Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Abdullah Al-Mamun’s 80th birth anniv today

Today is the 80th birth anniversary of Abdullah Al-Mamun, one of the pioneers of Bangladesh’s modern theatre.

Abdullah Al Mamun was a playwright, actor and filmmaker. He was born on July 13 in 1942 in Jamalpur district.

Al-Mamun completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from the University of Dhaka.

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 got 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’ in 1980 and ‘Dui Jibon’ in 1988.

He wrote 25 dramas and seven novels, an autobiography ‘Amar Ami’ and a travelogue ‘Manhattan’.

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.

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