Famous Bengali elocutionist Gouri Ghosh passed away on 26 August at a private hospital at 9 am. She was 83 years old. According to her family, she had suffered a brain stroke which was followed by a severe neurological problem.
She had been on ventilation since August 1. It was the same day she got admitted there. She was the wife of elocutionist Partha Ghosh and the couple has a son also. His name is Ayan Ghosh who told reporters that she suffered a brain stroke in March but returned home and was recovering. The respite was short-lived as she was hospitalised again following convulsions on August 1.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid condolences on Ghosh’s demise and said that countless listeners, poetry enthusiasts will always remember her unique recitals.
Elocutionist Bratati Bandyopadhyay said that she was like her mother and used to talk to her regularly reminding her to follow COVID norms. Ghosh gained eminence with her recital of Tagore’s timeless Karna Kunti Sangbad with husband Partha Ghosh.
She was also associated with All India Radio, Kolkata for a long period of time. She had been awarded Kazi Sabyasachi Samman by the State Government in 2018.
Last week, the country lost another gem in Malayalam-language actor Chitra who died of cardiac arrest at her residence on 21 August. She was 56 years old. She has worked in more than 100 films in multiple regional languages. She is survived by her husband Vijayaraghavan and a daughter named Mahalakshmi. Her roles in Kalikkalam, Devasuram, Aval Appadithan, Auto Raja, Krodham, Chinna Poove Mella Pesu, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Amaram, Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu, Ekalavyan and Pathamudayam among others are some of her most notable performances. Read more about her death here.