India’s Oscar profitable designer Bhanu Athaiya dies at 91

Certainly one of India’s most famous costume designers and Oscar Award winner, Bhanu Athaiya handed away at her Mumbai dwelling on Thursday after a chronic sickness.

Athaiya, who was 91 hit the headlines for profitable an Oscar for her elaborate work within the 1983 movie ‘Gandhi’.

Her daughter, Radhika Gupta in a press release to PTI, mentioned that the designer handed away peacefully in her sleep.

The final rites happened on the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai on Thursday.
“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 added.

Athaiya, was born in Kolhapur and started her profession as a dressing up designer in Hindi cinema with Guru Dutt’s 1956 superhit ‘C.I.D.’.

She gained the Academy Award for Finest Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ together with John Mollo, making her the one Indian girl to win an Academy Award until date.

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

In a profession spanning 5 many years and over 100 movies, she gained two Nationwide Awards – for Gulzar’s thriller drama ‘Lekin’ (1990) and the interval movie ‘Lagaan’ directed by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).

With inputs from PTI

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