By Binodini Dasi, Rimli Bhattacharya
One of many earliest actresses of 19th-century Public Theatre in Bengal, Binodini Dasi used to be additionally a strong author with a voice of her personal. Her autobiographical writings, "Amar Katha" (1912) and "Amar Abhinetri Jiban" (1924-25), together with her poetry, converse of a girl who sought after even more than modern society was once prepared to provide her. A founder member of the 1st actor-owned theatre, Binodini was once by no means allowed to put out of your mind her prostitute origins or her prestige as a mistress to consumers of theatre. Rimli Bhattacharya's analytical creation to this quantity examines the area of theatre in 19th-century Bengal, and locates the pressures and misfortunes which drove Binodini to hunt unencumber and legitimacy on the planet of theatre, in an try to break out the stigma of her start. Binodini's writings stick out from women's writing in Bengal simply because she was once now not a "gentlewoman" and had little formal schooling. but in her writings she dared to articulate her many unanswered questions, her fears and wishes, in a manner that few public figures could dare to do even this present day.
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