“In our younger days, Krishna, I, and our classmates used to splash around in the rain like in the movies. This was in the '40s. Later, all of us got scolded but that didn't deter us from enjoying it. Unfortunately, Krishna, my close friend is no longer with us,” said Anjali Goswami, a classmate of 'Krishna' -- as Suchitra Sen was known.
Today is the 83rd birth anniversary of the legendary actress, also known as Roma Dasgupta, who passed away on January 17 this year in Kolkata. People of Pabna -- the place where she spent her early life -- are celebrating the birth anniversary of the legendary actress today.
“A daylong programme has been chalked out by the students of Pabna Town Girl's High School, where Sen embarked on her schooling,” Dr. Ram Dulal Bhoumik, secretary of Suchitra Sen Smrity Shangrakhhan Parishad(SSSSP), Pabna told the Daily Star.
“Krishna was very spontaneous and friendly. She came back on a short visit after leaving the country in 1947. That was the last time I saw her but her memory remains alive in my heart,” Anjali said.
Suchitra Sen's home in Gopalpur of Pabna town has been occupied by Imam Gazzali Institute -- a Jamaat-backed institution -- for decades and the government has done little to recover, let alone protect it. Legal tangles have also come in the way. However, there is an organisation in Pabna that wants to preserve the home and memories of Suchitra.
Saidul Haque Chunnu, convener of SSSSP, said “Suchitra Sen is the pride of Pabna. Her home has historical value for us. We demand that her home be made into a museum.”