Reputed fashion designer Sharbari Dutta found dead at Kolkata home
Celebrated fashion designer Sharbari Dutta was found dead on Thursday night at her residence in Kolkata. It has been declared that there was no foul play involved in the 63-year-old's death upon an investigation conducted by police officials. Her body has been sent for an autopsy and is expected to be handed over to her family members later in the day. The police issued a statement saying her body was found at around 11:30PM in the bathroom of her residence at Broad Street, which is predominantly known to be a posh residential locality in south Kolkata. Family members called the family physician upon discovering her body lying motionless, who advised them to inform the police.
Sharbari Dutta's son, Amalin Dutta, also a fashion designer himself, speaking to the Hindustan Times said, "I had last seen my mother on Wednesday. I didn’t see her throughout Thursday. I thought she was busy and had gone out for work. It is nothing unusual. Both of us remain so busy that we don’t get to meet every day."
Daughter of esteemed Bengali poet Ajil Dutta, Sharbari Dutta carved a niche for herself on the fashion scene, with her unique designs, which inculcated both ethnicity and modernity. Known primarily for her work on the men's fashion circuit, she had also dabbled designing for women and had established her own brand, Shunyaa. The veteran stylist had also ventured into Bengali cinema having worked as a costume designer in films namely Sudhu Tumi (2004), Antarmahal: Views of the Inner Chamber (2005) and Saat Pake Bandha (2009).
Soon after news broke out about Sharbari's death, celebrities from the Bengali film industry paid their condolences on social media. Actor Raj Chakraborty tweeted, "Shocked to learn about the demise of #SharbariDutta who put Bengal on the map with constant experiments of Bangali clothing and creations. I'm lucky to have worked and been styled by her. I hope she's in a better place now,". Actor and director Arindam Sil too paid his tributes by penning an emotional note on Twitter saying, "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."
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