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Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya passes away at 91

By: Leisure Desk | New Delhi |

Up to date: October 15, 2020 6:36:58 pm


Bhanu Athaiya was 91. (The Press Reporter archive Photograph)

Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, handed away in Mumbai on Thursday. She was 91.

Athaiya’s daughter Radhika Gupta instructed PTI, “She handed away early this morning. Eight years in the past, she was identified 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.” The final rites came about on the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai.

Bhanu Athaiya received the Finest Costume Design Oscar for her work within the 1982 movie Gandhi. She managed to provide the characters within the Richard Attenborough directorial an genuine look. In her memoir The Artwork Of Costume Design, Athaiya talked about how she was the one Indian among the many heads of division on the movie.

Athaiya additionally designed costumes for Bollywood films like C.I.D, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Waqt, Arzoo, Amrapali, Suraj, Anita, Milan, Raat Aur Din, Shikar, Information, Teesri Manzil, Mera Saaya, Inteqam, Abhinetri, Johny Mera Naam, Geeta Mera Naam, Abdullah, Karz, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Razia Sultan, Nikaah, Agneepath (1990), Ajooba and 1942 – A Love Story amongst others.

Bhanu Athaiya was born in Kolhapur on April 28, 1929. She by no means attended a vogue college. When Athaiya began to work in movies, she felt ‘fulfilled’. In an earlier interview with The Indian The Press Reporter, she had shared, “For me, it (working for cinema) turned a solution to specific myself and let my creativeness soar. It was so fulfilling that I didn’t really feel the necessity to do anything, like opening a boutique. High stars began approaching me on their very own and recommending me to filmmakers. Nargis cherished my designs.”

Athaiya’s listing of worldwide movies additionally consists of Conrad Rook’s daring Siddhartha and Krishna Shah’s Indo-American manufacturing Shalimar. There was additionally the German quick movie The Cloud Door.

In 2012, Banu Athaiya returned her Oscar to the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences for safe-keeping.

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