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President Pranab Mukherjee today received the first copy of the book 'President's Lady' (Pranaber Preyosi) on his wife, late Suvra Mukherjee.
Speaking on the occasion, the president said Suvra was essentially a private person with a strong interest in music (particularly Tagore music) and paintings.
He said that she was not into politics but came to know a large number of political personalities, according to a press release issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan.
"However, she confined herself to music, painting and writing. She tried to take Tagore music to a non-Bengali audience," it quoted the president as having said.
Mukherjee said that he was grateful to Sangeeta Ghosh, the author of the book, and all those who have brought out the publication.
Vice president Ansari said Suvra Mukherjee was a patron and performer of music, a painter, a writer, a teacher, a mother and a soul companion to the person who now adorns the highest office in the country.
"It is also fitting that the book is being released on this date, which marks the wedding anniversary of our president," he said.
Born in Jessore (now in Bangladesh), she faced the uprooting that visited millions in the sub-continent as partition cut through not only the map, but also across the social and cultural fabric of the land, the vice president remarked.
"This volume, reflects the remarkable personality, the endearing and humane approach of Suvra Mukherjee shines though. This book is a befitting tribute to wonderful and talented person," he said.