1954: Basanti Guhathakurta, headmistress of Maniza Rahman Girls School, Gandaria, Dhaka (old town), back row standing 4th from left, during a cultural function. Centre front row: Begum Shamsunnahar, writer and student of Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain; on her right, Asha Lata Sen veteran Congress leader; The rest are teachers, volunteers (standing) and leading community leaders (in the front row).
Photo submitted by Meghna Guhathakurta.
great pic, pl preserve for our women’s history volume whenever we get together to plan it.
Begum Shamsunnahar, Ashalata Sen, Basanti Guhathakurta are there. So far I understand it was the nexus of first women’s social group, “Mohila Samity”, in the then East Bengal. In fact Gandaria was then a locality identified by the stars inhabited therein.