mrs. Anowara Jahan 04 _ Jul _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Mr. Aziz Choudhury 01 _ Feb _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mrs. Badrun Nesa Pasha 18 _ Sep _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Mr. C.A.S Kabir 27 _ Feb _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. F. Stephen Miles 17 _ Mar _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Mr. Gulam Mustafa Choudhury 10 _ Jun _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Mrs. Husna Matin 30 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Mrs. Kulsum Ullah 01 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Mathin Miah 03 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Michael Barnes 23 _ Feb _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Baksh 09 _ Jul _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Mohammed Israel 25 _ Feb _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Nikhilesh Chakraborty 30 _ Apr _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Abdul Shahid
Mrs. Nora Shariff 16 _ Feb _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Sazzad Khan 09 _ Mar _ 06 Jamil Iqbal, Ansar Ahmed Ullah and Charlie Sen
Mr. Shahid Ali 07 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Sultan Shariff 16 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Tahir Ali 19 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal
Mr. Tunu Miah 17 _ Jan _ 06 Jamil Iqbal and Ansar Ahmed Ullah

2) Bangla Radio Canberra:

* Views of Bangladesh’s liberation war by Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Bir Protik, in Canberra [Bina D'Costa]

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* ‘Baba’ – a story based on the liberation war written by popular Bangladeshi writer and journalist Anisul Haque [Ehsan Ullah]

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* Tribute to Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah – his life sketch, works and contributions in Bangladesh’s liberation [Badiuzzaman Khan]

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* Tribute to Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani – his role and contributions in Bangladesh’s liberation [Badiuzzaman Khan]

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* An interview with Professor Anisur Rahman – renowned Economist, writer and Rabindra Shangeet singer of Bangladesh – recorded recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Professor Rahman recollected his memories of Bangladesh’s liberation war.

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* Program commemorating the national Victory Day of Bangladesh on 16 December, 2006 by reading two memoirs of the liberation war: (1) ‘shahjahan masterer sritite ekattor’ by Mostafa Hossain and (2) ‘ekattore amar ma-ke jibonto kobor deya hoy’ by Saidur Rahman. Both articles were published in Bangladeshi newspaper.

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