Continued from Vol 01 Issue 26
During the early years of BTV there was similar passion from both the audience and the TV staff. Today, there are many channels but are limited to drama. Those early days there were special programmes on women, quiz shows, health and nutrition shows, programmes on law, shows for children, history-culture shows, comedy shows, and many other varieties of programmes. Sadly, nowadays, many channels come up with new programmes and claim to be the 'First time in Bangladesh', although BTV had already done it.
Most channels have a programme on health. With the modern technology, patients and doctors have live interactions. Dr. Badruddoza Chowdhury hosted a health programme during Pakistan Television period called 'Apnar Daktar'. Later he hosted another programme called 'Chaya Prochchya'. He also hosted a doctor-only magazine programme. Running every week, produced by Musa Ahmed, the magazine show featured professionals from various fields: Lawyers, Doctors and Journalists. Dr. Badruddoza Chowdhury also wrote a drama called 'Naika Shongbad'. Renowned actor Syed Ahsan Ali Sydney performed in the drama as a woman, wearing sari during the whole show.
The then Information minister Shamsul Huda Chowdhury used to host a women's programme produced by Kamrunessa Hasan. The programme was named 'Hey, Nirupoma, Korio Khoma'. Although the programme was of women related issue, it also featured other various subjects. Khaleda Fahmi used to be the producer before Kamrunessa Hasan took over. During Khaleda's period, there were even drama shows. It must me noted that the script of the programme used to be written by Munir Chowdhury and Dr. Nilima Ibrahim.
There was a programme on book review – critic was Munir Chowdury. Produced by Abdullah Al Mamun, the host used to stand with a few books on his hand while few laid on a table. There was uniqueness in Munir Chowdury's voice: his pronunciation, speaking style and a cracking voice. Like news analysis programmes, book review programmes too had immense impact on the viewers. Munir Chowdhiry's book-review ignited a new phenomenon. After the liberation, surrounding 21st February, many youths published compiled books.
Huge numbers of compilations were published on the first year of independence. Ali Imam realized that those compilations were fruits of
hard work of young writers. Ali Imam collected all the compilations and showed them to producer Belal Beg, and he took the compiled books to higher officials. That February evening, there was a discussion programme on those compilation-books. It was not possible to discuss all books in one show. The then news Dainik Bangla Dhaka University reporter was Muhamad Jahangir, who used discuss the books at the last page of Dainik Bangla. He too was called in to join the TV programme with Ali Imam. Muhamad Jahangir probably did a few TV shows before but that was the stating point of his TV career. Muhammad Jahangir is one of those few hosts who made their mark with great TV programmes, and he is still continuing with full strength. The credit goes to him for pioneering phone-in-programmes. Produced by Belal Beg, 'Obhimot' was such programme. Live interaction with the viewers is a regular process in many TV shows. I think, Muhammad Jahangir's patience, to-the-point style of hosting
to be continued...
The writer is Managing Director,Channel i
Translated by Zia Nazmul Islam