Freedom fighters Nurul Absar, Balagat Ullah; woman leader Nurjahan Khan, professor Rita Dutta, dramatist Ahmed Iqbal Haider, writer Anwara Alam, poet Ashish Sen and Abul Momen paid homage to Begum Mushtari, along with a host of other people.

Earlier on Monday, Begum Mushtari, also president of Udichi Shilpigosthi Chattogram unit, breathed her last at 5.00pm at Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka.

The 84-year-old was undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the hospital for various complications, including kidney and blood infections.

Born on 15 January, 1938, in West Bengal, Begum Mushtari participated in the 1952 language movement. Her ancestral home is in the Faridpur district.

In the 1960s, she founded the women's organisation called Bandhabi Sangha in Chattogram.

From this organisation, she published a regular magazine named ‘Bandhabi’ and started a printing house called ‘Meyeder Press’, which were considered as remarkable activities at a time when examples of women activism were rare in society.

Her husband doctor Mohammad Shafi and younger brother Ehsanul Haque Ansari were assassinated by the Pakistani military on 7 April, 1971, during the liberation war.

With that deep grief in her heart, Mushtari worked at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra as a voice artiste, till 16 December, 1971, to inspire the freedom fighters.

She preserved the memories and her experiences of the liberation war in some of her notable books – "Women of Chittagong in the War of Liberation," "Letter to Jahanara Imam," and "Swadhinata Amar Roktojhora Din"

For her outstanding role during the Liberation War, the Bangla Academy awarded Mushtari a fellowship in 2016. She also received the state award Rokeya Padak in literature last year.

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