Artistic depictions of the Bangladesh Liberation War

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Bangladesh's national monument, Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, located in Savar, Dhaka, is a tribute to the martyrs of the Liberation War

There has been numerous works of art that depicted the Bangladesh Liberation War during and since the War both at Bangladesh and abroad. The concert for Bangladesh organized by members of the Beatles was a major happening in 1971 for protest music. The songs recorded for and broadcast on Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra are still considered to be the best of Bangladeshi protest songs.

The four documentaries made during the War – Zahir Raihan's Stop Genocide and A State Is Born, Babul Chowdhry's Innocent Millions, Alamgir Kabir's Liberation Fighters – are described as the first films made in Bangladesh, as earlier films were all made in Pakistan or India, larger entities that Bangladesh belonged to. Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom), based on footage shot by Leer Levin during the war, by Tareque and Kathrine Masud is critically the most acclaimed Bangladeshi documentary. The directors followed the film with two sequels – Story of Freedom and Narir Katha. Their feature film on the same subject, Matir Moyna, won the FIPRESCII award at Cannes Film Festival.

There have been numerous poems and novels written on the Liberation war, including Shamsur Rahman's famous poems written during the War. Arguably it is the most often used subject for Bangladeshi literature since 1971. The monuments made to commemorate the War are the highest esteemed monuments in Bangladesh.




  • Ami Birangana Bolchi (The Voices of War Heroines) – first-person narratives collected by Nilima Ibrahim (two volumes: 1994, 1995)
  • Ekatture Uttar Ronangaon ('71 Northern Front) – Factual War Accounts (in Bengali) by Muhammad Hamidullah Khan, Sector Commander 11, War of Independence – Bangladesh
  • Amar Bondhu Rashed (My Friend Rashed) - Juvenile novel by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
  • Ghum Nei (Sleepless Nights) – memoir by Nasiruddin Yusuf
  • Ami Bijoy Dekhechi (I have witnessed the Victory) – memoir by M. R. Akhtar Mukul
  • A Tale of Millions – memoir by Major (R) Rafik Ul Islam
  • Ekattorer Dinguli (Days of 71) – memoir by Jahanara Imam (1986) ISBN 984-480-000-5
  • Maa(The Mother) – novel by Anisul Hoque (2003) ISBN 984-458-422-1
  • Jochhna o Janani'r Galpo (The Tale of Moonlight and the Motherland) – novel by Humayun Ahmed (2004) ISBN 984-8682-76-7
  • Of Blood and Fire
  • September on Jessore Road – poem by Allen Ginsberg[5]
  • A Golden Age – novel by Tahmima Anam
  • Aguner Poroshmoni - novel by Humayun Ahmed
  • 1971 - novel by Humayun Ahmed
  • Of Martyrs and Marigolds - a novel written by a Stranded Pakistani woman, Aquila Ismail.[6]


Sculpture and Architecture[edit]


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  5. ^ September on Jessore Road
  6. ^ Ismail, Aquila. "A Voice from Pakistan: Of Martyrs and Marigolds". Peace X Peace. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Lyrics". Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2007.