Kolkata, June 3, 2019:
Actor-singer Ruma Guha Thakurta breathed her last on Monday morning at her Ballygunge Place residence in Kolkata.
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She was 84 and is survived by two sons, including singer Amit Kumar and a daughter from two marriages.
She was suffering from old age-related ailments.
“She passed away in her sleep early this morning. Our family doctor confirmed it. The timing of her death could be between 6 and 6.15 am,” Ayan Guha Thakurta, her son from her second marriage, has said.
Ruma was born on November 3, 1934 in Kolkata. She got married to singer Kishore Kumar in the early 1950s.
She later married writer-director Arup Guhathakurta and had two children singers Sromona and Ayan Guha Thakurta.
Ayan said his mother had returned to Kolkata only a month back after a three-month stay with Amit Kumar in Mumbai.
Amit Kumar will arrive Kolkata this evening. He will be taking all the decisions about her last rites.
Ruma Guha Thakurta is a niece of film director Satyajit Ray. She had worked in over 60 films. Many of her films were made by great directors such as Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar, Rajen Tarafdar, Aparna Sen and Mira Nair.
She is known for her work in films like ‘Abhijaan’ (1962), ‘Palatak’ (1963), ‘Antony Firingee’ (1967), ‘Balika Badhu’ (1967), ‘Dadar Kirti’ (1980), ‘36 Chowringhee Lane’ (1981).
She also acted in several Hindi films.
Ruma founded the Calcutta Youth Choir, a song and dance troupe, in 1958.
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