The first lady: An embodiment of Indian cultural heritage
New Delhi: First Lady of India Suvra Mukherjee, who passed away yesterday (August 18), will be cremated at the Lodhi Road Crematorium at 10.00 a.m. today.
The body of Smt. Suvra Mukherjee, which was kept at Rashtrapati Bhavan for family and friends to pay last respects was brought yesterday to 13, Talkatora Road, the residence of her son Abhijit Mukherjee, MP.
The First Lady left for her heavenly abode at 10.51 am Tuesday.
Host of Dignitaries pay their last respects
A host of dignitaries paid their last respects to Suvra Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. They include Mohd. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister; Dr. Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister; Justice H.L. Dattu, Chief Justice of India; Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, JP Nadda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and Dr. Najma Heptulla; Sonia Gandhi; Kesari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal; Najeeb Jung, Lt. Governor of NCT of Delhi; Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi; Babul Supriyo Minister of State for Urban Development; General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief of Army Staff; Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff; Sharad Yadav, MP (RS); Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, MP (LS); Brinda Karat; High Commissioner of Bangladesh; and Ambassador of Bhutan.
Embodiment of Indian cultural heritage
Suvra Mukherjee was born on September 17, 1940 in Jessore (now in Bangladesh) and married Pranab Mukherjee on July 13, 1957.
A graduate, Suvra Mukherjee was an ardent fan of India’s national poet, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. She was a vocalist of Rabindra Sangeet and performed in the poet’s dance-dramas for long years not only in different parts of India, but also in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Suvra Mukherjee founded the ‘Geetanjali Troupe’, whose mission is to propagate Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy as expressed through his songs and dance-dramas. She was the guiding force behind all productions of the Troupe.
Suvra Mukherjee was also a highly talented painter who had many group and solo exhibitions to her credit. She considered her mother who was herself a painter as the source of her creative inspiration and her works won critical acclaim.
Suvra Mukherjee has written two books: Chokher Aloey which is a personal account of her close interaction with Indira Gandhi and Chena Achenai Chin- a travelogue recounting her visit to China.
Suvra Mukherjee and Pranab Mukherjee have three children Abhijit Mukherjee, Indrajit Mukherjee and Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee.