Independence award-winning sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini laid to eternal rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon following a public viewing at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Earlier on Tuesday, Priyabhashini died of cardiac arrest at Labaid Hospital in Dhaka.
She was 71 and survived by three sons and two daughters.
In the morning, leaders and activists of different political, socio-cultural and professional organisations as well as cross section of people paid their tributes to the sculptor after her body was kept at the Central Shaheed Minar.
A guard of honour was given there to the valiant freedom fighter by a contingent of Bangladesh police.
Bangladesh Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader and leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction led by Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, another faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Workers’ Party of Bangladesh, Ganasanghati Andolan, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal, Revolutionary Workers’ Party of Bangladesh, Democratic Left Alliance placed wreaths to the departed sculptor.
Dhaka University vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman, Jagannath University vice-chancellor Mijanur Rahman , Emeritus professor Anisuzzaman, Ganajagaran Mancha, Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Sammilita Sanghaamajik andolon, Progressive Writers’ Association, Charon Sanskritik Kendro, Ekattarer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee , Nari Sanghati also paid their last tribute to Priyabhashini among others.
Her janaza was held at DU central mosque.
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 velour she displayed in acknowledging herself as a war victim.
After the end of the liberation war in 1971, Priyabhashini stood by the women who were repressed by the Pakistani 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.
Priyabhashini was born on February 19, 1947 in Khulna.