Aly Zaker no more
Ekushey Padak-winner and TV actor, director Aly Zaker has passed away. He was 76.
He breathed his last at a private hospital in Dhaka at 6:40am.
He was battling cancer for the last four years.
Born on November 6, 1944 in Chattogram to Muhammad Taher and Rezia Taher, Aly Zaker studied at Notre Dame College and graduated from the University of Dhaka.
He served as a freedom fighter in the Liberation War.
In 1972, Aly Zaker joined Aranyak Natya Dal. His first stage appearance was in the troupe's rendition of the Munier Chowdhury play "Kabor" and he later joined Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.
"Dewan Gazir Kissa", "Nurul Din-er Shara Jibon", renditions of "Macbeth" and "Galileo" his remarkable work.
Among others, Zaker directed plays like "Baki Itihash", "Bidogdho Romonikul", "Toilo Sankat", "Ei Nishiddho Polli Te" and "Ocholayoton"."Aaj Robibar" and "Bohubrihi" was his classics on TV screen.
He married eminent theatre personality Sara Zaker in 1975 and they have a son Iresh Zaker and daughter Sriya Sharbojoya.
He was the Chairman of Asiatic Society as well as one of the trustees in the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka.
Aly Zaker was the recipient of Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, Bangabandhu Award, Munier Chowdhury Award, Naren Biswas Award.