Sharbari Dutta was a popular Indian fashion designer. She was found dead in her bathroom at her home in Kolkata on 18 September 2020.
Sharbari was born on Tuesday, 7 May 1957 (age 63 years; at the time of death), in Kolkata. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. She did her graduation in philosophy honours from the Presidency College, Kolkata. After her marriage, she attended Calcutta University in Kolkata to pursue her Masters in Philosophy.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Brown
Family & Caste
She was born in a Bengali Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Ajit Dutta was a renowned Indian poet.
Relationship, Husband & Children
She got married at a very early age. Her husband, Late Alo Datta had his own label of printed silks and was into sculpting business. The couple is blessed with a son, Amalin who is a fashion designer too.
After her marriage and birth of her son, she decided to organise an exhibition of her clothing in 1991. The exhibition was a success and almost all her clothes were sold. In 1992, she invited media people and asked the Indian actor, Dipankar De to inaugurate her collection, in her second exhibition, it was successful too, and the next day of her exhibition she made the headlines of the popular Indian newspapers for her amazing collection of clothes.
Her clothing line is mainly focused on men’s wear and fabric used in her collection is mainly silk and khadi. In an interview, when she was asked why she is into men’s wear, she replied,
I pitied men their dull wardrobes. The west has enslaved us to notions of masculine dress codes which, we forget, have only a short history, dating after the Industrial Revolution. It has done something else, too. It had tutored Indian men to turn away from their own rich dress heritage. Indian’s, both men and women, were fond of dressing up, from Mohenjodaro to the Mughals and never tires of pointing out that sartorial flair wasn’t confined to aristocratic finery, Sherwani, Angrakha, Piran, Bandhgala, Kurtas.”
Initially, she made a unique style for every lot of her collection, and only on the customer’s demand, she repeated the design. Later, she set up her own fashion label, ‘Shunyaa.’ She also launched women’s collection which was also successful. Apart from men’s clothing, she launched men’s diamond jewellery collection.
Office Address: 39, Golpark, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029
On 18 September 2020 (Friday), at 12:25 am, she was found dead in her bathroom at her residence in South Kolkata’s Broad Street. As per the sources, she had a stroke due to which she died.
On her demise, her son said,
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.”
Shabari’s daughter-in-law, Kanaklata said,
She lived alone on the ground floor of their Broad Street residence while me and my husband Amalin lived on the first floor. We generally met during breakfast on the ground floor and then everyone left for their work. Since it was Vishwakarma Puja yesterday, we were busy with it on the first floor. My mother-in-law would often leave for work and we thought she must have gone out. But when she did not respond to our calls and message till evening, we got worried. Late in the night, we entered her room, switched on the lights and found her lying in the bathroom.”
On her demise, many popular Bengali celebrities shared their grief, including Parama Banerjee, Ujjaini Mukherjee, Srabonty Chatterjee, Rukmini Moitra, Pujarini Ghosh, and Debesh.
- While she was in school and college, she used to participate in singing and dancing competitions.
- She received many awards for her contribution to the Indian fashion industry.
- While talking about her sister-in-law, Rita, in an interview, she said,
I would do it only once, just for fun. People around me were more excited than me… my relatives, particularly my sister-in-law Rita. She encouraged me a lot and the invitation cards were also printed in her name. I would say she had a big role to play in my beginning.”
- The kurta and dhoti from one of her clothing collections were worn by the renowned Indian music director, Rahul Dev Burman in his last rites.
- In an interview, she shared that, the famous Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai bought clothes for her family and Abhishek Bachchan’s family for Aishwarya and Abhishek’s wedding in 2007.
- She talked about one of her achievements, in an interview she said,
Some things that I think are my achievements are how MF Husain bought my stuff when my label wasn’t even established and no one knew my name; so he bought my work because it appealed to him aesthetically.”