Munasir Kamal

Munasir Kamal, known in the group by her nick-name Disha, became a member BotTalathrough taking part in the extensive acting workshop conducted by Mr. Aref Syed in May 2010. Before joining BotTala, Munasir was a member of the English Department Drama Society (EDDS) and performed in the roles of Mrs. Linde in Ibsen’s Doll’s House(2006), Catherine in G.B. Shaw’s Arms and the Man (2005), and as an angel and a narrator in Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (2004) while she was a student at DhakaUniversity. All three plays were directed by Prof. Tahmina Ahmed who taught Munasir and her friends the very basics of drama. Munasir is also one of the founding members of Brine Pickles – the first performance literature group in Bangladesh that uses English as a medium of expression. She is currently a lecturer in the English Department at DhakaUniversity and feels that her theatre experience helps her in teaching. In her free time, she watches plays at ShilpakalaAcademy. Besides performance, Munasir is interested in working behind the scenes. She has participated in preparing the script for the play that BotTala is presently working on –The Trial of Mallam Ilya.

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.