Actress and singer Ruma Guha Thakurta passed away at her residence in Kolkata on Monday, at the age of 84, due to old age-related ailments. She had recently returned to her residence after her stay in Mumbai with son Amit Kumar.

“She passed away in her sleep early this morning,” informed her son Ayan Guha. “Our family doctor confirmed it. The timing of her death could be between 6 am and 6.15 am.”

A veteran

Thakurta made her acting debut with the Hindi movie Jwar Bhata in the year 1944, and went on to also star in various Bengali movies such as Ganga, Abhijaan, Palatak, Antony Firingee, 80 Te Asio Na, Balika Badhu, Dadar Kirti, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Amrita Kumbher Sandhane, Bhalobasa Bhalobasa and Wheelchair.

She was last seen in The Namesake, an English film based on author Jhumpa Lahiri’s book by the same title, and was directed by Mira Nair. Apart from acting, Thakurta was also a renowned playback singer, and she sang for films like LukochuriTin KonyaBakso Badal and Mera Dharam Meri Maa, reports NDTV. Thankurta also founded a song and dance troupe called the Calcutta Youth Choir in 1958,  which is known for its performances on folk and mass songs.

Personal life

Guha was the niece of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. She married veteran singer and actor Kishore Kumar in the year 1950, with whom she had one son, Amit Kumar, who is a known singer and music composer. However, Kumar and Rama went their separate ways after six years. She then got married to Arup Guha Thakurta in the year 1960. With him, she had 2 children, a daughter, Sromona Guha Thakurta, who is also a singer, and a son, Ayan Guha Thakurta.

Tributes pour in

Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee shared her condolences on Twitter. She wrote, “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 admirers.”

Actor Rituparna Sengupta tweeted, “Saddened by the news of eminent actress Ruma Guha Thakurta’s demise. My most sincere condolences. May she rest in peace.”

Apart from Banerjee, many people remembered the actor and singer fondly:

Her works and contributions to Bengali and Hindi cinema and to the music industry will not be forgotten. Ruma Guha Thakurta is surely an inspiration and her sad demise marks the end of an era for many. May her soul rest in peace.

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