Abdullah al Mamun
|Abdullah Al Mamun|
|Native name||আবদুল্লাহ আল মামুন|
13 July 1942|
Jamalpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
|Died||21 August 2008
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
|Spouse(s)||Farida Khatun (m. 1984)|
Abdullah Al Mamun (13 July 1942 – 21 August 2008) was a Bangladeshi playwright, actor and filmmaker. He earned Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1978 and Ekushey Padak in 2000 from the Government of Bangladesh. 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).
Early life and education
Mamun was born on July 13, 1942, in Jamalpur District. He completed his bachelors and masters in history from the University of Dhaka. 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.
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. He was a founding member and playwright-director of the theatre troupe Theatre.
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. He wrote stories and songs for films including "Oshikkhito". His last film Doriya Parer Doulati was released in 2010.
Mamun joined BTV as a producer in 1966 and retired in 1991 as a director. He served director general of the National Institute of Mass Communication (NIMCO) and director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Health and death
Mamun was suffering from acute coronary syndrome along with diabetes, hypertension, kidney and liver complexities.
- Bangla Academy Literary Award (1978)
- Ekushey Padak (2000)
- Bangladesh Television Award
- Alakta Sahitya Purashkar
- Tarokalok Padak
- Theatre plays
- Meraj Fakirer Ma
- Mayik Master
- Ekhon Dusshomoy
- Shubochon Nirbashone
- Tritiyo Purush
- Ekhono Kritodash
- Aaina-e Bondhur Mukh
- Payer Awaj Pawa Jae
- Sareng Bou (1978)
- Shokhi Tumi Kar
- Dui Jibon
- Bihanga (1999)
- Doriya Parer Doulati (2010)
- Television plays
- Shubachan Nirbashaney
- Ekhon Dushomoy
- Meherjaan Arekbar
- Songsoptok (1971)
- Jibon Chhobi
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