During the liberation war in 1971, Shahid Hasan’s voice of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra inspired the Bengali nation to fight.
Shahid Hasan was born in 1949 in Gopalganj. Captain Dr. Farid Ahmed was his father, a graduate from Kolkata Medical College. Farid Ahmed was a captain in the British Army and was involved in Awami League politics.
After completing his primary education, Shahid Hasan moved to Dhaka from Gopalganj. He joined Pakistan Television and Radio in 1968. When the liberation war of Bangladesh broke out in 1971, he joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
As Shahid Hasan’s father was close to Bangabandhu, their house in Gopalganj was the center of Awami League’s political activities. That is why the Pakistani army and Razakars set fire to their house soon after the war started.
At the end of April 1971, Wahiduzzaman, the leader of the Muslim League, announced a reward of ten thousand rupees for the capture of Dr. Farid. Then Dr. Farid left for India for the safety of his family. In India, he accompanied Dr. Pir Hossain to collect medicines for the freedom fighters. Shahid Hasan sang patriotic and inspiring songs on Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. He has been living in the United States since 1985.