Noted actor Sara Zaker and playwright-director Sambit Saha have been honoured with Munier Chowdhury and Mohammad Zakaria Memorial Award respectively.
Today is the 95th birth anniversary of martyred intellectual Professor Munier Chowdhury. On the eve of the day, theatre troupe ‘Theatre’ announced the name of the awardees on Thursday. The award giving ceremony will take place later due to the pandemic.Sponsored by IFIC Bank, the recipient of Munier Chowdhury Award will also receive fifty thousand taka, while the winner of Mohammad Zakaria Award will receive twenty five thousand taka.
Sara Zaker is one of the pioneers of the new theatre moment in Bangladesh. On the other hand, Sambit Saha is a playwright-director and theatre teacher of Dinajpur.
Since the inception in 1989, ‘Munier Chowdhury Award’ has been given to Mohammad Zakaria, Amalendu Biswas (Posthumas), Abdullah Al-Mamun, Nagorik Natya Somproday, Syed Jamil Ahmed, Ramendu Majumdar, Muktodhara, Sayeed Ahmed, Ferdausi Majumdar, Syed Shamsul Haq, Ataur Rahman, Mamunur Rashid, NasiruddinYousuff, Selim Al-Deen, Aly Zaker, Nikhil Sen, Asaduzzaman Noor, Zia Haidar, Moloy Bhowmick, Partho protim Majumdar, Prof. Abdus Selim, Manoj Mitra, Aranyak Natto Dol, Liaquat Ali Lucky, Mrittika Chakma, M. Hamid, KeramatMowla, Dr. IsrafeelShaheen, Dr. Devjit Bandyopadhyay and Prof. Shafi Ahmed.
Mohammad Zakaria Memorial award was introduced in 1997. Since then, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar, Mannan Heera, Shimul Yousuff, Thandu Raihan, Khaled Khan, Debaprosad Debnath, Nasirul Huq Khokon, Masum Reza, Aminur Rahman Mukul, Fayez Jahir, ZaglulAlam, Shuvasish Sinha, Babul Biswas, Ashim Das, Theatrewala, Sudip Chakraborty, Samina Lutfa Nitra, Dr. Irin Parveen Lopa, Akhtaruzzaman, Avijit Sengupta, Ruma Modok, Pantho Shahriar and Shishir Rahman received this award.