Khan Ataur Rahman was an actor, singer, music composer and film director. He was born on 11 December 1928 in Ramkantapur village of singair thana of manikganj district. He passed matriculation from Dhaka Collegiate School in 1943. Then he took admission in the Dhaka Medical College but did not continue studies there. From childhood he was a bit Bohemian. Before the completion of his studies in the university he went to Bombay in 1949. From there he moved to Karachi in 1950 and took a job in Radio Pakistan. He left the job of Radio in 1951 and got involved in theatres. Next year he left for England, where, in 1953, he took admission in the department of Drama of the City Literary Institute. The same year he was elected President of the Pakistan Students Federation in London.
In 1954, Ataur Rahman was awarded UNESCO Fellowship for a study tour in the Netherlands. On his return to England he joined a college as an instructor. Simultaneously, he worked in different theatre companies for about two years. He returned from London to Dhaka in 1956. That year he acted in the film Jago Hua Sabera made by AJ Kardar. He played the main role in the film and Tripti Mitra, a noted Indian actress acted in the lead female role.