As the news of eminent writer Mahasweta Devi’s demise spread, thousands of people thronged at Rabindra Sadan auditorium in Kolkata on Friday to pay their last respects.
Political figures Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to micro-blogging sites to mourn the loss of the iconic writer.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner died following cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure at a city nursing home. She was 90.
People accompanied the convoy of police cars that flanked the hearse carrying the author’s body in a glass casket bedecked with floral offerings for the last journey to Keoratalla crematorium.
Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that the activist will be cremated with full state honours.
She led the tributes at the state-run Rabindra Sadan auditorium where Mahasweta Devi’s mortal remains were kept for people to have their last glimpse of the writer.
The homage resembled a massive rally with artists, writers, intellectuals and celebrities walking side by side with the common man as the cavalcade made its way to the crematorium.