Pune: To mark the 75th anniversary of the bomb blast at Capitol Cinema (now Victory Theatre) in Camp, the descendants of revolutionaries who had carried out the attack against the British Raj were felicitated on Wednesday.
A 30-40 feet rangoli depicting the scene after the blast was drawn outside the cinema hall by 60 artists from National Art Academy. The programme was organised by Itihas Premi Mandal and Hind Tarun Mandal Trust.
Pradeep Yashwant Dongre, son of revolutionary Bapu Dongre, said, “I am proud of my father. This is a great initiative to let the young generation know about the incident that happened 75 years ago.”
Bhaskar Joshi added, “My uncle Dattatreya Joshi had participated in the bomb blast. It is a proud moment for all of us. The youths are taking lot of efforts and local residents also learnt about this historical moment. The name Victory goes with the incident, as we also gained victory.”
Dr Roshni Chinoy, the owner of Victory Theatre, said, “The name of the theatre was changed because of this historical event. We all should remember this, as we have a part of history with us. After the bomb blast, some years later, the named changed from 'Capitol' to 'Victory'.”
The bomb blast
The revolutionaries had carried out the blast on January 24, 1943, in which four Englishmen were killed and 18 others were injured.