Sara Zaker

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Sara Zaker
Sara Zaker.jpg
EducationMA (English)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Occupationactor, entrepreneur
Aly Zaker (m. 1975)
Awardsfull list

Sara Zaker is a Bangladeshi theatre and television actor, director, business entrepreneur and social activist.[1][2] She was awarded Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh in 2017.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Zaker (in the middle) with her family members in Dhanmondi, Dhaka (1965)

Sara Zaker was born to Major Salauddin Mohammad Amin and Alia Amin, a former school teacher. Zaker completed her bachelor's and master's from the University of Dhaka in English literature. She was also trained at the British Theater Institute in 1981.



Zaker joined Nagorik Natya Sampraday, a theater troupe, just after finishing secondary school in 1972.[4] Her first production with the troupe, "Baki Itihash" premiered in February 1973. She went on to perform in Bidogdho Romonikul, Nishiddho Polli, Shot Manusher Khoje (1976), Dewan Gazi'r Kissa and "Naam-Gotroheen: Manto'r Meyera" (2014).[4]

Zaker directed Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden and Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull.

Zaker writes a column – Shubondhu Shomipeshu for newspaper Prothom Alo. She is anchoring Ami Ekhon Ki Korbo, a talk show airing on Banglavision channel. She conducts a radio show on Radio Shadhin named Tumi Bolo Amra Shunchhi.


Zaker's business career began in 1995 in the field of market research. She is working as the project head of Nayantara Communications since its inception in 2004.[5] Nayantara is the co-producer of Sesame Workshop New York in producing Sisimpur, the Bengali edition of the Sesame Street. She is the managing director of Asiatic 360,[6] director of Asiatic Events Marketing Limited, and the managing director of Ddhoni Chitra Ltd.[7]


Zaker has led many campaigns and projects related to both male and female rights, women health, family planning and environmental issues. Some notable projects she led are –

Personal life[edit]

Zaker is married to Aly Zaker since 1975.[10][11] Aly is an actor, a writer and a business entrepreneur.[12] They have two children, Iresh Zaker and Sriya Sharbojaya.[13] Sriya is associate executive director of Asiatic EXP and Iresh is executive director of Asiatic MCL and an actor.[14] She has a personal blog which is


Stage plays
  • Baaki Itihash (1973)
  • Bidogdha Ramonikul (1973)
  • Ei Nishiddo Pollite (1973)
  • Cross Purpose (1973)
  • Bohi Peer (1974)
  • Dewan Gaazir Kissa (1977)
  • Shot Manusher Khoje (1976)
  • Shahjahan (1978)
  • Copeniker Captain (1980)
  • Nuruldiner Shara Jibon (1981)
  • Macbeth
  • Kobor Diye Dao
  • Irsha
  • Kathal bagan
  • Naam Gotrohin – Manto'r Meyera (2014)
Television dramas


  • Sequence Award for Acting (1975)
  • Anannya Shirsho Dosh (1995)
  • Bishishtho Nattojon – Loko Natto Goshthi (2014)
  • Inspiring Change
  • Srijan Shamman Award
  • Badruddin Hossain Memorial Award (2016)[16]
  • Ekushey Padak (2017)


  1. ^ Samuel L. Leiter, Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre: A-N, page 4, Greenwood Press, 2007, ISBN 0-313-33530-3
  2. ^ ""I am a workaholic" – Sara Zaker". The Daily Star. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ "17 named for Ekushey Padak 2017". The Daily Star. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Our theatre is in need of new ideas". The Daily Star. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Sisimpur steps into fifth year". The Daily Star. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  6. ^ Shamma M. Raghib (5 November 2006). "Promo Logic 2006". The Daily Star. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  7. ^ "People Behind The Company". Asiatic 360. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. ^ Hoque, Mofidul (2012). "Liberation War Museum". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  9. ^ "Sara Zaker speaks about the Liberation War Museum". VOA Bangla. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  10. ^ ""I'm proud to be the mother of Aly's children" – Sara Zaker". The Daily Star. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  11. ^ Kamol, Ershad (22 February 2009). "Aly Zaker: Reporter in the frontline". The Daily Star. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  12. ^ Zaker, Aly (24 June 2011). "So, Asharh is here again!". The Daily Star. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Sara Zaker on "Maa'er Golpo"". The Daily Star. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Iresh Zaker: On the heels of actor parents". The Daily Star. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Words of appreciation on behalf of Asaduzzaman Noor". The Daily Star. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Enamul Haque, Sara Zaker receive Badruddin Award". Prothom Alo. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2017.