Abdullah al Mamun

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Abdullah Al Mamun
Abdullah Al Mamun (playwright).jpg
Native name আবদুল্লাহ আল মামুন
Born (1942-07-13)13 July 1942
Jamalpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 21 August 2008(2008-08-21) (aged 66)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education MA (history)
Alma mater University of Dhaka
  • Film director
  • actor
  • playwright
Spouse(s) Farida Khatun (m. 1984)

Abdullah Al Mamun (13 July 1942 – 21 August 2008) was a Bangladeshi playwright, actor and filmmaker.[1] He earned Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1978 and Ekushey Padak in 2000 from the Government of Bangladesh.[2] As a filmmaker, he won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Director twice for the direction of the films Ekhoni Somoy (1980) and Dui Jibon (1988).[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Mamun was born on July 13, 1942, in Jamalpur District. He completed his bachelors and masters in history from the University of Dhaka.[1] In 1950, he wrote his first stage play, Niyotir Parihas., Subsequently, under the guidance of Muneir Chowdhury, he further developed his skills as a playwright, director, and actor.[1]


Since 1965 Mamun was associated with the then Pakistan Television (PTV), later renamed Bangladesh Television (BTV). He wrote 25 dramas and seven novels, an autobiography Amar Ami and a travelogue Manhattan. His literature mostly depicts the middle-class lifestyle of Bangladesh. His notable plays include Ekhono Kritadas, Tomari, Amader Sontanera, Kokilara, Bibisab, Meraj Fakirer Maa, Mayik Master, Songsoptok, Pathar Somoy, Jibon Chhobi and Baba.[1] He was a founding member and playwright-director of the theatre troupe Theatre.[4]

Mamun was also a filmmaker. He made his debut as a filmmaker with Angikar in 1972. His other notable movies include Sareng Bou (1978), Ekhoni Somoy, Dui Jibon, Sokhi Tumi Kaar and Bihanga.[1] He wrote stories and songs for films including "Oshikkhito".[5] His last film Doriya Parer Doulati was released in 2010.[6]

Mamun joined BTV as a producer in 1966 and retired in 1991 as a director.[7] He served director general of the National Institute of Mass Communication (NIMCO) and director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.[1]

Health and death[edit]

Mamun was suffering from acute coronary syndrome along with diabetes, hypertension, kidney and liver complexities.[8]



Theatre plays
  • Spordha
  • Meraj Fakirer Ma
  • Mayik Master
  • Ekhon Dusshomoy
  • Shopoth
  • Bibishab
  • Shenapoti
  • Shubochon Nirbashone
  • Tritiyo Purush[10]
  • Ekhono Kritodash[11]
  • Aaina-e Bondhur Mukh[12]
  • Payer Awaj Pawa Jae[13]
  • Sareng Bou (1978)
  • Shokhi Tumi Kar
  • Dui Jibon
  • Bihanga (1999)
  • Doriya Parer Doulati (2010)[14]
Television plays
  • Shubachan Nirbashaney
  • Ekhon Dushomoy
  • Shapath
  • Meherjaan Arekbar
  • Songsoptok (1971)
  • Shirshabindu
  • Jibon Chhobi
  • Uttaradhikar


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Abdullah Al Mamun passes away". The Daily Star. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্তদের তালিকা" [Winners list] (in Bengali). Bangla Academy. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Rashed Shawon (14 August 2012). চার দশকে আমাদের সেরা চলচ্চিত্রগুলো [Best films of four decades] (in Bengali). bdnews24.com. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Chowdhury, Shamsher (12 July 2008). "Birthday felicitations for Abdullah Al-Mamun". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Sagor, Faridur (16 May 2015). "Man of Many Talents". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "“Doriya Parer Doulati”: Abdullah Al Mamun’s last film to hit the big screen". The Daily Star. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Abdullah Al Mamun: In retrospect". The Daily Star. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Abdullah Al Mamun's condition still critical". The Daily Star. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Abdullah Al Mamun laid to rest". The Daily Star. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "8 July 2009". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Abdullah Al Mamun’s “Ekhono Kritodash” staged". The Daily Star. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Sarwat, Nadia (11 June 2009). "Theatre school stages Abdullah Al Mamun’s “Aaina-e Bondhur Mukh”". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Mahmud, Jamil (17 July 2012). "Syed Shamsul Haq's memorial lecture on Abdullah Al Mamun". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Mahmud, Jamil (11 January 2008). "“Doriya Parer Doulati”: Abdullah Al Mamun's upcoming feature film". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 

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