Creative Director: Dr. Samina Luthfa

Dr. Samina Luthfa, founder member of BotTala is currently Associate Professor of Department of Sociology at the University of Dhaka. She did her MA in Sociology from Lehigh University, USA and MSS from the same discipline at the University of Dhaka. She has several research articles on agricultural issue, women’s rights, indigenous people’s rights published in the academic journals. As a theatre activist and script writer, she made her mark in the world of theatre with two of her famous stage dramas- Tirthangkar and Khona. She did her PhD in Sociology from University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. She is a member of Oxford Theatre Guild, Oxford, UK and Women’s Playwright International. Khona has been translated by Professor Kabir Chowdhury to be included in the edited volume of “Plays of Bangladesh” edited by Ramendu Majumder. 

Published by BotTala - a performance space

Theatre Technology, Aesthetics and Language through Action. It is an open space for performance that symbolizes the origin of rituals and performances in pre colonial Bengal. BotTala also signifies the great tradition of open oratory, poetry, music of Bengal and symbol of public space that belongs to none in specific but to all in general. BotTala as a performance space of twenty first century aspires to provide such an open platform to all theatre activists home and abroad to engage in their creative and intellectual endeavours. We, despite all odds, dream for a space promoting theatre for people, to search for tradition and heritage to speak up for the present and future. We also believe that there is no theatre estranged from politics and as such no politics detached from theatre of the colonial east. Therefore, BotTala’s theatre can never be removed from its base in history and tradition of Humanity as well as its vision for a changed tomorrow challenging authority in today’s theatre. As such, BotTala intend to encourage a space for professional theatre activism, which entails professional attitudes and behaviour in present forms of theatre and activism. BotTala calls for participation from all spheres of cultural activists and citizenry of the global village to engage, encourage, promote and support a new era in theatre activism and towards creating a new phase of cultural solidarity through BotTola.