Suvra Mukherjee, wife of President Pranab Mukherjee, passed away on Tuesday morning, reports Times of India.
The First Lady was admitted to Army (Research and Referral) Hospital, Delhi, on Friday evening following respiratory problems and was kept in the intensive care unit. She has been ill for some time. A statement from Rashtrapati Bhawan said:
“It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady Smt. Suvra Mukherjee passed away this morning (August 18, 2015). She left for her heavenly abode at 1051 am.”
Suvra Mukherjee was born on September 17, 1940 in Jessore (now in Bangladesh) and married Pranab Mukherjee on July 13, 1957. They have three children – Abhijit Mukherjee, Indrajit Mukherjee and Sharmistha Mukherjee.
She was an ardent fan of Rabindranath Tagore and performed Rabindra Sangeet, the poet’s dance-dramas for many years in different parts of India, besides Europe, Asia and Africa.
She also founded the ‘Geetanjali Troupe’, whose mission is to propagate Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy.
Besides being a singer and theatre artist, she was a highly talented painter who had many group and solo exhibitions to her credit. Her inspiration came from her mother, herself a painter.
She also wrote two books: “Chokher Aloey” which is a personal account of her close interaction with Indira Gandhi and “Chena Achenai Chin” – a travelogue recounting her visit to China.