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First Lady Suvra Mukherjee, President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife of 58 years, died here on Tuesday, it was announced. She had been ill for sometime and had complained of respiratory problems recently. The First Lady was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Army’s Research And Referral Hospital two weeks back.

President Mukherjee cut short his two-day visit to Odisha and returned to the National Capital that evening itself. She was known to be suffering from a heart ailment. “Suvra Mukherjee died after a cardiac arrest. She was on ventilator till the time of her death,” Army’s Research And Referral Hospital PRO Sanjay Kumar said.

Mrs Suvra Mukherjee was an accomplished Rabindra Sangeet exponent. 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. Ms 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.

A highly talented painter she had many group and solo exhibitions to her credit and her works won critical acclaim. Ms Mukherjee has written two books: Chokher Aloey which is a personal account of her close interaction with Smt. Indira Gandhi and Chena Achenai Chin – a travelogue recounting her visit to China.

Married to Mr Mukherjee on July 13, 1957, The couple have two sons and a daughter. Her son Abhijeet Mukherjee is a Congress MP from Jangipur, West Bengal, while daughter Sharmistha is an accomplished dancer and has joined the Congress party. Another son is Indrajit Mukherjee.

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