Tokyo students to stage a play on Hiroshima at Arts Council on 7th
KARACHI: The students of Tokyo University will stage a drama depicting the horrendous experience their country had to go through on August 13, 1947.
Some 13 students of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies have arrived in Karachi under the leadership of their teacher Prof. Asada Yutaka to stage the drama, which is called “Hiroshima ki Kahani.”
While addressing a press conference Monday, Yutaka, the group leader and director of the play, said the play is an adaptation of the Japanese work “KIJIMA Kyah” written by Nakazawa Keiji. It was staged eleven times in 10 different cities of India just a year ago and is now being presented before Pakistani audiences in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad consecutively.
Yutkaka said that the students of the university had also staged a literacy piece, “Naqle Makani” by renowned Urdu writer Rajinder Singh Bedi some three years back in the three cities. Their performance received a phenomenal response in both India and Pakistan, he said.
He added that there was a common perception that Japanese goods were available across the globe but not Japanese faces i.e. their culture and tradition.
“On this very note we decided to translate, adapt and stage Japanese work in Urdu for this part of the world. This will bring the people closer and expose them to each other’s culture,” he said.
The play “Hiroshima Ki Kahani” on basis of its substance is a reminder for the people of India and Pakistan that two nuclear powers can experience something dreadful if their emotions flare up.
Talking about the Urdu literature program/course being offered at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Dr Yutaka said Urdu plays penned by writers from the Indo-Pak subcontinent were a regular feature and helped improve understanding as well as fluency in the language.
“Hiroshima ki Kahani, we hope will be of special interest for Pakistani students learning Japanese,” he said, adding that it will be staged for three consecutive days from September 7 to September 9 at the Arts Council Theater, Karachi and later on in Lahore and Islamabad.
Prof. Moinuddin Aqeel of the Pak-Japan Cultural Association, Sindh and a visiting professor at the Tokyo University said Urdu, apart from different universities of Pakistan and India, is also being taught at 22 major universities of the world, including those in Japan.
The course coordinators and teachers of the Urdu Literature Program at Tokyo University make the optimum use of drama, films and even songs delivered in Urdu to improve language comprehension among their students. app