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Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s First Oscar Winner, Dies at 91

Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, died at her residence on Thursday after extended sickness, her daughter stated. She was 91. Athaiya, who received an Oscar for her work within the 1983 movie “Gandhi”, 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 facet (of her physique) was paralysed,” her daughter stated.

Athaiya, who was born in Kolhapur, started her profession as a fancy dress designer in Hindi cinema with Guru Dutt”s 1956 superhit “C.I.D.”.

She received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” together with John Mollo. 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 period film “Lagaan” directed by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).

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