Iconic Singer Sandhya Mukherjee Cremated With Full State Honours
India: Thousands lined up on both sides of the over 2-km road from Rabindra Sadan to the Keoratala crematorium in Kolkata on Wednesday and her evergreen songs were played over the public address system as the body of legendary singer Sandhya Mukherjee was taken on its last journey.
The nonagenarian icon, who had worked with leading music directors like Sachin Dev Barman, Naushad sahib and Salil Chaudhury had died in a city hospital on Tuesday evening following a massive cardiac arrest leaving behind legions of mourning fans of all ages.
Mukherjee was accorded gun salute and her last rites were conducted with full state honours at around 6 pm in the presence of the chief minister and other ministers. Her family – daughter and son-in-law and friends were present at the crematorium while thousands of people waited outside as entry was restricted.
Her evergreen songs were played at the crematorium too as her body was being taken to the electric pyre.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her ministerial colleagues Arup Biswas, Firhad Hakim, Chandrima Bhattacharya and minister of state for culture Indranil Sen walked with the flower bedecked hearse which moved through Harish Mukherjee Road to the crematorium.