Momtazuddin Ahmed (dramatist)

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Momtazuddin Ahmed
মমতাজউদ্দীন আহমদ
Momtazuddin Ahmed taken by Ragib.jpg
Momtazuddin in Illinois during Tagore Festival (2006)
Born (1935-01-18) January 18, 1935 (age 82)
Maldaha, West Bengal, British India (now India)
Occupation educationist, dramatist
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education MA (Bengali)
Spouse Quamrunnessa Momtaz
Child(ren) 2 daughters and 2 sons
Genre drama, essay, short story, screen play
Notable work(s) সাত ঘাটের কানাকড়ি (Saat Ghater Kanakori)
কি চাহো শংখচিল (Ki Chaho Shankhachil)

Momtazuddin Ahmed (born 18 January 1935)[1] is a Bangladeshi playwright-actor and educationist. He is also active in the field of culture, performance, literature and other socio- political activities.[2][3] His theatre activities are mostly in the field of satire.[4]

Literary work[edit]

Ahmed has written 25 plays for stage, radio and television and directed several of them. Most of his directions and writings were for his theatre troupe Theatre (Natok Shoroni).[4] Apart from plays, he has written several novels, research papers, essays, newspaper columns, screenplays for cinema, text books for primary and secondary educations of Bangladesh.


Momtazuddin Ahmed was introduced to theatre by his mentor Natyaguru Nurul Momen, when he was a student. Nurul Momen gave him the break as hero in the play "Gonshar Biye" directed by the Natto Guru. Ahmed taught Bengali, Sanskrit, and European drama in several non-government and government colleges for over 32 years.[3] He was a professor in the department of Bengali, at Jagannath University and a part-time lecturer at the department of Music and Dramatics, at Dhaka University. Rabindra Bharati University has included his writings Bibaha and Ki Chaho Shankhachil in its curriculum. Several of his plays are also included in primary, secondary and higher secondary curriculum in Bangladesh.

His career as a teacher, writer as well as an actor earned him wide recognition but theatre is the most prolific part of his career. As a man of progressive conviction Ahmed took active role in state Language movement of Bangladesh, struggle for freedom during Pakistani era and movement for getting back democracy in post-independence Bangladesh.[2]

Ahmed was a director of the Department of Research and Publications at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy[4] and as of December 2011 he is serving Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations as Minister (Cultural).[3]


Ahmed received Bangla Academy Award in 1976 and Ekushey Padak in 1997. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honored him as one of the outstanding playwrights in Bangladesh in 2008.[3]


  1. ^ "Celebrating a playwright". The Daily Star. 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Momtazuddin Ahmed". Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Momtazuddin back on screen after 5 years". The Daily Sun. December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honours Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed". The Daily Star. May 17, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 

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