Disappointing scene. The body of a human being is floating in the pond. Hand-blindfolded. Rolling eyes, crushing face, gnashing teeth. No one has fingers, no one has feet. Someone’s heart has been removed, someone’s skin has been removed.
The drama ‘Blindfolded microbus and the story of emptiness’ was aired on the premises of Rayerbazar slaughterhouse at 7 pm yesterday on the heartbreaking incident of intellectual murder on December 14, 1971. The play is based on the massacre at Rayerbazar massacre site.
The play is mainly about the works of Bengali intellectuals from 1952 to 1971. Pakistanis have been shown to be angry with intellectuals, to capture them with the help of Razakars and Al-Badrs and to kill them through inhuman torture. The stories of those whose bodies were found that day are also shown in the drama, those whose bodies were not found anywhere.
The play was written by Mahfuza Hilali on the occasion of the golden jubilee of independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Instructed by Aminur Rahman. 75 artists have acted in the play.
Playwright Mahfuza Hilali said, “Everyone knows that intellectuals were killed, but many do not know what they did to establish Bengali nationalism in the world.” Many do not even know about their tireless work and conscious efforts to protect the Bengali language and build Bangladesh. Liberation war, intellectuals, genocide, freedom – these words are flowing everywhere now, but the depth of it is not being conveyed to the new generation and common people. People are falling away from the roots of patriotism and values for good reason. The play ‘Blinded Microbus and the Story of Emptiness’ seeks to find the deepest roots and roots of patriotism and values.
Drama of genocide environment theater is being staged in 85 slaughterhouses of 64 districts of the country on the occasion of the golden jubilee of independence and centenary celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. So far, the play has been screened in 16 districts across the country.
Regarding the event, Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, said, In this way, it is possible to perform plays by creating a suitable environment for staging anywhere. This idea has got a different dimension in Bangladesh. Environmental theater has become a real environmentalist by staging dramas right where the events took place. We are hopeful that this program will play an important role in gaining international recognition for the genocide committed during the war of liberation. Meanwhile, dramas have been staged in Meherpur, Satkhira, Lalmonirhat and Feni about the genocide in war-torn areas.
‘It is our moral duty to give recognition to the virtuous. The Mahakala Natya Sampradaya has been honoring the talents and institutions that have played an important role in the culture of the country from that place of responsibility. This well-known theater troupe has been organizing regular drama festivals every year. Such a festival inspires us in the field of culture.
This was stated by State Minister for Culture KM Khalid while addressing a function at the National Theater Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday evening.
The Mahakal Natya Sampradaya is honoring nine organizations that have been playing a role in promoting the culture, liberation war and research on Bangabandhu.
The organizations are Liberation War Museum, Sirajganj Uttaran Mahila Sangstha, Theater Patrika, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Chayanat, Bangladesh Gram Theater, Central Kachi-Kanchar Mela, People’s Theater Association and Bangladesh Theater Archives.
On the occasion, Sarwar Ali on behalf of Liberation War Museum, artist Abul Barak Alvi on behalf of Kachi-Kanchar Mela, Jamshed Anwar on behalf of Udichi, Laisa Ahmed