Police probe after fashion designer Sharbari Dutta found dead in her bathroom

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Renowned fashion designer Sharbari Dutta was found dead from mysterious causes in her washroom in South Kolkata after the designer’s phone went unanswered since Thursday morning. She was 63.

Dutta, who lived alone in her house in Broad Street in South Kolkata did not answer calls from her family since Thursday morning, son Amalin Dutta, who is also a fashion designer told the media.

On Thursday evening Kolkata police found Dutta lifeless in her bathroom, and a case of unnatural death was registered senior police official confirmed.

Although their family physician said she died from a massive cardiac arrest. According to Dutta’s family, she was reportedly under a lot of medication.

Initially, her family members thought the unanswered calls were because of network issues or ‘she must have gone out for some work,’ son Amalin Dutta was quoted as saying.

“However, when she (mother) 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.

“There are injury marks on her ankle. We have initiated a probe into the matter,” a senior Kolkata Police officer was quoted by Indian Express newspaper.

“Extremely down to earth”: film and fashion fraternity shocked over Sharbari Dutta’s untimely demise

Sharbari Dutta, daughter of Bengali post-Rabindranath poet Ajit Dutta is well-known in the film fraternity for her distinctive style in men’s wear and later for her colorful foray into women’s fusion wear.

Her label ‘Shunyaa’ was reminiscent of ethnic spark with a hint of modernity and she dressed eminent personalities like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Prasenjit Chatterjee, and Vidya Balan among many others.

Her untimely demise came as a shock to the city’s fashion scene and film fraternity alike, where she was a household name.

Sharbari Dutta (second from left) with Lalia Duttagupta (extreme right) and others at a launch event of Sanskriti, one of Kolkata most sought-after fashion labels (Image provided)

“I first met her in Nari Seva sangha exhibition where she bought lots of saris from me for personal use. Then she started visiting my store regularly,” Lalia Duttagupta, fashion designer and founder of fusion-wear label Sanskriti, told We The World.

“Extremely down to earth and she gave tips on designing. She also inaugurated my sari section. Which was covered by the Telegraph newspaper,” Laila said, whose label has outlets in Ballygunge and Cornfield Road in Kolkata.

“It is a great loss for the fashion industry,” Dona Ganguly, wife of former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly was quoted as saying.

Film actor, known for his portrayal of Bamkesh Bakshi and Feluda said she was the stereotype-breaker in the Industry. “Wearing a colored dhoti would be unthinkable for men like myself, if not for her expertise,” Abir was told TOI.

“Sad to learn that the very talented, foresighted, brave, and wonderful Sharbari Dutta has left for her heavenly abode. May her legacy live on! Bengal’s fashion industry will forever be indebted to her. Deepest respect & gratitude. #SharbariDutta #RestInPeace,” actor Paoli Dam Tweeted.

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