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Actress Ruma Guha Thakurta dies in Kolkata, CM Mamata Banerjee mourns

Actress Ruma Guha Thakurta dies in Kolkata, CM Mamata Banerjee mourns

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Jun 2019, 03:24 pm

Kolkata, June 3 (IBNS): Veteran Bengali actress and singer Ruma Guha Thakurta, who worked with Satyajit Ray and had founded the Calcutta Youth Choir in 1958 with Salil Chowdhury and Ray himself, died on Monday. She was 84.


Once married to India's playback legend late Kishore Kumar, she was the mother of singer Amit Kumar.

She was married to Kumar from 1950 to 1958.

Their son is singer Amit Kumar.

Guha Thakurta had acted in the award-winning 1960 film Ganga directed by Rajen Tarafdar in which the music was scored by Salil Chowdhury. She made her acting debut with Amiya Chakravarty's Jwar Bhata (1944).

A popular face in Bengali cinema for several decades, she had acted with legendary Bengali comedians like Bhanu Bandyopadhyay in films like Ashite Ashiyo Na.

She also worked in noted movies like 36 Chowringhee Lane and The Namesake.

Ruma Guha Thakurta is best known for her appearance in Satyajit Ray's popular movies Ganashatru (1989) and Abhijan(1962).

Ruma Guha Thakurta and her Calcutta Youth Choir:

She had founded the Calcutta Youth Choir in 1958.

Guha Thakurta's Calcutta Youth Choir was an integral part of Bengali cultural scene for several decades. It had won award in Copenhagen Youth Festival in 1974 and had welcomed Nelson Mandela in India in 1990. Her choir also participated in the 25th anniversary of the Independence Day in India in New Delhi.

The songs performed by choir under Guha Thakurta were of Dwijendralal Ray, Rabindranath Tagore, Rajanikanta Sen, Nazrul Islam, Prem Dhawan, Sudhin Dasgupta, Salil Chowdhury and Sibdas Banerjee.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned her death and tweeted: "Saddened at the passing away of Ruma Guha Thakurta. Her contribution to the field of cinema and music will always be remembered. My condolences to her family and her admirers."

Actress Ruma Guha Thakurta dies in Kolkata, CM Mamata Banerjee mourns

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