Multifaceted talent Abdullah Al Mamun remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:11, Jul 14,2018

 
 

Theatre artistes perform in Meraj Fakirer Maa staged at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday. — Snigdha Zaman

Peers analysed the late multifaceted talent Abdullah Al Mamun’s contributions in different performing art mediums, including, theatre, teleplay and film on Friday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The event was organised by Mamun’s troupe Theatre marking his 76th birth anniversary.
In the programme Ataur Rahman, Sarah Begum Kabari, Ferdausi Majumdar, Dr Enamul Huq, Lucky Enam and Subarna Mustafa, among others, analysed Mamun’s creative pursuits as playwright, theatre and teleplay director, actor and filmmaker.
Theatre’s steering committee director and also the honourary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar was the anchor of the event.
Recalling Mamun as her mentor, the seasoned actress Ferdousi Mazumdar said, ‘He groomed me as an actor. I give 99 per cent credit to the late playwright-director for my success as an actress in theatre and TV’.
‘As a theatre director Mamun had the urge to articulate the inner meaning of a play through the performances of the actors’, evaluated Ataur, adding that he was a perfectionist in terms of presenting a play authentically.
Film actress Kabari said that her experience of working with filmmaker Abdullah Al Mamun was an unforgettable memory in her life. ‘Mamun was a visionary director’, Kabari said.
Following the discussion, Theatre staged Meraj Fakirer Maa at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Written and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun, Meraj Fakirer Maa criticises the misuse of religion through the confrontation of a mother and her fanatic son.
Born on July 13, 1942 in Jamalpur District, Abdullah Al Mamun graduated in history from Dhaka University.
He wrote his first stage play, Niyotir Parihas, in 1950. In his kaleidoscopic journey of over five decades Mamun wrote 25 dramas and seven novels.
Ekhono Kritadas, Tomari, Kokilara and Meraj Fakirer Maa are few of his popular plays.
He was a founder member of Theatre.
As a teleplay director Mamun produced plays and series like Songsoptok, Pathar Somoy, Jibon Chhobi and Baba.
Abdullah Al Mamun made his debut as a filmmaker in 1972 through Angikar. He also directed critically acclaimed films like Sareng Bou, Dui Jiban and Sakhi Tumi Kar.
Abdullah Al Mamun won many awards, including the prestigious Ekushey Padak, National Film Award and Bangla Academy Award.
He died on August 21, 2008.

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