New Doordarshan series to tell the stories of lesser-known revolutionaries during the freedom struggle

Aiming to tell the stories of India’s freedom struggle, a 75-episode series – Swaraj – will air from Sunday on a Bengali TV channel to mark 75 years of the country’s independence, said an official.

Many episodes of the liberation movement and autobiographical accounts of revolutionaries, among others, will be aired in the series, he said. It will air every Sunday on DD Bangla with repeat broadcasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“Lesser-known revolutionaries, who had contributed immensely to our freedom in 1947, will be highlighted in the series. This is an attempt to chronicle our rich past and introduce our younger generation to the sacrifice of our freedom fighters,” said Doordarshan, additional managing director. Sudhansu Ranjan told reporters at Press Club Kolkata on Friday night.

“Personal figures such as Jatindra Nath Das, Nellie Sengupta, Matangini Hazra, Barin Ghosh and others are not very well known outside of West Bengal and many are not very familiar with the names of all the freedom fighters of the state. For us, they are unsung heroes to focus on,” another public broadcaster official said.

The program is part of a pan-Indian initiative to celebrate 75 years of the country’s independence, as Doordarshan will also air a series, “Swaraj – Bharat ke Swatantrata Sangram ki Samagra Gatha”, starting August 14 in Hindi on the national channel DD.

Apart from Bengali, the series will also air in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujrati, Odiya and Assamese. “We are sure that the content-rich program will be able to hook young people. They want to know about our heritage of independence,” the official added.

Thelma J. Longworth