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- Published 20.08.11
|Derek ’Brien with Sharbari Datta at the final fittings for his Rajya Sabha outfit; (above) Derek shows off the look. Pictures by Rashbehari Das|
For his television debut way back in 1993, Derek ’Brien had decided to don a kurta by Sharbari Datta, then a relatively new name in the national fashion fraternity. For his Rajya Sabha debut on Friday morning, a dhoti-kurta by Sharbaridi was the obvious choice for the quizman-turned-politician.
“I have worn Sharbaridi’s kurtas for seven-eight years non-stop for my quiz shows (Bournvita Quiz Contest) on TV. This time, when she heard that I was about to be sworn in at the Rajya Sabha, she said that I must wear one of her dhoti-kurtas,” said Derek.
The final look was decided from among 20 designs that the ace menswear designer lined up for him. The chosen outfit comprised a tussore kurta with black kantha work all over, and an off-white dhoti with a black border.
“I’m here only because of Ma, Mati, Manush… so I thought why not wear something that fits it,” said Derek, adding that the kantha work gives the instant Bengal connect. “It’s also an opportunity to showcase our beautiful state.”
But why risk a dhoti on such a big day? “I am very comfortable in dhotis. I have worn dhotis for TV as well as stage shows,” smiles Derek. And the formula for his comfort quotient? “The dhotis I have worn don’t have to be tied. They are all organised… like zip-up kinds… a little more difficult than a pair of jeans maybe!”
Sharbari, who counts among her clients politicians such as Praful Patel, Shashi Tharoor, Sovan Chatterjee, Somen Mitra, Bratya Basu, Somnath Chatterjee and Pranab Mukherjee says: “Derek has been wearing my outfits for more than 15 years now. On his quiz show, he used to honour every celebrity with my uttariyas. So, my association with him goes back a long way.”
Derek’s tweet on the eve of his swearing in:
Dear mum/dad, thank u for loving me. Dear Mamatadi, thank u for believing in me. Dear friends, tomo 11am I take the RS oath. Pray for me.