Creative Director: Mohammad Ali Haider

Mohammad Ali Haider, founder member of BotTala was the Head of Live Action Film for Sesame Street Bangladesh (Nayantara Communications). He has huge experience and expertise in making documentary films. He has so far produced many documentaries on children based activities, life style, and music videos for Sisimpur Production. He Trained 30 rural adolescents to make Live Action Films by training them how to research, find out story, operate camera, record sound, edit the story etc. 45 films made by these adolescent directors were broadcast in Sisimpur (Sesame Street Bangladesh) in the national television of Bangladesh. Before joining Nayantara, he was an executive producer of Ekushey Television. He has also worked as media consultant, trainer for Save the Children Australia, UNICEF, Sesame Street Workshop USa, National Institute of Mass Communication, Bangladesh. He directed the documentary “Wishes from Bangladesh which was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. Recently he directed a stage drama named Khona that received applause from the critics. He is also a member of Oxford Theatre Guild, Oxford, UK and a founder member of Theatre Folks, Oxford, UK. Currently, he is working with BBC Media Action, Bangladesh as Line Producer (Drama).

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.