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Ruma Guha Thakurta, Bengali actress-singer and former wife of Kishore Kumar, passes away in Kolkata

Known for her singing and acting talent, Bengali singer and actress Ruma Guha Thakurta passed at her home at the age of 84 in Kolkata on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The artiste received accolades and praises for giving playback in films like Lukochuri, Tin Kanya, Baksho Badal and Amitra Kumbher Sandhane. She also showcased her acting prowess with Hindi films like Jwar Bhatta, Mashaal, Afsar and 36 Chowringhee Lane among others. Thakurta then moved to Bengali films and acted in Ganga, Satyajit Ray’s Abhijaan and Ganasahtru, Tapan Sinha’s Nirjan Saikate, Wheel Chair and others. She also acted in classic films like Polatak, Balika Bodhu and Dadar Kirti helmed by celebrated director Tanuj Mazumdar.

Her last outing in cinema was the English film Namesake directed by Mira Nair and starring Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Kal Penn.

Ruma Guha Thakurta, born as Ruma Ghosh in Kolkata, was married to legendary singer and actor Kishore Kumar and has a son Amit Kumar. The couple divorced in the late ‘50s following which she got married to Arup Guha Thakurta. They have two children, a son Ayan and a daughter Sramana who is famous singer.

After her divorce with Kumar, Thakurta established the Calcutta Youth Choir (CYC) which played a huge part in putting the spotlight on mass songs in Bengal. She founded CYC with music composer Salil Chowdhury and Satyajit Ray. CYC got recognition and appreciation for translating popular songs from other languages in Bengali. In the year 1974, the choir was awarded the first place at the Copenhagen Youth Festival, under her direction.

Team Box Office India extends their condolences to the family on this great loss to the music and film industry.

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