Monday, 2 October, 2023

Abdullah Al-Mamun’s 81st birth anniv observed

‘Meraj Fakirer Maa’ staged at BSA marking the day

The 81st birth anniversary of noted dramatist and cultural personality Abdullah Al-Mamun was observed on Thursday.

To celebrate his birthday, drama groupe ‘Theatre’ arranged a memorial meeting and a special show of his play ‘Meraj Fakirer Maa’.       

The memorial meeting was held at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) at 4:30pm.
Noted actress and law maker Subarna Mustafa attended the programme as the memorial speaker with Ferdousi Majumder in the chair. The programme was open to all.  

In the evening, the play ‘Meraj Fakirer Maa’ directed and written by Abdullah Al-Mamun was staged at the Main Auditorium of BSA.

Noted artistes Ramendu Majumdar, Ferdousi Majumder, Tofa Hossain, Apon Ahsan, Tropa Majumder, Khurshid Alam and others have played different roles in the play.

 Abdullah Al Mamun was a playwright, actor and filmmaker of the country.  Born on July 13 in 1942, he is considered one of the pioneers of Bangladesh’s modern theatre.

In 1950, he wrote his first stage play, ‘Niyotir Parihas’. Subsequently, under the guidance of Munier Choudhury, he developed his skills as a playwright, director, and actor.

He wrote 25 dramas and seven novels, an autobiography ‘Amar Ami’ and a travelogue ‘Manhattan’ in his career.
His notable plays are ‘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.

Al-Mamun was also a filmmaker. He made his debut as a filmmaker with Angikar in 1972. His other notable movies are ‘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.

Abdullah Al-Mamun earned Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1978 and Ekushey Padak in 2000. 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).

The noted dramatist breathed his last on August 21 in 2008.