Soumya Sarker

Soumya Sarker completed M.A. in ‘Literature in English’ from the English Department at Dhaka University in February 2010. He also completed B.A. (Hons.) from the same department. Soumya is currently working as a lecturer of English at Jagannath University, but in his free time he engages himself  in creative writing. Soumya’s first book of verse titled Khudha aar Trishna Dhorey Rakho was published during the Ekushey Boi Mela  in 2011. His second book of verse titled Neel Bisorgo Neel was published in 2012 and third titled Buddha Bollen Tobuo… was published in 2013.  Soumya’s Bangla translation of Mohammad Ben Abdallah’s play The Trial Of Mallam Ilya was also published in 2013. He joined BotTala after taking part in an acting workshop conducted by Mr. Aref Syed in May 2010. However, his real interest lies in script-writing and direction. The Trial Of Mallam Ilya is due to be staged by BotTala soon. He is now preparing for his first collection of short stories No Na Golpo.

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.