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Language, Independence and Art in Bangladesh

A celebration of the „Language movement“, which took place in Bangladesh in 1952, and which is commemorated on 21st February all over the country.

Play it again: the Sweet Travels edition from 23rd February, 2020, to celebrate the „Language movement“, which took place in Bangladesh in 1952, and which is commemorated on 21st February all over the country.

What does Language Movement mean? In 1947, the British East India Company was divided, and two new countries were born: India and Pakistan. Bengal was split between them. West Bengal became part of India, and East Bengal formed the eastern wing of Pakistan. East Bengal was later renamed East Pakistan. Back then, Bengali was not accepted as an official language in Pakistan. This led to the "Language Movement" in 1952, and to the so-called „Bangladesh Liberation War“, a revolution and armed conflict between East Pakistan and West Pakistan in 1971. It resulted in the death of about 3 million people. On 26th March, 2021, Bangladesh will celebrate its 50th year of independence.

Sweet Travels talked to Abir, Julhaz and Ali - three young artists from Porapara Space for Artists, and to Alam Khorshed - the founding director of Bistaar Arts Complex, both located in Chittagong in the south-east of Bangladesh.

Playlist / Zusatzinfo:

Azam Khan - Jibone kichu pabo na re
Moushumi Bhowmik – Ekkagari
Kafil Ahmed – Pressnote
Moushumi Bhowmik – Jessore Road (inspired by the poem "September on Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg)
Shawan Mahmud & Obscure - Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano, composed by Altaf Mahmud
Shefali Ghosh - Ricksha Chalaw Rosik Bondhu
Azam Khan - Bangladesh (Rail Line Er Oi Bostite)

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