BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Sharbari Datta, the famous Kolkata-based revivalist menswear designer, was found dead in the bathroom of her Broad Street residence on Friday, prompting the police to register a case of unnatural death and initiate a probe.
The family members have revealed that the ace designer, who has revolutionized menswear in the world of fashion, died due to cardiac arrest. The body, which had injury marks on the ankle, was sent for postmortem. However, the primary postmortem said that the 63-year-old designer died due to cerebral attack.
Her only son Amalin Dutta, also a fashion designer, said their family physician had confirmed she died of massive cardiac arrest.
“Mother was not reachable on phone since Thursday morning but we thought she must have gone out for some work or there was some mobile network problem.
“However, when she did not call me in the evening, we anticipated something was wrong and went into her room. On not finding her there, we checked the bathroom and found her dead around 11.30 pm,” Amalin Dutta said.
Amalin Dutta lives in another part of their multi-storey Broad Street residence and used to meet his mother over breakfast and dinner. There’s rumour about his strained relationship with his mother.
Sharbari, the daughter of Bengali poet Ajit Dutta, had made an name in designing men’s ethnic wear. However, later, she also ventured into designing women’s wear too. Her brand, Shunyaa, is popular with all celebrities. She has designed for celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, Abhishek Bachchan, Jagjit Singh, Vijay Mallya, Leander Paes, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, MF Hussain, Baichung Bhutia to Sourav Ganguly and Prosenjit Chatterjee.
Sharbari has also designed Abhishek Bachchan’s wedding kurta. And it was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s mother Brinda Rai who wanted Sharbari to design his kurta.
Meanwhile, the sudden death of the acclaimed designer has shocked Kolkata.
Rukmini Maitri, who started her career as a model and then shifted into acting, couldn’t believe that the designer is no more.
— RUKMINI MAITRA (@RukminiMaitra) September 17, 2020
Arindam Sil was extremely close to Sharbari Datta. He made sure, she visited the premiere of his every film. And he loved wearing her designs. “Sharbaridi (#SharbariDutta) was such a dear person to me. I am shell shocked to hear that she is no more. Such a wonderful and ever smiling woman. A talent who was our pride. Hope you will be in peace where you are now Sharbaridi,” the Byomkesh Gowtro director posted.
With inputs from PTI