Bhanu Athaiya, who won the first Oscar Award for India, passed away.
Indian costume designer Bhanu Athaiya died at the age of 91 on Thursday. Bhanu Athaiya won the first Academy and Oscar Award for India. She has left behind a huge legacy of Indian costume design. Bhanu Athaiya’s daughter told that her mother died after a long fight against illness.
Bhanu Athaiya’s daughter Radhika Gupta said, “She died this morning. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor eight years ago. For the last three years, she was in bed as a part of her body was paralyzed. Bhanu Athaiya’s body will be cremated at the Chandanwadi crematorium in south Mumbai.
In 1983, Bhanu Athaiya received the Best Costume Designer Award at the Oscars for director Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’. As a costume designer, she has worked in more than 100 Bollywood films. She last worked for Aamir Khan’s film ‘Lagaan’ and Shah Rukh Khan’s film ‘Swades’.
In 2012, Bhanu Athaiya returned the Oscar Award.
In 2012, Bhanu Athaiya announced that she return the Oscar Award. At that time she said that her family and the Government of India can not able to maintain this invaluable award, so this award would be the most secure and well organized in the Academy Museum itself.
Bhanu Athaiya was born in Kolhapur. She started her career in Hindi cinema as a costume designer in Guru Dutt’s superhit film ‘CID’ (1956).After this, he designed the costumes of films like Guru Dutt’s ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Chaudhvi Ka Chand’, and ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam’ in the Golden Era of Hindi cinema. In his career of more than five decades, Bhanu has worked as a costume designer in many great films. Athaiya contributed to more than 100 films in her long career of five decades. She also received national awards for Gulzar’s film ‘Lekin’ (1990) and Ashutosh Gowirkar’s film ‘Lagaan’ (2001).