Remembering Ruma Guha Thakurta, Veteran Actor And Singer
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.”
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 Lukochuri, Tin Konya, Bakso 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.
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.”
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
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 3, 2019
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.”
— Rituparna Official (@RituparnaSpeaks) June 3, 2019
Apart from Banerjee, many people remembered the actor and singer fondly:
— Sandip Roy (@sandipr) June 3, 2019
Ruma Guha Thakurta, actress, singer, founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, passes away in Kolkata. She was 84.
How time flies. Bengalis of my generation who knew of her and her voice would not associate her with growing old.
Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/Mbjw5bndor
— Kanchan Gupta (@KanchanGupta) June 3, 2019
The founder of Calcutta Youth Choir and a renowned veteran actress, Ruma Guha Thakurta passes away today. Indeed, it's an end of an era. Her creative brilliance will stay forever. My Condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace. #RumaGuhaThakurta
— Dr Partha Chatterjee (@pc_aitc) June 3, 2019
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.
Kavya Shah is an intern at SheThePeople.Tv