Renowned actor, playwright and filmmaker Abdullah Al Mamun’s 11th death anniversary will be observed tomorrow.
In memory of the playwright, different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country.Besides, satellite TV channels and radio stations will an array of quality programmes paying tributes to the late artiste.
Abdullah Al Mamun was born in Jamalpur on July 13, 1942. He completed his honours and master’s in history from Dhaka University.
Mamun wrote his first stage play, Niyotir Parihas, in 1950. Subsequently, under the guidance of Muneir Chowdhury, he further developed his skills as a playwright, director and actor.
He was associated with the then Pakistan Television (PTV), later renamed Bangladesh Television (BTV), since its very start in 1965.
Mamun wrote 25 dramas and seven novels, an autobiography Aamar Aami and a travelogue Manhattan. His literature mostly depicts the middle-class lifestyle of Bangladesh.
Ekhono Kritadas, Tomari, Amader Sontanera, Kokilara, Bibisab, Meraj Fakirer Maa and Mayik Master are few of his popular plays. His another important drama was Doyeler Sansar based on the short story Doyeler Sansar written by Anirudha Alam.Mamun founded drama group Theatre (Bailey Road) and was an adviser to quarterly magazine Theatre. Plays produced by Mamun include Songsoptok, Pathar Somoy, Jibon Chhobi and Baba.
Mamun was also a filmmaker. He made his debut as a filmmaker with Angikar in 1972 and earned much critical acclaim for movies like Sareng Bou, released in 1978.
His other acclaimed films include Ekhoni Somoy, Dui Jibon, Sokhi Tumi Kaar and Bihanga.
Mamun served as deputy director general of BTV, director general of the National Institute of Mass Communication (Nimco) and director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
He won many awards including the prestigious Ekushey Padak, National Film Award and Bangla Academy Award.
Abdullah Al Mamun breathed his last in Dhaka on August 21, 2008 aged 66.