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Suvra Mukherjee

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife Suvra Mukherjee , who was in a critical condition in a military hospital in Delhi for more than a week, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74.

“It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady, Mrs. Suvra Mukherjee, passed away this morning at 10.51am,” said a post by the President’s official Twitter handle.

The First Lady was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Army Research and Referral Hospital on August 7 after she complained of breathlessness and discomfort. President Mukherjee had cut short an official visit to Odisha and returned to the capital after she fell ill. At the time, authorities at the military hospital had described her condition as critical.

The First Lady was known to have a history of heart ailments and was taken to hospital after she developed a respiratory problem and reportedly collapsed.

Suvra Mukherjee was born on September 17, 1940 in Jessore (now in Bangladesh) and married Pranab Mukherjee on July 13, 1957. She was an ardent fan of India’s national poet, Rabindranath Tagore, and an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet. She performed in the poet’s dance-dramas for long years in different parts of India, Asia, Europe and Africa. (Hindustan Times)