Eksho Bosta Chal, a joint-production of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and the Embassy of Japan in Dhaka, will be staged tomorrow at National Theatre Hall of BSA. Directed by Golam Sarwar, ‘Eksho Bosta Chal’ is a Bangla adaptation of Kome Hyappyo, a renowned Japanese play written by Yuzo Yamamoto.The translation and adaptation of the play into Bangla had been done by noted translator and theatre personality Abdus Selim.
The play, based on a true story that occurred in Japan about 150 years ago, is set against the backdrop of the transitional period from ‘Shogunate Era’ to ‘Meiji’ resurrection. After the Boshin War (1868-69), the people of Japan, especially legendary Japanese warriors, Samurai, had to undergo extreme poverty. Like many other Japanese domains, people of Nagaoka also received a hundred sacks of rice from the government as relief. Instead of distributing the rice to the poor Samurai, Kobayashi Torasaburo, the chief counselor of Nagaoka, decided to establish a school by selling the rice. His reasoning was that the Samurai would not have been able to get rid of poverty with the small amount of rice, but if a school is established it would be worth more than 100 sacks of rice in future.
The play won prestigious Uchimura Nayoa Prize from Japan in 2008 and Nagawaka Koume Happiyo Foundation Award 2012 as well.