Martyred Intellectual Munier Chowdhury’s wife dies at 93
Published: 11:08 AM, 2 March 2021 Updated: 02:51 PM, 2 March 2021
Actress Lily Chowdhury, wife of martyred intellectual Munier Chowdhury and mother of late journalist Mishuk Munier, has passed away; Photo: Collected
Actress Lily Chowdhury, wife of martyred intellectual Munier Chowdhury and mother of late journalist Mishuk Munier, has passed away (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un). She was 93-years-old.
She breathed her last at her Banani residence in the capital at 5.30 pm on Monday.
Munier Chowdhury’s younger son Asif Munier Tonmoy confirmed the information.
He said his mother’s body would be kept at home till 10:30 am on Tuesday to pay tributes by relatives. After that, her body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm to pay homage to people of all walks of life. Lily Chowdhury will be buried next to her son Mishuk Munier’s grave at Banani Cemetery after Namaz-e-Janaza after Zuhr prayer.
Born on 31 August 1928 at grandfather’s house in Jangalia village of Tangail, Lily Chowdhury first acted in Rabindranath’s play when she was in seventh-grade.
She came to Dhaka with her family in 1948 during the partition of the country. She later admitted to Dhaka University (DU) and got acquainted with Munier Chowdhury. Munier, a leftist politician, was arrested in March 1949. After being released from prison five months later, they tied the knot.
In the last part of the Great War of Liberation, the Pakistani aggressors killed thousands of intellectuals including Bengali academics, doctors and journalists with the help of their local comrades. On December 14, Munier Chowdhury captured and killed by the Al-Badr forces.
Lily Chowdhury, a graduate and post graduate from DU, lived a life of hard struggle in an independent country. Besides her job, she also acted in radio, stage and television.
Lily completed the unfinished translation of Tennessee Williams’ play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ started by Munier Chowdhury. Besides, a collection of her letter with her husband and a diary written by the two has been published under the title ‘Dinpanji-Manpanji-Dakghor’.
In recognition of her work, the playwright has been honored with the Natyakar-Natyashilpi Sangsad, Television Natyashilpi Natyakar Sangsad and Bangladesh Manabadhikar Natya Parishad.