Japanese educational play staged for the 80th time

Japanese educational play staged for the 80th time

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Culture Desk
Educational drama ‘Eksho Bosta Chaal’ has been staged for the 80th time. The drama was first presented in 2007 as a joint project of Bangladesh and Japan. The drama was written by Iojo Yamamoto. It was then translated into Bangla by Professor Abdus Selim and adapted for Bangladeshi stage by Golam Sarwar. The drama has won Uchimora and Komehiappiyo international awards.The focus of ‘Eksho Bosta Chaal’ is exclusively the necessity of education. The progress of a nation depends on its education. In the drama a mayor of a Japanese province, Tora Saburo Kobaishi discovers the need of education for his people. He tells them that they are poor and underdeveloped because of lack of education. The setting of the drama is the ‘Age of the Samurais’ one hundred and seventy years back. In his respective province the mayor witnesses the Samurais and others ridden with poverty. Out of mercy a neighbouring country ships one hundred sacks of rice for the province. But instead of using this asset to feed the people the mayor rather sells them to build a school. According to him, self-reliance is the only mean of sustenance. No nation can survive for long by depending on others.
If a group of people become educated they can learn to fend for themselves. Taking of help from others deserves rebukes. The present development of Japan is a result of these ideas.
‘Eksho Bosta Chaal’ features cast members from many theatre troupes of Bangladesh. The actors are Foyez Jahir, Zunayed Yousuff, Shetu, Golam Shahriar, Khurshid, Raja, Joyeeta and more. The drama was produced by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh.

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