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Celebrating 60 : Kolkata’s media captures the essence of I-Day celebrations

14-August-2007
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Celebrating 60 : Kolkata’s media captures the essence of I-Day celebrations

North, South and West, so can East be far behind? While on August 13, exchange4media took at a look at what the media in North, South and West have to offer to commemorate India’s 60th I-Day, today we take a look at how the media in Kolkata is going to celebrate the occasion.

Red 93.5 FM is holding a contest in which a lucky winner will get a free ride with his/her family around the Victoria Memorial in a traditional horse drawn carriage accompanied by a Red FM RJ on August 15.

The station is holding another contest called ‘Azaadi ki Demand’, wherein listeners can SMS a ‘demand for freedom’ from anything – be it a tyrant teacher or a greedy government official. The person with the ‘best demand’ will be invited to the programme ‘Namoshkar Kolkata’. ‘Hum 60 saath hain’ invites all the people born in the year 1947 to send an SMS to the FM station and get a chance to share their views and experience of 60 years of Indian Independence. Red FM is also airing a show called ‘Kya Main Azaad Hoon’, which takes a humorous look on people who take pride in misusing the Fundamental Rights granted by the Constitution.

Big 92.7 FM will run on-air contests around the theme ‘60 years of Independence’, wherein 20 lucky winners will be given collector’s edition CDs from Saregama featuring 60 decades of Indian music. The show titled ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ will air live from Swabhumi the musical rendition of Vande Mataram by leading Bangla bands. The FM station will also give a chance to select young listeners to render patriotic songs on air.

Friends 91.9 FM will broadcast a package show to celebrate 60 years of Indian Independence featuring famous speeches of Indian freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi (Satya aur Ahimsa), Rabindranath Tagore (Bharat Tirtha), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (Address to Indians in East Asia), and Jawaharlal Nehru (A tryst with destiny). There will also be a special show which will have the Calcutta Choir singing patriotic songs.

Among television channels, ETV Bangla will telecast ‘Hazaar Miles’, a programme depicting the journey of various musical bands of West Bengal. This week’s episode of the popular game show ‘Rojgere Ginni’ will have Krishna Bose, niece of Netaji Bose, as a participant.

24 Ghanta channel will telecast a special programme ‘60 years of Independence’ which will feature several eminent personalities, who will recount their memories of the day India got her freedom. There will also be discussions on the successes and setbacks in various spheres in the last six decades. A debate on the topic ‘Independence’ will be held with university students as participants.

Also see:

Celebrating 60: A paper trail of Free India’s journey from birth to super powerdom

Celebrating 60: FM players tune in to the spirit of freedom

Celebrating 60: TV channels salute the spirit of Independence

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