Folklorist, writer and musician (b. ?, Safranbolu / Karabük – d. 13 December 1994, İstanbul). He attended the Safranbolu Primary School and then the İstanbul High School for Boys (1926). After studying at the Palace of Tunes and the Conservatory (1930), he worked as a teacher (1931-40), Folk music specialist at Ankara Radio (1940-42), Mayor of Karabük (1942-47) and of Kumkapı and Beyazıt in İstanbul.
Later on he served for the arrangement of folk music programs at İstanbul Radio and as the chairman of the Folklore Association. Establishing the most comprehensive folklore archive of Turkey, Ataman was the first artist of Turkey to sing and play the baglama on the radio.
Safranbolu Düğünleri Oyun ve Türküleri (Dances and Songs of Weddings in Safranbolu, 1936), Halk Sazları ve Yerli Musikiciler (Folk Music Instruments and Local Musicians, 1938), Halk Musikisinde Seslilik ve Koro (Voices and Choruses in Folk Music, 1941), Halk Musikisinde Pentatonizme (Pentatonism in Folk Music, 1941), Halk Türkülerinde ve Oyunlarında Dramatik ve Temsilî Unsurlar (Dramatically and Artistic Elements in Folk Songs and Dances, 1943), Halk Müziğinde Mizah ve Espri (Humor and Jokes in Folk Music, 1943), Köylerde Ortaoyunu ve Tiyatro (Shadow Theater and Theater at Villages, 1943), Dağcıl Saz Şairlerinin Hür Fikirleri Yaymadaki Rolleri (The role of Minstrels on the Highlands in Spreading the Free Thought, 1944), Karacaoğlan ve Dağ Olur Meşelerde (Karacaoğlan and the Trees Shall Be Destroyed, 1943), Aşık Nailî (Aşık Naili, 1945), Müzik Folklorumuzdan Örnekler (Examples from Our Musical Folklore, 1945), Bu Toprağın Sesi, Memleket Havaları (The Voice of This Land, Songs of the Country, 1953), Esnaf Türküleri (Songs of the Salesmen, 1954), Dümbüllü İsmail Efendi (Dümbüllü İsmail Efendi, 1974), 100 Türk Halk Oyunu (100 Dances in Turkish Folklore, 1975), Atatürk ve Türk Musikisi (Atatürk and the Turkish Music, 1991).