Humayra Akhter

Humayra Akhter, founder member of ‘Bottala- a performance Space’ has completed her B.A (Hons) and M.A in English Literature from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She has done her Intern with Move Media Communications (MMC), Bangkok, Thailand. In Bangladesh, She used to work for Asiatic Talking Point Limited (ATPL) as an Operations and Production Executive. While taking degrees from university she worked as sub-editor (part time) for ‘News and Images- an online newspaper’.  She is involved with audio-visual medium and has experience working with few renowned directors as chief assistant director and assistant director. She has completed a six-month Certificate courses on Film making organized by Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) and made a short film named ‘Koho’ under the supervision of BFFS, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also worked as a Line Producer in the Documentary-Fiction ‘Monojog- a juvenilia’ regarding psychological issues directed by Bratto amin for ‘Bottala- a performance space’. She also participated in many theatrical workshops organized by Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy. As a script writer she voluntarily worked for the ‘Theatre for Development’ and also got the experience of working as a helping hand for a film script written by Hasan Mahmud named “Divine Justice (A Short Film about Women Rights)”.

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.