No more Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Gaza

Theatre activists to observe Hiroshima Day

Cultural Correspondent
A scene from Tringsha Shatabdi — New Age photo

A scene from Tringsha Shatabdi — New Age photo

It was a ‘little boy’ that wreaked havoc on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, a southern city of Japan. That ‘little boy’, which was the first ever used uranium gun-type atomic bomb, caused deaths of nearly two hundred thousand people, along with other catastrophic damages.
The world, before that fateful day, did not know what an atomic bomb could do. Since then, the world has literally come more within the grips of atomic bombs. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the present day Gaza and many more war-torn cities are a constant reminder of that grip.
If better sense does not prevail, humans are likely to extinguish its species. Still, good sense is a hope that remains distant. The world, every day, is washed by new wars, new deaths.
Amid the ongoing mayhem, there are still many who raise their voice against bloodsheds. In our country, theatre activists have been observing Hiroshima Day for the last few years.
This year Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and theatre troupe Swapnadal have jointly organised a daylong observance programme on Wednesday with a slogan that reads ‘No more Hiroshima, no more Nagasaki and no more Gaza’.
Japan-Bangladesh Peace Foundation and Japan Embassy will help organise the programme.
The daylong programme will feature photography exhibition, film and theatre show and discussion. Jahangir Hossain Chowdhury, secretary of BSA, Golam Kuddus, vice-president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Rioje Suge, official of Japan Embassy, and many others will be present at the programme.
To end the programme, Swapnadal will stage the 65th show of its anti-war play Tringsha Shatabdi at Experimental Theatre Hall.
The play is an adaptation of noted Indian playwright Badal Sircar’s play with the same title. Swapnadal president Zahid Repon has directed the play.
The play, in a narrative style, brings forth some of the most horrific war catastrophes of the world. A narrator questions historical figures like Major Fereby (who piloted the aircraft that dropped atom bomb on Hiroshima), and Major Claude Itharby (who piloted another nuclear bomb-carrying aircraft to Nagasaki). Both the majors appear to be repentant, in the play, for what they did. The narrator also interrogates scientist Einstein, who is credited with inventing the theory behind nuclear weapon.
The play also raises questions about the righteousness of the ongoing wars in different countries in the name of democracy, peace and preemptive attack on declared terrorist states.
All these narrations press the point that military and hard power exercises can never bring peace and they can never help the cause of humanity.

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