Bengal Foundation mourns the passing of Aly Zaker
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Aly Zaker.
He was a distinguished Bangladeshi actor, businessman, director, and writer.
He was born in Chittagong. His father was a high-ranking government official and was posted in various parts of the country every few years. Zaker spent his childhood in Kushtia, Madaripur and Khulna before moving to Dhaka. He studied at Notre Dame College and graduated from the University of Dhaka.
Zaker is famed for his theatre acting, with his career spanning many decades. Zaker joined Aranyak Natya Dal in 1972, and made his first stage appearance in the troupe’s rendition of the Munier Chowdhury play ‘Kabor’. He was a founding member of the theatre group, Nagorik where he has worked alongside his wife Sara Zaker and the celebrated actor and politician Asaduzzaman Noor since the 1970s.
Zaker directed plays which included ‘Baki Itihash’, ‘Bidogdho Romonikul’, ‘Toilo Sankat’, ‘Ei Nishiddho Polli Te’ and ‘Ocholayoton’, among others.
Some of his memorable performances from tv include his roles from ‘Aaj Robibar’ and ‘Bohubrihi’.
Zaker served as a Freedom Fighter during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, and later served as one of the trustees in the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka.
He was also the Chairman of Asiatic 3Sixty, an advertising agency in Bangladesh.
Zaker was a recipient of the Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, Bangabandhu Award, Munier Chowdhury Award, Naren Biswas Award, among many other accolades.
Zaker passed away on 27 November 2020, at the age of 76.