Independence Award winning sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday noon at Labaid Hospital in the capital where was admitted on February 23.
Priyabhashini was 71 and is survived by three sons and two daughters.
Priyabhashini had been suffering from multiple ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, said Saifur Rahman Lenin, assistant general manager (corporate communications) of Labaid Hospital.
Earlier in November, she was admitted to the hospital after she fell on the floor of her Gulshan residence and hurt her leg. Though released after treatment, she did not recover fully, Bangladesh Poetry Council president Muhammad Samad said.
Her body would be taken to Central Shaheed Minar on Thursday morning for public viewing and a namaz-e-janaza would be held on Dhaka University central mosque premises, Samad said.
Priyabhashini will be buried at Mirpur Martyred
Intellectuals Graveyard later on Thursday.
President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzman Noor expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Ferdousi Priyabhashini.
Priyabhashini, a war-heroine during the War of Independence, was the first woman to publicly announce herself a ‘birangona’.
Recipient of the 2010 Independence Award for culture, one of the highest civilian award of the country, Ferodousi Priyabhashini was also recognised ‘Hero’ by the famed Reader’s Digest magazine in December, 2004, for the valour she displayed in acknowledging herself as a war victim.
After the end of the liberation war in 1971, Priyabhashini stood by the women who suffered at the hands of the occupation army and their local collaborators.
Priyabhashini was conferred with freedom fighter status along with 122 other war heroines in 2016.
After the liberation war, Priyabhashini gradually emerged as a sculptor who used waste materials and turned them into sculptures.
Her first exhibition was jointly inaugurated by artist SM Sulatan and poet Sufia Kamal.
She showcased her sculptures in many acclaimed shows in Dhaka and elsewhere. Her works are often devoid of any polish to give the impression of the roughness of her materials and also to go with its natural colour and texture.
Her life and works inspired Oxford-based theatre troupe Theatre Folks to produce a theatre production titled Jamuna in 2015.
Priyabhashini was born on February 19, 1947 in Khulna. She had great interest in making pen pal.
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