Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
GET UP, STAND UP: The Story of Pop and Protest Flash Points
About the Program
Revolutionary Music
Flash Points
Great Depression
U.S. Labor Movement
Civil Rights
Vietnam War
Birth of Bangladesh
Central American Wars
Ethiopian Famine
War in Iraq
Birth of Bangladesh
Straving child from CONCERTS FOR BANGLA DESH album cover and George Harrison
Only months after one of the worst cyclones of the 20th century devastated its southern coast, killing almost 300,000 people, East Pakistan declared independence from its noncontiguous other half, West Pakistan, situated 1,000 miles away on the other side of Indian territory. The ensuing civil war fought in East Pakistan killed and displaced millions, driving most into neighboring India. The crush of refugees contributed to India's entry into the war, on the side of East Pakistan. Within a few weeks, Indian forces had defeated the Pakistan Army; the independent nation of Bangladesh was established. The region's most revered musician, Ravi Shankar, brought the plight of the displaced and suffering refugees to the attention of his friend, George Harrison, who helped organize the first ever large-scale benefit concert to provide humanitarian aid, the Concert for Bangla Desh at Madison Square Garden in August 1971.

Share Your Thoughts on the music inspired by these events.

Continue to next event

to top
Tools: Feedback Print Page E-Mail Page
Produced by: Thirteen/WNET

Back to intro