Folklore researcher (b. 1 January 1946, İncirgediği village / Karaisalı / Adana). He has also used the pen name H.Mahmut Mahmutoğlu. He attended Adana Düziçi Primary Teacher Training School (1965) and graduated from İzmir Buca Institute of Education (1977) and Eskişehir Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty of Education (1994). He worked as a class and music teacher in Kastamonu, Diyarbakır, Adana (1965-75), as deputy manager and choir master at Adana, İstanbul, Eminönü, Kadıköy, Zeytinburnu and İçel Public Education Centers, as a music specialist at Çukurova University, Department of Fine Arts, as a director of a culture and arts center and starting from 1990 he served as the Şanlıurfa State Turkish Folk Music Choir Master under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, General Directorate of Fine Arts.
His first work Bozlak Nedir? (What is A Bozlak*?), was published in Sivas Folkloru review (1987, Volume: 71). In the following years, his works were published in Anadolu Folkloru, İçel Kültürü, Türk Folkloru, Güneyde Kültür, Lider, Ozan, Erciyes, Sivas Folkloru, Güney Su, Anayurttan Ata Yurda Türk Dünyası, Karaisalı, Folklor ve Edebiyat, Size, Çağrı, İş Bankası Kültür Sanat reviews. He has written more than 100 published articles. He contributed to the making of the programs Dilde Telde Çukurova (Çukurova in Speech and Songs), Dadaloğlu Karacaoğlan Yurdundan (From the Homeland of Dadaloğlu, Karacaoğlan), Yöremiz Folklorundan (From the Folklore of our District) that were broadcast on the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation’s Çukurova Radio where he also made broadcasts on topics about folklore and folk music. He gave conferences about music at universities. He prepared and presented programs such as Dilde Telde Anadolu” (Anatolia in Speech and Songs), Ezgi Kervanı (Melody Caravan), Sanatçı Politikacılar (Artist Politicians), Kültür Kürsüsü, (Culture Podium) and Anadolu’nun Dili (Language of Anatolia) for the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, private TV channels and radio stations. Atılgan, who has composed and collected almost 500 Turkish folk songs, has played and sung on Turkish Radio and Television Corporation programs and other TV channels. He also donated almost 100 songs, most of which were Çukurova folk songs, to the repertoire of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. Atılgan, who has given concerts in various parts of country with amateur and professional folk groups who he has trained, has also participated in congresses, seminars and symposiums related to national and international folklore, music, folkloric literature and folk dances at which he has presented nearly fifty papers. In 1987 he won the Turkish Folklore Research İhsan Hınçer Turkish Folklore Service Award. In 1994 he won the Award for Service to Turkish Culture given by the Anatolia Folklore Association, also the Ozan Review (Adana) Award for Service to Turkish Culture and in 1996 he received the Award for Service to Turkish Culture given by the İçel Kültürü Review. In 1999 he won the Award for Service to Turkish Culture given by the Adana Governorship and the in 2002 he won the Turkish Language Association Orhan Şaik Gökyay Research Award. Finally, in 2004 he won the Award of Service to Çukurova Culture in addition to some music awards given by the Tarsus Municipality. He was given an honorary degree by the Azerbaijan Vector Sciences Center for his contributions to Turkic culture. He is a member of the Turkish Folklore Research Center, the Professional Association of Scientific and Literary Work Owners of Turkey, the Musical Work Owners Society of Turkey and the Writers Union of Turkey.
Burası Mersin (Here is Mersin, 1983), Âşık Ferrahî Hayatı Şiirleri Türküleri (The Life, Poems and Folk Songs of Aşık Ferrahi, 1987), İskenderun (İskenderun, 1988), Aşık Dertli Kâzım (Aşık Dertli Kazım, 4 volumes, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2002), Kısaslı Aşıklar (Minstrels of Kısas, 1992), Neden Arabesk (Why Arabesque, 1993), Ceyhanlı Âşık Ferrahî (Ceyhanlı Âşık Ferrahî, 1999), Çukurova Türküleri (Çukurova Folk Songs, 1998), Malatya Musiki Folkloru (Malatya Musical Folklore, 1999), İki Taştan İbaret / Abdulvahap Kocaman / Hayatı Sanatı Şiirleri (Consisting Only of Two Stones/Abdulvahap Kocaman/His Life Art and Poems, 1999), Harran’da Bir Türkmen Köyü: Kısas (A Turkmen Village in Harran: Kısas, editing with Mehmet Acet, 2001), Kurtuluş Savaşında Kahraman Çukurovalılar (Legendary People of Çukurovali in the War of Liberation, 2002), Murtçu Folkloru (Folklore of Murtcu, 2002), Niğde Halk Müziği (Niğde Folk Music, 2003), Türkülerin İsyanı (Rebellion Folk Songs, 2003).
In addition, he collected Geçmişten Günümüze Çukurova Türküleri (Çukurova Folk Songs from Past to Present) on five cassettes (1999) and a five CD Set (2004)