Freedom fighter and noted sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who died at Labaid Specialized Hospital on Tuesday, was laid to rest on Thursday afternoon.
She was buried beside the grave of “Shaheed Janani” Jahanara Imam at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard at Mirpur, Dhaka around 3pm.
Earlier in the morning, people from all walks of life paid their last respects to Ferdousi at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Ferdousi was given a guard of honour at the Shaheed Minar premises when her body was taken there around 11am. Her body was kept there for one and a half hours so that people can pay their tribute to the eminent sculptor and freedom fighter.
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People and cultural activists place wreath on the casket | Mahmud Hossain Opu
Cultural personalities, political leaders, and activists of different rights and socio-cultural organizations had converged on the area to say goodbye to Ferdousi.
After placing a wreath on her coffin, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told reporters: “She had sacrificed a lot as a freedom fighter. She is a bright example for the new generation. Her sculptures added new dimensions to art.”
Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said: “She was an example of courage for the women who are struggling in the society in different sectors. She used to raise her voice about women’s rights.”
Her children – Fuleshwari Priyanandini, Rotneshwari Priyadarshini, Karu Titas, and Kazi Shaker Turjo - were also present at the memorial service.
Fuleshwari said her mother had struggled all her life. “It is our pride that our mother’s last address will be beside Jahanara Imam.”
One of her namaz-e-janazas was held at the Dhaka University Central Mosque after Zohr prayers.
Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who had been suffering from multiple health complications, died at Labaid hospital on Tuesday.