Vol. 5 Num 174 Fri. November 19, 2004  

Our Talents
Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage has been built up by many notable talents. Some of them have passed away, while some are still contributing to their chosen fields. Here we continue to highlight their laudable moments in alphabetical order.

ATM Shamsuzzaman has attained distinction in our film industry chiefly as an actor of villainous and character roles. Besides acting he has also written story, script and dialogue for various films.

Born on September 10, 1941, he entered the film industry as an assistant in the film Bishkonnya. His films include Noyon Moni, Golapi Ekhon Trainey, Ashikkhito, Matir Ghar, Shahor Thekey Durey, Shurjo Dighol Bari, Emiler Goyenda Bahini, Etim, Shimar and others.

His story, script and dialogues have featured in films like Bashor Ghar, Purashkar, Chena Mukh, Talak, Ramer Shumoti, Champadangar Bou, Dulari, Rajlakshmi Srikant and others.

Previously, less frequented on small screen, Shamsuzzaman has recently become more regular on different television channels. A number of his plays and drama serials like Sharey Teen Tola, Gao Geramer Kissa and Ranger Manush have earned popularity.

Shamsuzzaman received the National Film Award and BACHSHASH Award as the best actor for the film Dayi Ke in 1987. He also received the BACHSHASH Award for 1972-73 in a special category for his role in the film Lalon Fakir. His other awards include the BACHSHASH Award for supporting role in Golapi Ekhon Trainey, for best dialogue in Lal Kajol (1982).

Abdullah Al-Mamun The name of Abdullah Al-Mamun is associated with quality theatre. Starting out in this media from a very early age, he has won laurels as a prolific playwright, director and a versatile actor in the theatre and TV plays.

In 1950, while a student of class nine, Mamun wrote his first stage play Niotir Parihash. He has been a regular performer on stage since his college days.

After the Liberation War, he along with his friends established the drama group, Theatre, in 1972. Shubochan Nirbashone, Mamun's first stage-play for any theatrical group, was staged in 1974.

So far, Mamun has written 22 stage plays which are basically social plays and the characters are based on the middle-class. Of these, his group Theatre has produced 16 plays. Moreover, he has directed most of the Theatre productions. And Mamun has performed in all the Theatre productions except Kokilara, which is a one-character play. However, Kokilara directed and dramatised by Abdullah Al Mamun, was the first production of its kind in Bangladesh.

Mamun had been involved with BTV from the very inception. Retiring from BTV as the Deputy Director General, he became the Director General of the National Institute of Mass Communication (NIMCO). He retired as the Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Abdullah Al-Mamun is also a popular film director. Mamun made the first movie Angikar in 1972. His other popular movies are Shareng Bou, Ekhoni Shomoy, Dui Jibon, Shokhi Tumi Kaar and Bihanga.

In his long diversified performing art career Abdullah Al-Mamun has won the prestigious Ekushey Padak among other awards at the national level.

ATM Shamsuzzaman & Abdullah Al-Mamun