Different organisations observed Hiroshima Day on Monday by organising various programmes including discussion, exhibition, cultural show and theatre show in Dhaka.
Liberation War Museum, Japan-Bangla Peace Foundation and theatre troupe Swapnadal organised programmes at different venues marking the tragic day when hundreds of people in Hiroshima, Japan died after US army dropped an atom bomb on the city on August 6, 1945.
Liberation War Museum, in association with Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, organised a week-long exhibition featuring 50 photographs and posters depicting the aftermath of atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The photographs and posters, donated by Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, show the Japanese city before, during and after the atomic bombing and its impact on people.
For example, two photographs displayed under the title ‘Billowing Mushroom Cloud’ show the Hiroshima city immediately after the detonation of the atomic bomb. These two photos were collected from the archive of US Armed Forces.
The next group of photographs displayed under the title ‘Vanished Cityscapes’ show the aftermath of Hiroshima bombing. The photos show devastated victims and the ruined buildings of the city.
Besides, a number of displayed photographs also show how the city looked before the bombing. The photos show streets of the city bustling with people.
Photographs of paintings by surviving victims of the bombing have also been displayed at the show. Paintings by survivors like Akir Onogi and Nagatoshi Nishimura show dead bodies lying on the streets of Hiroshima.
Besides, a number of displayed photographs by photographer Nawzesh Ahmad show how people in Hiroshima observe the day. The exhibition will end today.
Liberation War Museum held a discussion and cultural show on Monday afternoon at its auditorium. Students of different schools including National Ideal School, Jamila-Ainul Ananda High School and others performed at the cultural show. Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi attended the programme.
At Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Japan-Bangla Peace Foundation in association with the Japanese Embassy organised a programme marking the day.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi, thespian Ramendu Majumdar, Bangladesh National Museum director general Abdul Mannan Ilias and others spoke at the programme.
Local and Japanese artistes entertained the audience presenting anti-war songs and mime shows.
Theatre troupe Swapnadal observed the day with a show of its anti-war play Tringsha Shatabdi at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
An adaptation of Indian playwright Badal Sircar’s play with the same title, Tringsha Shatabdi brings to light genocides that took place at different times in the world through interrogations of some historical characters like Einstein (who invented the theory of making atom bomb), Major Ferebee (the pilot of the aircraft that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), and Major Claude Eatherly (who carried the nuclear bomb to Nagasaki and later became insane on his realisation of the crime).
The play has been adapted and directed by Zahid Repon.
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