City artists to mark 75th anniversary of Capitol cinema blast

Sakal Times
Saturday, 20 January 2018

Pune: To mark the completion of 75 years of Capitol cinema bomb blast, history lovers will make a 30X40 feet rangoli outside the cinema, which is now Victory cinema, in Camp on January 24. 

While addressing a press conference at Patrakar Bhavan, Mohan Shete of Itihaas Premi Mandal said that historians, along with members of Pune Cantonment Board, will be present at the event. 

Pune: To mark the completion of 75 years of Capitol cinema bomb blast, history lovers will make a 30X40 feet rangoli outside the cinema, which is now Victory cinema, in Camp on January 24. 

While addressing a press conference at Patrakar Bhavan, Mohan Shete of Itihaas Premi Mandal said that historians, along with members of Pune Cantonment Board, will be present at the event. 

“We must never forget history and so we are planning the event. To teach a lesson to the British, Ramsingh Pardeshi, Haribhau Limaye and 16-year-old Datta Joshi planted bomb at Capitol cinema. The explosion killed four Britishers and injured 18 of them. The trio had procured the ammunition from Bhaskar Karnik, who was then working at Khadki ammunition factory. Ramsingh, Haribhau and Datta wanted the owner of Capitol cinema to play ‘Vande Mataram’ instead of ‘God save the king’ before the start of a film,” added Shete.

Speaking about his research, Shete said that he has referred to ‘Kesari’ newspaper and a book named ‘Karagruhatil Pathik.’ As per news published in Kesari newspaper, “Bhaskar Karnik, who was arrested by the British, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous material. The freedom fighters had planned the blast at Empire, Westend cinema and Capitol, of which the blast took place only in Capitol cinema,” added Shete.

Corporator of Pune Cantonment Board, Dilip Giramkar, said that around 60 artists from National Arts Academy will make the rangoli and people should visit Victory cinema hall to understand more about the sacrifices of our ancestors. “People can see the designs created by the artists on January 24 and 25,” he added.

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