Tagore singer Mita Haque dies

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 09:24, Apr 11,2021 | Updated: 01:00, Apr 12,2021


Mita Haque

Ekushey Padak winner Tagore singer Mita Haque died of a stroke and a heart attack at a hospital in the capital on Sunday morning. She was 59.

Her son-in-law Mostafiz Shahin confirmed the news to New Age.

‘She breathed her last at about 6:20am on Sunday at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital. We took her to the hospital on Saturday afternoon after she fell sick again,’ said Mostafiz.

‘The duty doctors first took her to the Intensive Care Unit and then put her on ventilation,’ Mostafiz added.

Mita Haque tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25. She was admitted to the Bangladesh Specialised Hospital on March 31. The hospital authorities released her after she tested negative for COVID-19 four days ago.

She again fell seek on Saturday afternoon and was taken to the hospital where she suffered a stroke and a heart attack.  

Her body was taken to Chhayanat where her colleagues, students and admirers pay last respects to her. Her namaz-e-janaza was held at Keraniganj at her birthplace after Zuhr prayers on the day. She was buried in Manohariya of Keraniganj beside her parents’ graves.

President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep sorrow over the death of Ekushey Padak-winning Rabindra Sangeet singer Mita Haque. They expressed their condolences in separate messages on Sunday.

In a condolence message, the president said people will remember her for the efforts in bringing the ethos of Rabindranath and his music to the people of Bangladesh.

The president and the prime minister prayed for the forgiveness of the soul of the deceased and conveyed their deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, cultural organisation of the country Chhayanaut, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad, among others, expressed their deep shock at the death of Mita Haque.

Mita Haque was born in 1962. She was listed as the highest grade artist of the Bangladesh Betar. She also served as the head of the Rabindra Sangeet Department at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan in Dhaka. She had 14 solo musical albums released from India and 10 musical albums released in Bangladesh.

She was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2020 for her contributions to music.

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