Khan Ataur Rahman (known as Khan Ata; 11 December 1928 – 1 December 1997) was a Bangladeshi film actor, director, producer, screenplay writer, music composer, and singer, best known for his role in the film Jibon Theke Neya (1970). He received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the films Sujon Sokhi (1975) and Danpite Chhele (1980).[4] He was awarded Ekushey Padak posthumously in 2003 by the Government of Bangladesh.[5]

Khan Ataur Rahman
খান আতাউর রহমান
Born(1928-12-11)11 December 1928[1]
Died1 December 1997(1997-12-01) (aged 68)[2]
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Other namesTara,[2] Anis,[3] Khan Ata
Alma materDhaka College
University of Dhaka
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, Music composer, Singer
Years active1963–1997
  • Shirley Wheaton[3]
  • Mahbuba Rahman
(m. 1968)
ChildrenRumana Islam Khan

Early life and education edit

The son of Ziarat Hossain Khan and Zohra Khatun, who lived in Singair Upazila, Manikganj District, Rahman was born on 11 December 1928. When he was a student in class three, he won the first prize of the Dhaka Zilla Music Competition. He rendered the song Mon paban-er dinga baiyya.[2][6]

Rahman attended Dhaka Collegiate School, Dhaka College, and Dhaka University, completing a Bachelor of Science degree. Rahman was extremely obsessed with films. After enrolling in Dhaka Medical College, a career he later decided not to pursue, he made an attempt to escape from the family home and join the film industry. He had only Taka 60 in his possession at the time. His brother-in-law spotted Rahman in the Rail Station and he was forced to return home.[2]

As a result of Rahman's bohemian attitudes, he left Dhaka University in 1949 and ran away from home for the second time. This time he went to Bombay (present-day Mumbai).[1] He started frequented the film industry and slept on the side walks. He met Jyoti Studio's cameraman Jal Irani, who gave Rahman the chance to work as an apprentice but it was not satisfying enough for him.[2]

Career edit

In 1950, Rahman went to Karachi and took a job as a News Presenter for Radio Pakistan. Here he met with another notable Bengali media personality, Foteh Lohani. At this time, Khan Ata started taking music lessons from renowned Pakistani Sarnagi player Jawahari Khan. After some days Foteh Lohani moved to London. In 1952, Khan Ata went to London as well. There he performed as a singer and actor in several Bengali programs. He met with artist SM Sultan and helped him with his savings to buy art supplies. Rahman and his companions also made arrangements for displaying and selling Sultan's paintings.[2]

In 1953, Rahman enrolled in the Theatre department at City Literary Institute.[1] Rahman studied in the Netherlands when he was awarded a UNESCO fellowship in 1954. Thereafter, he worked as a teacher in London but also took to the stage for several years. In 1956, he returned home and starred in a film called Jago Hua Severa directed by AJ Karder. He played many roles with notable Bengali actress Tripti Mitra.[1]

In 1963, Rahman made his directorial debut with the film Anek Diner Chena, and continued making many notable films like Nawab Sirajuddaula (1967), Sat Bhai Champa (1968), Arun Barun Kironmala (1968), Abar Tora Manush Ho (1973), Sujon Sokhi (1975), Ekhono Onek Raat (1997).

In addition to acting, Rahman was a songwriter with over 500 compositions, some of which remain popular.[1]

Personal life edit

Rahman married three times.[3] When he was in London, completing a higher course in Cinematography, he met an Englishwoman named Shirley and married her.[3] On their return to Bangladesh and after having a child, they got divorced. Shirley returned to London with the child. Then Khan Ata married Mahbuba Rahman. They met in a radio station. They had a daughter named Rumana Islam, a Bangladeshi singer.[7] In 1968, Rahman married Nilufar Yasmin, a Bangladeshi singer. They had a son, Agun, who is also a Bangladeshi singer.[8][circular reference]

Filmography edit

As director edit

  • Anek Diner Chena (1964)[9][10]
  • Raja Sanyasi (1966)[11]
  • Nawab Sirajuddaula (1967, Bengali/Urdu)[12]
  • Sat Bhai Champa (1967)[13]
  • Soye Nadia Jage Pani (1968, Urdu)[14][15]
  • Joar Bhata (1969)[16]
  • Arun Barun Kiranmala (1969)[16]
  • Sukdukha (1973)[17]
  • Abar Tora Manush Ho (1973)[18]
  • Sujon Sokhi (1975)[18]
  • Din Jay Kotha Thake (1979)
  • Arshinagar (1987)
  • Parash Pathar (1987)
  • Ekhono Onek Raat (1997)[18]

As actor edit

As composer edit

Awards edit

References edit

Footnotes edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Hossain 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f Waheed, Karim (11 December 2007). "Khan Ataur Rahman: The eternal bohemian". The Daily Star. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e Khokan, Liaquat Hussain (4 February 2010). রোমান্টিক নায়ক আনিস [Anis, The Roamntic Hero]. Amar Desh (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ জাতীয় চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার প্রাপ্তদের নামের তালিকা (১৯৭৫-২০১২) [List of the winners of National Film Awards (1975-2012)]. Government of Bangladesh (in Bengali). Bangladesh Film Development Corporation. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ Aowlad Hossain, Mohammad (30 November 2009). "12th death anniversary of Khan Ata" (in Bengali). Manabzamin. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  7. ^ Sen Gupta, Asish (15 May 2009). বিনোদন জগতে আত্মীয়তার বন্ধন [Relationship bonds is Entertaining Media]. Glitz (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Happy Birthday, Khan Ata!". The Daily Star. 11 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b Gazdar 1997, p. 254
  10. ^ Kabir 1979, p. 38
  11. ^ Gazdar 1997, p. 257
  12. ^ a b c Gazdar 1997, p. 258
  13. ^ Gazdar 1997, p. 259
  14. ^ a b Gazdar 1997, p. 260
  15. ^ a b Hoek 2014, p. 109
  16. ^ a b c d e f Gazdar 1997, p. 265
  17. ^ Noble & Moore 1991, p. 35
  18. ^ a b c "Khan Ataur Rahman". The Daily Star. 13 December 2013.
  19. ^ a b Gazdar 1997, p. 250
  20. ^ a b Gazdar 1997, p. 268
  21. ^ "Razzak, Amjad and Suchonda to be honoured for Jibon Theke Neya". Dhaka Tribune. 20 February 2017.
  22. ^ Gazdar 1997, p. 248
  23. ^ Gazdar 1997, p. 252
  24. ^ Gazdar 1997, p. 253

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