Yesterday marked the 73rd anniversary of the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The bombings effectively ended World War II by bringing about the surrender of Japan, but at a terrible price – the two cities were destroyed. Hiroshima Day is now a focus for anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations. Under the slogan “No More Hioshima, No More Nagasaki, No More War,” theatre troupe Swapnadal staged their production Tringsha Shatabdi in support with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh and Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee. The play was staged at BSA. It has earlier been staged at festivals organised in England and India.Vice-Chancellor of Jagannath University, Dr Mijanur Rahman, was present as the chief guest. Actor Enamul Haque was present as the special guest. Poet Rabindra Gope presided over the session. Founder and Chief Secretary of Swapnadal Zahid Repon hosted the programme.
Tringsha Shatabdi, written by Indian playwright Badal Sircar and directed by Zahid Repon, unveils genocides that took place at different times in the world through interrogations of some historical characters. BSA also held anti-war poster, photography and video installation exhibitions to commemorate the day. Distribution of paper cranes – in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was only two years old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, followed by a brief discussion was also arranged. Swapnadal has been observing Hiroshima Day as the only theatre troupe outside of Japan, with anti-war messages and support for peace, since 2002. This time, attendees at the programme conveyed their love and prayers to student protesters affected by the movement for safe roads in Bangladesh.