Bhanu Athaiya received the Best Costume Design Oscar for her work in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 movie Gandhi
Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, died at her residence in Mumbai on Thursday after extended sickness, her daughter mentioned. She was 91.
Athaiya handed away peacefully in her sleep, her daughter Radhika Gupta advised PTI. The final rites occurred on the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai.
“She handed away early this morning. Eight years in the past, she was recognized with a tumour in her mind. For the final three years, she was bedridden as a result of one aspect (of her physique) was paralysed,” her daughter mentioned.
Athaiya, who was born in Kolhapur, started her profession as a dressing up designer in Hindi cinema with Guru Dutt’s 1956 superhit CID.
She received the Best Costume Design Oscar for her work in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 movie Gandhi together with John Mollo. In her memoir, The Art Of Costume Design, she recalled being the one Indian on set, whereas each different crew member was from England. She was tasked with creating costumes for the Indian characters, and Mollo dealt with the British ones.
In 2012, Athaiya returned her Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for safe-keeping.
In a profession spanning 5 a long time and over 100 movies, she received two National Awards — for Gulzar’s thriller drama Lekin (1990) and the interval movie Lagaan directed by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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