Namita Ghosh, known as the first female voice artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, passed away at the capital’s Popular Hospital last night. She was suffering from cancer, and was undergoing eye treatments. She tested positive for Covid-19.
Ghosh last appeared at a programme on Bangladesh Television on March 12. Soon after, she was admitted to Azgar Ali Hospital, before being moved to Mugda Medical College Hospital. After her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Popular Hospital, where she breathed her last.
The news was confirmed by noted singer Fakir Alamgir. “She was the first ever female voice artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. Sadly, she was not recognised properly, even though her contributions to the country were immense,” he added.
Ghosh joined Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra at the age of 14, in 1971.
On March 27, 1971, she crossed the Buriganga River at night to arrive at Keraniganj. She went to Cumilla after that, before reaching Agartala. She introduced herself to the freedom fighters, and took part in the making of a documentary.
From Agartala, Ghosh travelled to Kolkata, where she joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra team. Her contributions as an artiste and warrior will remain invaluable in the pages of history.
Translated by Rasheek Tabassum Mondira