Momtazuddin Ahmed (dramatist)

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Momtazuddin Ahmed
Ahmed in Illinois during Tagore Festival (2006)
Ahmed in Illinois during Tagore Festival (2006)
Native name
মমতাজউদ্দীন আহমদ
Born(1935-01-18)18 January 1935
Malda, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died2 June 2019(2019-06-02) (aged 84)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupationeducationist, dramatist
EducationMA (Bengali)
Genredrama, essay, short story, screenplay
Notable worksSaat Ghater Kanakori, Ki Chaho Shankhachil
Notable awards
SpouseQuamrunnessa Begum Kumu
Children2 daughters and 2 sons

Momtazuddin Ahmed (18 January 1935 – 2 June 2019)[1][2] was a Bangladeshi playwright-actor and educationist. He was also active in the field of culture, performance, literature and other socio-political activities.[3][4] His theatre activities were mostly in the field of satire.[5]


Ahmed taught Bengali, Sanskrit, and European drama in several non-government and government colleges for over 32 years.[4] He served as a professor in the department of Bengali, at Jagannath University and a part-time lecturer at the department of Music and Dramatics, at the University of Dhaka.[2]

Ahmed was involved in teaching, writing and acting in his career. He was an activist at the Bengali language movement.[3]

Rabindra Bharati University included his writings Raja Onushwarer Pala and Ki Chaho Shankhachil in its curriculum.[6] Ahmed was in charge of formulating the national curriculum and text books from 1976 to 1978.[2]

Ahmed was a director of the Department of Research and Publications at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy during 1977–1980.[5][2] Later, he served the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations as cultural minister.[4]

Ahmed died on 2 June 2019 in Dhaka at the age of 84.[7] He was buried at his ancestral home at Bholahat Upazila in Chapai Nawabganj District.[6]


Ahmed wrote 25 plays for stage, radio and television and directed several of them. Most of his directions and writings were for his theatre troupe Theatre (Natok Shoroni).[5]

  • Ami[2]
  • Lalu Shalu Ebong Syed Waliullah[2]
  • Ki Chaho Shankhachil[6]
  • Raja Anushwarer Pala[6]
  • Shadhinota Amar Shadhinota
  • Bokulporer Shadhinota
  • Shaat Ghater Kana Kori[8]
  • Ohey Tanchak (an adaptation of a Molière satire)
  • Khamakha Khamakha (an adaptation of a Shakespeare comedy)
  • Barnochora[5]
  • Jamidar Darpan (a re-writing of Mir Mosharraf Hossain's play)



  1. "Celebrating a playwright". The Daily Star. 18 January 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Momtazuddin no more". The Daily Star. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Momtazuddin Ahmed". Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations. Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Momtazuddin back on screen after 5 years". Daily Sun. December 9, 2022. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honours Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed". The Daily Star. May 17, 2022. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Playwright Momtazuddin dies at 84". Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  7. চলে গেলেন মমতাজউদদীন আহমদ. (in Bengali). Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  8. "Shat Ghater Kanakori : A political satire". The Daily Star. 2004-01-23. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
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