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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Miss Shefali Is No More - Died On 6 February

Veteran Queen of Cabaret, Miss Shefali is no more. The dancer and actress of  yesteryears died today ( 06 February 2020) at about 6 AM. Miss Shefali whose actual name is Arati Das died of cardiac arrest at her Sodepur residence in North 24 Parganas district. The actress was suffering from kidney ailment for quite some time. She was 77.

Poverty forced a mere thirteen years old girl Arati Das to became a cabaret dancer. Miss Shefali’s father was forced to leave Bangladesh and settled down in Kolkata like many others at that time. They were very poor and couldn't afford even one meal a day. Miss Shefali started performing cabaret at the age of 12 at Firpo's hotel to earn for her family. Miss Shefali witnessed every colour of life and sacrificed her love also for the shake of her family members.  

 During 60's and 70’s Miss Shefali was considered as a sex bomb in Bengal. Miss Shefali appeared in cabaret dance sequences of many Bengali theatres apart from a regular cabaret bar dancer. Miss Shefali has acted in many cinemas also and worked with legendary film director Satyajit Ray in classics like Pratidwandi and Seemabaddha. Arati Das had made her film debut in Chowringhee. Her famous plays include Samrat O SundariSaheb Bibi Golam and Ashlil. 

During the last stage of life, Elvin, nice of Miss Shefali was with her. The glamour queen has to pass through poverty again during her last part of life. Our society never considered Arati Das as an actress but she had no regret.

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