Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) – The Radio Center of Independent Bangla
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.
Highlights of program of SBBK:
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.
Listen here (MP3)
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|
* Views of Bangladesh’s liberation war by Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Bir Protik, in Canberra [Bina D'Costa]
* ‘Baba’ – a story based on the liberation war written by popular Bangladeshi writer and journalist Anisul Haque [Ehsan Ullah]
* Tribute to Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah – his life sketch, works and contributions in Bangladesh’s liberation [Badiuzzaman Khan]
* Tribute to Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani – his role and contributions in Bangladesh’s liberation [Badiuzzaman Khan]
* 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.
* 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.